Franky Leeuwerck has a nice blog on scripophily (the study and collecting of stock certificates). His May 17, 2014 post discusses reading Japanese dates, and the information is equally relevant to collectors of Japanese coins and paper money. Here's an excerpt, but be sure to read the complete article for the full lesson.
It requires only a few steps to learn how to read Japanese dates
That is correct. You need to :
recognize the year, month and day characters
know how Japanese numbers are composed
know about formal numbers
understand the date system
and read in the right direction.
The combination of each one of these skills seems to make the task tough. But each step is easy to learn. Stay with me all the way down. I'll guide you step by step through the process. At the end of this post I will congratulate you because you will have mastered a new skill : reading Japanese dates !
The year, month and day characters in the common date format
The date 2014年04月30日 is written in the modern commonly used date format. It stands for April 30, 2014. The example shows that, together with Hindu-Arabic numerals, also Japanese characters are used. These characters stand for year, month and day, and it is important you can recognize them :
year : 年
month of year : 月
day of month :日
In Japanese, the combination of this characters form the word 年月日 'date'.
To read the complete article, see:
Reading Japanese dates on stock certificates
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