Poetic Names to Use in January and February

11 Feb Poetic Names to Use in January and February

Belated New Year’s greetings! We had a great Hatsugama gathering. I hope you are having a happy 2018 so far.

Poetic Names for January
Basically, poetic names related to happiness and luck are appropriate all month. At the end of the month is Setsubun (February 3 festival) /Risshun (the first day of spring, usually February 4th) so related words would be also appropriate.

  • Oh Buku (大福)- Tea made with new year well water, good luck, good fortune;
  • Fukuju (福寿)- Long life and happiness;
  • Nana kusa (七草)- The seven spring herbs. On January 7th, we eat rice porridge with seri (Japanese parsley), nazuna (shepherd’s purse), gogyo (Jersey cudweed), hakobe (common chickweed), hotoke no za (henbit), suzuna (turnip), and suzushiro (daikon).
  • Hotei (布袋)- One of the Seven Gods of Good Fortune (Shichi fuku jin);
  • Hatsu mo-de (初詣)- First visit of the year to a shrine or temple;
  • Fuku warai (福笑い)- A Japanese traditional game played during the new year, similar to pin the tail on the donkey.
  • Chokyu (長久)- Timeless existence, eternity, permanence;
  • Shun ten (春天)- Mild spring weather, mild spring sun;
  • Risshun (立春)- The beginning of spring (February 4th).

Poetic Names for February

Early February:

  • Masu (升)- A square wooden box used for beans. On February 3rd, Setsubun (which means dividing the season) is usually celebrated with Mame-maki, throwing beans saying “evils/devils out, happiness inside”;
  • Zan setsu (残雪)- Unmelted snow;
  • Shun setsu (春雪)- Spring snow.


  • Kan bai (寒梅)- A plum flower in the cold weather;
  • Shun kan (春寒)- Cold weather in early spring;
  • Kochi (東風)- An east wind, spring wind.

Late February:

  • Ume ga Ka (梅が香)- The fragrance of plum flowers;
  • Hatsune (初音)- First warbler’s note in spring or the year;
  • A-o yagi (青柳)- Green willow, especially the green color of young willow in early spring.
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