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師走

Japanese

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Etymology

Literally, 師走 (しわす, shiwasu) means "priests run" (from , "priest" + , "run")

There were traditionally many services for Buddhist priests to attend in the last month of the lunar calendar.

Noun

師走 (hiragana しわす, romaji shiwasu)

  1. (archaic) the twelfth month of the lunar calendar
  2. (poetic) the month of busy priests; December

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