The 26th night moon, a beautiful crescent moon at early dawn – Saturday, 8 May 2021

Today’s crescent moon at early dawn. It is called ‘the 26th night moon’ in Japanese old lunar calendar.

I was asked why it is called the 26th night moon, and I explained in the comment area as below.

Because the old lunar calendar was based on the waxing and waning of the moon. On this calendar, the new moon is on the first day of each month and the full moon is around the 15th day. The new moon takes about 30 days to return to it. Yesterday was the 26th of March in the old calendar. So yesterday’s moon was called the 26th night moon. This name’s moon is a beautiful thin crescent moon heading for the new moon. It’s an old-fashioned expression in Japan, and is a sort of elegant word.

8 May 2021 #tokyo #japan