Here is a list of 銘, that is poetic names, listed by month. First is the Japanese term, followed by my own translation. I am afraid this isn’t an authoritive list at all, only put together based on gomei I have heard or been taught. However, I hope it can be of use for those foundering for a new gomei every week, as I was.

January 一月
雪の花 Yuki no hana, Snow Flower
初便 Hatsu Dayori, First News
福笑 Fuku Warai, Laughter and Games
寒雀 Kan Suzume, Frozen Sparrow

Feburary 二月
淡雪 Awayuki, Thin Snow
春の音 Haru no Oto, The Sound of Spring
春雪 Shunsetsu, Spring Snow
春の雪 Haru no yuki, The Snow of Spring
春望 Shunbou, Spring’s Full Moon
流氷 Ryuuhyou, Ice Floe
寿春 Jushun, Spring Joy
北窓 Hokusou, Northern Window

March 三月
雛の灯 Hina no akari, Doll’s Lamp
春草 Haru Kusa, Spring Grass
春衣 Haru Goromo, Spring Sleeves
浮氷 Uki Koori, Thin Ice
別霜 Wakare Jimo, Departing Frost
春雨 Harusame, Spring Rain
花冷 Hana Bie, Flower Cool
夜半の春 Yowa no Haru, Spring Midnight
忘霜 Wasure Jimo, Forgotten Frost
摘草 Tsumikusa, Gathered Herbs
春霞 Haru Gasumi, Spring Haze

April 四月
春の夢 Haru no yume, Spring Dream
花の雲 Hana no kumo, Flower Clouds
春の宵 Haru no Yoi, Spring Evening
花便 Hana dayori, Herald of Flowers
春愁 Shunshuu, Spring Melancholy
春の夜 Haru no Yo, Spring Night
花の山 Haru no Yama, Spring Mount
惜春 Sekishun, Regrets of Spring
胡蝶の夢 Kochou no Yume, Butterfly’s Dream
残雪 Zansetsu, Lingering Snow

May 五月
新緑 Shinryoku, New Greenery
残華 Zanka, Lingering Splendor

June 六月
露の宿 Tsuyu no yado, House of Dew
麦笛 Mugibue, Straw Flute
吹流 Fukinagashi, Streaming Pennant
雫の宿 Shizuku no Yado, House of Droplets
白夜 Byakuya, Pale Night

July 七月
青葉 Aoba, Green Leaves
夏の月 Natsu no tsuki, Summer Moon
青簾 Aosudare, Fresh Shades
打水 Uchimizu, Splashed Water
星祭 Hoshi Matsuri, Festival of Stars
夕顔 Yuugao, Moonflower

August 八月
走馬燈 Soubatou, Spinning Lantern
滝の音 Taki no oto, Waterfall’s echo
月の客 Tsuki no Kyaku, Moon Guest
夏草 Natsu Gusa, Summer Grasses
浮草の宿 House of Grasses

September 九月
夕月夜 Yuudzuki yo, Moonlit Night
星月夜 Hoshidzuki yo, Starry Night
千草 Chigusa, A Thousand Flowers
月影 Tsukikage, Moonlight
秋の宿 Aki no Yado, House of Autumn
別星 Wakare Boshi, Departing Stars
菊の宴 Kiku no Utage, Feast of Chrysanthemums

October 十月
朝霧 Asagiri, Morning Mist
月の雲 Tsuki no Kumo, Moon with Clouds
夜半の秋 Yowa no Aki, Autumn Midnight
夜長 Yonaga, Long Night
秋の峰 Aki no Mine, Autumn’s Peak
紅葉狩 Momijigari (Kouyougari), Hunt of Leaves
露の宿 Tsuyu no Yado, House of Dew
秋の雲 Aki no Kumo, Autumn Clouds
落とし水 Otoshi Mizu, Falling Water

November 十一月
山郷 Yamazato, Mountain Hamlet
冬支度 Fugu Jitaku, Winter Preparations
枯芒 Kare Susuki, Withered Pampas
つきま風 Tsukima Kaze, Wind in the Door
霜の花 Shimo no Hana, Frost Flowers
小春日和 Koharu Biyori, Indian Summer
帰花 Kaeri Bana, Return of Flowers
雪の夜 Yuki no Yoru, Snowy Night
祥雲 Shouun, Fortunate Clouds

December 十二月
冬眠 Toumin,  Winter Sleep
年の遅 Toshi no Okure, Late of Year
冬の宿 Fuyu no Yado, House of Winter
枯原 Kare no Hara, Withered Feilds
年忘 Toshi Wasure, A Year Forgot
煤払 Susubarai, New Year’s Cleaning
雫雪 Shizuku Yuki, Drops of Snow
雪掻 Yuki Kaki, Ploughing Snow

4 Responses to “Gomei 銘”

  1. Buri-chan Says:

    I’ve been enjoying coming back to this list with every new month, thank you for compiling it!
    My omotesenke teacher has recently had me start using gomei, but she chooses them for me. Both times in September, she had me use “Kobore Hagi” (零れ萩, I’m guessing). I find a lot of students use the same name all month.

  2. Joe Fisher Says:

    thank you for this gomei list. I am enjoying your blog very much! and learning a lot
    Joe

  3. Kathy Early Says:

    Dear Tenmen,

    Thank you for the wonderful gift of the gomei list!

    Warmly,

    Kathy

    1. Motowori Says:

      I’m happy if you find it useful.

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