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In my opinion, yuugata could be the time when the sun starts setting, the sky starts changing its color especially at the west where the sun is setting. So could be 4-5 p.m. in winter, could be 6 p.m. in summer. It's really vague.


PCP,do you have an appointment to meet someone sweet at some "yuugata" time and that's why you want to specify what time it is?


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When it's dark - after sunset throughout maybe around 4 or 5 a.m.

It's still dark outside at that time, but we say Yoake-mae (before sunrise) for that time.

Some people say Akegata instead of Yoake-mae.

There are a lot of ways for it.

Also, we call it Ushimitsu-doki for 2 or 3 a.m. which means even plans and trees sleep.

There's an old proverb 'Kusaki mo nemuru Ushimitsu-doki'


*********************** yuugata bigins

**sunset**>>>> yuugata ends

Yoru ( night )

*** 2 or 3 a.m.***** Ushimitsu-doki

*** 4 or 5 a.m.***** Yoake-mae (before sunrise)

*****Sunrise ****Asa(Morning)


But when we talk about time, we call it asa ( morning) even if it's not after sunrise - like 4 or 5 a.m. Like 'Asa no 5 ji' ( 5 a.m.)

So, a little bit hard to specify accurate time for each and every.

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