[tz] [PATCH] Cite Frumer on pre-1873 Japan timekeeping
eggert at cs.ucla.edu
Sun Jan 19 20:55:30 UTC 2020
* asia: Add a comment on timekeeping in Japan from the 7th to the
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@@ -1828,6 +1828,16 @@ Zone Asia/Jerusalem 2:20:54 - LMT 1880
# '9:00' and 'JST' is from Guy Harris.
+# From Paul Eggert (2020-01-19):
+# Starting in the 7th century, Japan generally followed an ancient Chinese
+# timekeeping system that divided night and day into six hours each,
+# with hour length depending on season. In 1873 the government
+# started requiring the use of a Western style 24-hour clock. See:
+# Yulia Frumer, "Making Time: Astronomical Time Measurement in Tokugawa Japan"
+# <https://www.worldcat.org/oclc/1043907065>. As the tzdb code and
+# data support only 24-hour clocks, its tables model timestamps before
+# 1873 using Western-style local mean time.
# From Hideyuki Suzuki (1998-11-09):
# 'Tokyo' usually stands for the former location of Tokyo Astronomical
# Observatory: 139° 44' 40.90" E (9h 18m 58.727s), 35° 39' 16.0" N.
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