I know that an acceptable way to display (this is in a computer program) a full year/month/day date is like so:


What If I wanted to display the day only? Does the following look right, OK, or weird to native Japanese user? Is the 日‪ character required, optional, or undesirable in this case?


In other words, would it look better if it was just the number?


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    It kind of depends on the context. Where and in what kind of app is it? And for the record it's fine to write the date as 2013-5-9 as well.
    – ssb
    Commented May 22, 2013 at 23:55

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You would be better off using the 日. The same in other language, without unit the number does not mean anything.

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