I bought an alarm clock (good clocks with AA batteries instead of button-like) with Japanese characters and found it difficult to understand, even with a dictionary. Could someone explain what is written on my alarm clock?

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I think this is all you need.

  • 午前 AM ・ 午後 PM
  • 日 SUN ・ 月 MON ・ 火 TUE ・ 水 WED ・ 木 THU ・ 金 FRI ・ 土 SAT
  • 先勝 sensh­ō ・ 友引 tomobiki/y­ūin ・ 先負 senbu ・ 仏滅 butsumetsu ・ 大安 taian/daian ・ 赤口 shakkō ¹

  • モニター display

  • 時刻合わせ sync
  • リセット reset
  • 戻る back
  • 進む forward

  • アラーム alarm

¹ six-day cycle of auspicious/inauspicious days. More info here or on Japanese Wikipedia.

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