Japanese Animal Zodiac
Popular in Japan since ancient times, the junishi or Eto
(rat, ox, tiger, hare, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey,
cock, dog, and wild boar) were imported into Japan from China
- with some modifications, along with Chinese lunar calendar.
The signs cover a 12-year period, but the complete zodiac
embraces 60 years - believed by Chinese to be the end of man's
According to Chinese - and later Japanese - beliefs,
people born in different year-cycles have different characters
and personalities, some of which are compatible and
some of which are not.
- to be added -
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