2023 is the Year of the Rabbit!
Please learn about the Japanese Zodiac, will you?
The Chinese animal zodiac (eto) was introduced in Japan around the third to the fourth century.
It was mainly employed as a way of indicating the day, month, year, time of the day, orientation in space, as well as the order in a sequence of events in a symbolical form.
As there are twelve animals in the zodiac, it is also referred to as juni-shi ("the twelve branches", with juni meaning "twelve" in Japanese), as the cycle rotates every twelve years. The animal of the year changes on January first.
Below are the Japanese names of each zodiac animal.
2023 is a Usagi-doshi, or Year of the Rabbit.
子 (Ne): Rat
丑 (Ushi): Ox
寅 (Tora): Tiger
卯 (U): Rabbit
辰 (Tatsu): Dragon
巳 (Mi): Snake
午 (Uma): Horse
未 (Hitsuji): Sheep
申 (Saru): Monkey
酉 (Tori): Rooster
戌 (Inu): Dog