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Hatsumode (Visiting shrines or temples in New Year) ~ Naritasan Shinshoji ~
Year Nickname of 2008 is gRath (Nezumi)
Event Calendar of Funabashi 2008(Jan. thru Mar.)
Hoikuen entrance application by January
Application for gHokago Roomh(After-school Child-care)
How to Use Public Bicycle Parking Lots on a Year-long Contract Basis
Japanese Cooking@`Gomoku Mame`(Soybeans simmered with vegetables)
Japanese Expressions  – Osechi Ryori –
07/08 Holiday Season Public Services
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2008 hits the animal indication of gRath.


Among the old lunar calendar that was brought to Japan long ago from China, the classification system of gJunishih was applied to every historical year that is represented by 12 kinds of animals individually.


2008 corresponds to the first turn animal of gRath. The fixed order of animals consists of Rat, Cattle, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Boar.


According to a fairy tale, when God called up animals to get together for the new year celebration, cattle arrived the meeting@place earlier than others for fear of his slow walking



Rat stayed on the back of cattle and jumped@off toward God appearing as the top animal to see@God. This is why rat was ranked as the first year animal.


Why cat was not included ? When cat asked rat about the meeting date, rat intentionally told a wrong day to cat, so that cat could not join the group. Ever since that time, cats chase rats all the time.


People born in the Rat year are said to be self-supporting and oriented to prosperous family.


We often ask others, gWhat animal year were you born?h, as every year has its own feature.


The animal shape of a new year is usually printed in the gNengajohh, new year greeting card.

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