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1 “Tora” (Tiger)
2 The Event Calendar
3 Hoikuen entrance
4 Hokago Room
 5 Bicycle Parking
 6 Hay fever (pollinosis)
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8 Kadomatsu
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Year Nickname of 2010 is “Tora” (Tiger)

 

 

 


2010 hits the animal indication of “Tiger”. Among the old lunar calendar that was brought into Japan from China i mid-6th century, the classification system of “Junishi” (Chinese zodiac) was applied to every historical year that is represented by 12 kinds of animals individually. 2010 corresponds to the third turn animal of “Tiger”. The fixe order of animals consists of Rat, Cattle, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog 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 speed. Rat stayed on the back of cattle and jumped off toward God appearing as the top animal t 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 sinc that time, cats chase rats all the time.

People born in the Tiger year are said to be active and passionate. They are hard working people and tend to be group leaders. We, Japanese often ask others, “What year were you born in?” , as every year has its own feature. Then, the reply will be “Tiger year” for instance. The animal shape of a new year is often printed in “Nengajo”, greeting card for a new year.

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