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CONTENTS

1 Year Nickname of 2011 is “Usagi” (Rabbit)
2 Hoikuen entrance application for April 2011 made by January
3 Application for “Hokago Room” (After-school Child-care)       
4 How to Use Public Bicycle Parking Lots for a Year  
5 Event calendar
6 Year-end and New Year Habits of Japan
7 Funabashi Music Festival by Thousand Players, 2011
8Japanese Cooking
9 Japanese Expressions 
10 My experience with Japanese Habits 
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Year Nickname of 2011 is “Usagi” (Rabbit)

2011 hits the animal indication of “Rabbit”. According to the old lunar calendar that was brought into Japan from China in 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. 2011 corresponds to the fourth turn animal of “Rabbit”. 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 speed. 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.

Persons born in the Rabbit year are said to have amiable and optimistic character. They like to get well together with many people and tend to have long lives. However, they had better be careful about the man vs. woman relationships. We, Japanese often ask others, “What year were you born in?” as every year has its own feature. Then, the reply will be “Rabbit 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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