Chinese Zodiac Animals by Year

 

新年明けましておめでとうございます!

Happy New Year.  You survived 2017. Congratulations.

I bet I can guess what was going through your mind as the calendar passed from 2017 into 2018: “I wonder which animal 2018 is in the Chinese zodiac.”  I know… It’s eerie how I do that, isn’t it?

Well, wonder no more.  I’m here to help you fix this problem in perpetuity.

You may already know that there are 12 signs in the Chinese zodiac, each of which are associated with years.  Every 12 years (it follows), the cycle repeats. In Japanese, the Chinese zodiac is known as 十二支 [じゅうにし].  Here they are in chronological order with their associated years:

  • 子 鼠 Rat: 2008, 1996, 1984, 1972, 1960
  • 丑 牛 Ox: 2009, 1997, 1985, 1973, 1961
  • 寅 虎 Tiger: 2010, 1998, 1986, 1974, 1962
  • 卯 兎 Rabbit: 2011, 1999, 1987, 1975, 1963
  • 辰 龍 Dragon: 2012, 2000, 1988, 1976, 1964
  • 巳 蛇 Snake: 2013, 2001, 1989, 1977, 1965
  • 午 馬 Horse: 2014, 2002, 1990, 1978, 1966
  • 未 羊 Goat: 2015, 2003, 1991, 1979, 1967
  • 申 猿 Monkey: 2016, 2004, 1992, 1980, 1968
  • 酉 鶏 Rooster: 2017, 2005, 1993, 1981, 1969
  • 戈 犬/狗 Dog: 2018, 2006, 1994, 1982, 1970
  • 亥 豚 Pig: 2019, 2007, 1995, 1983, 1971

[Note: The first character is the one used for the Chinese Zodiac; the second is the more common way to write the names of these animals.]

Remember:  With great power comes great responsibility.  Be sure to use your newly-gained powers only for the good of all humankind.  Until next time!

— 龍山

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