Zodiac Sculptures in Narita Town

The animals made of stone

By Elena Lisina    - 2 min read

The Chinese zodiac is quite popular in Japan as well. The twelve animals of the zodiac calendar are: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig. Each year is associated with a zodiac animal in a repeating 12-year cycle. The Zodiac traditionally begins with the sign of the rat. Each sign is linked to a month of the solar year and it is also linked to a season. The Chinese zodiac also labels an hour of the day. People born in a certain animal year are believed to have attributes of that animal, which could either help or hinder a relationship. An important use of Chinese Zodiac is to determine if two people are compatible, in a romantic relationship or any kind of relationship. In old times, people believed in Chinese Zodiac compatibility and often referred to it before a romantic relationship began. Even nowadays some people still refer to it. Visiting Narita Town, I encountered the Chinese zodiac clock, then spotted a Rat made of stone, then the Ox. Walking down the street I found and took pictures of all except for the Rooster - I have no idea where it had gone!

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Elena Lisina

Elena Lisina @shiroi.tenshi

I love Japan very much! I like small towns of Japan where I can watch people doing their business and talk to them carefully. They're always friendly. I like Japanese gardens where I can just sit or walk and take my time. Also I like Shinto Jinja as being there I feel in peace. I like to watch sunsets and then to dine in some small local places. I like to soak into onsen after a long day of wandering. I like Japanese crafts very much as all items are made with great taste and skill. Nihon wo daisuki desuyo! My photos from Japan I also place here: https://gurushots.com/f10384/photos Matane!