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  1. Dragon
  2. Snake / Serpent
  3. Horse
  4. Goat / Sheep
  5. Monkey
  6. Rooster / Chicken
  7. Dog
  8. Boar / Pig
  9. Rat / Mouse
10. Ox / Bull / Cow
11. Tiger
12. Rabbit / Hare
13. Aquarius
14. Aries
15. Cancer
16. Capricorn
17. Gemini
18. Leo
19. Libra
20. Ophiuchus
21. Pisces
22. Sagittarius
23. Scorpio
24. Taurus
25. Virgo


Dragon

Year of the Dragon / Zodiac Sign
China lóng
Japan ryuu / tatsu
knob
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This is the character for dragon in Chinese, old Korean Hanja, and Japanese Kanji.

The dragon is the creature of myth and legend that dominates Chinese, Japanese, and even European folklore. In China, the dragon is the symbol of the Emperor, strength and power, and the Chinese dragon is known as the god of water.

From the Chinese Zodiac, if you were born in the year of the Dragon, you . . .

Have a strong body and spirit.
Are full of energy.
Have vast goals.
Have a deep level of self-awareness.
Will do whatever you can to "save face".

Snake / Serpent

Year of the Snake / Zodiac Sign
China shé
Japan hebi
knob
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This is the character for snake or serpent in Chinese, old Korean, and Japanese.

If you were born in the year of the snake, you . . .


Are calm.
Are and inspiration to others.
Have a stubborn nature like a mule (you do not like to concede).

Horse

Year of the Horse / Zodiac Sign
China
Japan uma
knob
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knob

This is the character for horse in Chinese, old Korean, and Japanese.

If you were born in the year of the horse, you . . .


Are outgoing and active.
Don't give up easily.
Are known to have a bad temper.

Goat / Sheep

Year of the Goat / Zodiac Sign
China yáng
Japan hitsuji
knob
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This is the character for goat or sheep in Chinese, old Korean, and Japanese.

If you were born in the year of the goat (sheep), you . . .


Are sophisticated and considerate
Can always find the best solution to problems.
Are tolerant.
Are not afraid of hardship.
Know how to save money (thrifty).

Monkey

Year of the Monkey / Zodiac Sign
China hóu
knob
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knob

This is the character for monkey in Chinese.
This means ape in Japanese due to a error made long ago as Japan absorbed Chinese characters.

If you were born in the year of the monkey, you . . .


Are smart, brave, active and competitive.
Like new things.
Have a good memory.
Are quick to respond
Have an easy time winning people's trust.
Are however, not very patient.

Rooster / Chicken

Year of the Rooster / Zodiac Sign
China
Japan niwatori
knob
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knob

This is the character for rooster or chicken in Chinese, old Korean, and Japanese.

If you were born in the year of the rooster (chicken), you . . .


Have a unique sense of color.
Are high principled and responsible.
Have persuasive power.
Are honest.
Have a great ability to communicate.

Common Chinese chicken Alternate Chinese chicken #1 Alternate Chinese chicken #2

Please note: There are a few different ways to write rooster / chicken as shown to the right. If you are particular about the form, please let us know when you place your order.

Dog

Year of the Dog / Zodiac Sign
China gǒu
Japan inu / ku
knob
ribbon top
knob

This is the character for dog, canine or hound in Chinese.

If you were born in the year of the dog, you . . .


Are strong-willed
Loyal to your friends and mate.
Never compromise when you think you are right.

Note: Can be pronounced, and means dog in Japanese, but feels like a very old word (see our other dog if you need a Japanese dog).

Boar / Pig

Year of the Pig / Zodiac Sign
China zhū
Japan inoshishi
knob
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knob

This is the character for boar, pig, or swine in Chinese and old Korean.

If you were born in the year of the boar / year of the pig, you...

Are optimistic.
Have good luck with wealth and money.
Are honest, generous, and warm-hearted.

Rat / Mouse

Year of the Rat / Zodiac Sign
China shǔ
Japan nezumi
knob
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knob

This is the character for rat (and sometimes mouse) in Chinese, old Korean, and Japanese.

If you were born in the year of the Rat, you . . .


Are sensitive and smart.
Easily to adapt to the new environments.
Have a curious nature.
Are good at using the opportunities that are presented to you.

In some contexts, this character could mean "mouse".

Ox / Bull / Cow

Year of the Ox / Bull - Zodiac Sign
China niú
Japan ushi
knob
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knob

This is the character for bull, cow, ox, or bovine creature in Chinese, old Korean, and Japanese.

If you were born in the year of the ox / bull / cow, you . . .


Are dedicated to your work.
Are discrete, careful and conscientious.
Value work and family.

Note that in this Chinese character, there is no distinction between bull and cow. All bovine creatures fit into the definition of this character. To distinguish between male and female, another sex-designating character is added in front of this character. Therefore, in China, the energy drink "Red Bull" (Hong Niu) is often translated in the minds of Chinese people as "Red Cow" or even "Red Ox".

Tiger

Year of the Tiger / Zodiac Sign
China
Japan tora
knob
ribbon top
knob

This is the character for tiger in Chinese, old Korean Hanja, and Japanese Kanji.

Since you already know what a tiger is, here's some trivia: If you look at the Japanese pronunciation, you might remember a movie called "Tora Tora Tora" which was the code word used to initiate the attack on Pearl Harbor. It simply means "Tiger Tiger Tiger".

In Chinese culture, the tiger is considered to be the king of all animals (in much the way we see the lion in western culture).

From the Chinese Zodiac, if you were born in the year of the tiger, you . . .

Have a strong personality.
Are full of self-confidence.
Love adventure
Don't like to obey others.

Rabbit / Hare

Year of the Rabbit / Zodiac Sign
China
Japan usagi
knob
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knob

This is the character for rabbit or hare in Chinese, old Korean, and Japanese.

If you were born in the year of the rabbit, you . . .


Are gentle and full of sympathy.
Love to help others.
Enjoy a quiet life.
Are a good worker.
Are however, a bit of a pushover.

Aquarius Zodiac Symbol / Sign

China shuǐ píng zuò
Japan mizugame-za
knob
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knob

This is the Chinese and Japanese way to write Aquarius (water bearer) of western astrology.

Aries Zodiac Symbol / Sign

China mù yáng zuò
Japan ohitsuji-za
knob
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knob

This is the Chinese and Japanese way to write Aries (ram) of western astrology.

Aries Zodiac Symbol / Sign

(Alternate / Chinese)
China bái yáng zuò
knob
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knob

This is an alternate Chinese way to write Aries (ram) of western astrology. I don't believe it is used at all in Japanese, so the other version is probably better or at least more universal.

Cancer Zodiac Symbol / Sign

Chinese
China jù xiè zuò
knob
ribbon top
knob

This is the Chinese way to write Cancer (crab) of western astrology. Please note this version is only used in Chinese (see other version if Japanese is your audience).

Cancer Zodiac Symbol / Sign

Japanese
China xiè zuò
Japan kani-za
knob
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knob

This is the Japanese way to write Cancer (crab) of western astrology. Please note this version is only used in Japanese (see other version if Chinese is your audience).

Capricorn Zodiac Symbol / Sign

China shān yáng zuò
Japan yagi-za
knob
ribbon top
knob

This is the Chinese and Japanese way to write Capricorn (horned goat) of western astrology.

Capricorn Zodiac Symbol / Sign

(Alternate / Chinese)
China mó jié zuò
knob
ribbon top
knob

This is an alternate Chinese way to write Capricorn (horned goat) of western astrology. I don't believe it is used at all in Japanese, so the other version is probably better or at least more universal.

Gemini Zodiac Symbol / Sign

China shuāng zǐ zuò
Japan futago-za
knob
ribbon top
knob

This is the Chinese way to write Gemini (twins) of western astrology. This was also the version used in Japan until they simplified the first Kanji to 双 after WWII.

Gemini Zodiac Symbol / Sign

China shuāng zǐ zuò
Japan futago-za
knob
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knob

This is the Japanese way to write Gemini (twins) of western astrology.

This also happens to be the Simplified Chinese version of this title - however, I recommend the Traditional Chinese version if your audience is Chinese.

Leo Zodiac Symbol / Sign

China shī zǐ zuò
Japan shishi-za
knob
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knob

This is the Chinese and Japanese way to write Leo (lion) of western astrology.

Libra Zodiac Symbol / Sign

China tiān chèng zuò
Japan tenbin-za
knob
ribbon top
knob

This is the Chinese and Japanese way to write Libra (scales) of western astrology.

Ophiuchus Zodiac Symbol / Sign

Chinese
China shé fū zuò
knob
ribbon top
knob

This is the Chinese way to write Ophiuchus (serpent bearer) of western astrology. Please note this version is only used in Chinese (not Japanese).

Pisces Zodiac Symbol / Sign

Chinese
China shuāng yú zuò
knob
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knob

This is the Chinese way to write Pisces (fish) of western astrology. Please note this version is only used in Chinese (see other version if Japanese is your audience).

Pisces Zodiac Symbol / Sign

Japanese
China yú zuò
Japan uo-za
knob
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This is the Japanese way to write Pisces (fish) of western astrology. Please note this version is only used in Japanese (see other version if Chinese is your audience).

Sagittarius Zodiac Symbol / Sign

China shè shǒu zuò
Japan ite-za
knob
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knob

This is the Chinese and Japanese way to write Sagittarius (archer) of western astrology.

Scorpio Zodiac Symbol / Sign

Chinese
China tiān xiē zuò
knob
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knob

This is the Chinese way to write Scorpio (scorpion) of western astrology. Please note this version is only used in Chinese (see other version if Japanese is your audience).

Scorpio Zodiac Symbol / Sign

Japanese
Japan sasori-za
knob
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knob

This is the Japanese way to write Scorpio (scorpion) of western astrology. Please note this version is only used in Japanese (see other version if Chinese is your audience).

Taurus Zodiac Symbol / Sign

Chinese
China jīn niú zuò
knob
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knob

This is the Chinese way to write Taurus (bull) of western astrology. Please note this version is only used in Chinese (see other version if Japanese is your audience).

Taurus Zodiac Symbol / Sign

Japanese
Japan oushi-za
knob
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knob

This is the Japanese way to write Taurus (bull) of western astrology. Please note this version is only used in Japanese (see other version if Chinese is your audience).

Virgo Zodiac Symbol / Sign

Chinese
China chù nǚ zuò
knob
ribbon top
knob

This is the Chinese way to write Virgo (virgin) of western astrology. Please note this version is only used in Chinese (see other version if Japanese is your audience).

Virgo Zodiac Symbol / Sign

Japanese
China yǐ nǚ zuò
Japan otome-za
knob
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knob

This is the Japanese way to write Virgo (virgin) of western astrology. Please note this version is only used in Japanese (see other version if Chinese is your audience).


A nice Chinese calligraphy wall scroll

The scroll that I am holding in this picture is a "medium size"
4-character wall scroll.
As you can see, it is a great size to hang on your wall.
(We also offer custom wall scrolls in larger sizes)

A professional Chinese Calligrapher

Professional calligraphers are getting to be hard to find these days.
Instead of drawing characters by hand, the new generation in China merely type roman letters into their computer keyboards and pick the character that they want from a list that pops up.

There is some fear that true Chinese calligraphy may become a lost art in the coming years. Many art institutes in China are now promoting calligraphy programs in hopes of keeping this unique form of art alive.

Trying to learn Chinese calligrapher - a futile effort

Even with the teachings of a top-ranked calligrapher in China, my calligraphy will never be good enough to sell. I will leave that to the experts.


A high-ranked Chinese master calligrapher that I met in Zhongwei

The same calligrapher who gave me those lessons also attracted a crowd of thousands and a TV crew as he created characters over 6-feet high. He happens to be ranked as one of the top 100 calligraphers in all of China. He is also one of very few that would actually attempt such a feat.



The following table is only helpful for those studying Chinese (or Japanese), and perhaps helps search engines to find this page when someone enters Romanized Chinese or Japanese

Title
Characters 
Simplified
Traditional
Japanese Romaji
(Romanized Japanese)
Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Dragon
ryuu / tatsu
ryu / tatsu
lóng
long
lung
long2
Snake / Serpent
hebishé
she
she2
Horse
uma
ma
ma3
Goat / Sheep
hitsujiyáng
yang
yang2
Monkey
n/ahóu
hou
hou2
Rooster / Chicken鸡 or 鶏
鷄 or 雞
niwatori
ji
chi
ji1
Dog
inu / kugǒu
gou
kou
gou3
Boar / Pig
inoshishizhū
zhu
chu
zhu1
Rat / Mouse
nezumishǔ
shu
shu3
Ox / Bull / Cow
ushiniú
niu
niu2
Tiger
tora
hu
hu3
Rabbit / Hare
usagi
tu
t`u
tu4
tu
tu
Aquarius Zodiac Symbol / Sign水瓶座
水瓶座
mizugame-zashuǐ píng zuò
shui ping zuo
shui p`ing tso
shui3 ping2 zuo4
shuipingzuo
shuipingtso
shui ping tso
Aries Zodiac Symbol / Sign牡羊座
牡羊座
ohitsuji-zamù yáng zuò
mu yang zuo
mu yang tso
mu4 yang2 zuo4
muyangzuo
Aries Zodiac Symbol / Sign白羊座
白羊座
n/abái yáng zuò
bai yang zuo
pai yang tso
bai2 yang2 zuo4
baiyangzuo
Cancer Zodiac Symbol / Sign (Chinese)巨蟹座
巨蟹座
n/ajù xiè zuò
ju xie zuo
chü hsieh tso
ju4 xie4 zuo4
juxiezuo
Cancer Zodiac Symbol / Sign (Japanese)蟹座
蟹座
kani-zaxiè zuò
xie zuo
hsieh tso
xie4 zuo4
xiezuo
Capricorn Zodiac Symbol / Sign山羊座
山羊座
yagi-zashān yáng zuò
shan yang zuo
shan yang tso
shan1 yang2 zuo4
shanyangzuo
Capricorn Zodiac Symbol / Sign摩羯座
摩羯座
n/amó jié zuò
mo jie zuo
mo chieh tso
mo2 jie2 zuo4
mojiezuo
Gemini Zodiac Symbol / Sign双子座
雙子座
futago-zashuāng zǐ zuò
shuang zi zuo
shuang tzu tso
shuang1 zi3 zuo4
shuangzizuo
Gemini Zodiac Symbol / Sign双子座
雙子座
futago-zashuāng zǐ zuò
shuang zi zuo
shuang tzu tso
shuang1 zi3 zuo4
shuangzizuo
Leo Zodiac Symbol / Sign狮子座
獅子座
shishi-zashī zǐ zuò
shi zi zuo
shih tzu tso
shi1 zi3 zuo4
shizizuo
Libra Zodiac Symbol / Sign天秤座
天秤座
tenbin-zatiān chèng zuò
tian cheng zuo
t`ien ch`eng tso
tian1 cheng4 zuo4
tianchengzuo
tienchengtso
tien cheng tso
Ophiuchus Zodiac Symbol / Sign (Chinese)蛇夫座
蛇夫座
n/ashé fū zuò
she fu zuo
she fu tso
she2 fu1 zuo4
shefuzuo
Pisces Zodiac Symbol / Sign (Chinese)双鱼座
雙魚座
n/ashuāng yú zuò
shuang yu zuo
shuang yü tso
shuang1 yu2 zuo4
shuangyuzuo
Pisces Zodiac Symbol / Sign (Japanese)鱼座
魚座
uo-zayú zuò
yu zuo
yü tso
yu2 zuo4
yuzuo
Sagittarius Zodiac Symbol / Sign射手座
射手座
ite-zashè shǒu zuò
she shou zuo
she shou tso
she4 shou3 zuo4
sheshouzuo
Scorpio Zodiac Symbol / Sign (Chinese)天蝎座
天蠍座
n/atiān xiē zuò
tian xie zuo
t`ien hsieh tso
tian1 xie1 zuo4
tianxiezuo
tienhsiehtso
tien hsieh tso
Scorpio Zodiac Symbol / Sign (Japanese)蝎座
蠍座
sasori-zan/a
Taurus Zodiac Symbol / Sign (Chinese)金牛座
金牛座
n/ajīn niú zuò
jin niu zuo
chin niu tso
jin1 niu2 zuo4
jinniuzuo
Taurus Zodiac Symbol / Sign (Japanese)牡牛座
牡牛座
oushi-za
oshi-za
n/a
Virgo Zodiac Symbol / Sign (Chinese)处女座
處女座
n/achù nǚ zuò
chu nv zuo
ch`u nü tso
chu4 nv3 zuo4
chunvzuo
chunütso
chu nü tso
Virgo Zodiac Symbol / Sign (Japanese)乙女座
乙女座
otome-zayǐ nǚ zuò
yi nv zuo
i nü tso
yi3 nv3 zuo4
yinvzuo

If you have not set up your computer to display Chinese, the characters in this table probably look like empty boxes or random text garbage.
This is why I spent hundreds of hours making images so that you could view the characters in the "Zodiac" listings above.
If you want your Windows computer to be able to display Chinese characters you can either head to your Regional and Language options in your Win XP control panel, select the [Languages] tab and click on [Install files for East Asian Languages]. This task will ask for your Win XP CD to complete in most cases. If you don't have your Windows XP CD, or are running Windows 98, you can also download/run the simplified Chinese font package installer from Microsoft which works independently with Win 98, ME, 2000, and XP. It's a 2.5MB download, so if you are on dial up, start the download and go make a sandwich.


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