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Zodiac in Chinese / Japanese...

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


Cancer Zodiac Symbol / Sign

China xiè zuò
Japan kani-za
Cancer Zodiac Symbol / Sign

蟹座 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).

Pisces Zodiac Symbol / Sign

China yú zuò
Japan uo-za
Pisces Zodiac Symbol / Sign

魚座 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).

Scorpio Zodiac Symbol / Sign

Japan sasori-za
Scorpio Zodiac Symbol / Sign

蠍座 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).

Cancer Zodiac Symbol / Sign

China jù xiè zuò
Cancer Zodiac Symbol / Sign

巨蟹座 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).

Capricorn Zodiac Symbol / Sign

China shān yáng zuò
Japan yagi-za
Capricorn Zodiac Symbol / Sign

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

Libra Zodiac Symbol / Sign

China tiān chèng zuò
Japan tenbin-za
Libra Zodiac Symbol / Sign

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

Scorpio Zodiac Symbol / Sign

China tiān xiē zuò
Scorpio Zodiac Symbol / Sign

天蠍座 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).

Aquarius Zodiac Symbol / Sign

China shuǐ píng zuò
Japan mizugame-za
Aquarius Zodiac Symbol / Sign

水瓶座 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
Aries Zodiac Symbol / Sign

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

Aries Zodiac Symbol / Sign

(Alternate / Chinese)
China bái yáng zuò
Aries Zodiac Symbol / Sign

白羊座 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.

Capricorn Zodiac Symbol / Sign

(Alternate / Chinese)
China mó jié zuò
Capricorn Zodiac Symbol / Sign

摩羯座 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
Gemini Zodiac Symbol / Sign

雙子座 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
Gemini Zodiac Symbol / Sign

雙子座 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
Leo Zodiac Symbol / Sign

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

Pisces Zodiac Symbol / Sign

China shuāng yú zuò
Pisces Zodiac Symbol / Sign

雙魚座 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).

Virgo Zodiac Symbol / Sign

China yǐ nǚ zuò
Japan otome-za
Virgo Zodiac Symbol / Sign

乙女座 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).

Virgo Zodiac Symbol / Sign

China chù nǚ zuò
Virgo Zodiac Symbol / Sign

處女座 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).

Ophiuchus Zodiac Symbol / Sign

China shé fū zuò
Ophiuchus Zodiac Symbol / Sign

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

Sagittarius Zodiac Symbol / Sign

China shè shǒu zuò
Japan ite-za
Sagittarius Zodiac Symbol / Sign

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

Taurus Zodiac Symbol / Sign

Japan oushi-za
Taurus Zodiac Symbol / Sign

牡牛座 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).

Taurus Zodiac Symbol / Sign

China jīn niú zuò
Taurus Zodiac Symbol / Sign

金牛座 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).

Dragon

Year of the Dragon / Zodiac Sign
China lóng
Japan ryuu / tatsu
Dragon

龍 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."


See also our Chinese Zodiac or Dragon Calligraphy pages.

Tiger

Year of the Tiger / Zodiac Sign
China
Japan tora
Tiger

虎 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.


See also our Chinese Zodiac or Tiger Calligraphy pages.

Rat / Mouse

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

鼠 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."


See also our Chinese Zodiac page.

Horse

Year of the Horse / Zodiac Sign
China
Japan uma
Horse

馬 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.


See also our Chinese Zodiac page.

Goat / Sheep

Year of the Goat / Zodiac Sign
China yáng
Japan hitsuji
Goat  /  Sheep

羊 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).


See also our Chinese Zodiac page.

Monkey

Year of the Monkey / Zodiac Sign
China hóu
Monkey

猴 is the character for monkey in Chinese.
猴 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.


See also our Chinese Zodiac page.

Note: This character does have the meaning of monkey in Korean Hanja but is not used very often.

Boar / Pig

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

豬 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.


猪The character shown to the right is the Japanese Kanji for "wild boar."
It's an alternate/simplified form of pig/boar in Chinese (can be read by both Chinese and Japanese people). Click on that character instead of the button above if you want this version.

See also our Chinese Zodiac page.

Ox / Bull / Cow

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

牛 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."


See also our Chinese Zodiac page.

Rabbit / Hare

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

兔 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.


See also our Chinese Zodiac page.

Snake / Serpent

Year of the Snake / Zodiac Sign
China shé
Japan hebi
Snake  /  Serpent

蛇 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).


See also our Chinese Zodiac page.

Dog

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

狗 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).


See also our Chinese Zodiac page.

Rooster / Chicken

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

鷄 or 雞 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.


See also our Chinese Zodiac page.

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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Cancer Zodiac Symbol
Sign
蟹座kani-zaxiè zuò / xie4 zuo4 / xie zuo / xiezuo hsieh tso / hsiehtso
Pisces Zodiac Symbol
Sign
魚座
鱼座
uo-zayú zuò / yu2 zuo4 / yu zuo / yuzuo yü tso / yütso
Scorpio Zodiac Symbol
Sign
蠍座
蝎座
sasori-za
Cancer Zodiac Symbol
Sign
巨蟹座jù xiè zuò
ju4 xie4 zuo4
ju xie zuo
juxiezuo
chü hsieh tso
chühsiehtso
Capricorn Zodiac Symbol
Sign
山羊座yagi-zashān yáng zuò
shan1 yang2 zuo4
shan yang zuo
shanyangzuo
shan yang tso
shanyangtso
Libra Zodiac Symbol
Sign
天秤座tenbin-zatiān chèng zuò
tian1 cheng4 zuo4
tian cheng zuo
tianchengzuo
t`ien ch`eng tso
tienchengtso
tien cheng tso
Scorpio Zodiac Symbol
Sign
天蠍座
天蝎座
tiān xiē zuò
tian1 xie1 zuo4
tian xie zuo
tianxiezuo
t`ien hsieh tso
tienhsiehtso
tien hsieh tso
Aquarius Zodiac Symbol
Sign
水瓶座mizugame-zashuǐ píng zuò
shui3 ping2 zuo4
shui ping zuo
shuipingzuo
shui p`ing tso
shuipingtso
shui ping tso
Aries Zodiac Symbol
Sign
牡羊座ohitsuji-zamù yáng zuò
mu4 yang2 zuo4
mu yang zuo
muyangzuo
mu yang tso
muyangtso
Aries Zodiac Symbol
Sign
白羊座bái yáng zuò
bai2 yang2 zuo4
bai yang zuo
baiyangzuo
pai yang tso
paiyangtso
Capricorn Zodiac Symbol
Sign
摩羯座mó jié zuò
mo2 jie2 zuo4
mo jie zuo
mojiezuo
mo chieh tso
mochiehtso
Gemini Zodiac Symbol
Sign
雙子座
双子座
futago-zashuāng zǐ zuò
shuang1 zi3 zuo4
shuang zi zuo
shuangzizuo
shuang tzu tso
shuangtzutso
Gemini Zodiac Symbol
Sign
雙子座
双子座
futago-zashuāng zǐ zuò
shuang1 zi3 zuo4
shuang zi zuo
shuangzizuo
shuang tzu tso
shuangtzutso
Leo Zodiac Symbol
Sign
獅子座
狮子座
shishi-zashī zǐ zuò
shi1 zi3 zuo4
shi zi zuo
shizizuo
shih tzu tso
shihtzutso
Pisces Zodiac Symbol
Sign
雙魚座
双鱼座
shuāng yú zuò
shuang1 yu2 zuo4
shuang yu zuo
shuangyuzuo
shuang yü tso
shuangyütso
Virgo Zodiac Symbol
Sign
乙女座otome-zayǐ nǚ zuò
yi3 nv3 zuo4
yi nv zuo
yinvzuo
i nü tso
inütso
Virgo Zodiac Symbol
Sign
處女座
处女座
chù nǚ zuò
chu4 nv3 zuo4
chu nv zuo
chunvzuo
ch`u nü tso
chunütso
chu nü tso
Ophiuchus Zodiac Symbol
Sign
蛇夫座shé fū zuò
she2 fu1 zuo4
she fu zuo
shefuzuo
she fu tso
shefutso
Sagittarius Zodiac Symbol
Sign
射手座ite-zashè shǒu zuò
she4 shou3 zuo4
she shou zuo
sheshouzuo
she shou tso
sheshoutso
Taurus Zodiac Symbol
Sign
牡牛座oushi-za / oshi-za
Taurus Zodiac Symbol
Sign
金牛座jīn niú zuò
jin1 niu2 zuo4
jin niu zuo
jinniuzuo
chin niu tso
chinniutso
Dragon
ryuu / tatsu
ryu / tatsu
ryu/tatsu
lóng / long2 / long lung
Tiger torahǔ / hu3 / hu
Rat
Mouse
nezumishǔ / shu3 / shu
Horse
umamǎ / ma3 / ma
Goat
Sheep
hitsujiyáng / yang2 / yang
Monkey hóu / hou2 / hou
Boar
Pig

inoshishizhū / zhu1 / zhu chu
Ox
Bull
Cow
ushiniú / niu2 / niu
Rabbit
Hare
usagitù / tu4 / tu t`u / tu
Snake
Serpent
hebishé / she2 / she
Dog inu / kugǒu / gou3 / gou kou
Rooster
Chicken
鷄 or 雞
鸡 or 鶏
niwatorijī / ji1 / ji chi
In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.

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Humanity
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Kenjutsu
Life in Balance
Love
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Marriage
Martial Arts
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Patience
Peace and Prosperity
Power
Rose
Samurai
Serenity Prayer
Strength
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Sword
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Understanding
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A nice Chinese calligraphy wall scroll

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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.


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