Happy New Year from Wakizashi’s little corner of Japan!
2021 is the third year in the Reiwa Period (令和三年). The Japanese follow the Chinese Zodiac which has 12 animals for each 12-year cycle. 2021 is the Year of the Ox (or Cow). According to the Chinese Lunar calendar the New Year begins on February 12th.
Ox Years are: 1901, 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021
What kind of year can we expect?
Kathryn Wortley of the Japan Times writes: “The second animal of the Chinese zodiac, the ox denotes the hard work, positivity and honesty that will be manifested in all of us in the coming 12 months, according to astrologers.”
Characteristics of People Born in the Year of the Ox
“People born in the Year of the Ox are strong, reliable, fair and conscientious, inspiring confidence in others. They are also calm, patient, methodical and can be trusted. Although they say little they can be very opinionated. They believe strongly in themselves, but are also stubborn and hate to fail or be challenged. Although they do not lose their temper easily their anger can become explosive and impulsive. They are serious, quiet and not naturally sociable, which can make them dull. Ox people have a great deal of common sense.”-Source: V&A Online
My Hopes for 2021
I am hoping to see an increase in kindness and respect for others’ ideas and opinions. I look forward to a reduction in the kind of irresponsible cruelness and negativity that has seeped into our social networks and media over the last couple of years. I would also like to see less fearmongering and more positivity in the press and media; constructive suggestions and solutions rather than restrictions and censorship.
But enough from me. I’ll step down off my soapbox and drink a calming cup of tea, prepared earlier in the Wakizashi Teahouse:-)
I hope 2021 will be a positive year for us all! What kind of Year are you hoping for?