Friday, December 31, 2010

2011 The Year Of The Rabbit

The 55th ceremony of the zodiac sign replacement took place last Monday at the Tsutenkaku Tower in Osaka as usual. A tiger cub and two bunnies participated at this ceremony, representing the Chinese zodiac signs of the current year ( Year of the Metal Tiger ) and the year to come ( Year of the Metal Rabbit ), symbolizing the passing of responsibility from the tiger to the rabbit. While most of Asia remains faithful to the Chinese lunar calendar for the Lunar New Year, Japan uses the Western style calendar for both. It makes New Year's Day the start of 2011 and the Year of the Rabbit.

Traditional Rabbit attributes and associations:
Zodiac Location: 4th
Ruling hours: 5am-7am
Direction: East
Motto: “Let there be peace, and let it begin with me”
Season and month: Spring, March
Fixed element: Wood
Stem: Negative
Gemstone: Aquamarine
Color: Green, Aqua
Roughly equivalent western sign: Pisces
Polarity: Yin
Ruling Countries: Oman Oman, Iraq Iraq, Malaysia Malaysia, Croatia Croatia, Chile Chile, Syria Syria

The tradition says that the Year of the Rabbit will probably be gracious, good friend, kind, sensitive, soft-spoken, amiable, elegant, reserved, cautious, artistic, thorough, tender, self-assured, shy, astute, compassionate, lucky and flexible. But can be moody, detached, superficial, self-indulgent, opportunistic and stubborn.

Tiger-chan is so cute! <3

But bunnies are even more adorable >w<

Manny return to their hometowns to celebrate the new year with family.

Saitama Children Zoo tempting you and your kids to go and play with their bunnies.

Some rabbit owners dress them up and have a *hopping* good time. At "Bunny Family" just south of Tokyo, on Tuesday, bunny owners primp their pets for the New Year. They're hoping to immortalize their furry bundle in a photo session.

During this period of the year, bunnie figurines are manufactured in many places in Japan. Some bunnie crafts bellow ^^

Head shaking bunnie:

Origami bunnie:

FujiFilm's New Year photo greeting cards CM starring Kiki Kirin (lady wearing the kimono), Horikita Maki (girl with the gray jacket), Nakajima Miyuki (bunnie on the left) and Sasaki Nozomi (bunnie on the right). Making of the CM here.

And finally some 2010 photo news.

Oh! And couldn't resist showing you this, although it's been almost a week since Christmas ^^' They are so cute! *-*

And well i guess that's it, happy new year minna-san! And may the bunnies be with you in 2011~ ^^


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