Chinese Zodiac vs. Japanese Zodiac

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Chinese Zodiac vs. Japanese Zodiac

Post by somenube » Fri 05.30.2008 12:37 pm

For a summer project I was thinking of making a clock with the numbers in kanji and the zodiac signs and animals for the time. When the clock struck a certain hour it would make the animal noise. There is one problem, I am not sure if the symbols for the Japanese zodiac are any different than the Chinese. Also, Do I use 犬 for dog,馬 for horse, and 羊 for sheep or do I use other kanji specifically designed for the zodiac like 午?
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Re: Chinese Zodiac vs. Japanese Zodiac

Post by richvh » Fri 05.30.2008 12:51 pm

The symbols are the same for both Japanese and Chinese zodiacs. However, there are special signs for some of the animals (different from the normal animal signs. See Wikipedia among other sources.
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Re: Chinese Zodiac vs. Japanese Zodiac

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Re: Chinese Zodiac vs. Japanese Zodiac

Post by somenube » Fri 05.30.2008 6:37 pm

Ok thanks that helped a lot! I thought the kanji, or hanzi, were different. But the zodiac kanji are the same.

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