2018 is Year of the Dog according to Oriental zodiac.
In Japan, we use the zodiac for the year like ” Inu-doshi ” (year of the dog ) and for the day . e.g ” Inu-no hi ” ( day of the dog) or ” Tori no hi ” ( day of the rooster).
People born in 1922, 1934,1946,1958,1982,1994 and 2006 are Dog year.
This is from China and very important in Chinese culture. The most popular year is the dragon which is symbol of the emperor.
In Taiwan, Singapore and Hong Kong, the year of dragon’s birth rates are highest in twelve zodiacs.
How the Chinese Zodiac Affects National Birth Rates
People of Year of the Dog
According to this site,
“Loyalty, compatibility and kindness. Dogs frequently offer kind words and useful advice, always listening and lending a shoulder when necessary. ”
Historical Japanese people
MAEDA Toshiie/ Famous general worked for Nobunaga Oda and Hideyoshi Toyotomi. His child name was Inu-chiyo due to he was born in year of the dog.
( Inu means dog and chiyo means long generations ) .
Of course TOKUGAWA Tsunayoshi known as ” Inu shogun ” ( dog tycoon) born in 1646, year of the dog.
Shohei OTANI who is a baseball player of Los Angeles Angels of MLB
Yuzuru HANYU (Japanese figure skater) and Rio Olympics under-23 squad members
Takuma ASANO ( VfB Stuttgart), Naomichi Ueda ( Kashima Antlers)
Shoya NAKAJIMA ( Portimonense SC ) are also “Toshi otoko ” next year.
Nakajima known as dog lover and he’s said that his dog is long time training partner of Nakajima.
Can’t wait their play at 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia!