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Jûnishi is the twelve signs of the oriental Zodiac. They are related to the date, the time of day, and the compass directions.

The Jûnishi is not used as a calendar in Japan today, but everybody knows the animal representing the year in which he or she was born. When the sign of a particular year is the same as a man's birth sign, he is termed toshi-otoko, while a woman is termed toshi-onna.