Japanese Vocabulary Lesson 26: 12 Signs of the Zodiac

This week we are making a brief break from grammar, to learn yet another interesting group of words in Japanese! The 12 signs of the Zodiac! Here they are!

Sign Name (Original)
Sign Name (Japanese)
Aries  March 21 – April 20 おひつじ座(牡羊座)
Taurus April 21 – May 21 おうし座(牡牛座)
Gemini May 22 – June 21 ふたご座(双子座)
Cancer June 22 – July 22 かに座(蟹座)
Leo July 23 – August 22 しし座(獅子座)
Virgo August 23 – September 23 おとめ座(乙女座)
Libra September 24 – October 23 てんびん座(天秤座)
Scorpio October 24 – November 22 さそり座(蠍座)
Sagittarius November 23 – December 21 いて座(射手座)
Capricorn December 22 – January 20 やぎ座(山羊座)
Aquarius January 21 – February 19 みずがめ座(水瓶座)
Pisces February 20 – March 20 うお座(魚座)

The kanji 座(ざ, za)is an abbreviation of the word 星座 (せいざ, seiza), which means “constellation” or “sign of the Zodiac”.

And that’s all for today!

Oh and by the way, the meaning of last week’s kanji is “EASY”! 😉

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