From the wiki: “When Buddhism arrived in Japan in the mid-6th century AD, the Japanese eagerly imported both the Buddhist teachings and the Zodiac calendar — the calendar was officially adopted in 604 AD. (The lunar calendar was abandoned in 1872 in favor of the solar (Gregorian) calendar, but even today many temples and shrines continue to use the lunar calendar for important festivals and events.)
“In Japan, ‘rooster’ is read as tori.
“People born in the year of the Rooster are busy focused-individuals who carry a sense of pride and devotion in there day to day work. Roosters think deep and are pretty knowledgeable beings. Roosters like to keep themselves busy. Roosters sign people have a tendency to always want to achieve higher ambitions and do things that are sometimes out of there scope or reach. If they partake in a project that is above there abilities, they usually get very upset with disappointment in not being able to complete what they set forth to achieve.
“Roosters are not shy or reserved individuals, in fact they will speak out with whatever it is on there minds regardless of what it may be.”