“Imperial Year 2598  is the Year of the Tiger.
“The dauntless tiger [tora] crosses one thousand leagues, fearful of nothing. It is said he topples all enemies. Thanks to our incomparably brave troops, ferocious like the tiger, an eternal peace is being established in Asia.
“We wish military success and long life to those troops who are being deployed this spring. Like the masterful tiger, Japan’s troops subject time and disorder to their righteous control as they cross the vast territories of China.”
– Japanese government propaganda handbill, 1938
“Like the lion, the tiger is a stranger to the Japanese islands, and was usually portrayed in the traditional manner imported from China via scroll paintings.
“It was long assumed to be a mythical beast and is the symbol of courage. It is said to live a thousand years. When it reaches the age of five hundred, a character meaning ‘king’ is said to appear on its head, and at the age of a thousand, it becomes an inhabitant of the Milky Way.
“The tiger is the animal symbol for the third year of the Japanese zodiac. In Oriental symbology, there has long been a conventional connection between the tiger and bamboo. The tiger is often shown forcing its way through the thick undergrowth of the jungle, thus symbolizing ‘Will’ overcoming ‘Evil’.
“When a tiger is shown crouching beside a clump of bamboo in a storm, the tiger is a symbol of the power of faith. And it took quite a lot of faith for the Japanese to believe in the images of tigers, since tigers are not native to Japan.”
– Netsuke Japanese Life and Legend in Miniature, by Edwin C. Symmes, Jr., 2013
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“People born in the Year of the Tiger are creative, independent, active, and courageous. They make natural leaders, as they can stimulate and inspire ohers. They’re unconvential and can be rash, impetuous, and outspoken.
“The Tiger is most compatible with the Pig and least compatible with the Monkey.
“The Year of the Tiger is a turbulent year full of surprises and unexpected developments. You need to be cautious in everything you do.”
– Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Divination, by Richard Webster, 2017