“The Year of the Ox has returned once more in Japan in the cycle of the zodiac. There are eleven other animals which, through fables so ancient that nobody knows just when they started or who started them, have achieved something or other and for their achievement are revered and placed in the zodiac.
“Thus the Year of the Ox comes to Japan but once out of every dozen years. Last year it was the year of the Rat. Next year is the year of the Tiger. So it goes, and each year is named after some animal whose power is said to be transmitted to those born within those twelve months.
“Children born during the Year of the Ox are supposed to be hardy, strong, and successful in later life. They are also supposed to be somewhat stubborn, and some of the fabled historic tales of Old Japan are not so complimentary to the person whose birthday falls in the Year of the Ox.”
– “Year of the Ox”, Japan Society Bulletin (NYC), April 1925