It is the year of the rabbit (usagidoshi). The Japanese believe that people who are born in the same animal year share similar personality and character. People born in the year of the rabbit are smooth talkers, talented, ambitious, virtuous and reserved. Click here to check what year you were born in and what kind of personality your animal sign has.
The Japanese word for a rabbit is "usagi".
Compared to the other zodiac animals such as the ox (ushi) or tiger (tora), there are not many expressions including the word rabbit. "Nito o ou mono wa itto o mo ezu (二兎を追うものは一兎をも得ず)" means, "If you run after two hares, you will catch neither." "Datto no gotoshi (脱兎の如し)" means, "with lighting speed, as fast as one can."