(newly listed antique reprint obi `bird & peony')
Dear Ichiroya newsletter readers,
Hi! This is Nagisa from Ichiroya. This is my first newsletter in 2018. Happy New Year! This year is the year of the Dog in "Eto" which is the 12 zodiac sign. Today, I'd like to introduce you wonderful dog design items! U^ｪ^U
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"Eto" is originally Chinese astrology to indicate time or direction. It was connected with 12 animals, and was spread to many countries in Asia through the Silk Road. However, these 12 animals are different in each countries. Japanese "Eto" animals are Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Ram, Monkey, Cock, Dog and Boar. OK, OK, you have a question, right? Why isn't a cat here? Even though they're so cute! There is an interesting episode.
Once upon a time, God said to animals 'Let's race guys, come here on the New Year's Day. I do the thing which came by the twelfth from the first to the general of the animal by turns for one year' However, a Cat didn't know when is the date, so the Cat asked a Rat 'When should I go?' Then, the Rat lied to the Cat 'The second day of the year.' In this way, the Cat was deceived by the Rat, and couldn't reach the top 12 of the race. So that, cat has been left out Japanese "Eto" animals. Also, that's why cat chasing mouse like Tom and Jerry.
By the way, I went to the university I graduated from to watch Christmas illumination last month after a long absence. My university was designed by William Merrell Vories with Spanish Mission Style, and it's famous for its beautifulness. Especially, the Clock Tower is our school's symbol. Look! The college mascot 'Soraran' also has the Clock Tower on his head! Anyway, there are always lots of students, professors and neighbors during the daytime, but it was silent and the air was cold and fresh at that night. The Christmas illumination was also so fascinating! I was really impressed with calm atmosphere which I can never find in the city. Incidentally, everyone calls the illumination 'the shining school fees'.
Thank you for reading till the end! See you next time!