Snake is the next year's Zodiac Animal.
In a cycle of 60 years based on
the ten celestial signs and the twelve horary signs,
each year is named a combination of one of the 12 kinds of animals and one of the ten kinds of elements (eto).
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[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.edo265.net/japan/