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A Simple Guide to Zodiac Signs in Japanese

Zodiac Signs in Japanese

Let’s talk about zodiac signs in Japanese!

IMPORTANT | We are not talking about the Chinese zodiacs used in Japanese culture as well, but the western Astrological zodiac signs in Japanese.

In this article, we’ll be giving you a breakdown of the western zodiac signs in Japanese.

We’ll include BONUS vocabulary to help you explain your star sign in Japanese.

Chinese Zodiac 十二支 じゅうにし
Western Zodiac 西洋の十二支 せいようのじゅうにし

Each Zodiac Sign has a corresponding element and planet. Here is a breakdown of the elements:

ちきゅう くうき みず

Aries in Japanese (March 21 – April 19)

Aries 牡羊座 [おひつじざ]

  • Element: Fire 火 [ひ]
  • Ruling planet: Mars 火星 [かせい]
Determined 決定 [けってい]Impatient せっかち
Honest 本音 [ほんね] Impulsive 衝動的 [しょうどうてき]
Confident 自信満々 [じしんまんまん]Aggressive 攻撃的 [こうげきてき]

Taurus in Japanese (April 20 – May 20)

Taurus 牡牛座 [おうしざ]

  • Element: Earth 地球 [ちきゅう]
  • Ruling planet: Venus 金星 [きんせい]
Practical 実用的 [じつようてき]Stubborn 頑固 [がんこ]
Patient 忍耐強い [にんたいづよい]Possessive 所有格 [しょゆうかく]
Reliable 信頼性のある [しんらいせいのある]Uncompromising 妥協のない [だきょうのない]

Gemini in Japanese (May 21 – June 20)

Gemini 双子座 [ふたござ]

  • Element: Air 空気 [くうき]
  • Ruling planet: Mercury 水星 [すいせい]
Gentle 優しい [やさしい]Nervous 緊張 [きんちょう]
Affectionate 愛情深い [あいじょうぶかい]Inconsistent 一貫性のない [いっかんせいのない]
Curious 奇妙な [きみょうな]Indecisive 優柔不断 [ゆうじゅうふだん]

Cancer in Japanese (June 21 – July 22)

Cancer 蟹座 [かにざ]

  • Element: Water 水 [みず]
  • Ruling planet: The Moon 月 [つき]
Tenacious 粘り強い [ねばりづよい]Suspicious 疑わしい [うたがわしい]
Loyal 忠実 [ちゅうじつ]Pessimistic 悲観的 [ひかんてき]
Imaginative 想像力豊か [そうぞうりょく ゆたか]Manipulative 操作的な [そうさくてきな]
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Leo in Japanese (July 23 – August 22)

Leo 獅子座 [ししざ]

  • Element: Fire 火 [ひ]
  • Ruling planet: The Sun 太陽 [たいよう]
Creative クリエイティブArrogant 傲慢 [ごうまん]
Humorous ユーモラスなStubborn 頑固 [がんこ]
Passionate 情熱的な [じょうねつてきな]Lazy 怠けている [なまけている]

Virgo in Japanese (August 23 – September 22)

Virgo 乙女座 [おとめざ]

  • Element: Earth 地球 [ちきゅう]
  • Ruling planet: Mercury 水星 [すいせい]
Kind 親切 [しんせつ]Worry 心配 [しんぱい]
Loyal 忠実 [ちゅうじつ]Shy 恥ずかしい [はずかしい]
Hardworking 勤勉な [きんべんな]

Libra in Japanese (September 23 – October 22)

Libra 天秤座 [てんびんざ]

  • Element: Air 空気 [くうき]
  • Ruling planet: Venus 金星 [きんせい]
Social 社会的な [しゃかいてきな]Indecisive 優柔不断 [ゆうじゅうふだん]
Cooperative 協同組合 [きょうどうくみあい]Will carry a grudge 恨みを背負う [うらみをせおう]
Gracious 優雅な [ゆうがな]

Scorpio in Japanese (October 23 – November 21)

Scorpio 蠍座 [さそりざ]

  • Element: Water 水 [みず]
  • Ruling planet: Pluto 冥王星 [めいおうせい]
Resourceful 優秀な [ゆうしゅうな]Jealous 嫉妬する [しっとする]
Brave 勇敢な [ゆうかんな]Secretive 秘密主義 [ひみつしゅぎ]
Passionate 情熱的な [じょうねつてきな]Distrusting 不信感 [ふしんかん]

Sagittarius in Japanese (November 22 – December 21)

Sagittarius 射手座 [いてざ]

  • Element: Fire 火 [ひ]
  • Ruling planet: Jupiter 木星 [もくせい]
Generous 優しい [やさしい]Shallow 浅い [あさい]
Idealistic 理想主義 [りそうしゅぎ]Bored easily 退屈 [たいくつ]

Capricorn in Japanese (December 22 – January 19)

Capricorn 山羊座 [やぎざ]

  • Element: Earth 地球 [ちきゅう]
  • Ruling planet: Saturn 土星 [どせい]
Responsible 責任者 [せきにんしゃ]Unforgiving 容赦ない [ようしゃない]
Disciplined 懲戒処分 [ちょうかいしょぶん]Know-it-all すべてを知る [すべてをしる]


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DID YOU KNOW || We have another article for Zodiacs in Chinese, full of useful vocabulary you can use in your daily life.

Aquarius in Japanese (January 20 – February 18)

Aquarius 水瓶座 [みずがめざ]

  • Element: Air 空気 [くうき]
  • Ruling planet: Uranus 天王星 [てんおうせい]
Original オリジナル Aloof よそよそしい
Independent 独立 [どくりつ]Temperamental 気まぐれ [きまぐれ]
Humanitarian 人道的な [じんどうてきな]Uncompromising 妥協しない [だきょうしない]

Pisces in Japanese (February 19 – March 20)

Pisces 魚座 [うおざ]

  • Element: Water 水 [みず]
  • Ruling planet: Neptune 海王星 [かいおうせい]
Kind 親切 [しんせつ]Fearful 恐ろしい [おそろしい]
Creative クリエイティブSad 悲しい [かなしい]
Overly trusting 過信 [かしん]

What is your Zodiac Sign in Japanese? Let us know in the comments!

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How do you say Zodiac in Japanese?

Chinese Zodiac: 十二支 じゅうにし

Western Zodiac: 西洋の十二支 せいようのじゅうにし

How do you say Pisces in Japanese?

Pisces in Japanese is 魚座 [うおざ]

How do you say Virgo in Japanese?

Virgo in Japanese is 乙女座 [おとめざ]

How do you say Cancer in Japanese?

Cancer in Japanese is 蟹座 [かにざ]

What’s the difference between Chinese zodiacs and Western zodiacs?

Both Chinese and Western zodiacs have 12 signs. There are 2 similar signs between the western and Chinese the Ox/Bull and the Goat/Ram.

Chinese zodiacs are based on a person’s birth year and Western zodiacs are based on a person’s birth month.

Another similarity between Chinese and Western zodiacs is the use of elements associated with the zodiac.

Western zodiacs have a fixed element per zodiac while the Chinese go through a cycle.

Both Chinese and Western zodiacs use fire, earth, air, and water. Chinese zodiacs have an additional element, metal.

What are the Chinese zodiac signs?

The 12 Chinese zodiac signs are:

Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig.

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