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Japan prepares for 'Year of the Dragon'

2011-12-29 04:05:58 GMT2011-12-29 12:05:58(Beijing Time)  SINA.com

Mikos (shrine maidens) arrange 'Hamaya' (arrows intended to destroy evil spirits) to which 'Emas' (wooden plaques) are attached featuring a picture of dragon in celebration of the forthcoming 'Year of the Dragon' at Sosha Shrine on December 27, 2011 in Himeji, Japan. Japanese years are commonly associated with the twelve animals Mouse, Cow, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig. (Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe/Getty Images)

Lanterns celebrating the forthcoming 'Year of the Dragon' are displayed at Sosha Shrine on December 27, 2011 in Himeji, Japan. Japanese years are commonly associated with the twelve animals Mouse, Cow, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig. (Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe/Getty Images)

A Woman make rice cakes, Mochi for celebrations of the forthcoming Year of the Dragon at Zuiganji temple on December 28, 2011 in Himeji, Japan. The Japanese calendar is divided into twelve parts and are commonly associated with the twelve animals, the Mouse, Cow, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and the Pig. (Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe/Getty Images)

A large wooden board with a dragon drawing is displayed above the Asakusa shopping street crowded with year-end shoppers to celebrate the upcoming "Year of the Dragon" in Tokyo. Asian markets were marginally lower in quiet trading Tuesday, with few economic developments or data in the region or elsewhere to drive sentiment

Japan prepares for celebrations of the forthcoming Year of the Dragon.

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