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Sugawara-in shrine, Kyoto

In Chinese astrology, 2021 is the year of the ox (buffalo), what’s more, it’s an ox made of metal. This magnificent specimen, which can be seen at Sugawara-in shrine in Kyoto, should remind us that we are entering a time of hard work. The ox – methodical and disciplined – encourages us to redouble our efforts to begin new and innovative projects. As we sow, so shall we reap, including how we apply ourselves to the task. This is what we can learn from this zodiac sign, which we hope will help light our way.

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