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The lunar new year falls on 19 Feb this year, ushering in the Year of the Goat.  The goat is the eighth of 12 animals making up the Chinese zodiac.  People born in the Year of the Goat are supposed to be gentle, amicable and have a strong sense of justice.  The Chinese character for goat (羊) is a generic one, and can stand for either a mountain goat or sheep.  Conventional wisdom is that there were no sheep in China in the past, so the goat is usually chosen.  It is also a more spritely animal.

I have been folding an origami animal to make an e-card every year since 2010.  This year, I folded 2 designs.  The first is a 2-piece design by  Akira Yoshizawa folded from a bird base, which I chose to use for me e-card.  You can see it here.

Goat – design by Akira Yoshizawa

The other design which I liked was the goat designed by Jun Maekawa.  It is a stout and majestic animal.  Here’s the completed model.

Goat - designed by Jun Maekawa

Goat – design by Jun Maekawa

Happy Year of the Goat!

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