Paper Model: Canon Creative Park’s (Japan) “CHINESE YELLOW DRAGON (BOBBLEHEAD)” by Katsuyuki Shiga

The Dragon is one of the 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac. The Dragon is the only animal that is mythical. The Year of the Dragon is associated with the earthly branch symbol.

Persons born within these date ranges can be said to have been born in the Year of the Dragon, while also bearing the following elemental sign:

16 February 1904       to         3 February 1905         : Wood Dragon

23 January 1928        to         9 February 1929         : Earth Dragon

8 February 1940         to         26 January 1941         : Metal Dragon

27 January 1952         to         13 February 1953       : Water Dragon

13 February 1964       to         1 February 1965         : Wood Dragon

31 January 1976         to         17 February 1977       : Fire Dragon

17 February 1988       to         5 February 1989         : Earth Dragon

5 February 2000         to         23 January 2001         : Metal Dragon

23 January 2012         to         9 February 2013         : Water Dragon

10 February 2024       to         28 January 2025         : Wood Dragon

Chinese Dragons are legendary creatures in Chinese mythology and folklore, with mythic counterparts among Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Bhutanese, Western, and Turkic Dragons. In Chinese art, Dragons are typically portrayed as long, scaled, serpentine creatures with four legs. In the Yin and Yang terminology, the Chinese Dragon is symbolized as the Yang Tu Lung and complements the Yin Fenghuang, or the Chinese Phoenix.

In contrast to the European dragons, which are considered evil, Chinese Dragons traditionally symbolize potent and auspicious powers, particularly control over water, rainfall, hurricane, and floods. The Chinese Dragon is also a symbol of power, strength, and good luck. With this, the Emperor of China usually uses the Dragon as a symbol of his imperial power.

In Chinese daily language, excellent and outstanding people are compared to the Dragon while incapable people with no achievements are compared with other disesteemed creatures, such as the worm. A number of Chinese proverbs and idioms feature references to the Dragon, for example: “Hoping one’s son will become a dragon.”

The pattern itself is actually a post card. The lucky recipient may cut out the pattern and assemble it to form the bobblehead dragon to serve as a good luck charm this year.

I had an easy time assembling the model, although photographing the figure is quite tricky because the head kept turning from side to side. The instructions are not much hard to understand which is a big bonus.

If you want to try assembling this model, you may download it at the Canon Creative Park’s (Japan) website [click here].


A journey of a thousand miles begin with the first step ~ A Chinese Proverb

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