According to Chinese horoscope we are living now The Year of the (Metal) Rabbit. Actually it’s not yet started. Precise timeline for Rabbit’s Year is from February 3rd 2011 to January 22nd 2012 but I guess it’s much easier to define it as a whole year starting from the very beginning of the western year. If you are interested to knowing more about Chinese horoscope you can find lot of stuff from the web. Here’s some pages you could check out: site 1 | site 2.
It’s been a tradition in Hello! Project that in the beginning of each new year memebers have drawn those animal characters from Chinese horoscope on U-FI’s official photos. Here you can see an assortment of rabbits made by Berryz girls.