The Year of the Rat is the first animal in the Chinese zodiac cycle. This bilingual book, in English and Japanese, of haiku and senryu, delivers a poem-a-day, from 25th of January 2020 (1.XXV) to 11th of February 2021 (384.XI) and, therefore, comprises 384 micro poems. The cycle of the lunar years begins with the Rat. It is said that those animals signify what others perceive of what we are or how we present ourselves. The agricultural calendar (or the solar months) begins with the Tiger (the first animal of spring), and these animals, assigned by month, represent our inner selves.