New Years Greetings

© illustration wanpug sozai blog

2014, the year of the horse according to the Chinese zodiac. Variations include the unicorn and the pegasus.
© illustration wanpug sozai

Now that Christmas has passed, people are gearing up for the Japanese New Year, or Oshōgatsu.  Part of bring in the new year involves sending new years greetings cards, called nengajō, to family and friends.  These postcards arrive in your mail box on New Years Day if the sender posts before the Christmas deadline.

Think of it like the tradition of sending Christmas cards, but a little more involved because your mailing list will usually include acquaintances or connections that you may hardly ever see, or consider yourself very close to at all, out of politeness.

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