2014, the year of the horse according to the Chinese zodiac. Variations include the unicorn and the pegasus.
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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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So you’ve settled on your new pad, moved in, and now there’s empty or mostly empty walls staring back at you. What to do? Thankfully, you’ve got a lot of options. Japan is home to some of the smallest living spaces in the modern world, and every year furniture and interior design companies come out with new and creative ways to make the most of your space.
If you’ve got the budget, anything is possible. Even if you don’t, you’re not out of luck. Here are some ways to maximize your budget when furnishing your new home:
There’s a ton of ways to work with your space no matter the size. Here’s a stylish, one room apartment set up.
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