Nengajo New Year is a very special holiday in Japan. People visit relatives, neighbours, friends and colleagues – anyone who has done favours for them throughout the year. People also send out postcards, which are all delivered on New Years Day. The cards may include information about what people have been doing and what their new years resolutions are. You may also see the phrase Akemashite omedeto gozaimasu (Happy New Year).
Nengajo The cards are decorated with coloured paints, black ink, paper cutouts, etc. Recently, people have started creating cards with their computers, incorporating photographs and other images. Popular images include animals from the Chinese zodiac, which moves in a 12 year cycle.Chinese zodiac
Activity Look at the nengajo on the following slides. What sort of images and/or information do you see on the postcards? Make a nengajo to send to a classmate next year. Include the appropriate zodiac animal and the phrase Akemashite omedeto gozaimasu! (Happy New Year!) Find out more at japan.org/kidsweb/explore/calendar/december/neng ajo.htmlhttp://web- japan.org/kidsweb/explore/calendar/december/neng ajo.html
nengajo, by James Kilfiger CC BY 2.0James KilfigerCC BY 2.0