Tatsu may not be as cute as Usagi the rabbit (who led 2011), but he looks pretty eager to run the show.
And you can’t talk about「お正月」- Oshogatsu (the New Year holidays) without mentioning「年賀状」- Nengajou (New Year’s greeting card). I’ve found some which are pretty cute and fun.
Exhibit A: The one opening this post. It also shows that we’re now in the 24th year of the「平成」- Heisei era.
How cute can this pair of father/son be? They’re busy pounding the rice, per the「餅つき」- MochiTsuki ceremony’s tradition.
Oshogatsu also rhymes with lots of festivities and this CM for the insurance company Aflac smoothly displays the main elements making the New Year feel typically Japanese:「初富士」- Hatsu Fuji (New Year first view of Mount Fuji),「福笑い」- Fukuwarai,「凧あげ」- Takoage (Kite Flying), or even「 鏡餅」- Kagami Mochi. No need to understand the language to enjoy the video:
And as the Manekineko Duck concludes:
♪ 今年もよろしくお願い致します ♪ – Kotoshi mo yoroshiku onegaitashimasu ♪
It has only been six months since I opened this blog, but I look forward to the next to come and hope to entertain you enough along the way. Thank you all for your patience and support. I know I’m quite behind with my recaps so here a bonus to soothe the wait: Toma. In. A. Furisode! Now, that’s a rare sight. Well, see you folks in 2012!