Happy Lunar New Year!

Happy Year of the Snake, and since I’m learning Korean: 새해 복 많이 받으세요! Per tradition, I’m posting the nengajō (new year’s card) I made for the Japanese New Year, which also follows the twelve-animal cycle but on the schedule of the Gregorian calendar.

The sign says kinga shinnen, which is a somewhat formal “happy new year”. The lanterns say “2-0-1-3” and “25”; the latter is because 2013 is the 25th year of the Heisei emperor.