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New Year's Greetings — Anime Style (Part IV)

posted on by Egan Loo
Greetings from Ghibli, Ghibli Museum, GIGA, Kenjirou Hata, Megumi Hayashibara

For generations, people in Japan have celebrated New Year's Day by sending specially designed cards — nengajō — to each other. As part of the tradition, postal workers store all the nengajō that are mailed in the final weeks of the old year, and then deliver every single one on New Year's Day. Many nengajō mark the Chinese Zodiac by depicting the animal of the year. (In 2012, that animal is the dragon.) Here are some New Year's greetings from the folks that will be bringing you anime, manga, and games in the new year.

Click on the thumbnail images to see the original greetings!

Studio Ghibli

Illustrated by Hayao Miyazaki
© Ghibli


Ghibli Museum, Mitaka

© Museo d'Arte Ghibli

Giga

Giga has multiple dowloadable wallpaper for Hotchkiss and Material Brave
© Giga

Kenjirou Hata (Hayate the Combat Butler)

(Hata posted a late Christmas greeting on December 28.)

Megumi Hayashibara

Video

There are many more anime/manga/game nengajō out there, so if you know of one we've missed, feel free to let us know in our forums or by email (newsroom at animenewsnetwork.com). Akemashite Omedetō Gozaimasu!

(Here are 2011's greetings, 2010's greetings, 2009's greetings and 2008's greetings!)

[Via Hachima Kikō]


This article has a follow-up: New Year's Greetings — Anime Style (Part V) (2012-01-01 04:00)
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