Belated New Year Greeting and Hummingbird Profile

New Year 2013
New Year 2013, a photo by Fergiemoto on Flickr.  (click on photo to enlarge)

I’m popping in to wish you all a belated Happy New Year.  (At least it’s still January!)  I haven’t posted for a while, but I’ve really appreciated your visits, comments and well wishes on my blog and by email.  Healing in general is slow, and even slower when there are already existing health issues.

This is my Japanese New Year postcard for 2013.  I have been creating these postcards, called “nengajo” for the last few years, and with my own twist!  (Click here to see my nengajo from last year.)  In Japan, these cards are traditionally delivered on January 1st, but there is no mail delivery in the United States on that day, so my cards arrive after the 1st.

  • Akemashite Omedetou Gozaimasu 明けましておめでとうございます – Happy New Year!
  • Nengajo 年賀状 – Japanese New Year’s card
  • Etegami 絵手紙 – Japanese word meaning picture letter/message, traditionally done in a postcard size meant to be mailed
  • Hachidori  ハチドリ – Hummingbird

This is an image of a female Rufous Hummingbird, which I created from a photo I took last summer.  Hummingbirds have different symbolisms in different countries, but the more common ones I’ve found are the following:

Tiniest of all birds, the hummingbird is quite spectacular.  It is the only bird that can come to a dead stop in mid-air.  It can hover, fly backwards, forwards, up and down.

A common symbolism of the hummingbird is joy.  It also symbolizes powerful energy, the ability to accomplish the seemingly impossible, and flexibility in life circumstances.  They are reminders that life is meant to be savored.  When in the air, their wings are continually in motion, which symbolizes tirelessness and perseverance.  The hummingbird wings move in the pattern of the infinity symbol (figure 8) and are often thought to symbolize eternity and everlasting life.”

 Wishing you a happy new year full of JOY! 

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46 responses to “Belated New Year Greeting and Hummingbird Profile

  1. aloha Fergiemoto. Hau’oli Makahiki Hou (Happy New Year) to you as well—with the energy of well being all year long. it’s good to see you.

    a beautiful image you have created. way cool. aloha

  2. Oh this is really beautiful..I am so sorry that you are still in the recovery phase and I hope things are improving.. My cancer surgery has been put off until I can recover from a bug I have had for the past 3 weeks… hugs..Michelle

  3. Good to see you ‘back on deck’ again, Fergiemoto.
    Hope you are starting to improve and feel able to get out & about outdoors again.

    Love the greeting card and image.

  4. Welcome back and sending you healing light…
    ¸.•*¨*•.♪♫♫♪ 😆 Happy New Year to You & Yours! 😆 .♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸ ♥
    ˜”*°•.˜”*°•.˜”*°•.★★.•°*”˜.•°*”˜.•°*”˜” ♥ ˜”*°•.˜”*°•.˜”*°•.★★.•°*”˜.•°*”˜.•°*”˜”

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  6. Many greetings to you too, fergie….am so glad to see you back posting, even if you do it tentatively for the time being. Your posts are magnificent, all three so far for the year! An omen of more good things to come from you, no doubt! 🙂

  7. Happy New Year Fergiemoto! I have been away too and just came back. I have missed you and your fabulous work so here I came! I hope you are doing well and increasing in health day by day. My blessings for a fresh start filled with vitality, abundance and wholesome living! Sharon

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