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!