In Japan they don’t send Christmas cards, they send New Year’s cards called nengajo. On January 1st the Japanese postal employees deliver all your cards to your house. They’ve saved each posted card for each address and work this holiday to deliver everyone’s cards.

This year is the Year of the Dog in the Chinese system. Japan celebrates New Years according to the Western calendar so January 1 is their New Year’s Day too.

I thought I’d send you my wishes with this cute nengajo.

Note: In the drawing above the dog’s head is made with an “i” and the body’s made with a “nu” in hiragana, which is one of the Japanese writing systems. Dog in Japanese is inu.

My Year According to Blogthings

My year went up and down, but my attitude has been positive. I have to say it’s a blessing. I haven’t found a guru or motivational video or book. I haven’t worked especially hard at staying upbeat, I just have an inner feeling that I’ll find the right work opportunity in 2018.

I do hope that’s so.

(That’s a weird looking cat, isn’t it?)