I don’t receive New Year cards (nengajo) like I used to — although I still enjoy looking at a lot of them, courtesy of Spoon & Tamago and 8-4. In fact, I only received two this year, but they were both from people I love so much. Up top is the card sent by design crew AQ, who decided to be a bit sly with the rooster theme, and peacock it up a bit. Below, the card from my loving Tokyo family of Klein Dytham architecture, as spicy as ever.
Spoon & Tamago has posted its annual round-up of New Year cards sent out by designers/design offices, and as always, it’s a great collection of imagery that celebrates that year’s animal, which this year is the rooster. Pictured, the card sent out by illustrator Minoru Arita. I can’t wait for the 8-4 PLAY blog to share its annual round-up of New Year cards sent out by Japanese game companies.
If you were to ask me what my favorite New Year images I’ve seen shared so far, first up would be the Mother-inspired illustrated piece by Amelicart (pictured above, via this tweet), and then the Legend of Zelda illustration shared by Nintendo, below, which pays tribute to classic imagery of the original game (both below).