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2010 NENGAJO (Japanese New Year Postcards)

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2010 NENGAJO (Japanese New Year Postcards)
Swap Coordinator:iamjenii (contact)
Swap categories: Themed  Seasonal  Postcards 
Number of people in swap:15
Type:Type 2: Flat mail
Last day to signup/drop:December 20, 2009
Date items must be sent by:January 9, 2010
Number of swap partners:3

WELCOME to this year's Nengajo Swap!

What are 'nengajo'? Japanese New Year postcards.

"On January 1 in Japan, postmen deliver stacks of specially postmarked, beautiful postcards with greetings for the new year. They are called 'nengajo' in Japanese and families spend lots of creative energy to make or purchase postcards that reflect their style. Japan Post even sells preprinted nengajo with special lottery stamps!" - mediatinker

Design Pointers & Notes

  • Can be store-bought or handmade
  • IDEALLY mailed to arrive at recipient on the first (though this cannot be guaranteed outside of Japan)
  • あけましておめでとうございます is "Happy New Year" in Japanese. (akemashite omedetou gozaimasu)
  • Red, silver, and gold are traditional colors for nengajo, but anything goes.
  • Seasonal elements are pine, bamboo and plum blossoms
  • Japanese aesthetic/theme is not necessary as long as it is a "New Year" theme
  • 2010 is the year of the TIGER.
  • If there are any questions/concerns/etc. please let me know in the comments or feel free to PM me
  • For more examples, ideas and pics -> search "2010 年賀状"

TO PARTICIPATE, please make sure that you have: 4.7+, very very few no-sends and a filled profile. NEWBIES WELCOME WITH FILLED PROFILE, please contact me letting me know.

All participants will be screened. Enveloped/Naked is up to the recipient (if not stated, sender's choice).

You will send 3 partners 1 postcard each. A total of 3 cards going out and 3 cards received.

Credits: mediatinker's nengajo swap, swap image source, Nengajo Wikipedia Info, More Nengajo Info


digitalmaven 12/10/2009 #

Oh, this is perfect for me! I was just starting to make my own version of nengajo for friends. Sign me up! :)

iamjenii 12/10/2009 #

Glad to have you on board :D Hopefully, we can run one of these every year!

dreamrains 12/10/2009 #

I already made mine!!!!!!

Blurg 12/20/2009 #

This loooks awesome. I can't read Japanese, and may make mine using some of the online images you link to. Is that OK? So cheerful!

iamjenii 12/20/2009 #

@Blurg doesn't have to have to have any Japanese on it. Sure thing though be wary of whomever the images belong to. Have fun making them!

markwolfe 12/26/2009 #

Where and how are the completed postcards to be mailed? Is there a specific post card size they need to be?

iamjenii 12/26/2009 #

@markwolfe please check the top right yellow box for 'See your partners for the swap' link for your partners to send to. A popup window should show up with three addresses. If you are having problems accessing the info let me know and I will PM you your partners.

Please send postcards 'naked'. Without an envelope please.

Average postcard size should be fine (6inches by 4 inches). Either portrait or landscape orientated design is up to you. Although the post will require the back/written side be landscape-orientated.

markwolfe 12/28/2009 #

Many thanks! I'm good to go now.

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