年賀状 – New Year Card

Nengajo

Instead of Christmas cards, we Japanese people exchange New Year Cards, or Nengajo. Unlike Christmas cards, these are postcards. You can mail one anytime between December 15th ~ 25th, and the post office will deliver it on New Year’s Day. A standard Nengajo from the post office includes a lottery entry. This lotto tradition started in 1949.

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