New Years — Nengajyo

Unit Objectives


The outcome goal for the New Year unit is your new years cards—年賀状. We will be hand-making the cards, and sending them to our classmates. The cards can also be sent to IMSA friends and friends from home, or to your family. We will imitate the Japanese practice of writing and sending new years cards, as well as mimicing the new year card lottery run by the Japanese postal service, in which Japanese people are awarded prizes if their card number is selected.

TIME:  2 weeks

By the end of this unit, you will be able to:

  • design, execute and write new years cards as they are created by Japanese people.
  • write addresses, according to the Japanese format, for the sender and the recipient.
  • read and write a variety of greetings or あいさつ.
  • create attractive, pleasing, celebratory cards, that appropriately represent the Japanese notions and feelings about the new year.
  • write all new years card content properly and without error.

By the end of this unit, you will have learned:

  • the importance and meaning of the new year holiday for Japanese people.
  • the format for addressing cards and envelope.
  • new years greetings, for face–to–face interactions, and for use on new years cards.
  • the kanji necessary for writing the standard greetings used on new years cards.
  • about the Chinese zodiac system and how is functions in Japan.