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120420-0021 - New Year - Greetings


Outside Bakumatsu 1860s Unknown

Samurai on their round of first aisatsu (greetings) of the year. Out of this custom, the more convenient modern custom of sending New Year cards (nengajo) was born.

Published in the Illustrated London News on November 12, 1864 (Genji 1).

Original text: “Japanese officers going to pay visits of congratulations.”

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