|a card for|
|A JOYOUS CHRISTMAS SEASON! |
Christmas 1945, at Urakami Cathedral, Nagasaki.
Views: then (1, 2, 3)
and now (1, 2, 3).
|This Nativity scene was painted for Vatican City's Christmas postage stamp issue of 1964. |
The artist's name is Ko(u)seki Kimiko.
For Japanese lyrics of traditional Christmas carols (in kanji/kana and in transcription), see the fine collection of MIDI music
at John Kohji Suguiyama's site.
Complete Silent Night heard on Radio Japan:
Kiyoshi kono yoru (MP3)
(Japanese text of this version)
|and a nengajou () for the New Year|
|The small (8.5 x 13 cm) print (far left) was made in the 1950s. It shows a street of Gion district, Kyoto, under winter snow. The view is toward Yasaka Pagoda, with traditional New Year motifs: pine decorations (kadomatsu) by the gate, girls in kimono playing badminton with batttledore (hagoita) and shuttlecock (hane), boys flying kites. Plus a snowman (yukidaruma). Compare a present-day view farther to the south (near left).|
|Welcome the Year of the Rooster in 2017/Heisei 29! Depicted on the right is a sketch of a fighting cock at rest (labelled toumaru), as well as a pair of ptarmigan (raichou), by the artist Hokusai (1760-1849). This is from page 93 of the 1958 Tuttle edition in three-color offset printing, edited by James A. Michiner (The Hokusai Sketch-Books. Selections from the Manga). Click on the image to view the group.|
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