signature seal (hanko) impression for KURI-SU CHRIS'S JAPAN PAGE title bar amulet for a sarudoshi (one born in a Monkey year), from Tadou Taisha shrine, Mie Prefecture


Season's Greetings!

   a card for CHRISTMAS
Nativity scene painted by Kouseki Kimiko for the Vatican City Christmas postage stamp issue of 1964 A JOYOUS CHRISTMAS SEASON!

AUDIO: poinsettia blossom(MP3)
Christmas 1945, at Urakami Cathedral, Nagasaki.
(See Acknowledgements.)
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
John Kohji Suguiyama's site.
Complete Silent Night heard on Radio Japan:

Kiyoshi kono yoru (MP3)

(Japanese text of this version)
  and a nengajou (kanji: nengajou) for the New Year
1950s card-size print: Yasaka Pagoda, Gion district, Kyoto, at New YearApril, 1997 view of Yasaka Pagoda, Kyoto 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).
'Greetings upon the New Year: Heisei Year 28'  by Kurisu Hokusai drawing 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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