Dec 17, 2012 Happy New Year from WAYO! あけましておめでとうございます。 Happy New Year!! 2013 is the year of the Snake or hebi, according to the Japanese zodiac. People born in the year of the Snake are said to be deep thinkers, speak very little and possess tremendous wisdom. They are fortunate in money matters and will always be able to obtain it. They are determined in what they do and hate to fail. The New Year's holiday, shougatsu, is one of the most important holidays in the Japanese calendar. One way that people celebrate the New Year is by sending nengajo (New Year's postcards) to friends and family, much in the same way that Americans send Christmas cards. Nengajo usually feature that year's zodiac animal and some type of New Year's greeting. Our WAYO nengajo says, 謹賀新年(kinga shinnen) which means "Happy New Year!" Further down it says, あけましておめでとうございます(akemashite omedetou gozaimasu), a common New Year's greeting meaning, "Happiness to you on the dawn." We would like to thank you for your custom in 2012 and wish you luck and happiness for 2013!