Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Central City Opera January 2014 Wallpaper
Time to order your tickets for the 2014 Central City Opera Festival, if you have not done so already. Click on the picture above to get to the Central City Opera web site. This will be our 12th Annual visit to Central City to experience the marvelous melodies, the heavenly harmonies, and the artistic acting of the performers.

Happy New Year 2014

In present-day Japan, they celebrate the solar new year on January 1st, but they associate the new year with the symbol of the upcoming Chinese lunar year, which begins later. 
This year, which takes in most of 2014, is the Year of the Horse, and this is the Horse Kanji (Chinese character).
Before the new year begins, the greeting is
"Yoi otoshi o omukae kudasai"
which is wishes for a good year.
or informally "Yoi otoshi o."

After the new year begins, the greeting is
"Akemashite omedetou gozaimasu"
One blog translates this roughly
 "The year is changing...
darkness gives way to light...
new life begins...
I really like that.
or "Shinnen akemashite omedetou gozaimasu."
新年 あけまして

In writing, Happy New Year is often given as
"Kinga Shinnen."
In Japan, the custom is to write New Year's Greeting cards.
A phrase such as "Sakunen wa taihen osewa ni nari
arigatou gozaimashita," which means
"Thank you for all your kind help during
the past year" is a common text.

or "Honnen mo douzo yoroshiku onegaishimasu"
(I hope for your continued favor this year.)

My wish for all of you in my virtual New Year card is this:
"Minasama no gokenkou o oinori moushiagemasu"
(Wishing everyone good health.)

For more Japanese words and expressions, check out this blog.