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The year of the Tiger

Year of the Tiger

2022 is coming, led by none other than the Tiger! Are you ready for this new year?
This article will introduce everything you need to know about the year of the tiger: why it became the 3rd sign of the Zodiac, the personality of the people born that year, what to expect for your goals.

Why did the Tiger only got 3rd place?

One day, Buddha told all the animals: “The first 12 of you who will come to me on the New Year, will in turn become king of the year”.

The ox, who knew it was slow, departed during the night. It would have finished first place if the rat, who was on its back, didn’t jump in front of him at the last minute. Therefore, the rat became the 1st animal of the zodiac and the ox second.

The tiger was the fastest of all, but having left only at dawn (when the cow had already left since the beginning of the night), he could not catch up and find himself in 3rd place.

A second legend says that at the beginning, it was the lion who held 3rd place. But as he was acting badly, Buddha decided to punish him by removing him from the zodiac. And chose the tiger instead.

What to expect from people born in the year of the Tiger?

People born during the year of the tiger have positive personalities and a strong spirit: they don’t avoid challenges and even tend to go towards them. They are not afraid to make mistakes and to fail. They prefer to have a try at something rather than just avoid difficult situations.

People born during the Year of the Tiger are good in society and have entertaining personalities. They have a strong leadership spirit and bring people together.

What to expect during this new year?

The year of the tiger can be a challenging year. But have confidence in yourself to accomplish your goals. The year of the ox was a period to get prepared, take our time to reflect. During the year of the tiger, it is time to take action.

Be careful, however, not to be too impulsive and be sure to listen to the advice of those around you.

In a word, 2022 will be synonymous with novelty, growth and changes. It is a time to give the best of ourselves.
We hope that you will have a great year 2022, and that the spirit of the Tiger will guide you to accomplish great things!

Chogosonshi-ji Temple

Chogosonshi-ji Temple

Located on Mount Shigi in Nara, Chogosonshi-ji is often overlooked. But it is a great place to visit if you have some time in the area.

It is said that 1400 years ago, during his war with the Mononobe clan, on the year of the tiger, on the day and the hour of the tiger, Prince Shotoku went to pray Bishamonten on the mountains of Nara. Bishamonten is one of the 7 Gods of Luck. He is depicted as a warrior, wearing armor and is considered as the god of war. After winning the war, Shotoku established the temple in gratitude. 

The temple is known for its gigantic tiger papier mache statue (the world biggest one). It makes it a great place to visit during 2022, the year of the tiger.

Included in the January box

This ceramic tiger statuette will be included in your New Year Box. Subscribe now to Peko Peko Box so you dont miss it.

Year of the Tiger
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Nengajo: a Guide to Japanese New Year Cards

Japanese Calligraphy

Nengajo: Japanese New Year Cards

Nengajo are the New Year cards that Japanese people send to each other to celebrate the New Year. In Western countries, it may seem a bit old-fashioned, but in Japan, it is still a beloved tradition, and the Post Office often gets overwhelmed at the end and beginning of the year. Japanese people send nengajo to their loved ones, but also to their business partners. These New Year’s cards are used to show your gratitude to all the people who have supported you during the year that is ending.

We will be able to find nengajo in stores from November. There are many designs. But the most common ones represent the zodiac sign of the coming year. For the year 2021 therefore, the ox. Some cards have a number written on them. It is a national lottery number. The winner is announced in mid-January. A great way to start the year.

Design your own Nengajo

You can also, of course, create your own nengajo design. For example, why not recreate these beautiful Japanese kanji? You will find this handmade washi postcard in the Peko Peko New Year box, with a brush pen. Perfect to practice Japanese calligraphy.

Nengajo: Japanese New Year Cards
Hand written calligraphy (dream) by master on handmade washi paper postcard

This Japanese character is yume, it means dream! What better way to start the New Year than wish for our loved ones to fulfill their dreams?

When getting the box, you will also access a tutorial video on how to write this yume character.

The story behind the creation of this beautiful washi postcard

This beautiful item was created only for Peko Peko Box. It is the result of a collaboration of two friends. The first one, Kayo, is a master of calligraphy. She offers calligraphy workshops in English for foreign visitors. The workshops are held in her husband’s restaurant, recommended in the Michelin guide. Included in the package, after learning about the art of calligraphy, you can enjoy a delicious traditional Japanese lunch.

Kayo-san, holding her Nengajo
Kayo-san, calligraphy master

Kayo chose this character, yume, in the hope that all Peko Peko’s clients will have their dream come true in 2021. Her dream is that visitors will soon come back to Japan so that she can continue teaching calligraphy, her passion.

One by one, Kayo wrote the character on washi paper postcards. These were also handcrafted, by Miwako, from the Kami to Wa shop, located just across from Kayo’s restaurant.

Kami to wa
Miwako-san from Kami to wa, with handmade washi paper

Kami to Wa is a boutique specializing in washi paper. The shop is filled with gorgeous items, all made using Japanese paper: notebook, notepad, bags, lamps… Miwako also organizes a really fun Japanese experience. She offers to visitors the possibility to make their own washi postcard. It was after remembering how popular this activity was among foreigners that she suggested that we create these washi cards for our Peko Peko Box.

We thank them for their work which made the creation of this gorgeous item possible!

Japanese Calligraphy Master
Japanese Calligraphy Master
Washi paper making
Making the washi post cards