Its not really the Japanese culture to send birthday cards and Christmas cards, however, they send lots of New year greeting post cards to their family, friends and co-workers. These post cards are called `Nengajo` （年賀状）.
In these post cards, they Japanese express their new year`s wishes to their relatives, friends and colleagues. There are really no restrictions in writing nengajo however, based on my experience, the Japanese still prefers cute designs with minimalist details.
In sending nengajo, timing is very important. The nengajo must arrive at it`s destination by January 1, so the post cards must be sent on or before December 25 in order to arrive on time.
So if you plan on sending your Japanese friends some Nengajo, it is recommended to prepare earlier. If your in Japan, you can opt to buy from the Post office, local book stores or even in convenience store. However, if you wish to send a unique and personalized card you can opt to make your own card. No matter what kind of Nengajo you send, it still the thought that counts.
We just survived a very long and stressful month! So many events to host and prepare. We were understaffed and we`re just plain busy. We truly are grateful of all the people who volunteered and helped us though all of these. Money can`t even repay the time and effort that they have spent just to help us with all the preparations and all other things that need to be tended to.
Our events would not have been successful without those people who supported and helped us all the way! Again, our deepest thanks to all of you!
All my friends know that I love crafts and I crafting. Though it`s time consuming, I still enjoy every process I need to do to create a handmade piece. Some of my crafts I post and sell on social media. Sometimes I have bulk orders, sometimes nothing at all. Some items I sold, some items just sit on my craft area. My friends usually ask me how much do I make doing this things? frankly, not much but the answer is not the amount of income that I make, but how I make people feel.
I do crafts because I really enjoy doing it. It relaxes me because it is through crafts that I am able to just focus more on my art and on myself. I basically do crafts as gifts more than for income. Just looking at people’s positive reaction makes me feel fulfilled and all the effort and time spent is worth it. Others may not really understand how crafters work and think. But I guess, it’s all about the motivation that makes all the difference. Although we wish we could make more money out of it, but it’s not really that important, just my opinion at least for that matter.Maybe because I value people and relationships more than business. Just Like what Nike says, just do it!
I now have an official blog. But, aside from my deep interest with crafts, I actually don’t have a clue what else can I do with it. As I look and read around fellow crafter`s blogs I felt more inspired and encouraged. I get this feeling that blogs exist to encourage others of the same interests through sharing of knowledge and skills while others inspire people to take the challenge of discovering new ventures.
As for my first blog entry, I would like to share this simple craft that we made together with my students. It`s the first time that I used craft during our class and that it`s when I discovered that kids really do enjoy doing things with their hand. Since then, my mode of teaching has changed and now I usually integrate lessons with crafts. Now, my students and I have much more to talk about, we learn together and share stories together. We have great time together and we often get surprised how time flies so fast, the next thing we know, the period is now over!
Crafting is not just a hobby but a way of communicating. It opens doors of self –expression and discovery, it is also a way of uplifting one`s self-esteem when one make`s a beautiful and interesting piece. So much more to talk about crafting, but with all the excitement and possibilities, I might as well pause here. Looking forward on this new found journey.