New Year Cards

Here are my new year cards. The twelve animals and the 'elder' and 'younger' halves of five elements, i.e., wood, fire, earth, gold and water, are combined to form the 60-year calendar cycling in Japan according to the old Chinese calendar system.

 

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2022 Water-e x Tiger
Shigisan and Kuramayama.
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2021 Gold-y x Ox

Koishikawa Ushi-Tenjin.

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2020 Gold-e x Mouse

Mouse of Lord Ookuni and Daikokuten.

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2019 Earth-y x Wild boar

A wild boar in the thicket of bush clover by Gyokusen Mochidzuki.

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2018 Earth-e x Dog 018

Ancient teracotta of dog and various items from North-
Kanto district.

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2017  Fire-y x Fowl    2016 Fire-e x Monkey
Partridge Cochin by Princess Akishino.
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A female gorilla from Alfred R. Wallace's Malay Archipelago.
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2015 Wood-y x Sheep   2014 Wood-e x Horse.
Persepolis relief.
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  Lascaux cave art.
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2013 Water-y x Snail.

"Snakes and Frogs playing together" by Gyosai Kawanabe.

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2012 Water-e x Dragon.

"A dragon crossing over Mt. Fuji" by Hokusai.

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2011 Gold-y x Hare.

Prambanan Motif, Lolo Jonggrang Temple, Java.

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2010 Gold-E x Tiger.

Balinese tiger and tigress (stuffed). Bogor Zoological Museum.

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2009 Earth-y x Ox.

Sculptures of Nandi (Shiva's vehicle, ox) and others in Bogor Botanical Garden.

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 2008 Earth-e x Rat.

Relief of Natural History Museum, London.

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2007 Fire-y x Boar.

Altamira cave art.

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2006 Fire-y x dog

Ivory "happy dogs".

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2005 Wood-y x Cock.

"White cock and hen" by Jakuchu.

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2004 Wood-e x Monkey.

Questioned "Monkey" by Mao Song, a Southern Song artist.

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2003 Water-y x Seep.    
"Sheep" by Ougyo.
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