Japanese New Year Stamps

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I really like Japanese postal service’s New Year’s card stamp designs. The motifs for this year are Hagoita (on the left) and Shishimai.

Check out the designs from last year: New Year’s Day in Japan, 2012

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Pink Hibiscus in Yakushima

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Visiting Yakushima to spend some time with my family. This morning, I ran 10km around the river, port, and bridges. I remember one year ago my legs could hardly handle the big hill going back to my parents’ house — 5km felt quite long. I can’t believe that was only 12 months ago!

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