Happy New Year! And welcome to the roaring year of the tiger. As tradition holds, here at S&T we like to start off the new year by admiring some New Year’s cards (nangajo) created by some of our favorite Japanese artists and designers. We actually began this tradition 12 years ago in 2010 so this is the first year we’re coming full circle!
We hope everyone has a brave and confident new year!
Let’s kick off the round-up with this bright and energetic card from graphic designer Toru Asai.
Watercolor painter Hiroki Takeda used his signature flora & fauna style to create this colorful tiger.
This flaming tiger from Hokkaido-based artist Baku Maeda is heating us up.
Illustrator Sataka Shunsuke used his signature pastel palette to create this adorable card.
Energetic and impactful. From illustrator Kou.
A very kawaii nengajo from illustrator parico.
A deity-inspired tiger from artist Miwa Komatsu.
This illustration from designer Haruka Aramaki riffs on the Japanese fable “Ikkyu-san and the Tiger”.
Our friends at Bento Graphics always come up with the cutest gifs!
We’re loving this ferocious card from illustrator Hisao Ohmae.
Adorable. We always like the slacker vibes from Hayao Miyazaki / Studio Ghibli.
A daruma tiger by illustrator Sayaka Terashima (created for printing company Sougou Shouken).
We’re loving this minimal card by designer Sho Shibuya (created for his parents).
From horror mangaka Junji Ito.
In annual Spoon & Tamago tradition, we choose just one anime-inspired card to close out the round-up. This one is from LACK.