Happy New Year of the rat! It’s the first zodiac animal in the cycle of twelve that happens to be kicking off the new decade so in many senses it feels like a new beginning. The rat is known for its ability to perpetuate offspring, so perhaps this will be the year that Japan’s low birthrate reverses. It was also known has a helper to the god of 5 grains, and is therefore associated with bountiful harvests.
It’s become a tradition here at Spoon & Tamago to share some of our favorite New Year’s cards and wishes from artists and designers, so prepare for an onslaught of rats, both big and small, cute and creepy. (and of course you can find our archives right here)