Happy New Year Free Vector
in Japanese Style: NAMON
These NAMON above are all based on the same Kanji character [寿] (Kotobuki).
[寿] is always used in greeting cards for New Year or any other celebration,
for this single character means “Best Wishes” or “Congratulations!” in Japanese.
I create new designs for [寿] every year.
(Yes, we Japanese still send New Year postcards even in this era of technology!)
All graphics in this page only are free for home users.
2018 : The Year of the Dog
[寿] – Dog Footprint
2018 is the year of the dog in the Chinese Zodiac.
This footprint resembles flower-shaped lotus root (Hana Renkon), which we Japanese make especially for happy occasions.
2017 : The Year of the Bird
[寿] – Flying Bird
2017 is the year of the bird in the Chinese Zodiac.
A bird is flying through the character [寿].
＜Free Postcard Design Template＞
New year postcard with three GDR-Birds.
*GDR (East Germany: The German Democratic Republic)
These brass decor birds (seagulls) are hung on the wall in the 1950s in the GDR. We can find them at flea markets in Berlin. They are always in a set of 3. In my apartment, the biggest one is flying in my work room and then in the bathroom and the balcony.
2016 : The Year of the Monkey
[寿] – Monkey Tail
2016 is the year of the monkey in the Chinese Zodiac.
Can you see a monkey tail hanging from the character [寿]?
monkey mask + enamel plate = monkey crest?!
So I made a new year card with an illustrated monkey crest.
to those who love simpleness.
2015 : The Year of the Sheep（未）
寿 – Mizuhiki
2015 is the year of the sheep in the Chinese Zodiac.
Sheep > Wool > Unicursal..
This association brought me this traditional paper cord “Mizuhiki（水引）” design.
2014 : The year of the Horse（午）
寿 – Torii & Hatsu-Hinode
This design has two of the most important motifs of japanese new year.
1. “Torii（鳥居）” is a sacred gateway of Shinto shrine,
which therefore becomes a symbol of “Hatsu-Mōde（初詣）”, the very important first visit to shrine.
2. “Hatsu-Hinode（初日の出）” is the first sunrise of the year, considered to bring good luck.
2012 : The year of the Dragon（辰）
寿 – Mt. Fuji with dancing clouds
2011 : The year of the Rabbit（卯）
2010 : The year of the Tiger（寅）
2009 : The year of the Ox（牛）