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In Japan it is the tradition to send new year's greeting cards to friends, family, neighbors, coworkers, students, etc. Its the Japanese way to express your appreciation for the past year, and hopes for continued friendships in the new year.
I really like this tradition as it forces my family to all get together in front of the camera and take a family photo. Seriously, we all get in the same photo only about once a year in order to make these new years cards.
Its written in Japanese so my Japanese friends already know what it says. In English, basically it goes something like this.
"Happy New Year. I sincerely wish you great happiness and a wonderful year."