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Happy New Year!

Katsushika Hokusai (1760 – 1849), Two Cranes Standing on a Snowy Pine Tree, ca. 1833, color woodcut, kakemono-e, 19 7/8 x 9 1/16 in., Philadelphia Museum of Art

Felicitous wishes for long life are common in New Year’s greetings in East Asia. Especially popular are cranes, that enjoy particularly long lives, and pine trees, as they remain evergreen throughout the year. This striking woodblock print by Hokusai, which is in the collection of the Philadelphia Museum, expresses our wish to you for a very happy, healthy, rewarding, and art-filled New Year.

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