Check Out These Nintendo Club Exclusive Calendar Offerings

Seasons greetings all, and welcome back to our Nation.

Today we thought we would share some lighthearted fun with you all as the Christmas deadline counts down. Several users of Reddit have been nice enough recently to share with us their Christmas packages. Courtesy of Nintendo and Nintendo UK, members of their club have been receiving Calendar cards and all sorts of Christmas goodies. These items sent from Japan and the United Kingdom, display all sorts of fun depictions of popular Nintendo characters and cultural traditions.

Within the same thread of images, one user was kind enough to share what Nintendo UK had given him for Christmas. In a way that’s making all the writers here rather jealous, the user jonny shared an image of Christmas baubles (pictured above). There are three within the shiny red package, with the red one oddly enough baring Luigi’s mug.  The green bauble has Mario on it and the silver one has Peach. The reason for the contrast of colors is likely to avoid over-saturation. Still, this choice unfortunately means the Luigi bauble is far more striking as an image.

The Official Club Nintendo 2015 Calendar in Japan.

With a built in stand, every month of the calendar is themed. The cards of course, have all the faves from Nintendo’s franchises, bar a few. Well, actually it’s more or less all Mario characters. They have however had a Japanese flavour added to almost every image. In several pictures, Mario is shown wearing traditional Japanese attire, from haori and hakama, samurai armor and even generic Japanese business suits. Peach is there, depicted as a powerful Japanese empress, likely symbolising the Hinamatsuri(Girl’s Day).

Toad is dropping seeds, feeding a flock of birds. He is wearing a Bowser mask. On first glance they appear to be seeds but what this actually is, is a depiction of Setsubun. It is the day before the beginning of spring in Japan. The word literally means “splitting of the seasons”. Japanese people throw beans at someone wearing a demon (Bowser) mask, while chanting the words “Oni wa soto, fuku wa uchi”. This loosely translates in English to “Out with the demons, in with good luck.”


Shogatsu (Japanese New Year)

Toad is dropping seeds, feeding a flock of birds. He is wearing a Bowser mask. On first glance they appear to be seeds but what this actually is, is a depiction of Setsubun. It is the day before the beginning of spring in Japan. The word literally means “splitting of the seasons”. Japanese people throw beans at someone wearing a demon (Bowser) mask, while chanting the words “Oni wa soto, fuku wa uchi”. This loosely translates in English to “Out with the demons, in with good luck.”

Setsuban (Day before Spring)

These cards give you a small idea of just how different the cultures overseas really are. It feels like a missed opportunity to have some other Nintendo characters join the fun. Link wearing a Santa tunic or Samus Aran with cherry blossoms dancing around her could have been awesome too. While writing this article we had a lot of fun learning about a culture so substantially different to our own. We hope you enjoyed it too.

For anyone further interested in Japanese culture, the remaining Calendar depictions will be posted at the bottom of this article. For updates on gaming related news or if you just like what we do here at the Nation, please feel free to stalk us on Twitter.

Hinamatsuri (Girl’s Day)

Hanami (Cherry Blossom Festival)

 

Kodomo no hi (Boy’s day, formerly Children’s Day)

Tsuyu (Rain Season)

 

Hanabi Summer Festival

Summer Holiday

Tsukimi (Moon Viewing)

Halloween

Aki (Autumn)

If you have made it this far reading, we would like to thank you for taking the time to learn about a culture other than ours. Feel free to leave any comments you may have. We love reading them and will always reply!

Tabitha Dickerson
Welcome to the sovereignty of our nation. I am Tabitha Dickerson. I am currently 26 years old First introduced to the world of "vidya" at the ripe old age of four—my first console was a Sega MegaDrive (Genesis).The only game I had for a number of years was Sonic 2. Upon becoming extremely proficient at that, I moved onto games like Spiderman/Venom Separation Anxiety, Maximum carnage, Toy Story and many more. My next console was a Playstation where I developed my love for all things Sony, increasingly becoming obsessed with anything JRPG related.I studied photography and the entertainment industry after completing my HSC. I have joined The Nation with a view to providing the best possible objective news coverage and accurate reviews possible. I also write for Highland Arrow from time to time as well as covering and reviewing naughty things for LewdGamer.Hopefully I can help grow the Nation as well as acquire further experience, waffling on about an industry and a media that I absolutely adore. Currently own every major console.

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