Flipnote Hatena Weekly News: January 8, 2010


The new year holiday is over and the Flipnote Hatena team is back at work again.

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In this week's edition of the Flipnote Hatena news blog, we're going to show you some of our favorite Flipnotes based on last week's topic "Hello 2010", and introduce our new topic for this week which is "Jumping"

If you post Flipnotes about the weekly topic, we might feature yours here on the Flipnote Hatena Weekly News blog next week -- post your Flipnotes and join in the fun!

Lastly, scroll to the bottom of this blog entry to see Weekly Frog Sightings where we feature original frog photos and illustrations from users like you. Post your original frog photos to Hatena Haiku (post to the keyword "Frog Sightings") and we might feature it here next week.

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The best of last week's topic: "Hello 2010"

As of today, there were 3,497 Flipnotes posted by users from around the world for last week's topic. We've selected some of the best of those Flipnotes from the past week which we hope you'll enjoy.

You can see all of the Flipnotes posted by users for last week's topic at the URL below (be sure to set your content preference to Worldwide to see Flipnotes from all regions):


You can also see the Flipnotes for last week's topic posted from your own region by entering the command via "Command Search" from Flipnote Hatena on your Nintendo DSi.

"Hello 2010" Flipnotes from Japan:

★ During the new year in Japan, many people eat Mochi which is rice that is pounded and molded into shape. This Flipnote by Petro (id:petros) shows the traditional mochi-pounding ceremony known as Mochitsuki. Most people use machines to make mochi these days, or buy their own, but it is fun to watch people do Mochitsuki. We recommend that you don't try this at home!

★ After you have made mochi, it is cooled and usually cut into square shapes and cooked over a grill. When mochi is heat it increases in size and changes shape and is fun to watch, as shown in this Flipnote by Banana Fighter (id:go15). What shape do you think it will be?

★ Mochi is not only eaten, but is also used for decoration in many Japanese homes during the new year season, known as Kagami mochi. In this Flipnote by Kakipii11 (id:kakipii11), the decorative mochi changes into something completely unexpected!

★ During the new year holiday in Japan many people visit shrines to make their wishes for the new year. As a result, shrines are always crowded during the holidays. A little pig is lucky to find a 100 yen coin that has fallen to the ground, and tries his luck at a crane game in this beautiful Flipnote by Butako (id:butako2).

★ We really liked the concept and style of this excellent Flipnote by Sato (id:satoring) that shows some cool stuff that you can do with digital ink. (2010 is the year of the tiger in the Chinese Horoscope)

★ There are all sorts of delicious foods to eat during the new year holiday in Japan (not just mochi). As a result, many people gain weight during this season. Kamenoichizoku (id:kamenoitizoku) made a Flipnote about dieting after the new year. The Japanese characters on the character's t-shirt say "New Year's Gained Weight", and the text around him reads "I'm currently dieting". We need to try this too!

"Hello 2010" Flipnotes from the Americas region:

★ We start off the new year with our favorite frog in this Flipnote by Zero (id:gamester). We liked the geometric patterns and sprite animation in this one. Thanks for your new year wishes to the Flipnote Hatena community -- we couldn't do it without people like you!

★ Even though we spend most of our time in front of computers and Nintendo DSi's, we really respect things that are made by hand. For this reason we chose this Flipnote by dragonb0y (id:dragonb0y), which has nice hand drawn animation that flows very nicely. Good work!

★ Remikate (id:Remikate), the creator of this Flipnote, intorduces a good new years resolution for 2010 -- let's all try to be a little more patient!

★ Nekomaru Seigi (id:Nekomaru-Seigi) spent the new year on the Nintendo DSi, creating some fireworks for us all to enjoy. Thanks for posting this fun Flipnote!

★ Jamin C.:) (id:Sjamincutbirth) says hello to the new year with an exploding ball, ice cream and a noisemaker. Hope that it's a good one for you!

"Hello 2010" Flipnotes from the Europe and Oceania region:

★ Jack (id:mariojack) welcomes the new year with this nicely animated Flipnote that starts with some nicely animated numbers and ends with a bang. Good job!

★ Many people enjoy fireworks during the new year, but please remember that fireworks are also dangerous. Homestar (id:Homestar-Runner) shows you what happens when you are not careful when playing with fire.

★ Ginotas (id:marccela) says farewell to 2009 and welcomes in 2010 in this Flipnote. We liked the interesting 3D depth of this Flipnote, as well as the animated snow.

★ Jake Brady (id:jakebrady5) comes to us live from London, where he has created an animated live broadcast of the 2010 new year celebration. Thanks for posting, Jake!

★ The sun plays tricks on young Timmy in this Flipnote by SuperCesco (id:SuperCesco). Remember that even on the darkest days you can find a light shining somewhere if you look hard enough.

This week's topic: "Jumping"

For this week's topic we'd like you to post Flipnotes about jumping, hopping or leaping. See what you can do with this simple verb, and post it to channel 8 from Flipnote Hatena on your Nintendo DSi.

We're looking forward to seeing your Flipnotes, and will feature some of the best ones next week here in the Flipnote Hatena Weekly News blog.

You can see all of the Flipnotes currently posted about this week's topic at the URL below (be sure to set your content preference to Worldwide to see Flipnotes from all regions):


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Weekly Frog Sighting

If you are interested in having your frog photo featured in the "Weekly Frog Sighting" section of the blog you can post it on Hatena Haiku (post to the keyword "Frog Sightings") and we'll choose the best ones and feature them here.

Please submit only original photos/illustrations that you have created yourself.


  • The second frog sighting for this week was submitted to to us by kerious, is a reminder that frogs and dogs do not always get along.


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