January 6, 2012: Flipnote Hatena Weekly News


Happy New Year Flipnote Hatena! This is Aaron at Hatena's offices in Kyoto, Japan with the latest news about Flipnotes.

We hope that everyone had a safe and happy holiday, and it is great to be back here online with you all.

In Japan people traditionally send new years cards to each other which arrive on the morning of January 1. Since we cannot send cards to all of you, here is what Hatena's new years card for 2012 looks like:


2011 was the year of the rabbit in the Chinese zodiac, and 2012 is the year of the dragon. For this reason you will be seeing some rabbits and dragons in the Flipnotes this week. We hope that the year of the dragon brings happiness, prosperity and good fortune to all of you.

Along with the dragon Flipnotes that we have selected in the news, you can also see others in the 'Best of Hatena' channel at the URL below:

Best of Hatena Channel

Thank you for taking the time to check out the weekly news, and we are looking forward to seeing your Flipnotes.

Let's enjoy another fun year of Flipnotes together!

Flipnote of the Week

Yoti (id:yotiyottin) from Japan posted this excellent Flipnote about a train traveling into the new year.

The best of the last week's topic: 'Dragons'

There were over 1,300 Flipnotes posted about last week's topic, and here are some of our favorites from around the world.

You can see all of the Flipnotes posted about last week's topic by clicking on the link below (be sure to set your content preference to Worldwide to see Flipnotes from all regions):

Weekly Topic: Dragons

'Dragons' Flipnotes from the Americas region

InkWolf (id:InkWolf) sat behind the piano to add sound to this amazing Flipnote.

★ Enjoy the ride in this pretty Flipnote by カチュアーちゃん☆ (id:ShiningDragon).

★ A dragon comes to bring peace in this animation by ★SnOwStar★ (id:SkullBashr).

LegofAn (id:legofanndf) made all of the sound effects in this Flipnote with his own voice.

★ We liked this awesomely drawn animation by Awesome1 (id:Awesome1).

※Pidgeot※ (id:Robinflighty) made a Flipnote with an eastern style dragon that brings happiness.

'Dragons' Flipnotes from the Europe and Oceania region

★ No rabbits were hurt in the creation of this Flipnote by Gelo (id:RainGelo).

Crosh!(id:SarhA) made a Flipnote of a girl and a dragon who fall in love.

★ Check out this cute dragon by katt (id:katt2).

★ We loved this detailed animation by josecandel (id:goomer).

★ Watch out for the scary creature in this Flipnote by der_Basi (id:Bastian96).

★ "Let out your inner dragon" says Tri☆ (id:Gnome) in his Flipnote. We would love to try this out in our office.

'Dragons' Flipnotes from Japan

★ A dragon goes out to post new year cards in this Flipnote by teru (id:teroon). He wishes everyone a Happy New Year.

★ A rabbit has to make way for the dragon in this smooth animation by Yudetama (id:sibirudon).

★ We enjoyed this realistic animation by Foomin (id:wrbyno10). It features a number of animals from the Chinese zodiac.

TAIGA (id:tstt-962-dej4) made a Flipnote of a rabbit passing a symbolic baton to the dragon.

★ Check out the adventurous story in this video game like animation by (=へ=) (id:Jmo_oJm).

★ Many beautiful scenes appear in this cool animation by NEMO (id:nemnemna).

This week's topic: Sticky

This week we would like you to create Flipnotes about sticky substances or stickiness.

Try to make animations about stepping on bubble gum, gluing things together, playing with sticky toys or chewing sticky candy. You are welcome to post anything you want as long as it is sticky. Lets all stick our ideas together and make nice Flipnotes for the weekly topic!

Please submit your weekly topic Flipnotes by midnight on January 12, 2011 (Thursday) US Pacific Time, and we will feature some of our favorites on January 13, 2012 (Friday).

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):

Weekly Topic: Sticky

Frog Sightings

If you are interested in having your frog photo or illustration featured in the 'Weekly Frog Sighting' section of the blog please post them on Hatena Haiku and we might feature it here.

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

Michael77 posted this amusing photo of a frog meditating among some flowers.



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