December 2022

Season's Greetings & Wishes for Health, Prosperity and Success in 2022!







He that ponders what shall be reflect on what has been.

Lately, I have been exploring Japan’s old style coffee shops that are reminiscent of times gone by during the Showa era (1926-1989). I came to Japan for the first time on the tail end of this era.  

Coffee cups are neatly arranged behind the counter. Steam rises up. The barrister intently labors for each brew, cup-by cup drip-by-drip.  

Unlike that to-go coffee machine plastic topped cup which you pick up in a rush from the corner store that serves up caffeine with convenience, here you glance up at the barrister’s eyes and grin with appreciation as you raise the steaming mug of joe to your lips and let your mind wonder on aimless thoughts.

Deliberate and time-consuming cup by cup hand-brew may seem old-fashioned, even "inconvenient" and "inefficient" in this era of instant digital gratification. However, there is a nostalgic sense of solace in the connection which forms between brew master and brew imbiber in this moment; it’s an analog closeness which can’t be digitally duplicated. 

In the past few years, technology has enabled virtually “face-to-face” conversations with people on the other side of the world.  For this, I am grateful.  However, the Showa-era coffee shop inspires us to savor the spontaneous, non-verbal connection which can be attained only in the space of physical togetherness.

We should not cast off what is good in pursuit of today’s standard for convenience.  Rather, we can learn anew from those things which time is forgetting. With that in mind, won’t you join me for another cup?

The end of 2022 is fast approaching. We would like to thank you for your continued support this year, express our wishes for you health and happiness, and hope that the coming year will be a year of even greater progress for us all.

Bryan Sherman

Gramercy Engagement Group, Inc.


In years past, our greeting cards have been designed with the inspiration of the "jumping/ flying Bryan" theme: 「飛ぶらいあん」(to-bu-rai-an). In Japanese, the word "to-bu" means "to jump or fly". Bryan is phonetically spelled "bu-rai-an". In conjunction, this theme sprung forth.  「飛ぶらいあん」 remains this year in spirit. Scroll down to see our past greetings.

年賀状 2010~2022





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