That's the traditional New Year greeting in Japanese. In Japan, all of the little kids go around to the adults saying "Akemashite omedetou gozaimasu!" and the adults reciprocate by handing out envelopes stuffed with cash.
I don't have any cash for you, but watch for some giveaways in the next couple of weeks. I'm going to hand out my used copies of various bike books, and I might have a couple of other goodies as well.
Happy New Years, all, and may your bike routes always be free and open to access.