This year was particularly unforgettable to those with ties to Japan, however, and I've seen social media statuses speaking to the importance of remembering the disasters that have befallen my cultural homeland. The fallout - both metaphorical and literal (environmental, economic, political, and emotional) - will be palpable for decades, if not centuries, regardless of any desire the world may have to forget.
Personally speaking, I tend to mix traditions at year's end (as I suspect many Nikkei do): indulging in some retrospection, but mainly renewing commitment to work on fallibilities and improve upon specific aspects of life. This time, however, I also spent a surprising amount of time thinking more profoundly about my past, via fleshing out my timeline (courtesy of Facebook's latest UI change). But, this blog isn't the right forum to share such factoids.
I hope that 2012 enables everyone to make progress on what they wish, learn and implement interesting ideas, and generally experience fulfillment, sound health and happiness.