Me and the new intern are progressing well. Six months tomorrow. Best best best
Renewing his contract definitely
He’s got a tooth and a bank account, and overalls… What else does he need? Running shoes or ice skates next?
He’s a super adaptable little guy and we take really long baths together
Really amazing – each day more handsome! and now suddenly crawling around. the way he raises his eyebrows at me slays though
Advice from AA: “Get a notepad, Ichiro. Your dad talks quickly.”
PS Oh you can see scrapbooks and other interestingness on my bookshelf including new calendar of sento (public baths) and Douglas Coupland, Generation X (guidebook for “quarantine” life)
Also the chair was free and the desk 2nd hand, also couch, blanket gift from Kemp &’say hello to Richard Brautigan.
His four brothers are wishing number five Andrew Olson great success in today’s procedure. Thumbs-up Ace.
2 heads are…
(Note: tracksuit, pappa’s uniform)￼
photo by mamma Ryoko Olson at Tsuchida Cottage
Dave and Ichiro at Tsuchida Cottage kitchen
Even more more cute! Amazing Ichiro Stanley with mamma Ryoko Olson / clean-up Saturday funtimes at Tsuchida Cottage
Ichiro and Ryoko at Tsuchida Cottage ofuro (bath)
Cool Yule (Mom ca 1964)
Note: the plaid anorak, the sunglasses, the hair, the smile – love love love all of it Mom (so much like you sometimes)
Ichiro card 60 / “Child Prodigy-ish” (Glenn Gould Redux)
Won’t say he is *concert-ready* quite yet but he’s using fingers not fists, posture is solid, chord shapes developing… another couple months he should be ready for Okayama Symphony Hall.
Will let you know when tickets go on preorder.
Ichiro: card #59 “Generations of Fujitas”(in Tsuchida) / 11.28
These shining lights continue to connect the centuries of culture & community The family gravestones go back so far the words are obscured / we wash (sometimes), light incense (Nag Champa in this case), clap and bow + bit of a conversation > In this case, namesake Grandfather Ichiro & Grandmother Tomiko’s ohaka / note: this “ohaka” has served as an important destination and part this year’s actions as documented in this archive.
Ichiro: card #58 “Capn’s Chair”/ 11.21
This chair helps strengthen up his back for sitting up and such fun!
Ichiro: card (bonus) “Boo”(Halloween Canucks) / 10.31
At a special Halloween (safe and all that) gathering at local community centre / for our “trick or treat” station, we did insta-photo with annotations and kids chose stickers (sent by R & S in Montréal) Mama was a Canucks hockey player and Papa rocked lederhosen (possibly documented elsewhere).
Ichiro: card #52 “Thanks for the Treats” (postal) / 10.27
Memo: So much awesome stuff arriving in the mail these last days/weeks/months.
We are all very grateful and doing our best to send each of you a proper personalized thank you card.
In the meanwhile, we send our sincere gratitude for your thoughtfulness, efforts and (often excessive) postal rates.￼
As always, keep an eye on your post box, ya never know when something will come through the portal. ￼
Ichiro: card #52 “Oh the Places…”(you’ll go go GO!) / 10.24
…Once he stows aboard on a tramp freighter heading through the south seas, he’ll make it… with nothing but his satchel of poetry and pressed flowers. Thanks to Uncle Anders for the Dr. Seuss art.