A few handy annotations for pals coming to Ryoko-san and my wedding about what to do when you arrive at Kansai (KIX) airport including: getting cash, finding food, hitting up toilet, buying toys and vending items, smoking a dart and a few other fun oddities up until you wander to the train station (more on that later).
Indeed, I love connecting communities and so very happy 25 people (!) foreign dignitaries are coming to celebrate the wedding festivities in Okayama, Japan. Especially pleased that various times and places of my life are well represented: bearded renegades from Canada, lifesavers from Indonesia, a catch a beauties from Utah, padawans from the Hoot days from scattered places, hot dog couples and various drifting explorers. Oh, and the legendary mountain man from Nagano via Minnesota and the south Indian Ocean.
My hope/expectation is everyone will go home with new best friends and cultures will be intertwined to form relationships to last additional lifetimes. Yes, all will receive #FreeHugs.
PS Also note, we are at the maximum capacity, actually well beyond… for the shrine ceremony and fancy lunch, but the party is at a goat farm in a barn so room for more last-minute add-ons in addition to the 100+ already confirmed. As such, 100 deluxe gift bags are underway but not guaranteed #trying.
What follows is a gallery of received invites “in situ” wherever they end up in the world / generally unannotated to protect erstwhile privacy unless publicly shared by recipient.
Overall, 300+ packets mailed. Some will get lost in the mail (speaking from experience) but anyone who doesn’t receive a dossier in the post can create their own as desired, plus checkout the pieces not in your packet.
The 6 (at least) tranches of mailouts had varied contents and packaging as the batches were sent from different countries, using different printers (pro and home) and different iterations of items, specifically a variety/sub-set of:
* Announcement storybook (4 panel, 2 iterations) * Invite to ceremony (2 panel) * Invite to party (2 panel) * RSVP card (pre-stamped for folks in Japan) * Transportation info card (for folks in Japan) * Letter to friends (on Grand Oriental Hotel letterhead) * Gig Poster by Joanna Pag (mini-size via various printers and substrates)
I kinda enjoy letting projects get outta hand (some call this “scope creep”) and what started as sending out a few dozen handmade announcement card packets has turned into at least 6 tranches of mailouts. The contents and packaging varied significantly as the batches were sent from different countries, using different printers (pro and home) and different iterations of items.
The (possibly) last batch was mailed from Japan – of course not in time for folks to book at trip but we are at the maximum size anyhow (93+ confirmed!) but importantly, i wanted to share the news and artifacts with as many people as possible in thanks for support and kindness.
Overall, 300+ packets mailed. Some will get lost in the mail (speaking from experience) but anyone who doesn’t receive a dossier in the post can create their own as desired, plus check out the pieces not in your packet. Of course, also assembling galleries of received invites “in situ” to wherever they end up in the world.
What follows is a compendium of evidence of various mailouts, post offices, envelopes, crafting sessions and related whatnots.
This wedding announcement card had a few purposes beyond inviting people to events. Notably to share our story and personality to groups of friends and family who didn’t know one another and didn’t know the other half of “us”.
Rather than a “regular” template designed scripty card or modern-ish version with a candid-esue photo and quirky yet rote design, we made something ourselves by hand, analog style.
All traditional “rules” of design were broken except the ones about “telling a story” and “reflecting personality and culture”. Noting we mixed Japanese, English, images and art in creative ways to tell the story, rather direct duplicate translations.
The result was 4 panel of truly mixed-media, each panel telling a different part of the story, in a unique way and laden with motifs of various kinds. Pieces used included: letraset run-off lettering (from 1970s), flowers/plants, all sorts of paper collage, watercolour pencils, shodu ink, stamps (postal and inky), stickers, doodles, ephemera and all the rest.
There were 2 iterations due to the use of fresh flowers in the design (which was scanned then printed) which crushed and wilted.