Category Archives: Photos + Snaps

photo essays, stitched panorama, and other (often analog) photo-centric projects

Memento: Dad’s #Expo86 passport

After my dad Lorne H Olson passed and we sorted through his papers, I took custody of a few various pieces of paper ephemera to document and curate as is my custom.

I’ve share a few bits and pieces from his life and next up (since today in anniversary of opening) is his passport for Expo 86, the worlds fair that was a *big deal* in Vancouver.

As it goes, I have kind of mixed feelings and memories about this as my parents had recently separated, I ended up in Utah with Mom but got a Volkswagen bus and returned for a summer of hijinks with my pals.

I recall two of my younger brothers had season passes and more visits for sure (perhaps they’ll chime in), and also recall that with my older brother, we had been at inaugural concerts the fancy new domed BC Place (Bowie, Gabriel, Tubes + Guess Who at a BC Lions game) – I had adventures skateboarding around the new stadium, rode the Skytrain (ALRT) from New West (before Surrey extension, rambled around geodesic dome Science world… {From when I was about 12-3 in Whalley, I started skipping school and heading downtown to spend my paper route money on records at Odyssey Imports, Collector’s RPM and other record shops on Seymour and Granvilles St. what not… But I digress…}

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Snap: Backstage at the oasis

{Artisan roasted coffee across lane from shrine, Ichiro carried on family tradition batting eyelashes at baristas}

Backstage at the oasis… Was surprised to find a painting of me in this mural :-) >> Complete with suitcase, backpack, hat and scarf, glancing at a tree thinking about a chair and coffee.  Yup, def me.

Items: Storage vessels & weighing weights

Items: Storage vessels & weighing weights

Containers and related at “salt house” in Kojima, Okayama for:

* rainwater (perhaps)

* weighing (salt)

* koji (trays)

* miso (barrels)

Further evidence & artifacts documented throughout

Noticed: Kei-trucks at the cottage (+ couple more)

Perhaps more rare than Sasquatch, a Kei-truck that is *not* white {or every once in a while silver, or occasionally black…} Look at this earthen brown beauty! And with a little bit of an extended cab as well. Such luxury! Spotted in our front yard in front of the blossoming ume tree in the midst of construction. Want to buy one for Ryoko’s birthday #romantic

Another more standard work horse for comparison and amusement

Same as above but with another carpenter sweet lil Kei-van

its just gorgeous > mossy green/brown, A little bit of a larger cab, obviously extended for a bit of a stash, oddly enough automatic transmission as well.

Note: of course you can find Ryoko’s Kei-truck documented in this archive as well as the one i drove at the mushroom farm in Tottori decades ago – haven’t changed much i thought until i saw this beauty… 

Oh here’s Ryoko’s Kei-truck now (you can tell by her birthdate number plate) laden with olive tree which needed cut down

Hold on, there are more captured recently… now where’d i put those? {note, I’m really trying not to take pictures of all these  because well they’re hardly rare but, what can I tell you, mildly obsessive when I get a notion}

Lovely Kei-van noticed at medical appointment. Wheels not my style but size and shape is

Ryoko’s arborist colleague, the kindly Yuasa-san comes by sometimes and his rig is always tidy ready

Oh one more glorious organization job noted at a temple/cemetery in Katusyama. retractable roof, bins of tools all in place and ramp for off-loading mower #zen

Noticed: School uniforms (of a sort)

School Uniforms, variations (of sorts) / *not necessarily to scale*

Observed in a community centre exhibit on an outing to Kojima, Okayama, Japan. Kojima is the “denim capital” of Japan and the Okayama area is also noted from producing the ubiquitous school uniforms worn around Japan. This exhibit was an homage of sorts. 

Stationery in Cinema, vol. 3 (2 ID cards, a painting, a telegram & a letter)

From Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel (i have my own version of this item now)

Due to an affection for stationery, letters, scrapbooks and whatnot, i notice such items when viewing moving pictures. As such, i am often inclined to capture screenshots for my memory.

Sometimes, oddly enough, these are printed and put into scrapbooks in a sorta meta-remix. Either way, to keep these tidbits close at hand, assorted specimen are collected within.

From Miyazaki’s (ummm which one is that? Totoro?) with a Dempo (telegram) being delivered… Yup, love telegrams
The titular (Marvellous) Mrs Maisel character hanging art in her apartment – warms my heart
A radio and air mail envelope from… ummmm maybe The Crown or The Americans (i should take notes, well i did “Alabama” – what does this mean?)
Another radio, can’t recall from where but sure amused by the lovely inky pen details
From one of the versions of GTO Great Teacher Onizuka – not the original, a re-do of some kind, anyhow the point is this great ID card/certificate with luxurious “preferential treatment” translation

File Under Portals, vol. 2 (postboxes, milk delivery, phones etc)

Post boxes & milk boxes – mysterious doors and other wormholes to places in time, observed on a stroll in Okayama city

Postboxes, spotted in the wilds of Kojima, Okayama, Japan (Ryoko also)

Devices. ideal for lonely time travelers and occasional ramblers.  

File Under Portals, vol. 1 (tobacco, kura, photo/coffee/masks)

Tobacco stands, spotted in the wild. Some are shuttered, some are (vaguely) operational, one is actually a ticket booth maybe. Note: the Japanese federal government is, I think, 27% owner of Japan Tobacco, a publicly traded company. I would fact check this but I’m folding laundry right now.
Machines designed to do dispense items, various – purchased items from 2 out of the 3
Kura barns, de/re-constructed at Nozaki-te salt compound, Kojima, Okayama, Japan
— at 野崎家旧宅

Beverages: spotted / enjoyed in the wild

beverages, various vessels and vareties
roaster: mixing old tech and new tech to make a small beverage, very well

Items: for communications, mostly – at “salt house” in Kojima

Items: for communications, mostly – at salt house in Kojima
  • Gramophone
  • Camera
  • Accordion
  • Lithograph
  • Telephone (wall)
  • Radio (vaccum tube)
  • Telephone (table-top)
  • Gramophone v.2
  • Calculator    

End of Dispatch 

Memo: seen at Nozaki-te salt compound, Kojima, Okayama, Japan 野崎家旧宅

Diary: Dialing in Specs, more or less…

Took a few tries but getting fresh specs dialed in for my curious eyes.

Thanks to Kenji Nishida-san and his tiny optical boutique. Noting: he dresses exclusively in black like some kind of spectacle superhero

And one more (because I am a relentless cornball), this one here at the gallery with a cut out of the architect at this building which was once the prefectural office and now endless white corridors and the hum of fluorescent lights and ventilators

Memo: 7 year with this green Mavili cap

Posing at Lonsdale Quay with appropriate sign behind

Celebrating seven years with this fine handmade Mavili hat. Alas the scarf is lost along the way, busted this jacket out recently though. Oh and those glasses got smashed in a crash.

I’m a sucker for quality hats and was happy to score another beauty from the old master himself.

Collection: Hats, etc. – Mavili (Georgia via Canada), green, flat
Collection: Hats, etc. – Mavili (Georgia via Canada), green, flat

Since then, I’ve purchased a bunch of his hats and scarves and found them to be well-made, durable, stylish and warm when needed.

Other evidence no doubt contained in this archive. Though I doubt he’s still working and making at his humble booth at Lonsdale Quay, North Van.

Same hat & face, different specs & scarf