Mondays at Tsuchida cottage are rather hectic by my standards… Grocery delivery comes from the co-op, new order form completed, take garbage down to the community collection center, plus the normal routine of taking out the compost, folding laundry, washing dishes, making rice and miso ~ plus trying to stay up on correspondence.
Just feeling a little bit behind because there’s so many things that I wanted to tell you about – really wonderful things, despite the challenges of my illness – ￼including various treasures arriving via ￼￼post, i.e.:
* The legendary beat culture literary legend “the Joanne Andersen letter“ Neal Cassidy wrote to Jack Kerouac
* A biography about Richard Brautigan that is bigger than a midsize city’s phonebook (quite literally starts with a bang)￼
* Another poet’s poetic homage to Richard Brautigan, the Tokyo Van Nuys Expressway. Really enjoyable poetry and also great book production quality worth emulating.￼
* A magnificent hat > handmade in Springville, Utah with the hat band in scribed by a phrase from “in watermelon sugar”, plus another￼￼￼ rare book & various ID cards, posters, stickers, letters, momentos and other treasures￼￼. This new hat￼ means I’ve now stopped collecting hats, I’ve reached the pinnacle.￼ Thanks Willis and Marty so very much.
* A hand written card by the all-time postcard champion Nick Bantock, author of the Griffin and Sabine series and many other works of epistolary literature, ephemera and fine art. His words were so unbelievably appreciated “You’ve traveled so far to find home, well done“ ￼~ as his *story* inadvertently intertwined with mine, in a way that his fictional characters deal with one another.￼￼
* An ink stamp assortment for postcards including a sort of stamping “jig” and variety pack of delicious papers￼ from Lydia Fiedler / Already used extensively (I would foreshadow about our upcoming festive cards but don’t want to put any more pressure to “get stuff done“, but hint: #TimeTraveler)￼￼
* Won an auction￼ for some various treasures from, and also a way to support, the Beat Museum in San Francisco… One stash is going to my brother the commander on Diego Garcia, another to friends in Pacifica for safekeeping until I can be connected to the rare Bukowski & Ginsberg ￼riffs
* A handmade card from a great correspondent in California Jeremiah Jacobs who, besides inky stamps and typewritten words, included specific fragrance in his card. #NextLevel￼ (he’s got a new single out)￼
* well-chosen books, in English, for Ichiro / we are reading to him in English and Japanese on the regular already, including some of my childhood favorites and others that were gifted to me decades ago in an act of foreshadowing I suppose
* A stash of super cute Canadian style (meaning warm and rugged) baby clothes… All that stuff that you hear about babies growing out of their clothes super quick is well, super true. This goes along with Japan *really actually* having “4 seasons“ and the temperature seems to change right on cue
* Finally, the long-awaited literary collection by my dear sensei￼￼ ￼￼￼Larry Harper / “70” sparked from a riff during a time of recovery for him and distress for me, where we both did our best thinking in Hot Springs and made plans for the future. He’s got three out of three checked and I dug an entirely new foundation and build a completely different life. It all starts with Hot Springs my friends, Hot Springs.￼
OK, back to the domestic tasks, very grateful to hear whenever cards and letters arrive in your post boxes.
Oh wait… Did I even mention the great exhibit, well by my estimation anyway, of four of my post box paintings at the goat farm? Pleasant conversations, poetry, paintings and post and pals. All of it, all of it. Especially grateful for Mac Kobayashi’s kind words (mostly :-)) and father/mother-in-law‘s assistance.￼￼
Right now, Ryoko is at Mae Maes band rehearsal (safe &
all of that) with the increasingly (if that’s even possible) adorable Ichiro Stanley, there’s another stack of letters and dossiers and postcards to go to the post office tomorrow, I’m going to finish these dishes, make the rice, make the miso, make the pickles & vinegar and be grateful for all of it.￼￼￼
PS Connected with the photographer Steve Rapport who took the “Joe Strummer running a marathon” in London photos you might have seen floating around￼ and he also has David Bowie in 1983… Want to buy prints.
Also, the umeboshi started in June or opened and sampled and very worthy of acclaim￼
Note: Above is Ichiro with Larry’s book￼ / it’s so cool it doesn’t even have an ISBN #Renegade￼
PS 12.10 Several of these topics (the books and hats) are riffed in a recent Japan Cottage Musings video dispatch, dig in