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OKJ to YVR + South Fraser / #BCInvasion flashback, part 1

Starting from our adorable local “Momotaro” airport in Okayama Japan, me (Dave) and my darlings Ryoko and Ichiro head to my former hometown of Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia, Canada aboard ANA (we’re shareholders but no big deal :)).

come on along with part 1 of our #BCInvasion

Part 1 mixed-media montage includes:

* first night in Richmond hotel with giant coffees and croissants

* off to “south of Fraser” for family times in Langley

* spontaneous barbecue with pals in Cloverdale and other variety of foods, more food and setting up a Japanese food corner

* making special packets of commemorative postcards with nieces and nephews

* White Rock beach for fish and chips and sunset

* Amtrak Cascades train chooglin’ through

* Surrey Eagles playoff hockey game with Zamboni

* mission to Mission for sight of Kamel Gill’s last stand with his brother Charlie (in which many mysteries are revealed)

* more food, presents, relaxing times with Grammy & brother/cousins/etc.

* plants, trees, nurseries, landscaping equipment, & spaces to run around

* stop for donairs while heading onto next “checkpoint” which is downtown Vancouver/West End for Stanley Park etc.

* finally, arriving at hotel with the sight of a construction site across the street to Ichiro’s amusement

Next chapter: exploring Vancouver downtown scenes and lots of meet up with friends – and variety of weather – in Stanley Park and spontaneous tea ceremony at hotel 

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Post’d: Brautigan & airplanes towards Tokyo and… “where postcards go”

As the summer days roll by, items arrive by post, I share here for amusement of both you and me and anyone wandering by.

The originals hang on “a string of honour” for a time before finding a home in a scrapbook of sorts.

First stop is a card my darling wife sent on her recent trip to the Noto Peninsula with Ichiro. (Yes, I was home alone for4.5 days yet survived). This was Ichi-kun’s first airplane ride and he was very excited about it, especially since they travelled was on our favourite airline of them all.

Oh i should add a photo of them onboard (in the meanwhile, this diary shares snaps of me and F-i-L hanging out watching them roll in). UPDATE: Here he is on board:

This next handcrafted beauty rounds out at a trifecta of awesomeness (referenced in the cards and letters scrapbook assembly process video if only briefly), remixing Richard Brautigan’s “June 30th June 30th” book in which he travelled to Japan to reconcile his feelings about his dear uncle who died in the Pacific war. SueAn is starting a web shop so i’ll check it out and add a link when ready [update: linked ^^]

While there are a few more meaning to add to this, consider this a placeholder with the cover of the recent accordion-style scrapbook holding postcards and letters with a special note on the front from a friend in Amsterdam (who is like guardian angel for us from afar sometimes).

He sent me a beautiful new journal with this note on the front saying “scrapbook goes here?” Indeed, indeed it does. Thank you. Thank you.