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Ichiro: gift thank-you cards (meta process) / 8.21 onwards~

PS yes i do have 2 Dymo labelers, doesn’t everyone?

Aug. 21: Doing a batch of custom “Ichiro cards“, obsessively handmade of course, to send to folks who sent such lovely gifts from around the world.

Just trying to make a little something extra special special for everyone to brighten up their day in evidently strange times.

Note: Packages are arriving from Canada… Just takes rather long due to limited flights coming across the Pacific these days – Further annotations & postal tips.

Memo: It’s worth noting that with the baby, various big changes in life, postal disruptions etc., I’m a little bit behind in my usual copious correspondence. Please know that every one of your letters is savoured, displayed, properly archived and what not. I will do my best to answer everything eventually. Your anticipated patience is much appreciated.

Update, Sept 3 / Batch one, away! 

Various countries (also Ichi’s Canada Citizenship packet – truly unimpressed with service from Canadian Embassy/ Consular section in Tokyo – ugh rudeness and hassles for a birthright and taxpayer… #stopcomplaining)

Update / Sept 7: Another chance for a session (this sort of project is hard to do in short bursts, doing what we can…) 

Best thanks for all your wonderful notes and thoughts (can’t quite stay up with everything these days).

Note: So glad we are documenting his/this journey. Noting all parents have different feelings about how much to share/ what to share/ permission/ privacy etc. This is all thought through. 

Update / Sept 11

Batch 2 into the wormhole! Stamps carefully chosen naturally (even though the desired designs resulted in overpaying for postage… you are worth it :)). 

Annotation: Pictured (below x2) is the “work stuff” / so many wonderful supplies to play with. Kinda hard to explain but as a project goes on, of course the form evolves and sometimes i worry that the first round isn’t as good as later rounds or maybe the opposite as i am definitely a “maximalist” and don’t do that “design is 99% invisible” flow.

Use all the goodness all the time! My point? I just hope they are enjoyed and care is noticed (so i don’t feel like the family who handmade caramel apples for Halloween just to have them all tossed out when kids return home from trick or treat). Am i making sense? Didn’t think so. #tinybitobsessive  

Even… sometimes include “bonus snaps/items” which simply amuse me for metaphorical reasons and i think recipients will dig – especially “remixd” #meta photos of some kind or another or ones which are the answer to a question never asked (like the significance of a bridge).

Update / Sept 19:

So many treasures arriving for #IchiroOlson / each of course sparks a splendid handcrafted, unique postal treasure in reply. So very grateful.

As such, round 3 of “Ichiro Thank you for gift cards” underway. Changing styles to fit the supplies on hand and a few stationery items recently arrived. Each batch unique, each card… we’ll keep making until whenever. 

Note: the only existing complete analog series of the 43 (so far) Ichiro “#io” cards, cut with dear Mom’s (heavy metal) pinking shears, attached to custom stamped (inky & franked postal) postcards then enveloped with family photo / am I ruining the surprise?

(Redundant note) these are going to the dear folks who have mailed remarkable gift packages, care boxes and cards from around the world in commemoration of the birth of this dude.

Get in on the fun by mailing to:

Ichiro Olson
937-1 Tsuchida, Naka-ku
Okayama-shi, Okayama-ken
703-8217 Japan

Star of the show!

Diary: baby (items) exchange at community centre (+ census)

Census form packet came in post! Really starting to feel like I *live* in Japan now, (complete with adorable wife and wonderful baby, house full of art and parents next-door… Some kind of heaven). Looking forward to checking some boxes. ForeverHome, Okayama.

Yesterday went to community centre (with protocols etc.) for an exchange of baby clothes, toys etc > came home with stroller, bouncer, various trains & planes, and bunch of cool clean outfits for his next growth spurt. Zero cost. Hooray (Tsuchida, Okayama) community! 

There’s also various events (assuming etc. etc.) for a parent’s club including a Christmas party so I might as well just volunteer to be Santa Claus, it’s practically an obligation I think. Scheduling beard re-grow for post-Halloween.

While at the community centre, observed 3 items – which will you choose?

1) karaoke cassette (double w/ features)
2) facsimile transmitter/receiver
3) cellophane tape, various dispensers

PS on the stroll there & back again (finally) autumn-ish (ps i love summer but this year was a bit intense for delicate me)

Ichiro: card #43 “Stanley Ramone” (Hey! Ho! Ikimasho) / 9.13

Ichiro: card #43 “Stanley Ramone” (Hey! Ho! Ikimasho) / 9.13

Ichiro: card #43 “Stanley Ramone” (Hey! Ho! Ikimasho) / 9.13

Note: Thanks to Cory DeMille and Trinity in LV for the onesie, and Sharif and Miriam in AMS for the percussion.

Original snap by marvelous mother Ryoko Olson

Bonus: Ramones – Blitzkrieg Bop (Official Music Video)

Ichiro: card #42 “Viking Samurai” (so many faces) / 9.7

Ichiro: card #42 “Viking Samurai” / 9.7

Ichiro card #42 / “Viking Samurai” at 10 weeks

Note: He’s an absolute marvel and I see so many different faces in his face 

Diary: Get on the Omnibus (annotations from the fog)

Winderness Hotspring painting by Noriko Miyake

Lots on my mind to riff about sometime about with various dangling topics & conversations unfinished and yet the days go by so quick, ergo:

* libraries (lost in Showa)
* meeting Ed Abbey (for Heads Lifestyle)
* my next postbox paintings/poems
* Ryoko’s new Fluevog shoes(!) / below (note: Vancouver company but these came from the Amsterdam store in the magnificent box with extra treats. She will look so great in these, and hopefully can wear in her next concert sometime this autumn if things well, get safer.) + I kept an eye on the sale section and special sale days to find just the right pair at well, a good price and this was my third attempt
* Dennis Kearns & Quinn Hughes
* Canucks family cook book circa 1981 (contents thereof)
* paintings by Noriko Miyake (She’s local to our area but spends a lot of time in France making her vag!na goddess art. We have 2.5 of her pieces. Purchased this “wild hot spring” as a surprise “momma’s gift” for Ryoko Olson) & Jean Smith (she’s rocking it so well right now)
* reducing humidity for book and record archiving in kura barn
* Fast Times (film & soundtrack etc)
* Itami’s “The Funeral” film
* scheme for house modifications/extension (safety & efficiency)
* so many letters out in the post, absolutely fantastic custom and complicated… And time-consuming(!) but so worth it
* Ichi-Stan’s CDN paperwork / checkmark #io
* The Queen never getting to know the pleasure of making a perfect grilled cheese sandwich
* further annotations re: hemp in Japan (state of & unpublished artifacts)
* recap #daveo50 / 190+ posts project
* wild boar sausages & inflatable pool (+ impending typhoon)
* how i ended up in Japan this time around
* how are you?
* condolences for losses (i see you)
* yes *the illness* persists #chronic #complex yet research drastically increasing (note: One strange /good thing is with *the virus*, there’s suddenly a lot more attention and awareness and research going into CFS/ME vis a vis so-called “long haulers” / Would be so wonderful to see so many people get so much of their lives back #MillionsMissing)
* “Hollywood” Scurlock (for Dark Poutine Mike Browne) #weird
* etc
* full email box #trying
* autumn is best season in Japan
* questions??

> in the meantime…

Note: The reality is, I wrote this as a little bit of “stuff I’m thinking about but I can’t do anything about right now“ list when I was in a crash mode from my silly consortium of syndromes.

(When I “crash“ I can only be in bed with the lights off, audio playing but not video, no outside light or noise,… but my head is swimming with ideas of stuff I really really want to do but can’t. In this case, three days of almost complete an activity aside from bathtime with baby.)

Dictating out a “laundry list” of thoughts, helps the brain calm down and well, means I’ll maybe address the topics eventually… maybe.

“Champey” Fluevogs for Ryoko (bit of another Noriko Miyake painting)

Fondly, dvo

PS 

Ichiro: card #41 “Flip Mode Achieved” (levelled up) / 9.1

Ichiro card #41 / “Flip Mode Achieved” (levelled up!)

Ichiro card #41 / “Flip Mode Achieved” (levelled up!) at 9 weeks

Note: He’s mellow little dude but strong and well, when he wants something, he *really* wants it / Going to be so much fun to watch him grow up. He has a remarkable ability to make people happy in these strange times I think.

Tip: Collect the series

Ichiro: “almost famous” (Sun Clinic with Moe sensei) / 8.30

“Sun Clinic” the wonderful birthing hospital who took such fine care of dear Ryoko in delivering Ichiro, posted this cute picture of them and Moe Sensei at the one month check-in. Grateful for their sweet and exacting care during a strange time. #pandemic

Ichiro: card #40 “summer tour” (2020 gets weird) / 8.27

Ichiro: card #40 “summer tour” (2020 gets weird) / 8.27

Ichiro: card #40 “summer tour” (2020 gets weird) / 8.27
#IchiroOlson / card no. 40 of series #io

Note: Grateful Dead “dancing bears” onesie gift from Mac Kobayashi

Ichiro: card #39 “2 months today” (whatever, no big deal) / 8.23

Ichiro: card #39 “2 months today” (whatever, no big deal) / 8.23

Ichiro: card #39 “2 months today” (whatever, no big deal) / 8.23 #IchiroOlson / card no. 39 of series #io

Note: the calendar on the fridge starts with June 23 and has a photo of him at one day old

PS Kim says: “He’s already mastering the serious side eye!”

Me: He’s preparing for all the times of me dressing him up groovy in ridiculous outfits and go on adventures

Ichiro: tea ceremony (bonus card) / 8.23

Ichiro: tea ceremony (bonus card with Matsuki-sensei) / 8.23

Ichiro: card (bonus) “tea ceremony” / 8.23
#IchiroOlson / card x of series #io

Ichiro’s first tea ceremony lesson with the marvellous Matsuki-sensei. What a wonderful visit from a remarkable lady.

PS Besides traditional tea ceremony, she also teaches Ikebana flower arranging, and was former proprietor of a tempura shop.

She’s a prefectural treasure. #Okayama

Note: on his 2nd month “birthday” 4 friends from Ryoko’s tea ceremony group came to visit, bring gifts and meet Ichiro. I made special coffee ceremony.