Specifically: a couple for birthdays // yes, me lounging in a hotel lobby in monogram’d pajamas, silk robe & dapper hat (natch) waiting for food delivery; another a message about healing with grace and facing demons; and, the other variation of time traveler daguerreotype as another special delivery for a late address.
Oh and this one *is* a New Year card, even though past official “new year” time. Hand-decorated and personally-deliveredwith bonus dragon accessory and special stamp from a country I can’t quite read with my fuzzy eyes.
Crafted with kohi at the goat farm to a very lovely recipient i’ve known since she was in a high-chair and is now a wonderful mama to 3 rambunctious lads. And whilst clear coating a postbox haiku you’ve already read about and yes more coverage to follow.
A few more of Ichiro’s inaugural custom friendship cards off to cousins and a few other young friends he hasn’t met yet.
yeah these are truly stellar and he was so fantastically cool (*not cute* papa) stamping em up
A couple card packets were put in envelopes due to specifically excessively long addresses (i.e.: Mexico, Vietnam, Thailand) to ensure reliable delivery.
This includes a card addressed to a forthcoming baby in Mexico who will be born in the year of the dragon to a mama I met in India – we enjoyed some pleasant time together and have remained penpals of sorts. I love the feeling of having the first postal mail addressed to a child. Managed to do the same to a baby in the Netherlands (born to brilliant multi-multi-lingual parents) and though not a baby, the first card mailed to a friend who, after unstable housing situations, finally has a home with an address. All of these please me.
While I’m being unnecessarily thorough, I printed out a few more Kinome cards for Ryoko to send to various customers, colleagues, supporters etc. of her business. She’s got some special things planned this year so I am so proud/excited for her.
Onwards with “definitely not new year cards”
For #PostboxSaturday this humble and unassuming small unit sits at the entrance of a national heritage shrine in Okayama Japan: Kibitsu Jinja.
Of course I mailed a postcard & curious about the cancellation stamp (sometimes special ones from historic locations).
Ya like postcards? Oh good! Handwritten Letters abound (with related anecdotes and digressions)
Let’s take a world tour with postcards, c’mon
Delightfully and gratefully, so many postcards and letters over the past few months, from Vietnam, Ireland, Ukraine, Germany, Bahamas, Croatia, Spain, Austin Texas, St John’s Newfoundland and St John Arizona, San Francisco via Prince Edward County (not island), Austria (by way of Himalayas) various British Columbia islands and mainland, of course around Japan (Gifu especially), and heck Cape Cod and more.
Each comes with a story, some with sketches so – in a poorly lit bedroom with a strange machine at side – riff about each and share the stamps and stories which stashing into a folio. Folios really as some go in “general”, others have a separate binder, others into a special collections, others to be considered at a later point.
Then all tidies up with sharing postal address and a Dymo Label.
Includes backgrounder about Wade Davis’ stellar book about early approaches to Everest from Tibet side “Into the Silence”.
The postal services of the world create a magnificent neural network of sorts – dispatches leaping across borders, bypassing squabbles and avoiding incidents // due to creative time-tested systems and intrepid workers.
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