Tag Archives: Ichiro

Ryoko Sewing Diapers for baby Ichiro (time lapse)

It’s so cute! Ryoko cutting cloth, threading needles, and sewing diapers for baby Ichiro (in belly at the time), upstairs at Tsuchida Cottage here in Okayama, Japan.

Added “Girl” music by (appropriately) Belly from their wonderful Dove album. Just for a little something something – no narration, instructions just rocking the sewing machine and adding love for his ‘lil bum and whatnot.

Update: I told/asked Tanya Donelly of Belly (+ Throwing Muses, solo, Breeders etc etc) about using the song and she replied enthusiastically and kindly (note: her other job is a post-partum doula)

Spring 2020 if you are curious.

Diary: Ryoko gardening (more) and visiting grave (again)

{Catching up with…} Yet another visit to grandpa Ichiro’s grave during the pregnancy + pandemic, plus get another photo of remarkable Ryoko gardening with her adorable baby belly. 

For both of us to stay *active* and centred through all the commotion and concerns of life, we often visited grandpa’s grave for a conversation.

Each morning as I lingered in bed, this intrepid arborist would get up and work on various garden projects, or in this case, cutting down bamboo in the forest behind the house.

Epilogue: Updated July 17 from events on and around May 2… This turned out to be a very significant part of bringing our little guy into the world as he bears the same man and, shortly afterwards, grandpa’s widow died at 94 years old.

Note: Both of these topics are covered elsewhere in this archive and desire to be considered supporting evidence of a really strange but wonderful spring time, as such,…

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Diary: Hospital Blues/ Postal Therapy

Wasn’t allowed into the birthing clinic appointment today due to the fcking “situation* so sat outside and scribbled a few postcards (yes of course i had my kit with me) #postaltherapy

Note: packages cannot be sent to/received from overseas – and, as i understand, cards and letters are all going by sea due to lack of commercial flights which contract to transport mail. Ugh. Continue reading Diary: Hospital Blues/ Postal Therapy

Ichiro x 4 #inspiration

Ichiro x 4

Note: visually explaining how we chose our baby name “Ichiro” as it came from:

  • Ryoko’s paternal grandfather (who died at 49, my age now)
  • Ryoko’s dear university sensei who first took her to Russia and Indonesia as well as taught her all about trees
  • The soon-to-be-hall-of-fame baseball player (who I got to see live many times with Mariners and is a symbol of courage, grace, persistence and skill and defying expectations and awesomeness)
  • Finally a little 3-D scan of our Ichiro in process (expected June 18th)

Ichiro: Grandfather (wedding photo)
Ichiro Hongo: sensei (fantastically interesting man)
Ichiro: Ballplayer (best ever)
Ichiro: Infant in process #pending  

Note: full name (pending) is Ichiro Stanley, Thorvald Olson

We are waiting for you Ichiro…

We are waiting for you Ichiro Stanley Thorvald Olson… The world is weird, but wonderful and we are ready to love love love you.

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Note: photo from a special day of blessing at Kibitsujinja Shrine, Jan, 2020 / more coverage/snaps to come. 

Wiki riff: Kibitsu Shrine (吉備津神社), is a Shinto shrine in Okayama, Okayama Prefecture, Japan.[1] The Honden-Haiden is a National Treasure and the sole exemplar of the kibitsu-zukuri style of architecture, although the Soshidō of Hokekyō-ji is now believed to have been modeled thereon

Dave + Ryoko Anniversary Tea Time Variety Show (almost live)

Join us for tea at Tsuchida Cottage, Okayama for our 1st wedding anniversary. We’ll play some songs, catch you up on projects, share some scrapbooks and stories, plus update about baby including gender if curious. Was a live stream… not its not :)

Originally live-streamed via Facebook on April 21, 2020 / check out original post for allll the comments and more fun etc.

Miss 604’s capture of the live stream from Tsuchida Cottage, Okayama to West End, Vancouver

Diary: 1st Anniversary Portrait (almost 3)

Almost 3.

Art: by Noriko Miyake, to welcome baby

New art by Noriko Miyake! Such powerful goodness for welcoming the new human.

Note: there’s a video of us unwrapping the treasure… somewhere… Update: here’s a diary post with video and more photos including cloth vagina.

PS Noriko on Instagram + Tumblr

Diary: New Goddess Art from Miyake Noriko

New art by Noriko Miyake (FB)! Such powerful goodness for welcoming the new human…

And we made a fun lil video of opening up the package (we asked Noriko to choose the painting for us based on our current life situation so we could enjoy the surprise!). 

 

(By the way, another check in yesterday and everything is going great! We even have some wild 3-D scan videos).

The painting (laden with maternal themes and imagery) also came with a cloth vagina of sorts and a sweet note in english and Japanese (as well as special wrapping paper!)

Diary: Stroll to the Cemetery in Tsuchida

Diary: Stroll to the Cemetery in Tsuchida

Hanging out with ancestors and neighbours on a little photo walk (with a Lomo Diana 35mm and a Fuji Instamax) to the nearby cemetery to clean the grave and have a chat with old grandpa Ichiro – plus drop some coins for the kami to say thanks for the successful transport of items. Come along won’t you. 

Ryoko at Grandpa Ichiro’s haka
Dave at Grandpa Ichiro’s grave
Changing flowers at Grandpa Ichiro’s grave
The graves go up and up and up…
Ryoko and family graves
photo of a photo of a grave
on the way home with baby inside
Buddhist shrine at cemetery
Fujita family ohaka

Ryoko’s paternal grandparents, Ichiro and Tomiko

Ryoko’s paternal Grandparents Ichiro & Tomiko / wedding photo. My kin.

Notes: Getting ready for the wedding, put together a little inspiration set of some cool old formal photos with plans to do this but everything got a little hectic afterwards so we didn’t get a chance… We still will one of these days, maybe even with the baby in tow… I always go for a chance to dress up in something interesting for photo fun times :)

By the way, we visited grandpa’s grave today – he died in 1972 at 49 years old so assuming married in his early 20s, this was right at the end of World War II… I’ll take another look and see if I can get an exact year as I’m figuring out his bio.