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Ichiro Cards: featuring: Recharging (from fever), Tatami (inspecting) and just looking cool in tank-top)

3.5 pack of Ichiro Cards

Memo: little dude had a fever, up to 39.5°, recently but monitored with Dr. visits & now back in action (& school tmrw)… always a little unnerving *in these times* but he remained bright eyed, full of curiosity & energy (though not as interested in food due to related sore throat).

PS he was sure happy to see Momma come home from her arborist test (me too!) #io

 

3 of us, together at first

The 3 of us, together at first

Flashing back to a year tomorrow morning Japan standard time…

You see the first days were complicated as I was allowed in to the birthing clinic for 30 minutes per day — which included all the Japanese social routines of greetings, bowings, as part of logistical side of temperature taking and signing-in while the lovely staff at Sun Clinic efficiently and politely whisked in and out of the tatami room tending to various things.

But amidst it all, we managed to ask a nurse for snap shot > the first of the three of us together and it is a treasure, forever.

He’s our special lil guy.

Ichiro 1st Birthday Celebration

Papa! Ichiro! Mama!

Don’t worry Mama, i got him!

Celebrated Ichiro Stanley Thorvald Olson’s first 365 with a crawl around, toss in the air, playtime in his new house with his miraculous Mama plus genki, loving Grandma & Grandpa.

Huge thanks to Morioka san & Ishii san & the parade of crafters for having the fresh slippery maple floors, working sinks, stove in & lights on for his new home.

We did a whole thing where he crawls around with some mochi in a pack (i don’t totally understand but it’s all good) and chooses from some items laid out in front of him as a sort of future-telling experiment, then came some grilled tai red snapper (another tradition) and a cake which we let him make a mess out of (we are usually rather insistent that food isn’t for playing but to be eaten but blah blah blah).

Thank you for all your kind words and support of our little family over this last year.

Ichi says “guuuuuu!”

The future is all your & the present is ours.

Love your Papa

PS Occurs to me I’ve had approximately 342+/- bathtimes with him, it’s our time together to scrub, lounge, relax and talk and sometimes even sing. {Sometimes when I’m in “deep crash mode” I don’t get the pleasure but on my list of energy priorities, it’s my number one thing (followed by laundry & taking mah vitamins :-)).}

Ichiro’s Birthday (good morning papa! + out with mama)

Good morning Papa from birthday boy Ichiro Stanley Thorvald Olson (as seen wearing his hemp leaf pattern bib and handmade by uncle Dan tie-dye).

Thanks to the sweet folks that sent cards and presents >> very surprised, amused and gratefulness.

#IchiIsIchi

Two more cause i can’t/don’t/won’t stop

Then he went with Mama to Sun Clinic where he was born for some injections and playtime

4 generations of Fujii family women & Ichiro

A couple months back, we visited an elder’s home where great grandmother Fujii (mother’s pre-married family name) is sequestered behind glass while meeting two of her great-grandchildren: Ichiro & his 2nd cousin up from Nagasaki.

4 generations of Fujii family of many ladies + one lil dude

In the middle behind glass is great-grandma Fujii. At the far left and far right are her two daughters

We look forward to a visit when great grandmother can safely hug and hold her new descendent.

So glad our little guy can grow up in a family of strong, smart, independent-minded, polymath women.

Note: other baby in photo was born several months after Ichiro and different body type & at this time, same weight.

Ichi and Papa visit Ohaka on Father’s Day

Ichiro wonders what his papa is up to :)

Me and the little champion went up to the grandma and grandpa‘s graves to light some incense, give a clean and have a little hang out together. We met a snail, Ichiro fell asleep. Evidence of all follows:

Ichiro lounging in the “baby car”
we light incense, clap and talk to give Grandpa Ichiro and Grandma Tomiko an update

Continue reading Ichi and Papa visit Ohaka on Father’s Day

Father’s Day variety pack (my first!) + Lorne, Takushi and Trevor

Sidekicks forever. #io First Father’s Day! (photo by Ryoko a few months ago in Kojima)

Nothing to see here, carry-on. Not similar at all.
Happy Father’s Day to my remarkable shogi-loving, often-laughing, strong & smart & sweet father-in-law Takushi Fujita. Continue reading Father’s Day variety pack (my first!) + Lorne, Takushi and Trevor

Diary: Ichiro back in action, stroll on

Ichiro back in action, stroll on

Ichiro back in the saddle after bringing a rough cold home from nursery school which he passed to his delicate papa who kisses him *all the time* & trooper mama who is usually invincible.

Granny & Gramps stepped up big time in support #grateful Did hospital safety checks (including Cvd19) all-around before heading back today.

Picked him up amongst the cutest site of all the kids cuddled in futon with name badges.

Released my charge from pleasant custody, “youroshiku” to the teachers, got his daily report book & bundle of items… strapped in & wheeled home laughing & swerving.

Cuter every day. He is so loved by his bubble pod family. He’s our special lil guy.

PS hit 11 months last week…

Ichiro and Papa sending <3 to Mama on the walk home from nursery school

Ichiro Cards: Catching up 4 pack (naptime, forest, Tintin and hanami)

Let’s catch up with a 4 pack of Ichiro cards for collectors, fans & general enthusiasts. Yup, i’m the papa who loooooves his boy (though i’ve lost track of the card numbers… was bound to happen).

Anyhow, including:


* Naptime at Wakaba (nursery school)

* Forest Dwellers (with mama Ryoko)


* Mini TinTin (adventures await


* Hanabi Sakura fun (with casual stroller pose)

2nd Wedding Anniversary Riffs (i would dye for you)

April 20, 2021 – back at the goat farm where we met, were married, now with Ichiro (and of course baby goats and tie-dyes) – thanks Reira for snap

Always more to tell you but… Over the past three days we sort of revisited our 2019 three day wedding festivities #dro420 with a little mini-outings, ergo:

* April 21 pleasant lunch and afternoon lounge around at Mac Kobayashi’s Goat Farm including lovely conversations with four generations of his family / daughter Reira snapped some pics, grandson Sosuke showed off his new glasses, mother (84 yrs young) tool a break from cutting grass to hug and cuddle little Ichiro (who split his time between napping and meeting goats) ~ importantly, finally got a photo with all three of us in our “family tartan“ tie-dye made by brother Daniel

* April 20 rolled to a Shinto shrine, not our “official” shrine but a neighborhood location with no people >> wrote some grateful prayers and intentions on wooden tiles, clap-clapped bowed for the Kami & ancestors, >> enjoyed some of the nuanced details and then some artisan roasted coffee across the lane (where Ichi continued the familial tradition of batting eyelashes at baristas)

* April 19 skipped the City Hall registration and went directly to the jazz bar (which was the scene of the welcome party for foreign guests) but this time was Ryoko Olson’s band Mae Maes rehearsal >> I haven’t seen her bandmates in real life since well, probably their last real show at the beginning of “global health meltdown (TM)” though I’ve seen their faces while editing videos. Enjoyed tea and snacks and music #friendship

Now, resting before an afternoon hospital visit while construction continues outside (we’re camped out in the parents beautiful traditional kominka home on tatami mat floor, glorious raw wooden beams above, sliding rice paper doors) >> Ryoko heading over to the nursery school to help with Ichi’s lunch.

Flashing back to everything that happened these last two years and frankly, stunned by it all.

Completely smitten by my remarkable wife who surprises and thrills me daily, head over heels about this healthy happy little fella who is now in indispensable part of my entire existence, and so very grateful for friends & family scattered around the world for continued support & solitarity. Keep an eye on your post box.

The year ahead will be more changes (i mean, obv) but hopefully fewer “big moves/projects” (i.e. endless registrations and paper work and settling-in and construction and shipping containers and complicated transactions) and more “tiny steps” to make life more pleasant and full of creativity and enjoyment / yes, we have a list and involves post boxes, payphones, sign posts, trees, gardens, paint) ~ also health & rest, please please.

So very fondly from Tsuchida Cottage (soon to be Tsuchida Station)

dvo & fam

 

Diary: Ichiro starts Wakaba Nursery school

+ First 2 weeks of Nursery School (almost) finished +

Our lil Ichiro Stanley was accepted and enrolled in a great nursery/preschool in our area called Wakaba (new leaf).

The principal (who coincidentally studied at Langara college in Vancouver) spearheaded the creation of this new school (next to an older similar institution) – a beautiful facility, purpose-built for a calm, healthy learning atmosphere for kids from 0 to 4 years old.

It has everything: healthy lunches, playground with unicycles, solar panels, cute hats & everything is kid height – And yes the kids clean up the place.

We loaded up a bunch of gear for him the first day including his own futon + various changes of clothes all with his name written (mix of Katakana & Hiragana If you’re keeping score) & and a binder of information updated daily.

Started with an hour per day, then up to an hour and a half, then three hours and before you know it will be a “full day“.  The school is a pleasant 15 minute walk from our house – which also passes by the elementary school he’ll here eventually attend.

Great seeing all the little students in their uniforms proudly marching to school with their fresh backpacks. And it’s also a great chance for me to show my face around the community more.

Recently obtained a bicycle with a baby seat for my new friend (thanks Daniel) and as my strength and confidence develops from the “illness” will try that out but in the meanwhile, me, the wife and our wonderful parents take turns. with the drop-offs and pick-ups.

Not surprisingly being part of “generation quarantine”, like his classmates, he hasn’t had much of a chance to socialize with other kids before this so it’s a bit of a transition with some tears :(.  He’s such a jolly happy boy at home and I’m sure soon his same personality will flourish at the new school.

The teachers are incredibly empathetic, thoughtful and professional and I feel very fortunate that we were able to get into this school.

Note: Despite Japan’s declining birth rate and encouragement for “more kids“ there’s still a lack of nursery schools and it was important for us (due to my wife’s working and my disability) to be accepted into a facility close to home.

PS I’m using the word “nursery school” or “pre-school” (for hoikuen 保育園) as it’s much more organized, structured and dareisay studious than a “daycare”.

Eventually I will start going in to help out (hang out really) with some English conversation for the four-year-old kids and yes, I’ll definitely be Santa Claus come Christmas time.

Oh & there is usually a “first day ceremony” where the parents dress up in their best clothes and there’s, I don’t know, talks and bowing & stuff but, not surprisingly, it was canceled because of *current public health concerns* ~ As such we didn’t take the customary ceremonial photo but did snap a picture of him and mom in front of some flowers on the first day and then he & i paused on the walk home the other day on the dirt path amidst fields & canals in his stroller (you can catch the school building in the background).

As always, more to share but it’s been a big schedule transition for not just him, for your humble correspondent as well (In other words, i am constantly exhausted and wiped out but hey that’s nothing new right).

Came here to say, “I’m proud of him and grateful for this opportunity” hooray Wakaba & Ichiro.

Ichiro 9 months old (at Yubara onsen rocking yukata)

Ichiro, 9 months old at Yubara Onsen

Ichiro Stanley Thorvald Olson 9 months old today.

Don’t remember life before him – I have photographs, journals and vague recollections but somehow, wonderfully everything changed.
Anyhow, with the family at a hotspring (onsen) hotel and, after a ridiculously massive dinner during which he entertained all the lady staff and guests, the little dude frolicked with Ma & Pa in a private outdoor bath ~ in and out of the cold mountain air for scrubbing, the Moon & Orion overhead, and hot fresh (42*) natural mineral water in a wooden tub on the rooftop in a steep gorge. Sigh.

Then rocked his yukata like a jolly viking samurai in the tatami room snuggled up in futon.

Proud parents & grandparents indeed!