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Ichiro: cards #25, 26, 27, 28 “leisurely moments” / 7.25-29

Ichiro: cards #25 “contentment” / 7.25-29

Ichiro cards / #’s 25, 26, 27, 28 / Are You Collecting?

Featuring lounge chair and other leisurely moments

25-29.7.2020

Ichiro: cards #26 “hand model” / 7.25-29

Continue reading Ichiro: cards #25, 26, 27, 28 “leisurely moments” / 7.25-29

Diary: Otoosan’s (FiL) 65th Birthday

Happy Birthday to this fun-loving, shogi-playing, loud-talking, curry-making, sweet & kind (with great head of hair), retired civil engineer and new Grandfather.

65 today and hilarious and serious all at the same time / Celebrating with take-home South India Kerala curry & veggies from Spicy Spice resto (thanks Shabin Jabbar!) here in pleasant Okayama, Japan. 

Anyhow, being a foreign son-in-law in Japan ain’t always easy (as I understand it) so feeling rather fortunate for this kindly and fun father-in-law. 

For dessert, he gets to hold Ichiro 😉!

Delicious Kerala-style bento (though not in stainless steel tiffin ;)) Continue reading Diary: Otoosan’s (FiL) 65th Birthday

Ichiro: card #24 “Papa and Ichi” (insta) / 7.27

Ichiro: card #24 “Papa and Ichi” (insta) / 7.23

Hey Buddy, we made it through our first month!

We’re getting pretty good at stuff (especially bath time and singing ridiculous songs to you). 

In this snap, we are discussing plans to watch summer hockey. plans to watch Summer Olympics thwarted obviously, but, *the universe works in mysterious ways* and Lil Stanley and I will be enjoying breakfast time hockey starting very soon.

Also, I came here to say that Ichi-Stan turned “one month old” on the 23rd, I am the proudest papa ever and love to kiss his little head.
More coverage of our “one month birthday“ rituals (shrine, grave!) now available coming soon, I know you’ll wait patiently.

PS today is father/grandfather‘s birthday #65 (more to come…)

Snap: Tsuchida neighbourhood canals

Btw, our neighbourhood (walking back from trash drop-off point) / the canals are quite full! Rainy season lasting long in Tsuchida, Okayama, Japan this year #monsoon
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PS #LivingInAMiyazakiMovie

Diary: Choosing a Tree from City (for baby)

Our local city government of Okayama has a splendid program which offers us a choice of tree sapling upon significant life events, including wedding and birth of child. As we’ve accomplished both now, we get a second tree. Hooray. 

(As you likely know, selected a Peach / Momo for wedding, picked it up from a park and blossomed this spring around when John Prine passed). 

The choices include Japanese maple, dogwood (provincial tree of BC), and a few others. We ticked the box for “peach” (which are the “famous item of the area” and mailed in the postcard and will await instructions to pick up to add to our burgeoning orchard of fruits here at Tsuchida Cottage. 

Ichiro: 1 Month / 23.7.2020 (shrine, grave and various annotations)

July 23, 2020 Ichiro Stanley Thorvald Olson hit the one month mark since birth.

For the record: born June 23, 2020 (Reiwa 2), 16:24, Sun Clinic, Okayama, Japan, 3064 grams. 

As is tradition in Japan, we visited a Shinto shrine – though due to various safety concerns, we did not go to the originally planned shrine (Kibitsu jinja – map – we visited back in January before he was born) or Munetada jinja (where we were married which was our back up plan) – instead just stayed in the neighbourhood and went to the big Torii gate of Tenshin jinja with the parents (but did not climb the endless stairs to the top). Then… Clap clap bow bow say a few words to the kami and (of course) snap a few snaps (10 of which are compiled below). 

Then, as was the tradition throughout the pregnancy, we visited grandpa Ichiro’s grave to give it a clean, light incense, and have a conversation to him including introducing his a little namesake. This providing the opportunity to see 4 generations of the family legacy all at once (in a manner of speaking). PS Grandma Tomiko will be interred her on Aug. 19th. 

To be thorough, Ichiro’s name comes from a combination of his grandpa, Ryoko’s best university sensei (Hongo-sensei), and the desire to have a name which is familiar to western minds and emulates the cross-cultural excellence of the noted baseball player.

Then, my best pal and the fellow who made all of this possible by introducing Ryoko and I, the goat farmer Mac Kobayashi came over for a big sushi dinner and then hang out in the barn studio to listen to records (Built to Spill, Mudhoney, “Father” John Misty, Dan Mangan, Chet Baker…) which is a whole other story.

Anyhow, what follows are a few general notes about our wonderful little dude, basically annotations and observations from his first month. Continue reading Ichiro: 1 Month / 23.7.2020 (shrine, grave and various annotations)

Ichiro: card #23 “grateful” (Life & Peace) / 7.22

Ichiro: cards #23 “grateful” / 7.22

I know 2020 is really hard for lot of folks, but, tomorrow my son turns 1 month old and I’m so unbelievably happy to be his papa, so proud of my incredible powerful wife, grateful for my in-laws, and so glad I have a home (& 3 yr visa extension).

Ichiro: card #bonus “commendable” / silly papa 7.21

So it turns out, when you become a dad, you automagically get one of those mugs that says something about it at 1 month benchmark (tmrw) Didn’t realize.

Mine is “commendable“.

#io #ichiroolson

Ichiro: cards #20, 21, 22 “wondering, pondering” (pyjamming) / 7.18-19

Ichiro: cards #20 “I wonder” (pink blanket) / 7.18
Ichiro: cards #21 “pondering perpetual motion” (on green) / 7.18
Ichiro: cards #21 “pajama time” (in boat) / 7.19

Ichiro: card #19 “DATO & ISTO” (bath lads) / 7.17

Ichiro: card #19 “DATO & ISTO” (bath lads) / 7.17

Ichiro: card #19
“DATO & ISTO” (bath lads) / 7.17

Me & Ichi looooove bathtime bigtime / I look forward to when him and I can go to onsen together

PS Reed says:

“For me, the purest form of worshiping the divine is to immerse in water at the end of a day with family. I think this is Japon’s greatest contribution to the world.”