+ Telegrams, Faxes, Packages, Cards and Letters for Ichi-kun welcome + ~ Ichiro’s papa here… 1 million things to tell you and I’ll get to it all… but in brief: thank you for all your wonderful thoughts and words and sentiments from all channels. Wonderful! ~ Next:￼ address for dispatches (PS always available at website and other locations)￼ ~ Ichiro Olson 937-1 Tsuchida, Naka-ku Okayama-shi, Okayama-ken 703-8217 Japan ~ Fondly, dvo #papaweed
Catching up on some scrap books: A few fresh ones, ￼a few bonus items some old ones,￼ breaking the seal on a few others, organizing odds and ends￼ for future use (and the biographers).
Annotations on individual books if curious. ￼ Note: need more bookshelves, the overhead shots don’t really show the girth.
* Tsuchida Life 2020, part 1 *
Ephemera from “regular life” / normal out and abouts to museums, events, cafés etc., mostly from this year (earlier).
Btw the kanji characters on the left are pronounced “Tsuchida” which mean dirt/soil field/paddy – this is the name of our neighbourhood.
* Baby Book *
Just starting on this one for the new human with various ultrasounds, lists, notes, name ideas, announcements and eventually, maybe some of your cards and letters.
* Nagasaki Usual Days *
This one is well, it’s pretty awesome… from our trip in February (which seems like 1 million years ago) to a remarkable city to visit cousins, ride trains, see some sites, and eat all the food. As such: Tidbits from museums, cafés etc. included, plus various snapshots and notes. Just about done…, But I always say that ;)
* Cards & Letters, 2020, part 1 *
As you might expect, this gathers up postcards, cards, letters and related oddments so they don’t get lost in a shoebox.
Repurpose envelopes, or envelope type things, attach with double-sided tape (of course) and decorate with inky stamps and various seals. Continue reading Scrapbooks: Tsuchida Life, Cards & Letters, Baby book + in-process (annotated)
Batch 2 of festive greetz away from the main downtown Okayama postoffice!
And technically, this post box is just for mailing New Year’s cards within Japan, so the pedantic ones amongst you need not point this out…￼ Festive display made for a pleasant photo.
The overall count was smaller than batch one however several bonus super-deluxe envelopes of treats in the mix.
Destinations include: Germany, UAE, Scotland, Sri Lanka, … and the usual USA / Canada locations.
Such fun applying the stamps and interacting with the post office staff as so many folks are in preparing and mailing New Year’s cards.￼￼￼
This lil elf dropped off 80-ish new year cards into the hopper.
Cards and Letters are rolling on in to the Tsuchida Cottage postbox. Each a treasure and documented for posterity as well as enjoyed for the present.
Here are a few recent arrivals with brief annotations:
This “Thank You” card is from Naomi Maeda who made our groovy new toques documented in Misc Autumn Diary.
I made a fun book of postboxes, letter slots, post offices, and letter writing “still-lifes” resplendent with stationery, inky stamps and whatnot.
Order it up for amusement and edification. https://www.blurb.com/b/9807308-posted-letters-to-elsewhere
“Ideal for armchair-travelling kids and adults alike, this portable geography primer includes 42 pages of delightful, lovingly curated and collected letter boxes, stationery, post offices, plus other postal artifacts gathered from: Thailand, Japan, Malaysia, The Vatican, Nepal, Greece, Canada, United States, Oman, Australia, Italy, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, a few other locales and the high seas.”
Fits handily in a rucksack and doesn’t use too much space on a shelf. It’s pretty! Order several.
Batch one of New Year’s postcards sent to seven countries. 95 items in this wave, many more to come…
I will admit, the printer messed up on some of them and the paper choice wasn’t quite as expected, so please grade me on a curve.￼
Say a prayer to the postal kami that my hand-writing of addresses passes readability standards, and the inky and postal stamps meets approval for both aesthetic and practical purposes.￼
Noting, if not already, this dispatch definitely put me over 1000 items mailed in 2019. I received almost 50 items in return – each a treasure.￼ #wink
Due to an affection for stationery, letters, scrapbooks and whatnot, i notice such items when viewing moving pictures. As such, i am often inclined to capture screenshots for my memory.
Sometimes, oddly enough, these are printed and put into scrapbooks in a sorta meta-remix. Either way, to keep these tidbits close at hand, assorted specimen are collected within.
Form and Function in action! Such nuanced design and kindness.
Recent(ish) incoming correspondence round-up.
Thanks Kira L. x2, Mike Mc., Kat C, Vanessa T, Jeremiah J… for making my heart and my postbox so full of joy etc.
Note: my postal address displayed for handiness.
Due to an affection for stationery, letters, scrapbooks and whatnot, i notice such items when viewing moving pictures. As such, i am often inclined to capture screenshots for my memory. Sometimes, oddly enough, these are printed and put into scrapbooks in a sorta meta-remix. Either way, to keep these tidbits close at hand, assorted specimen are collected within.
Sure, i mail a lot of cards and letters and dossiers of ephemeral treats, poems and painting. Especially to folks who have inspired me or otherwise lent a hand, and to folks (know and unknown) who seem to need a little spark to help them along their journey.
As part of my semi-obsessive documentation for my memory and amusement, i assemble photos (likely) enthusiastic correspondents send of their received items, along with “still life” photos of postal-related items or post-in-process, and often just scenes of post offices/workers/boxes.
Often times these items are organized chronologically-ish somehow, or maybe to a theme, but some cases (including this instance), neither applies and what follows is simply a batch of odds and ends hanging out for another cycle into the world.
Generally an absence of annotations as the meanings either aren’t meaningful or rather self-evident (that said, maybe some annotations will appear). Carry on, bring your own stamp.