Aerogrammes from South Georgia, postcards from Antarctica… present reality of our postbox in Okayama from an intrepid traveler nephew / distiller
Another postcard bonanza (“bonanza” used again for pal in Dubai) from such remote areas and the ghost of Shackleton)
Ergo: assorted British Overseas territories (disputed) Falkland Islands, South Georgia & South Sandwich Islands, and Argentina on the way to Antartica.
Have some geography fun and track down these locations on a map and follow along the rambles of a fine Son of Vancouver.
Bonus: The Weakerthans sing about Shakleton (the explorer who’s influential book is pictured upon the black/white card) in Our Retired Explorer (Dines with Michel Foucault in Paris, 1961)
What a postal bonanza of late!￼
Dispatches from Budapest, Nozawa onsen, Connecticut,￼ Vancouver, Valencia + Kanazawa’s D. T. Suzuki museum added to say “wonderful” (which is what i think of these treats).
Note: There was also a jet black envelope which is beyond your security clearance… and a box of new curtains which is purely practical and just happened to be delivered.
Also some black pepper but that’s a whole other story.￼
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