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Memo: Generational Home in Okayama

Posted as a comment on an article about someone’s kominka (trad Japanese house) project, sharing here so don’t lose it… ya know “the record” or posterity or amusement (with mild edits).

Hello from Sunny Okayama where my wife Ryoko and our new baby live on ancestral land in a “cottage” (kinda shotgun house slapped together) next to the parents who renovated Grandma/Grandpa’s kominka about 4 years ago keeping all the original touches but doing some practical and comfortable upgrades.

We are staying in a big tatami room while doing some changes to the cottage – lovely sliding doors, changed form original but maintaining aesthetics, engawas (where i sit now) now have thermal glass windows but also open fully for the fresh breeze.

We’re now bringing this full circle as we use the old sliding doors to the cottage reno, plus re-wrap the tatami mats rather than tossing out, plus adding an efficient wood stove (my wife is an arborist so always has wood gathered) – don’t get much snow but does get chilly and summer’s of course are hot and humid – plus adding a new room, moving kitchen into a more open location and whatnot. Also added a new ofuro bath so the 3 of us can bathe together #heaven.

Unlike the parents’ house, the cottage is sorta slapped together but we resisted a tear down and start again and making incremental changes. (Funny the parents said “you will just live in our house when we pass away” to which i replied, “you are 65 year old healthy Japanese so that means 30 years from now!”

Anyhow, the property also has a magnificent 150+ year old “kura” grain barn with massive wood beams, mud walls and 3 thick doors with cast iron puzzle keys. This has turned into my art studio and music lounge (needs a few little upgrades for safety and power/lighting) and a “naya” tool shed for wife’s business which also has loads of Grandpa’s heavy duty pre-war farm tools (including probably 6 pick axes!).

Documenting loads of this life (amongst other projects) if curious. Not a plug, just me saying “right on with your awesome project”.

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See Hannah Kirshner’s Lessons in Sustainable Living From My 100-Year-Old Japanese Farmhouse also aded to Akiya Resource round-up dossier

#daveo50 (spectacles, various, vol. 2 / modern collection)

#daveo50 (spectacles, various, vol. 2 / modern collection)

Spectacles (modern collection) / with accessories 

I’ve bought boats for optometrists
Trying to see more clear

Paid for orthodontists
for kids of ophthalmologists

Sent the work of opticians
to unknown recipients

Examined construction of lens
from a bifocals dented nose

Understood refraction more than options
conglomerates of industrial design

Still evidence glinty abounds
enough to make a mobile

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Personal Archeology – #daveo50 (spectacles, various, vol. 1 / classical collection)
Daily Ephemera, Oddities, Artifacts, Mementos, etc
2020 6.26 ~ 8.16 

#daveo50 (spectacles, various, vol. 1 / classical collection)

#daveo50 “Personal Archeology Project” (spectacles, various, vol. 1 / classical collection)

I’ve bought boats for optometrists
Trying to see more clear

Paid for orthodontists
for kids of ophthalmologists

Sent the work of opticians
to unknown recipients

Examined construction of lens
from a bifocals dented nose

Understood refraction more than options
conglomerates of industrial design

Still evidence glinty abounds
enough to make a mobile

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Personal Archeology – #daveo50 (spectacles, various, vol. 1 / classical collection)
Daily Ephemera, Oddities, Artifacts, Mementos, etc
2020 6.26 ~ 8.16 

#daveo50 “Personal Archeology Project” (pocket knives, various)

#daveo50 “Personal Archeology Project” (pocket knives, various)

Personal Archeology – #daveo50 (pocket knives, various)
Daily Ephemera, Oddities, Artifacts, Mementos, etc
2020 6.26 ~ 8.16

#daveo50 “Personal Archeology Project” (lighter + matchbook / with cryptic message)

#daveo50 “Personal Archeology Project” (lighter & match / with cryptic message)

Personal Archeology – #daveo50 (lighters, various)
Daily Ephemera, Oddities, Artifacts, Mementos, etc
2020 6.26 ~ 8.16

Any guesses on what the string of letters mean? #spygames

Have you hit up the Riverwood Inn in Phillipsville, CA? Its haunted (i stayed the night there). 

#daveo50 “Personal Archeology Project” (lighters, various)

#daveo50 “Personal Archeology Project” (lighters, various)

Personal Archeology – #daveo50 (lighters, various)
Daily Ephemera, Oddities, Artifacts, Mementos, etc
2020 6.26 ~ 8.16

#daveo50 “Personal Archeology Project” (Fuji panorama camera)

#daveo50 “Personal Archeology Project” (Fuji panorama camera)

Personal Archeology Exhibit – #daveo50
Pre-scheduled Daily Ephemera
2020 6.26 ~ 8.16

Fuji panorama camera
Purchased 1993, TOPOS discount department store (approx ¥3000), Tottori, Japan.

Used extensively (was first panorama camera i’d ever seen and i was fascinated and amused by function and design).

Still have instruction manual and receipt somewhere (note to self: add for the permanent record).

Note: when loading (35mm) film, had to choose “panorama” or “futsu/regular” for the whole roll. Developing in full-size panorama was expensive and not readily available so often shot panorama and developed “normal” resulting in a letter box style print (as you may have noticed in the personal archeology project).

When possible, chose to develop the full size panorama images which i find so interesting (and take a deliberate mindset to shoot).

Indeed, many snaps from 1993-6 (until the winder crank broke likely from salt water immersion though the camera was ostensibly waterproof) appear as rotating header images in this creative life archive – especially from Japan, Guam, Hawaii etc.

#daveo50 “Personal Archeology Project” (Lomo camera)

Personal Archeology Exhibit – #daveo50
Pre-scheduled Daily Ephemera / 2020 6.26 ~ 8.16

In creating the 200+ posts for this personal archeology project, I’ve used all sorts of different tools (analog and digital) to capture the artifacts and ephemera sourced from creations made from other analog and digital tools… Like a recursive mirror looking at yourself – ha! #meta  In doing so, to add an extra layer of meta, i’ve documented (some of) the tools used to create original projects.

In this case, a  Lomo “La Sardina” sardine can camera – modelled after cameras used for espionage and intrigue by erstwhile spies for clandestine operations – this one, a special cork covered limited edition and uses 35 mm film.

For more fun, i use whatever old crusty expired film i can get my hands on (tip: look at the bottom shelf of dusty old drug stores), and has a battery powered flash with some snap-on filters for weird effects.

Sometimes the film loads rather *incorrectly* so the images get split across two frames, further, a night in a psychedelic Volkswagen bus sauna seems to have melted a lens somewhere to make things even fuzzier – there are a few other tricky features built-in, (by tricky, they’re very simple but create tricks like long or double exposures).

When traveling, tend to stay away from snapping at a lot of pictures and instead feel like a third grade Ansel Adams in that I carefully consider each frame, that said, the results are very different then a master photographer using a large format camera, so really, the point doesn’t stand whatsoever… but what I mean is: I make scrapbooks, paintings, sketches, poems, occasionally some ambient audio recordings and a few digital reference photos when needed but enjoy the fuzzy hazy unpredictable snaps from the 35mm camera… I especially enjoy when the exposed roll of film is lost/ stashed/ possibly forgotten for a period of time and then I need to track down somewhere to develop meaning the results are known months or years after the shutter snap.

The results from this Lomo camera are scattered throughout this archive, specifically from Kerala, India (on Remembrance Day), a train ride through the length of Thailand (co-mingled with poems), collections from Grateful Dead concerts and driving across the US Midwest (time-lapse-ish), oh yeah, Big Cottonwood Canyon and the aforementioned VW bus to Diamond Fork hot springs to Las Vegas.

Dig in for your own amusement, that’s the point. Snap click wind wait.

fondly, dvo/uw

#daveo50 “Personal Archeology Project” (lighters, various)

Personal Archeology Exhibit – #daveo50
Prescheduled Daily Ephemera / 2020 6.26 ~ 8.16

“Personal Archeology” project heads into the stretch run towards 50 on 16.8.20 / just shy of 200 posts of artifacts > From elementary school report cards to fake IDs, newspaper clippings to folk legends.

I’ll tell you a secret: there’s another 100+ in the “draft/pending“ folders that I didn’t quite finish up to get into the flow so maybe a bonus round in the autumn.

Also, I barely started the deep digging kura grain barn studio stash so really have enough to keep going another 50 years. #goal

Hope you found some interesting evidence of where our lives intersected and/or found some inspiration for digging into your own remarkable past and sharing your story in a unique way.

I’ve had a notion to do a little “musings & tactics for personal storytelling” video / Might get to it eventually but I’m pretty busy kissing a little baby’s head over and over again. If you have questions though, hit me up.

fondly, dvo/uw

#daveo50 “Personal Archeology Project” / 6.26 ~ 8.16 (passport & shots)

Personal Archeology Exhibit – #daveo50

Prescheduled Daily Ephemera / 50 years in 50 days

2020 6.26 ~ 8.16

Ergo: evidence, artifacts, ephemera, oddities, identification (fake and otherwise), cards, snippets, maps (often cryptic) / curated collections, contextualized for amusement & inspiration

#daveo50 “Personal Archeology Project” (ribbons)

Personal Archeology Exhibit – #daveo50
Prescheduled Daily Ephemera / 2020 6.26 ~ 8.16

Yup, somehow, friends who I *assumed* were pleasantly checking out my little “personal archaeology” project have *no idea* about my endeavor, others are surprised to hear I have a website at all (really)…

Then again, others contact me and say “how’s things at h00tsweet these days?” (Whoa!) or “I’m heading to Lynn Valley, you want to meet up?“

I mean “yeah” but I’ve been gone gone gone so long and now live in Japan #ForeverHome

In other words, the cracks between the boards are some times bigger than the boards  #BeYourOwnAlgorithm

Anyhow, just another artifact from #daveo50 daily pre-scheduled series of ephemera, oddities, evidence, miscellanea, media snippets, projects, identification (fake & otherwise)…

More of “the B-sides” rather than “greatest hits” you’ve likely seen.

You’re super smart so you found the goodness.

PS Especially enjoy hearing recollections from folks about when our lives intersected / tip: stick a search term (your name, a project, a place) into the site and see what pops up

#daveo50 “Personal Archeology Project” / 6.26 ~ 8.16 (passport and suitcase)

#daveo50 Personal Archeology Project / June 26 ~ Aug. 16

Personal Archeology Exhibit – #daveo50
Prescheduled Daily Ephemera / 50 years in 50 days
2020 6.26 ~ 8.16

Ergo: evidence, artifacts, ephemera, oddities, identification (fake and otherwise), cards, snippets, maps (often cryptic) / curated collections, contextualized for amusement & inspiration