Saturday, January 30, 2010
Friday, January 29, 2010
I made this card using a talisman from Sanbutsuji, a mountain temple in Misasa, Tottori prefecture. I've been several times to the temple, but never up to its famed Nageiredo, a platform-style hall that seems to cling to the side of Mt. Mitoku. The ascetic Enno gyoja is said to have flung the hall into place in 706. This talisman shows the avatar Zao gongen. I confess that what I remember the best about the temple was the little shop nearby, selling local delicacies made from wild vegetables and homemade tofu. Misasa is famous for its radon hot springs. I once had an unforgettable overnight stay in the town.
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Thursday, January 28, 2010
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Monday, January 25, 2010
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Friday, January 22, 2010
On the heels of what I wrote below, I'm turning to a plea made by the folks at Sand Hill Preservation Center, a small family-run poultry and seed supplier in Iowa. Sand Hill has a great no-frills, no-nonsense catalog and for reasons of time and convenience accept orders only by US mail. Yes, email may be cheaper, faster, and more convenient but their theory is that in the long run the less we all use the mails, the more expensive they become. Sand Hill ships its chicks by mail and relies on six-day mail service. The idea being floated by the postal service of cutting Saturday deliveries would be a blow to the baby chick industry. Sand Hill's plea: "Send your order in by mail, support the system and support jobs and post offices." Hear, hear!
The mailing address for Sand Hill Preservation Center is 1878 230th Street, Calamus, Iowa 52729-9659.
Posted by jacqueline at 8:13 AM
Mailed at the end of last year, this New Year's greeting from an old friend arrived this week. The photo is of Japanese flowering apricots in his garden. I don't know what's going on with the international mail but it's working both ways. A card I mailed before Christmas reached a friend in China only yesterday.
Posted by jacqueline at 8:09 AM
Thursday, January 21, 2010
This postcard is from a Chinese postcrosser, who explains that the card shows a painting by an illustrator from Chengdu. The title of the work is rabbit No. 1. There's enough going on in it for me to want to see no. 2, if there is one. The sender also used some pretty stamps on the card.
Posted by jacqueline at 10:50 AM
This card, from an Indian postcrosser, shows a form of Indian classical dance from Kerala, called mohiniyattam. That, sez Wikipedia, means "dance of the enchantress". Dancers' costumes are typically edged in yellow. Here's to dance in all its wondrous forms!
Posted by jacqueline at 10:43 AM
This postcard came from Iwate, whose capital in particular has long been known for wanko soba, mouth-size servings of soba served in tiny bowls. An early form of eating competition, the idea is to eat as many bowls as possible. The card shows Minnie Mouse as a server in a Morioka soba shop. For me, it's a way too exhausting way to eat. I'll take my zarusoba straight.
Posted by jacqueline at 6:05 AM
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Sandy Sapienza made this charming little book, barely larger than a stamp, for saving, protecting, or documenting stamps. She was inspired by the stamps posted on this blog but says I should use however I wish. What a lovely little treat! It arrived in yesterday's mail with the stamps below. What timing!
Posted by jacqueline at 12:33 PM
The postmaster at my old post office in Ayaori sent these two sheets of stamps in a New Year's package that arrived yesterday. The stamps show prefectural flowers, top to bottom: peach blossoms, rape flowers, Japanese flowering apricot blossoms and primrose, Japanese bayberry, and (another kind of) Japanese flowering apricot.
Posted by jacqueline at 11:56 AM
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Lynn B. sent this postcard showing a Rubens' painting called The Departure of Lot and His Family from Sodom. It made me think about the story of Lot, who was willing to sacrifice his daughters for slights to some, albeit heavenly, guests. It's a sketchy tale of righteousness run amok. I don't understand why Lot is spared, and Rubens' portrayal of his wife has got to give one pause.
Posted by jacqueline at 8:31 AM
Monday, January 18, 2010
A Kyoto friend sent a late New Year's card to my mother. She annotated her collage image of a tiger with messages and drawings. She writes that her younger daughter, now 40 and a doctor, is the head of a fan cheering group for the Hanshin Tigers, a beleaguered but beloved baseball team. She also writes that their house is a "tiger's nest" (which reminds me that she and her husband last year made a trip to Bhutan) and was featured in an NHK documentary.
Posted by jacqueline at 8:42 AM
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Mailart Fans we received this call from France. Send your red mailart in!
The Françoise Giroud Library of Castries (France) organizes from January 4th to January 31st
2011 a Mail art exhibition. We therefore send out a call for contributions on the following subject : Red.
Please send your work before November 1st 2009 to the following address :
Françoise Giroud 15 Avenue de la Cave Coopérative
34160 CASTRIES, FRANCE
All works will be displayed during the exhibition at the end of the year, as well as on the Library's website at the following address :
http://www.montpellier-agglo.com/mediatheques,in the "Action culturelle et pédagogique / Art postal" section.
No jury, no fee, no return. Postal delivery only.
Posted by From Priscilla at 4:19 PM
A Dutch student named Ellen altered this postcard, the very first one she sent as a postcrosser. She wrote that when she read about altered cards, she reached immediately for her stickers, papers, and such. She also pasted the cutout of the apple in lower right onto the card. Thanks and happy postcrossing to her!
Posted by jacqueline at 7:48 AM
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
From Finnish postcrosser Kirda, made with Christmas calendar, star stamps and Finnish TV programs.
From Finnish postcrossser Anniina, a distressed card that has been scrunched, sanded and burned.
From Chinese postcrosser "cutestella" a card collaged with labels, scraps and cute drawings.
Posted by From Priscilla at 9:44 PM