Suganuma Ryuko, whose family runs the best traditional sweet shop in Tono, sent this wowie postcard of the mischievous water imps known as kappa. Fond of cucumbers, kappa are much associated with Tono and other places in Iwate prefecture. The Legends of Tono, a remarkable collection of down-and-dirty local tales first published 100 years ago, contains several stories about kappa. The book is definitely worth a search.
Saturday, July 31, 2010
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The Finnish postcrosser who sent this card wrote that she loves the Northern Lights (me, too) but hasn't seen them in years because she lives in southern Finland, that Lapland is the place where they are common. Now, that was a surprise. I would have thought that anywhere in Finland was good viewing for the aurora borealis.
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Monday, July 26, 2010
A friend was telling me about her granddaughter making handmade pasta at chef camp this summer. That was impetus for turning a couple of pamphlets that have been hanging around for years into a card about one of my favorite foods in the world: soba. Nothing like chilled buckwheat noodles in summer or any season.
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Sunday, July 25, 2010
A pamphlet from the main market in Budapest has been sitting around here for years. I knew one day I would use the garlic and pepper images in it and now I have. Both cards are large-format postcards. The one above is, I think, of Lake Michigan. I added Mt. Fuji and such because lots of people mistake the lake on first sight for an ocean. The Japanese text in the lower one comes from the 'obi' for a lovely book here about fave writer Miyazawa Kenji and his childhood friends.
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Saturday, July 24, 2010
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This view of St. Christopher's Basilica in Charleroi is from a Belgian postcrosser. He lives in the French-speaking part of the country and is much concerned about the deepening tensions between the Flemish-speaking part of the country in the north and the French-speaking part in the south. It is a very real fear, he writes, that Belgium may "disappear in the medium term."
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Love this card from a Swiss postcrosser. Schollenen Gorge, a dramatic bit of Swiss scenery with sheer granite walls, is known too for its spectacular bridges and tunnels. The most famous is the Devil's Bridge. From what I am able to gather, this image was painted alongside the entrance to a tunnel over the bridge by Swiss painter Heinrich Danioth (1896-1963).
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Thursday, July 22, 2010
Kyoto friend Kamano Sachiko drew this impromptu thank you on the back of an envelope of things she recently sent. It is in reply for a tiger photo/card I sent her some weeks ago, which, she writes, made the house tiger happy. The tiger cub is waving a Hanshin Tigers pennant. Everyone in the family is a rabid fan of that baseball team.
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Wednesday, July 21, 2010
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Sandy Sapienza altered a 1946 postcard of Ingrid Bergman with a rabbit that appears to have stepped out of the garden. I think she used the winter stamp to tweak me. It looks to me like a used stamp but I note there was no stamp on the address side of the card. Hmmm.
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Monday, July 19, 2010
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Friday, July 16, 2010
Three cards arrived all at once from Sandy S. This one she got on the way home from a trip to Virginia. It gives an interesting perspective on the bridge-tunnel.
She also sent this card she made from some stickers she found, urging me to reuse the sticker on another card. Now that's recycling!
The Shirley Plantation, in Charles City, Virginia, is the oldest plantation in the state. Direct descendants of the original owners still live in the house. Sandy wrote that the docent who gave them a tour was an excellent storyteller who brought the plantation history to life.
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Thursday, July 15, 2010
This card of Wrigley Field is doing double duty, here and at diamondposte. It was among the vintage cards recently sent me. What makes it special is the hope-springs-eternal message on the back. The card was written out and addressed but not stamped. Too late now.
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