There's a lot of national pride in the continued development of Shinkansen trains and routes. Not long before I visited, they had opened a Hokuriku route, which has made Kanazawa, a formerly backwater town, a major destination. A route to Hokkaido is in the works. The rides are priced nearly as much as airlines tickets, which means, like airlines, JR has to offer discounts. They come in various forms such as sales of tickets through third party discount ticket brokers, block sales to businesses and travel agencies and rail passes for foreigners. The trains are filled to capacity during the holidays and rush hour, but at off-peak hours there are plenty of empty seats. Regardless of the economics, it's a marvel to travel like the wind on one of these trains. This sheet was issued in 2014.
Thursday, December 31, 2015
On my recent trip to Japan I paid a visit to the Kitte Building across from the Tokyo train station. This used to be the main post office before privatization took over. Now it's a fancy office building with a small post office on the ground floor. But what a post office it is! In December the place was filled with customers picking out New Year cards and stamps. One of the positives of privatization is the proliferation of beautiful stamps and mailing items. And at this location, a large selection of stamps is available, along with gotochi cards, postcards, postal-themed stickers and folders, among other things. This collection of full frontal train imagery captured my attention.The postcards are paired with stamps for a Maxicard effect.
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
The crazy drunken bird was created by a postcrosser from Belarus. She is a first year student of architecture.
A fun collage of buffalo, bird and wolf by a Polish postcrosser.
This UFO meets Loch Ness Monster was created by a German postcrosser.
Sunday, March 22, 2015
Saturday, March 21, 2015
A card from a Taiwanese postcrosser depicting a fisherman who has caught money, snacks and fruit along with fish.
A Russian postcrosser purchased this card from an unusual store that combines a free library and lecture hall. She altered it by adding a few stickers and word bubbles.
A sweet card from a postcrosser in Japan. She explained that her favorite shape is a triangle. The alterations are the flying bread. She explained, rather mysteriously, that she does not bread being thrown into her house. I am not familiar with this practice.
Sheep stamps from my mom!
CNY card from Susan
New Year card from Tomoe
A sheep handmade card from a Dutch postcrosser
Wonderful stamps and cards on the Year of Sheep (or lamb or ram or goat). I am glad to receive these wonderful cards on this year's zodiac beast.
Thursday, March 19, 2015
I have treasured this card by Carmen Lomas Garza, a San Francisco artist. This is a painting of a healer curing an earache. It was mailed to a postcrosser in the Netherlands who is a physiotherapist.
This card was in a pack of movie cards I picked up at the White Elephant sale in January. It's going to a young woman in Poland who asked for a Marilyn Monroe card.
Sunday, February 8, 2015
Drawn by a young, ill child in Russia
Altered by someone in Russia who doesn't like fat women
Altered by a South African postcrosser. She removed half of the card, then reassembled it back.
A jolly card from Germany. Guys singing songs loudly on the First of May.
A daisy surrounded by lambswool from a postcrosser in Austria
A laced up altered card from Germany
An anti-gun postcard from Australia
An altered Eiffel Tower card from a photographer/artist in Russia
Toyama is along the Sea of Japan and known for their hydroelectric business. I love the thatched roofed houses in this postcard. The postcrosser decorated the back of the card with ribbon and stickers. She used a beautiful stamp illustrating the ancient game of kai-awase.
The card to the right that looks like a row of airport scanners is an art installation by Paola Pivi in China. These are supposed to dispense water, red wine, orange juice, ink, glycerin, mint syrup, espresso, almond syrup and facial tonic. Nauseating to list...
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Monday, January 26, 2015
Another find at the WES! This was in a box of movie poster cards from MOMA. It is going to a young postcrosser in Taiwan who is majored in radio, TV & film and now works in radio. Working in a slowing fading field, she may appreciate Nabokov's novel and the luscious image of this Stanley Kubrick-directed film.