Saturday, 15 October 2016

Children - Blog Link Up

Children in Postcards

The topic of this week's Link Party is Children.  To be honest, that isn't my favourite topic by a mile as I am not a big fan of children.  However, I heard that once upon a time I myself was a child, so decided to search out some cards for this week.

Surprisingly, there aren't very many Gotochi cards with children on them... I found this one from Kyoto, but the explanation on the site when it is translated into English makes absolutely no mention of the children.  Honestly, it doesn't make much sense at all either! See what I mean?

The majority of the cards that I will show today were taken by a local photographer, Domon Ken. (Wikipedia is using the western way of writing his name, I'm using the Japanese way of family name first.) Domon Ken was born in the next city to mine, Sakata.  There is a dedicated museum to his work there.  It is a lovely place and of course, they sell many postcards of his work!

I really like his photographs of children, and many of his people pictures too.  He manages to capture the simple joys in the life of a child.  I'm sorry, but I don't have any information about when or where these photographs  were taken.

The woman is making some kind of sweet which I believe the boys
would like to buy!
 This final card which I am posting comes from my own city.  On the right you can see the kanji for Tsuruoka, along with a small map to show the part of Yamagata Prefecture that Tsuruoka is in.  Tsuruoka's boundaries cover a large area of Yamagata.

The illustration shows two dolls in straw baskets.  Even now, they are popular souvenirs of this area.  The reason they are so popular is that in days gone by, babies and small children were placed in these straw baskets as a way of keeping them safe and warm.

I hope you have enjoyed this look at Japanese children in my postcards.  Please visit the other members of the Weekend Linky-Party too please.  Thanks for reading!

Friday, 14 October 2016

Waiting for Cards....

I haven't received any cards for a while so I haven't been able to post!

Back soon!

Saturday, 8 October 2016

Postal and Mail Related Cards

Postal and Mail Related Cards 

This weekend's Blog Link Up Party features Postal and Mail Related Cards, so I thought I would show you a few cards in my collection that would fit the bill.  I will include a couple of Gotochi cards, but also thought I might include a few that aren't.

This is a card that I have sent out a couple of times.  It was bought in the post office of course and features different styles of mail boxes that you might see around Japan.  My usual mailbox for my postcards is at my local post office and looks a little bit like the 1962 version, but it only has one slot. Quite often, the ones with two slots have a notice that one side is for overseas mail.  There are quite a few versions of the 1908 post box in my city, and yes, they are still being used!

This postcard was from a series of postcards taken in Niigata and it gives a little bit of a close up of the 1908 style of postbox.  

Most post offices in Japan have a version of a postcard with the traditional mailbox on it, and the address of the post office in kanji. Since the Gotochi cards are so popular, the Japanese Post Office has released quite a few versions of postcards with Sanrio characters on them.  The characters are all mailing an item, probably a letter!

I'm not a huge fan of the Sanrio characters, mostly because they are a little too simple for my taste, but they are quite popular.  Here are a few of the cards that I have collected so far.

My Melody, a little girl rabbit

Little Twin Stars
Angel-like characters whose birthday is December 24th.

This character may not need any introduction!  She is hugely popular in Japan and worldwide, if the requests I see for Hello Kitty cards on Postcrossing are to be believed.  Two versions of her for you today.

Japan also features many of these characters on its stamps.  Other sets of stamps encourage letter writing or feature postal bears.  Japanese stamps are quite delightful.  I am rather afraid to post actual uncancelled stamps along with my cards, but I will include a few links to the appropriate pages of the Japan Postal Services catalogue.  

Postal Bears and other creatures with letters, and mailboxes (scroll down a bit!).

Doraemon  (A very popular anime character) as a Postal Deliverer.

These are just a few examples of postal and mail related cards and stamps. 

Please visit the other members of the Link Up Party to see what they post!

(I will be unable to approve comments on this blog for part of the weekend, but will get to them eventually.)

Friday, 7 October 2016

Actress - Black and White Card

October 1, 2016

This lovely card came from Solace in the US. It had some interesting stamps on it too.

She wrote,
"Greetings from Pensacola Florida in the USA. I am a mom of 3 and a radiographer at a local trauma hospital.  I enjoy reading puzzles, games, art, stamps, coins--Solace"

Elizabeth Taylor
The stamps, especially the Janis Joplin one, are very cool.  

Thursday, 6 October 2016

United States

September 29, 2016

This postcard comes from Colleen in the US.  She wrote a friendly note on the back of her card and used a couple of stamps that I haven't seen before.

She wrote,
"Warm postal greetings from my home to yours.  I have lived in Spokane for 45 years.  Prior to that I lived in Seattle.  you can travel over the North Cascade highway to get from Spokane to Seattle.  It is a really beautiful drive.  I hope your day is good.

Lake Ann, North Cascades
The penguin stamp seems to be for added weight! Still, it is cute.

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Malaysia - Food

September 29, 2016

This delicious-looking card arrived in my mailbox recently.  It was waiting for me when I returned from my holiday, so I was happy to see it. Davina didn't write anything very personal, but she was friendly.

She wrote,
"If you love food, then it is a must that you visit Malaysia.  And we Malaysians love our food so much! I'll list down some of it that you should try.
1. Nasi Lemak
2. Mee Kari/Curry Mee
3. Nasi Kandav
4. Roti Canai
5. Murtabak
6. Laksa
7. Char Kuey Teow
Do visit Malaysia someday!
Regards, Davina"

Journey through Malaysia and savour the best of Asia's culinary fare. From
 the spicy to the succulent, this food paradise offers an assortment of delights
 to tempt your palate.  

Monday, 3 October 2016


September 21, 2016

This card arrived from Russia with some interesting and new for me stamps and a friendly note about the subject on the card.

Dasha wrote,
"Hello!  My name is Dasha. I'm 19 years old and I live in a small town.  This card with the main attraction of Vyborg - Round  Tower.  Best wishes from Russia! :)"

I haven't seen the green stamps before, kind of cool!