Saturday, 1 October 2016

Domesticated Animals - Link Up

September 30, 2016

The theme set for this weekend's Linky Party is Domesticated Animals.

I have actually asked that I not receive postcards with dogs and cats on them, so I will once again turn to my Gotochi Card Collection for this link party's post cards.  I think I have two interesting cards for you to view!

One of the representative cards for Akita Prefecture is the Akita-inu.  Reading through the Wikipedia Article it seems the Akita has a long and interesting history.  Helen Keller was given two Akitas as pets.  The first one, Kamikaze, was replaced by his litter-mate Kenzan-Go after dying of distemper.

The breed was nearly lost in Japan during the second world war as people were not allowed to keep dogs.  Food for dogs was considered a waste.  People were starving and sometimes dogs were used as food.

Even though I live just a little south of Akita, I'm not sure if I've ever seen a real Akita.  They are quite large and most people around here prefer their dogs to be a little smaller!

Below, you should see a photo of a Kagoshima Kurobuta, or a Kagoshima Black Pig.  Apparently, this is the Japanese version of a Berkshire Pig!  Pork is a very common meat in Japanese cooking and many areas are famous for their pork. (I live in one of them!)

I hope you have enjoyed my look at two different types of Japanese Domesticated Animals.  Please visit the other members of this Link-Up Party to see what they posted too.

Until next week!

Friday, 30 September 2016

Czech Republic

September 20, 2016

This card came from the Czech Republic and was sent by Jana.  She wrote quite a long message on the back of the card, and used a couple of great stamps on it too, so I thought I'd share this card with you now.

Jana wrote,

"Hello, my name is Jana.  I live in Zlin (regional capital of southeast Moravia) in Czech Republic.  There is functionalist architecture in Zlin. The most building is the Bata skyscraper.  It has only 17 floors, but it was second tallest building in Europe in 1938.
I forties and I work as a clerk at the county office. I married and I have 2 daughters (16, 13). My favorite movie is 'Under the Tuscan Sun'. I wish you all the best, Jana
Greetings from my younger daughter Marketa."

I have seen the stamp on the left before, the one on the right is new to me.  

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Japan - Books

September 20, 2016

This lovely card with a cool postal cancellation and stamp came from Japan.  It was sent with a friendly note from Yoshizu.

She wrote,

"From Yoshizu

Hello, I live in Kobe which is a port town.

I like reading and watching Japanese costume drama on TV.

Happy Postcrossing."

I like this series of cards!

This is a very cool cancellation mark.  It shows one of the same characters as on on the stamp.  Lovely isn't it?  It says something like "Greetings from Post-Bear and Friends".  Post-Bear is the mailman bear in the middle of the cancellation mark.

Thank you Yoshizu!

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Germany - Movie Card

September 17, 2016

This wonderful James Bond card came from Germany and was sent by Marie-Luise.  She wrote a little about herself and her favourite movie on the back of the card, so I was pleased!

She wrote,

"Hello, greetings from Bitburg/Germany.  I am Marie-Luise and I live here my whole life.  I love to travel - with my car or bus - mostly in Europe.  This year I've been to France/Brittany and Normandy and Channel Island, Jersey.  My favourite movie is "The Bridges of Madison County" with Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep (1995).

Best Wishes --Marie Luise"

One of my favourite James Bond films!  Yay!
Very interesting stamps, I haven't seen these ones before.

Monday, 26 September 2016


September 16, 2016

When I took a look at this card to write my blog entry, I was rather amazed.  This card only took 4 days to come all the way from Finland to my apartment.  That's fast!  

Harriet sent this card with a friendly message on the back and some gorgeous stamps too. 

She wrote,

We have a beautiful autumn right now, it's raining but it's quite warm.  The card is a typical Finnish Autumn card and I hope you like it.  Japan, it is so far away from here..

Best Wishes

Look at those gorgeous pansies.  I adore pansies....

Thank you for a lovely card Harriet!

Saturday, 24 September 2016

Fall Colours

September 24, 2016

For this Blog Party Link-Up, the theme is "Fall Colours".

I have decided to show a couple of the themed mailbox Gotochi cards from Japan.  Every season a new card appears with new artwork.  I always look forward to these interesting little cards.

Japan is always very proud of having four distinct seasons!

 This is the card from 2014.  My husband tells me that mushrooms and some types of dragonflies are thought of as Autumn items.

This is the card from 2015 which features a squirrel with an acorn.  It's rather sweet!

This is the Autumn card for 2016, which to be completely honest, I haven't bought yet.  The animal on the front of this is a tanuki, or raccoon dog. Tanuki are quite prominent in Japanese folklore. You can read more about them on Wikipedia.  

Friday, 23 September 2016

Korea - Movie Card

September 15, 2016

This card came to me from South Korea recently.  It has a great cancellation mark and stamp on the back, and the front is a movie, so I love it.  The movie wasn't great, BUT it has the distinction of being the first movie that I saw after I moved to Japan!  I wanted to see it, so on a Sunday night, I took myself along to the terrible old cinema that was in Tsuruoka and very carefully went through the process of buying a ticket and seeing the show.

I enjoyed recapturing the memory of that night with this card, so it was lovely of Jungyesol to send it to me!  She wrote a great note on the back too.

"Greetings from Korea! I'm Jungyesol.  I went on a journey ('Muchangpo' beach) with my family!  Today, the weather is cool.  This summer was so hot!! I feel best in cool weather.  Take care and don't catch a [?possibly cold].  I'm susceptible to [illegible] when the weather changes.  Have a nice day.  BYE-BYE"

The Devil's Own
 Look at that cool postal mark.  It's so neat.  I haven't seen the bird stamp before either.