My new stamps arrived! These Bugs Bunny stamps are pretty cool.
My new stamps arrived! These Bugs Bunny stamps are pretty cool.
Not too many cards today, but all with the common theme of featuring Miyazaki Hayao’s characters from Studio Ghibli films. Still unearthing older unlogged (unblogged?) cards; most of these arrrived in 2017-2018, but there is one from this month! These were all received through Postcrossing Forum tags.
Let’s go with my favorite two first! The one on the left is from Japan, and the sender writes, “do you know Totoro? Totoro is character of Ghibli series – Japanese animation movie. This character is very loved in Japan. Totoro’s goods are sold a lot. This is nengajo postcard. In Japan we sent (as a greeting) postcard to celebrate New Year.”
Next two cards have great images from My Neighbor Totoro; the top card came to me from Japan, and the bottom one from China.
The two poster-style cards side-by-side here are from Russia & the Netherlands, and both of the senders told me they were about to go see Disney “live-action” remakes: “Lion King,” and “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil,” respectively.
The last two cards move away from Totoro, to the less-cute side of Ghibli (I’m definitely a fan of the more-cute side of Ghibli). Nausicaa and the Valley of the Wind came from Japan, and Princess Mononoke came from right here in the U.S.
What do you like the best today? Before you answer, check out all of the stamps, stickers, & washi tape! Lots of cool little things to enjoy.
(oh, that was a very nice otter sticker)
As I continue to slowly declutter, I continue to come across previously-unlogged postcards. Today we have cards from 2018-today, from regular Postcrossing, Postcrossing Forum, and Postcard United.
Let’s start with my favorite, which I love because I love sea otters. It is only in seeing the scan here that I noticed there is a crab on their faces! So now, the sender’s message makes so much more sense: “This card makes me think of happy memories chasing crabs around the tide pools at Half Moon Bay, back when I was a kid.”
I also love this shiba inu, and the delicious dumplings next to the bear. Both cards are from Taiwan.
These funny hungry cats, who did not scan so well, are also from Taiwan, and the rabbit came from Japan, from a friend who was traveling on business.
Chicken shopkeeper and the village of cats are both from China…
The two red dogs come from Germany, from a Postcrosser who says she bought the postcard “at a Warhol exhibition which cost us a fortune because we parked our car where we shouldn’t have left it.”
The beautiful sea turtle above is from Malaysia; and the playful animals and the penguin below are from Taiwan and Hong Kong, respectively.
I really like the plants and birds on this card from a Postcard United user in South Korea. She writes that “the lotus painting on this postcard means happiness and flourishing.” The postcard next to it–the civilized tiger–is from another Postcard Uniter, but in China.
Finally, zebra and sailfish are both from the U.S., and are both from the “Animal Box” postcard set which I also purchased for my postcarding purposes. These two illustrations (zebra by Katharine Barnwell, and sailfish by Happy Menocal) are lovely, but the entire box is not made up of this high quality. There are some cards that are downright scrawls, and I don’t think I’ll ever be able to send them out without first gluing collages on top. I think I’ve mentioned before on the blog that I finally noticed that the person who draw those pictures is the same person who is credited with editing the collection. That’s one way to get your work out there: shove it in with all of the better artists’ work.
Time for the stamps — there are some old U.S. stamps down at the bottom, and I always love the tropical fruit stamps from Taiwan. Do you have any favorites?
At least one of the cards in today’s batch is from 2020! I mostly see 2018, though. Some great Disney cards to share this time, and I really like the art style on this first pair.
Donald came to me from Austria, and Mickey & Minnie from Finland. A whole lot of good Disney cards do seem to come from Finland, including Scrooge McDuck’s money bin here.
Another pair of Donald cards; the left is from Japan, and the right from Finland.
Disney parks cards! Both of these are from the U.S.
Also from the U.S. is this card with Walt and friends riding a little train; that was a staff greeting card from the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco. The Tokyo Disney card is from, yes, Japan.
Two more postcards to go–Aladdin is from China, and Beauty & the Beast is from the U.S.
Stamp & sticker time:
15 cards to share this time! Food & travel–but really mostly food you might encounter while you travel! I love this. These cards date back as far as 2017–still decluttering–and mostly came my way through Postcrossing Forum, but also from regular Postcrossing and Postcard United (do you use that service, too?).
The xiao long bao basket came, as you can see, from Taiwan. The sender wrote:
“Mini steamed dumplings (Xiao Long Bao) is one of the most famous food in Taiwan.
DIN TAI FUNG is the most famous chain stores and I think it has also some stores
in California! Have you ever tried it before?”
Yes. I have tried the Din Tai Fung XLB in San Jose, California; Bangkok, Thailand; and Taipei, Taiwan. I also stopped by the DTF in Los Angeles–but only to buy a mug with their cool dumpling folks on it!
There’s more xlb on these cards, so let’s serve it up now:
The card came from China, and the sender will have us know that this one is “…not xiao long bao. It calls guan tang bao. It’s a famous snack in Jiang province. Although I don’t know the difference between them yet. Lol.”
The card next to that is also from China, and I’m told the food is Xiazhi noodle, a dish traditionally eaten to celebrate the coming of summer, because “it can bring you cool feelings!”
Back to Taiwan for two cards showing a whole lot of food (including one last look at soup dumps for this time around:
I really like this night market snack card. My trip to Taiwan was quite recent, and I can tell you: the night markets were not crowded. Now, this is nice in that I really don’t enjoy crowds (I’ve been in crowded, touristy night markets, where I’ve had to put my arms down at my sides and just scootch along, tightly in the slow wave of humanity); but it was very much not nice, because most of the food was not freshly-prepared, as it would have to be were there a constant line.
A lovely produce market painting, also from Taiwan…
…and a delicious map of China. The sender writes, “do you know where in China you can eat food from all over the country? You can find food from every corner of China in universities. Because students may go far away to attend a university, so the restaurants should meet everyone’s taste on the campus.”
That’s funny; I think all of the colleges here in the U.S. have Pizza Hut.
And from Indonesia, a delicious, simple, Indonesian recipe! Indonesian restaurants are a rare find where I live. Now, here are a couple of great food photos from China:
Also from China, what seems to be a visual lesson in how to make jianbing:
The Hong Kong egg tart postcard came from Hong Kong.
Two cards to go! The card on the left is fron Singapore, and the sender wrote nothing at all about all of this food, choosing to tell me all about her 3 recent, expensive, trips to the dentist.
The card on the right is from Hong Kong, printed from a photo taken by the sender, who writes “noodle soup is a Asian staple food.”
…and, here are all of the stamps. Lots of nice ones, and one of my favorites is on the very bottom row, right in the middle. It’s a “Kitchenware Street” card from HK, and it was on the back of the card I ended with. Do you have any favorite cards or stamps this time?
More Postcrossing incomings from way back in 2018 that I just rediscovered! What can I say: if this time is good for anything, it’s decluttering.
Love this beautiful card from Hong Kong:
Next to are from China: Jing’an Temple, and Cha Ya Mountain.
Next up we have a card from Tibet, & one from the U.S.
That Hawaii card came from a Postcrosser in Colorado. She wrote:
“I took a trip to New Zealand with a six-day stopover in Hawaii on the way back. These vintage-type poster art cards were some of my favorites that I bought while there.”
On to Taiwan:
It’s Koinga Shrine in Tainan, and the sender wrote, “This was the first temple built in the Japanese colonial period.” I was recently in the area, and saw firsthand the colonial influence that lasts to this day in some of the local architecture and food.
Speaking of places I recently visited, here’s an image of Singapore, on a card printed from a shot taken by the Postcrosser who sent me this. I took a photo of this statue (Mauro Perucchetti’s “Jelly Baby Family,” in front of the Plaza Singapura Mall) myself, just several weeks ago. The card’s sender is from Bellevue, Washington–a place I have yet to visit. Yes, I’ve been to Seattle; what do you think I am, uncultured?
And speaking of so close and yet so far, when I visited Bangkok, Thailand, I never made the journey to the floating market, as much I would have loved to have seen it. The sender is from Malaysia, and she writes of having been there, “the river was crowded with boats. I had the the boat noodle and it taste great!”
Yum. Boat noodles: that’s something you almost never see at Thai restaurants in the U.S. Next post, I should go with the theme of FOOD and travel…
Oh, I almost posted this without the STAMPS! I didn’t scan the stamps last time around because doing so is so much work, but there are so many beautiful stamps on this batch. I love the ones on the back of the Hawaii card. Do you have any favorite cards or stamps this time?
I just got back from Malaysia, and it truly is a food paradise. Sad to say, I didn’t quite make it to every single thing on this postcard! It went off in a Postcrossing Forum food tag to Quzhou, Zhejiang, China.
The Hainanese Chicken postcard is also from Malaysia, but not procured during my trip. I got it some time ago when I ordered the wonderful book, The Food That Makes Us. A set of postcards came with the book! This card is on a trip to New Taipei City, Taiwan.
Another food tag, but this recipient in Sendai, Japan, isn’t getting anything nice at all. In brief: Andersen’s Split Pea Soup is a pretty popular brand on California supermarket shelves, so of course way back when I first passed the restaurant–a popular roadside stop in the city of Buellton–I wanted to try their homemade version. Well, do you know what it tasted like? CANNED SOUP!
Another card I bought in Malaysia; this one goes off in a “not my country” tag to Gunma, Japan.
This is a place I’ve been to, but not in a while; it’s the Hotel King Kamehameha in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, and it’s off in a travel tag to Nairne, SA, Australia.
Here’s a card I bought at the airport as I was departing for my vacation. I’ve come across a whole lot of California map cards, but I think this is my favorite. It looks even better in person! This one goes out to a postcard pal in Hawaii.
This pair of shiba inus are headed for New Taipei City, Taiwan.
This card goes to an otter lover in Hamburg, Germany.
Another otter card for another otter lover, this one in Shenyang, Liaoning, China.
Honest John went off in a Disney tag to Ylivieska, Finland.
Postcrossing Forum has a number of “send me a card from my album of favorites” tags. I don’t dip in too often because, you know, what are the odds I’ll have a card the person has marked as wanting? Well, it’s happened twice recently (though the second Postcrosser has yet to respond to my tag)! This gator is being mailed to Faches-Thumesnil, France.
The lovely merpug is off — by request — to Itzehoe, Germany.
Here’s another requested card, this one on its way to Riverside, California.
Ready for a Peanuts Gallery? I’d better send off this 2018 postcard while it’s still topical! Copies go to Itami and Tokyo, Japan.
This is the moment when Lucy starts calling for iodine; it goes to a postpal in Peacehaven, East Sussex, U.K.
Lucy & Schroeder are off to Kyoto, Japan.
“My Favorite Peanuts” will go to Jinjiang City, Fujian, China.
The tiger, like one of my earlier cards shown here, is also headed for New Taipei City (but to a different recipient).
I pulled another name on Postcard United! The recipient in Hong Kong enjoys images of architecture, so I’m sending her an image of the grand main library in San Diego, California.
…and another Postcard United draw, this one going to Zheleznogorsk, Russia.
This third Postcard United draw goes to Hangzhou, China.
This last card makes 23 I’ve chronicled this time around, and its a postcard of Kliban Cats! I love them. This card goes to a fellow fan in Taipei, Taiwan.
Stamps! Stickers! Washi tape! Do you see the durian washi tape I picked up on the second leg of my eating vacation: Singapore? Here and there you’ll also see puffy Tom & Jerry stickers, a silly online purchase that was awaiting me when I returned home. Kliban cat stickers also show up a lot in this batch of outgoing cards. I love Kliban cats. Dunno if I’ve ever mentioned that before…
Do you have any favorites this time around? Please let me know about them!
Sooooo many postcards to share–of course, they were sent off over the course of several weeks. Take a look & tell me what your favorites are–and stay tuned ’til the very end for the stamps, stickers, & stuff. Here we go…
Dreaming by the sea, this crew is off to Taipei, Taiwan.
Elephant & Piggie are going to Orange, NSW, Australia.
President Linus–one can only dream! Off to Itomi, Hyogo, Japan.
Franklin & Linus go to Gunma, Japan.
I don’t know where this book-filled postcard came from, but it’s been in my stash for a long time, and now it’s off to Tianjin, China.
A food package postcard, going to Beijing, China.
An awful movie! Off to Saitama, Japan.
Out by request to Lübeck, Germany…
It’s a wacky map, and it’s going to a map lover in Tokyo, Japan.
Donald & friends will land in Shanghai, China.
I clicked on the “advertising card” tag, and sent this card for KFJC (I had to look it up) to Yokohama, Japan.
This scene from Redwoods National & State Parks goes to Cronulla NSW, Australia.
This beautiful sea otter is on its way to Yonago, Tottori, Japan.
This card from a Thai restaurant will go to Foshan, Guangdong, China.
Captain Hook will go to a Disney lover in Hokkaido, Japan. This being a USPS postcard, the stamp on the back matches.
As much as I enjoy using Postcrossing Forum, it’s faster to just click “send a postcard” on the regular Postcrossing site, or its imitator, Postcard United. I happen to prefer the latter, and I have clicked a few times…
Snoopy on ice going to a warm place: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
This Kliban Cat is skating toward Perm Krai, Russia.
The beautiful San Diego Central Library goes to Annandale, NSW, Australia.
Charlie Brown will cry his way all the way to Dazu, Chongqing, China.
Uh-oh, a U.S. address came up! This beautiful scene–another from Redwood National & State Parks–will go to Van Dyne, Wisconsin.
Time for stamps, stickers, & washi tape…
Okay! Be sure to check in.
I like Ritz crackers, and I like chocolate — so what can go wrong? THIS. My mistake: “fudge” does not mean chocolate. Yuck. One bite, and the rest went to work. Sending this box panel off to Tokyo, Japan, in a food package postcard tag.
More packaged foodstuffs, but this time something much better: the seasoned flour for Tom Yum chicken goes out in a food package postcard tag to Cedar Hill, Texas.
This is the restaurant in San Francisco where the food may not be the best, but free postcards? Yeah, I guess I love this place (even though I may well never decide to eat there again). Going off in a food tag to Rui’an, Zhejiang, China.
These messy cones are going to Foshan, Guangdong, China.
Let me show you the back side of that one right now. Never have I been so matchy-matchy.
The creme brulee with blowtorch goes to Gunma, Japan.
Brown foods go to Harbin, Heilongjiang, China. I should have paid more attention, not to send Chinese foods to China, but maybe the guy will love it. I told him I’ve eaten most of these things–and cooked with some of them–over the last month.
Moving away from food, while staying on topic: part of the joy of buffet (all of the joy of buffet?) is about choice. Postcrossing Forum has many tags where users can link to their available postcards, and others can choose the card they want. The redwoods were chosen by a Postcrosser in Nairne, SA, Australia.
This one was chosen by a Postcrosser in Saint Petersburg, Russia:
This one was requested by someone in Lübeck, Germany. I told her that I’m not convinced the trees are actually in Hawaii. This is one I received as a part of a disappointassortment. Look it up, you’ll find it, I’m sure.
By request to Omsk, Russia…
By request to Fiskars Village, Finland:
Franklin meets Linus, off by request to Taichung City, Taiwan.
“Have a great country day!” WOOOO! I never thought I’d get rid of this stinker! Off by request to its recipient in Cheboksary, Russia.
Moving off the buffet line to non-request tags: this one went out in a Disney tag to New Taipei City, Taiwan.
Another one to Taiwan, this one to a map lover in Taipei.
This, from my most recent quick shopping stop into the Charles M. Schulz Museum, goes off to Yokohama, Japan.
Moving along… I took another stop at Postcard United! a click on the “send a postcard” button, and I prepped this one for its trip to Johor, Malaysia.
Stamps, stickers, & washi tape time…
A mere 10 postcards this time! What’s the story with the title? We’ll get to it, but not too much into it–later.
Elephant & Piggie are going to Asahikawa, Hokkaido, Japan.
The recipes from a box of cake flour went to Niigata, Japan. Do you ever try the recipes on a food package? I have, from packages of chocolate chips & cocoa powder. I heard from the card’s recipient, and she does not cook anything from the recipes printed on food packages.
Off to Bangkok, Thailand, in a “marine life & sea creatures” tag, goes this sun star from the Monterey Bay Aquarium. I tell the card’s recipient I enjoy visiting aquariums when I travel, and have been to her local, Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World.
Piedras Blancas Lighthouse goes to Saitama, Japan. I go to the area often, but never to the lighthouse; in fact, I just learned you can get a tour! For me, the draw of Piedras Blancas is the thousands of elephant seals. As it happens, on the very day I wrote this postcard, I took a little day trip down there to see the current denizens of the beach.
Far, far north of Piedras Blancas are Northern California & its coastal redwoods. This card goes out by request to a Postcrosser in Lublin, Poland, who noted, “blank in an envelope, please.” I’ll ignore that like she ignored my notation that I send my cards stamped and written, as the snail mail gawdz intented. And as I suspected, her “profile”is nothing but a list of cards she wants.
For a food tag, this goes to Jakarta, Indonesia. I may have already mentioned that this vegetarian Chinese restaurant in San Francisco’s Chinatown isn’t the best representation of its genre–but I sure liked getting free postcards!
Aladdin, Jasmine, & Abu are off to Hong Kong in a Disney tag.
This cool Totoro card should end up in New Taipei City, Taiwan.
Franklin is off by request to Taichung, Taiwan. I sure wish he–or any of the Peanuts characters–had won that election!
More Peanuts: Li’l Lucy is headed for Yokohama, Japan.
Before stamps, stickers, & washi tape, let’s look into my Postcrossing Forum U2U inbox. I just got a thank you from an earlier send to Taichung City, Taiwan, with a little museum report:
Thank you so much for the beautiful cards! They arrived at the same time 😀 We don’t have a lot of museums in Taiwan. There are two in my hometown, the science and art museums. But the museums are small and do not have a lot of works contained. I once took my foreign friend there and she said it was boring compared to those in her country. Thank you for always using great stamps 😀 Have a great day!