Tuesday, 19 June 2018

United States - Books

June 11, 2018

This card was a lovely surprise in my mailbox. I received it in a handful of cards one day.  Beverly sent it to me from the US.

She wrote,

Hello Helen!
How exciting for you to live in Japan & be a writer! I hope you like this card of people reading...I too enjoy reading.

Have you read Ann Patchett's books? I think she writes gr8! stories - so intriguing.

All the best to you in 2018 - Beverly

[Just a note, I'm not actually a writer, I'm not sure where Beverly got that idea from.]

"Paperback Riders" by Owen Smith
June 26 & July 3, 1995
A lovely card, I really like it!

Thursday, 14 June 2018


June 9, 2018

This card came from Germany and was sent by Christian.

He wrote,

Hello Helen,

I'm Christian from Germany. I live in Wenden, Sauerland region. I collect cats and other animal postcards. I hope you'll like this card.

Greetings, Christian

Now, sad to say, I don't actually know anything about this card.  I am fairly certain that the woman is from Game of Thrones, but I am not completely sure.  Can a reader confirm for me?
The back of the card was well decorated too. I rarely do that, but I don't mind when other people do it! I like the car stamp too! Must be a series since I have received another one similar to this.

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Germany - Food

June 8, 2018

This delicious card came from Ingeborg from Germany.  She wrote a nice note (it doesn't always happen, trust me!) and picked me a good card, so I'm happy!

She wrote,

Hallo Helen,

My name is Ingeborg. I live in Gottingen, university town in the middle of Germany. I work as a librarian in a scientific institute. I like to do Yoga, to walk around and to travel as well.  All the best

Sadly, I wouldn't be able to eat too much of the pizza because of food sensitivities, but it looks delicious!

Thanks, Ingeborg!

Thursday, 7 June 2018

Gotochi Card - Tohoku 2017

2017 Tohoku Cards

A friend of mine bought these cards for me at her local main post office.  I had asked at my local main branch but they said they didn't have them and couldn't get them.  Methinks they couldn't be bothered to try!

I have already posted the card for Yamagata, so I didn't repost it here.  

Wooden Lunch box from Akita


Aizu Wakamatsu Castle in Fukushima

Morioka's Jajamen noodles

Sendai's famous Gyutan, or beef tongue from Miyagi

Tuesday, 5 June 2018


May 17, 2018

This lovely postcard arrived last month in the rain.  The back of the card is a bit smeary but is generally readable.

Elena wrote,

Hello from Saint-Petersburg! I hope you will like this postcard from your favourites. I worked for Sumitomo Corp. here in SPC and want to visit Japan since then.  But also I like Canada and it's[sic] landscapes!
Happy Postcrossing!

The Night - Irina Dumina

Friday, 1 June 2018

Netherlands - Food

May 15, 2018

This card came to me at a good time. I was having a bad day and I really needed to receive a friendly card.  I instantly felt connected to the sender with her lovely note on the back of the card.

She wrote;

25 April 2018

Dear Helen,
Greetings from The Netherlands,
I am originally from the UK & move here from Scotland.
I have family in Canada that I am just connecting with through
my research of the family tree.
The Dutch like this dish with sausage - I used to enjoy it too
before I became allergic to the peas!

I do the research as I was adopted so I used DNA to find my roots.
It is DNA Day today - Sascha Jane X

Snert (Hollandse erwtensoep)
Dutch Pea Soup
 She made a comment about liquorice allsorts, even put a sticker with some on it on the back of the card.  I love this stamp! So cool.

She said, "English liquorice allsorts - the Dutch adore liquorice, salty & sweet

Wednesday, 30 May 2018


May 14, 2018

This card came to me from Poland.  It was sent by a young person who did a little artwork on the back of the card and wrote a friendly note too.  One unusual thing about this card is that there was no stamp on it.  I'm not sure if it is a pre-paid card like the ones we can buy in Canada or if the stamp fell off in transit, or if they were so young that they didn't know they needed to put a stamp on the card.  Mysterious!

She wrote,

My name is Karoline and I'm 8 years old. I go to primary school.
I like animals, even pigs. I like to climb, swim and cycle.
Karokia :)(:

The Wawel Hill