Japan Postcard Book

29 11 2009

Nowadays I’m always on the lookout for a nice postcard book. I prefer them to the single postcards available in my local shops, which have obviously been there since the 70s! Dusty, curling at the edges, bit of an odour… Not the spirit of generosity Postcrossing intends, I feel. It’s not like there’s a glut of postcard books for sale though. There’s all the boring art ones, like Turner and all that, comedy ones, Harry Potter ones and, um, then it gets a bit thin on the ground. Anyway, one did catch my eye: A Year In Japan. Now, I love Japan, and Japanese art. Hmmm, what could it possibly be about a small, overcrowded island nation that appeals to a British girl like me? But I digress. The postcards look really cool and quirky, and I’m sorely tempted to order up right away. But then again, it would be a bit weird to get a Japanese card from a Britgirl. You wouldn’t want to get Postcrossed by a Brazilian only to find the card’s Belarussian! Or some other ridiculous pairing. Anyway, I’ll keep these cards in mind.

This is the book in question:

Two postcards from the collection:

A Year In Japan is available from Amazon for £5.02 [about $10].


The cards I send…

20 11 2009

As soon as I’d signed up to the Postcrossing website, I started to wonder what cards I should send to people. Most people seem to have something against cutesy cards which is kind of a shame. Cutesy’s cute! But the people want what the people want. So I went looking on Amazon and Play.com, and there’s not many postcard books on sale but one caught my eye instantly: The Earth From The Air Postcard Book. When it arrived I couldn’t believe how beautiful the photos are, plus they are lovely and big and really good quality! It’s been hard sending them off but it makes me happy to think of someone getting one through the post. What a generous soul I can be at times! I would be very very happy if I got an Earth From The Air postcard and – in my opinion – that’s the true spirit of Postcrossing. The above pic isn’t in the postcard collection; it’s a stunning image that really caught my eye when I visited their website. ‘Rugs drying in Marrakech’ is the formal description, I believe. You can buy all kinds of amazing stuff there. I think I’ll get my mum one of their diary for Christmas! In fact the whole family will if I have anything to do with it. Quite pricey but well worth it.

This one of dyed cotton drying in the sun in India is also very beautiful:

This is the book in question:

It can be bought here.

Alternatively – not that I’m turning this into a price comparison website –  I’ve always preferred Play.com. They sell it here.

PS: The first three cards I sent were horrific Klimt monstrosities – sorry!