[News] Site Updates, Files, Questions, and More

Hi everyone! Thanks for your patience through this past year of no updates… I probably should have guessed that having a baby would be time consuming, but I never thought I wouldn’t even be able to get one new post up! Thankfully, things are finally calming down, she’s sleeping better, and I feel motivated to start posting again. So I’m hoping by next month to make a few posts here and there, then starting the beginning of next year revamping the website and posting more regularly again.

So here’s what’s going on right now:

• I switched every single (I think…) picture on this blog over to imageshack. If you notice a post with either a broken link, or still linking back to photobucket, please shoot me a comment so I can fix it!

• Today I’ll be updating the complete list of cards, so the new 2017 cards should be added to “The Collection” by tonight or tomorrow.

• Updating posts with new information and linking written posts will also happen within the next few days.

Next, while the 2017 sets are still being sold, the official File for 2017 hasn’t come out yet. The website just says they should be sold from “this fall”, so I’m checking and I’ll update with a new post when the binders are back on sale again.

Finally, a question. I’ve got a ton of duplicate cards, and a pretty good network that allows me to get new cards regularly as well. Would anyone be interested in either a Gotochi Shopping Service, or just a regular old store website where I sell gotochi? I know buying them is not as fun as trading for them, but for those overseas looking to complete their collection, it might be a good option to find cards. If you’d be interested in that, I’d love to see some comments telling me what you’d like to see, and about how much you’d be willing to pay for them. I feel this way I can help others get gotochi, not just tell all about them 🙂

Thanks for sticking with me guys!

[News] 2017 Cards Announced!

Great news! Today the 2017 cards were announced! They will be sold from August 17th here in Japan, and there are 2 important changes to note this year:

Point 1: The area the cards are sold has been expanded, so each prefecture is assigned to a smaller region, and within that region you can get all the cards of that region no matter what prefecture you’re in. For example, the Tohoku Region includes Aomori, Akita, Iwate, Miyagi, Yamagata, and Fukushima, and at all large post offices in that area, you can find ALL 6 prefectures’ cards!

Point 2: For a limited time (about a month), mini cards will be sold in a pack with their big cards, so instead of having to buy 5 cards to get 1 mini, you can just buy 1 card to get the mini!

I’m still slogging through changing all the photos, so I wont update the list right away. Please check the official website for a preview of all the new cards: click here!

[News] Photo Hosting Issues

Hi all! I’m sorry there’s been no updates on my end for a long time. I was actually planning to get back into the swing of things when…. Photobucket, the site I PAY to use to host all the photos on here (and my other blogs) has pulled the rug out from under their customers feet and banned third party hosting (so the images you see on this blog for instance) unless you pay a ridiculous amount for the privilege of using their website. I’m not willing to pay $400 a year just to do that when there are plenty of alternates, so I will be moving all the images (one by one by one) to a new hosting website, and going through every single post to update.

According to the official Postacollect website we will get some news about the Gotochi cards in mid-August. My goal is to have the site fully transferred over by then in case they announce the new 2017 cards. Meanwhile, please expect some trouble with the pictures until then. And if you notice anything besides not seeing the pictures (like I uploaded the wrong picture to a post, broken links etc.) please feel free to let me know!

Thanks for sticking with me. Let’s look forward to collecting together!

[Site News] Updates

… or lack thereof.

Sorry everyone, I’ve currently got a 6-week old who is taking up 110% of my time and attention, and I just don’t have a chance to write or post right now. I’m hoping this will slowly change, and I want to assure everyone I haven’t forgotten about this blog, nor am I abandoning it! It’s just usually between “do I write a blog post, or do I do laundry, or do I take a nap?” and the laundry usually wins, with the nap coming in second.

So tl;dr, I wont be updating for awhile, but hope to get back into it as I get more time back. Please be patient!

[News] 2016 Postcards Released!

Hi everyone, great news!

Today, the 8th set of Postacollect Gotochi postcards has been released on the Postacollect website! I had almost given up hope… can you tell by how long its been since I updated? Read the press release on the official website here (to switch languages, please see the upper right corner of the website). Postcards go on sale starting July 16th at post offices across the country.

Also, new postcard collection binder will be released for sale on the official website starting from July 19th at 7:00PM Japan Standard Time in pink and grey as usual, so if you also collect the binders, don’t forget that date! Here is the information for those.

Finally, another piece of exciting news… the retired postcards are coming back into production due to customer request! Isn’t that exciting? Well, I spent a lot of money on the retired cards but… oh well. This is great for those who haven’t yet finished collecting them all! You can check which cards were retired here, and they will all be re-released along with the new set.

Let’s enjoy collecting postcards, and stay tuned for new posts coming soon!

Hiroshima #5: Makeup Brushes (熊野筆)

Hiroshima’s fifth postcard is of makeup brushes, called Kumano brushes or fude. Originally, the area of Kumano was famous for producing the brushes used in calligraphy, but when the demand for calligraphy brushes declined, the industry expanded to include makeup brushes of the highest quality. Kumano makes about 80% of the brushes in Japan, and most of the town is involved in the industry. If you’re in the city around late September, you can see the Brush Festival, where the used brushes are burned to thank them for their hard work. If you aren’t around then, though, don’t worry! Head to the Fude-no-sato Kobo Brush Museum to see how each brush is hand made and catch a glimpse of the largest brush in the world.

After feeling the brushes I saw for sale in Miyajima, I can say that they are unbelievable soft and well crafted, but you definitely pay for the quality! Maybe one day I can afford a set of these brushes…

Postcard and brushes

Blog News

So… I was really hoping the 8th set of postcards would come out around the same time as last year’s, but they have not. I’m leaving for a trip from tomorrow through the end of March so if the postcards become available during the two weeks I’m gone, I will not be able to update the blog until I get back in April. I do have some regular posts queued so there will be usual updates, just no new cards. So see you in April, and here’s hoping 2016’s postcards are worth the wait!

[News] Postacollect Website Update

The official website has had a big upgrade today, and now includes information in English and other languages! The English is very google-translated (read: not so easy to understand), but it beats Japanese-only for anyone interested in these postcards who can’t read Japanese! It’s great to see that the post office recognizes how popular these cards are with overseas visitors, and are responding accordingly. (Now if only they’d address the fact that most post offices close on weekends and holidays, the most popular time for travel…)

Anyway, because postacollect now has the English, I will be going through and updating all the English titles on the Collection Page to the “official” ones… with a few exceptions. (No, I am not calling Gunma – Kusatsu’s Yumomi “Hot Water fir”; what does that even mean?!)

But don’t worry, loyal readers of this blog (all 12 of you)! I will still be updating with English explanations and pictures of each postcard, as well as with news and updates as usual. I know I am eagerly awaiting the 8th set which will probably come out in March or April, so stay tuned!

Quick Note

Hi guys! I’ve got another post in the works (a few actually), but can’t finish it right now. So please wait for it, and meanwhile, I’ve updated my post on Iwate’s Chuusonji with some pictures. Thanks for your patience! I’ll delete this post when I’m able to add some new content, hopefully tonight!

[News] Brief Hiatus

Hi everyone!  I’m sorry to do this, but I’m probably going to take about a month break from posting.  I’ve been falling more and more behind and not able to catch up on my usual schedule, plus I’m traveling for 3 weeks starting from tomorrow and probably wont have any time for much at all.

If I find an extra few minutes here and there I might post a bit, or some official news and such, but I wont keep a schedule and posts may or may not come.  So I wanted to let you know I haven’t fallen off the face of the earth, and posts will resume in about a month for sure!

Thank you for your understanding, and I hope to see you then!