I received yet another package FedEx yesterday. This was in a FedEx letter sized envelope. The contents are described below:
- One souvenir shop book on Higashi Honganji (Shinsu Honbyo). This is in English, has a treatise on Shin Buddhism and Buddhism. It is a seven minute walk from Kyoto Station, and we totally missed it. Hmmm.
- A tablet of Utamaro stationery that is beautiful. (The cover is pictured below). It says 20 sheets. I suspected that a few have been used. And I was right - as usual. There are 9 sheets left.
- Some sort of flat pocketbook, with some paper in it. The fabric is beautiful and it's in its original package, which is old.
- A furoshiki - looks fairly new and definitely unused.
- A handkerchief in a package. It is wrapped like it has a napkin holder on the top and has chickens on the motif. And sakura.
- Another thing of stationery - this with the modern stylized kimono wearing girl. I wonder if she is the Japanese version of Holly Hobby? This has 4 sheets of cloud shaped paper (with sakura water stain as well) and 4 envelopes.
- Two pieces of finished cloth in a package. They are new (possibly 21st century) and of a size that could be tea towels, or placemats.
That is it. Now the questions are coming: in light of what comments I could understand from Motoko-chan, is she planning hari kiri and giving away her Japanese life's gatherings to someone who would (possibly) appreciate them? Am I too nice to strangers? Or just too nice to strange people? Was conversing with someone on a plane being too nice? What could I possibly send her that would not clutter up her life further, causing her to send it on to someone else that was kind to her? (I would love her to send it to her English teacher. Hmm, there's an idea. If I had a beard, I would stroke it now.)
So, I have two big futon, a collection of stationery and fabric things and a book about a shrine I didn't know existed.
My daughter can have the futon when I'm done scalping them.