It’s always great to have a stack of blank cards around as they can be used for any occasion at all from birthdays to thank yous, to “Hi, how are you?” This has been a very busy year for us, and I’ve had so many thank yous to write, so I was very happy to receive these Japanese note cards and be able to share them with you. For the more mature recipient, Geisha photographs are elegant and for the younger crowd, Japanese Cats are adorable.
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Tuttle Publishing kindly sent us a packet of each of these cards to review. With many holidays approaching, there are many reasons to send personalised notes to friends, family, neighbours, and associates. I could send them emails sure, but I like the personal touch to show that I really do care. The least I can do is to sit down and put pen to paper.
Tuttle’s cards are always so pretty; it’s hard to part with them. To be honest, if you feel the same you could put them in a frame and use them as art pieces around the house.
But if you can part with them and share the beauty, it’s fun choosing the best card for each recipient’s likes and personality. Once I do that and I’m ready to start writing, I like to make myself a cup of tea and sit down to write and get lost in my thoughts.
These cards come with plain cream-coloured envelopes. You can leave them plain and elegant, or you can decorate them with stickers, washi tape, little drawings, or any variety of embellishments for the receiver to enjoy.
Japanese Cat Note Cards
The Japanese Cat note cards are so darn cute! There are a variety of cards for every seasons. The autumn ones are very colourful with playful kittens jumping in the leaves, of course, there are ones with cherry blossoms for spring, and summer picnics in the country, too. There are kittens taking a bath, cats having lunch, and sitting calmly by the sea.
On every card there are little mischievous kittens., doing something that they perhaps should not be doing, just as kittens tend to do in everyday life. These kittens have such character in them and really are just so amusing!
There are lots of details in these illustrations, and they would be absolutely perfect for anyone with a love of kittens or a sense of humour. I know that the first person I sent one of these to you certainly did enjoy it, and I know many more people will as well, as I compose letters and notes and pop them into the post.
Geisha Note Cards
The Japanese Geisha cards show different aspects of their life. From posing in front of circular windows, looking traditionally gorgeous, from the back, walking through the rain with a rice paper umbrella. attempting to keep dry in what looks probably to be likely to be November. Just as I remember, Novembers in Japan are very rainy.
The colours in these photographs are very vivid and very typical of geisha wearing kimono. There is even a picture of a geisha walking down the street with a group of both Japanese and foreign tourists snapping away taking photos of them. They certainly do have their own proper mystique about them. I suppose that is becoming more rare as more people are visiting Japan and will intrude more upon their daily lives, more than in the past, which certainly is a shame.
This set of cards will make a lovely set for anyone who has a love of Japan, geisha culture, a sense of class and mystique, a love of fine fabrics and art, because geisha are an art form of their own.
I know that those who will receive these from me over the next while will appreciate the choice and interest of them. They will think of me every time they see them, and that’s a nice thought.
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