Cards from the US this fortnight. First off, this postcard from the book A Year in Japan.
It looks like an illustration of hundreds of origami cranes. This got me thinking of The Legend of the Crane: An ancient Japanese legend promises that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish by a crane, such as long life or recovery from illness or injury. The crane in Japan is one of the mystical or holy creatures (others include the dragon and the tortoise), and is said to live for a thousand years. And here’s a link where you can learn to make one.
I deliberately swapped the two images so the back of this postcard is the main image. Just look at the details Stephanie put on the card! She even has a Postcrossing stamp that looks like a postoffice stamp with space to write the ID. AND a date stamp. I love the way she wrote my name too! This has got to be my favourite back of a card so far.
The card itself – I thought it was from Europe when I saw the Tudor style buildings. But nosirree, this is Solvang, a Danish city in Santa Barbara county, California, USA!