Besides lots of general items and items of the other family members that I parted with (I have to admit) easily in the lead up to our move, there were some items that I felt more strongly connected to. A good example is this poster. Once – back then in really good shape – it adorned one of the walls in our hallway. That was before it came crashing down (and subsequently) my son jumping onto it. It had clearly seen better days, however, I kept hold of it (by now, hiding in storage) until the very last couple of days prior to our move. It is not just the design of the poster that I liked so much but also its story.
ドコココ？シレトコ！– very loosely translated, “Where am I?” “At Shiretoko”! Shiretoko National Park is located at the North-Eastern end of Hokkaido. The park is known for its stunning nature, great hiking and its abundant wildlife (most famously the park’s brown bears). We visited Shiretoko a good three years ago. At one of the visitor centres I spotted the poster and wanted to get one straight away. Sadly this poster was, inexplicably, never meant to be sold. Even after leaving Shiretoko, back in Tokyo, I was still thinking about it and we researched whether there wasn’t after all a way to get hold of one. There wasn’t…
In a last attempt my partner took a desperate measure. He bribed (I think) a Japanese colleague of his, to call the National Park pretending to enquire on behalf of a German association. The association was in the process of organising a promotional event to bring more Germans to Shiretoko and therefore required posters to decorate the venue. The event organisers were specifically interested in receiving the National Park’s bear poster. And so we got hold of one! Sadly it arrived rather battered in the mail. However, we had it mounted on board and my partner was (understandingly) very proud of himself .
Actually, as I’m talking about it already anyway, let’s add some more posters and thoughts alongside those. There was quite a bit of wall art that I got rid of in preparation for our move.
Two very colourful posters that adorned our walls for quite a while. It was time for them to go, not only because the new flat has stricter rules in regards to attaching things to the walls but also as the time has come to move on, I feel. Is it just me or is it a natural progression that, as you become older, the preferred and more dominant colour palette of your home interior moves from the bold and colourful to something slightly more subtle and peaceful?
You can’t see it in the picture but this poster was very large scale, probably around 1.5×1 metres (60×40 inches). It was one of the rare and special summer holiday crafts projects that I talked about in an earlier post. It was stuck to the kitchen wall for a good year, this time not solely for selfish reasons (to pat myself on the back for initiating and completing a successful crafts project) but also to the delight of my son and daughter. They had obviously played a big part in the execution of it all and kept on adding new dinosaurs from time to time; up to our moving date when I discretely took down the poster and hid it in the paper recycling bin.