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postcards from jenna
Welcome to a book written postcard by postcard.
Hi. I write poetic short stories about living in different cities around the world. A local artist I meet in each city illustrates my stories. Then, limited edition postcards with my writing and the artwork are sent to anyone who signs up for one, anywhere in the world.

You did. Thanks for that.

This note is to say that your postcard from Tokyo is now on its way to your mailbox. 

Click here if you want to go straight to the poetry. Continue reading if you want to hear me speak to all the things that bloom below the surface. 

Tokyo is an introvert 

If Tokyo became a person, Tokyo would be an introvert. A super cool, well-dressed introvert who has the most loving cat you've ever met. 

Tokyo is an expert on all the subjects that you’ve always wanted to be an expert on. Tokyo has music playlists you want to steal, knows all the best spots, and can make you lose yourself laughing with just one joke. 

At a party Tokyo is the person who casually leans against a wall in a corner with a drink in hand, content to watch everyone else carry on their conversations.

Any introvert has an inner world. Tokyo certainly does. Tokyo's world, to me, was beautiful.

Hanko 101

A hanko is a specially designed seal. It’s carved onto a stamp that is used in lieu of a signature for important documents, receipts, or letters. In Japan they’re taken so seriously that you must register your hanko with the government. 

There used to be many hanko carvers in Tokyo. Nowadays, most hankos are made by machine. The craftspeople who do them by hand are few and far between. 

Hankos are traditional. Detailed. Meaningful. Hankos... are very Japanese. 

I wanted the postcards to feel like they came from Tokyo. 

What better way to do that than with an original hanko? 

Hideki Arami is a 3rd-generation Hanko seal carving artist. His shop, Todo Insho, is located in a subway tunnel that is right underneath the Shibuya Scramble (you know, that intersection with millions of people crossing millions of sidewalks at once). 

Hideki San read my poetry, sketched out the hanko, and then spent 10 days carving it. 

Your postcard is stamped with this one-of-a-kind hanko. Its symbols are based on my writing that you are about to read. This hanko reflects the care, skill and honor that Hideki Arami brings to what he does. 

I said “Hi” and they responded with “Yes”

From everything I heard about Tokyo before arriving it was supposed to be a hard place to tap into. 

That idea couldn’t be further from what I experienced. 

Everything I wished for in Tokyo happened, and then some. I wanted to meet good people. I met incredible people. I needed recommendations. I got long lists. The postcards were written and sent. The postcards were then celebrated with a party that had wine, food, flowers, books, string lights, curious passerby from the street, and new friends who came early and stayed late.

At best I was hoping to like Tokyo. Instead, I fell head over heels in love with the city.

In any good love story, there’s a lot that happens underneath the surface.

This chapter is about all about that – 

That feeling that you get when you look at someone and find yourself at home in a new world. 


P.S. Send me a photo of your postcard when you get it please.

P.P.S. If you signed up for a postcard after March 28th, you will receive one from the next city. If you must have a postcard from Tokyo, reach out.  

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