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Mystique Series #17 : it's outa here ...

Posted by Dave Bull at 2:15 AM, November 28, 2011 [Permalink]

After a weekend of printing the story sheets (on my Epson laser), and the backboards (on a large Epson inkjet), we're ready to get packing and shipping.

I say 'we', but I mean they! Printer trainees Tsushima-san and Ishigami-san set aside their barens today (and will again tomorrow) for a packing day. In recent months, I have been doing this job by myself, but that doesn't really make much sense, I think.

So although the three of us spent the day in the workshop together today, I kept to my carving bench, where I finished up the key block for the new year print, and the two ladies set up the large table on the back wall and started wrapping. I used my new 'time lapse' camera to capture their day, and here are a few scenes it caught.

They worked from left to right, Tsushima-san preparing the print and paperwork, then passing it to Ishigami-san for wrapping and labelling:

Seems like they were having fun ... at least at first!

I'm out of view of the camera, in my alcove over by the windows. But at one point, the doorbell rang from upstairs ... I had to head up to accept a delivery:

While the cat's away ...

... the mice will stretch!

They kept at it right through the morning, building up quite a pile of print packages:

The stack got to be a bit too high, so Ishigami-san packed them all into boxes, and cleared off the table ...

... which soon started to fill up again.

They both have to head off fairly early in the afternoon to pick up kids from the daycare center, so they called it a day after finishing the overseas batch (which I then took to the post office). Tomorrow the domestic collectors will get their turn ...


Following comment posted by: Marc Kahn on November 29, 2011 2:18 AM

Hi Dave,

I see that Ishigami-san was wearing a mask that day. When I visited Japan, I saw people wearing similar masks quite frequently. It's something that you NEVER see where I live in the US. At the time I wondered about their motivations. Are they sick and don't want to pass it on? Are they being protective of their own health and don't want to pick something up in public? Are they allergic and avoiding breathing substances which will irritate them?

Around here, if you walk into a bank wearing a mask like that, you'll be asked to either remove the mask or leave. If you don't comply, the police will arrive soon. Some organizations take their surveillance cameras and security very seriously.


Following comment posted by: Dave on November 29, 2011 8:41 AM

motivations ...

Pretty much all of the reasons you listed ... Anybody sitting on a train coughing - without a mask - is considered to be very much a boor; if you have the slightest cough you should be wearing a mask.

When I came back from Canada a couple of months ago I brought with me a cough I had picked up from grandson Andrei (which I still haven't shaken off), and I didn't have any masks with me. I should have taken the trouble to pick some up at a station kiosk, because I got plenty of dirty looks along the way back from the airport ...

As for the police/mask problem, that happens here with motorbike helmets. If you walk into a convenience store at night wearing a helmet (with faceplate), the guy behind the counter is going to get his hand ready on the emergency call button, for sure. You'll see signs outside such places telling you to remove your helmet before entering.

Following comment posted by: Jennifer Martindale on November 29, 2011 7:34 PM

What a lovely happy atmosphere, thank you for sharing. Jennifer

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