I love when they are sent tracked, and I can follow their progress across land and sea or through the air, see the post office where they were first sent on their journey, watch them travel from place to place, pass through customs, gradually advancing in my direction.
There are some couriers who offer really detailed tracking of their progress, so that you can follow on the map of your own local area the progress of the delivery van round the town — where he is and how many stops he still has to make. Eventually yours is the very next one, and you can look out of the window and see him driving along the road to find you.
On the 11th of this month I placed an order for a Sori Yanagi kettle.
This is Sori Yanagi:
I have linkified the picture so you can read about his work.
He is known for the elegant simplicity of form in his design of household implements and objects.
His Butterfly Stool is famous:
So is his Elephant Stool:
His kitchen utensils are lovely:
His stainless steel bowls and strainers are so pleasing:
He died in 2011, so there will be no new Sori Yanagi designs in this world ever again. But in Japan, his beautiful work has been enshrined as classic household pieces, still continuing to be made.
In Niigata, there is a factory where they make his lovely kettles.
And one of Sori Yanagi's kettles is on its way to me in England.
To save money on postage, there is no tracking provided with the parcel, but I have been sent a photo:
The title of the photo is "写真". I looked that up. It means "photo".
I placed my order on November 11th, and the kettle was dispatched from Japan on the 15th.
They sent me a polite message explaining that customs takes ages to clear (yes, indeed) and I should expect it to take 2-5 weeks to reach me — most probably 3 weeks.
They suggest that if hasn't arrived after 3 weeks I should check with the sorting office, to make sure it doesn't get stuck on a shelf — and sent back to Japan!
My kettle has been travelling across the world for two and a half weeks. Soon it will be here. And I love the idea of an ordinary kitchen thing we use every day having been designed by a Japanese man of consummate artistry, who was with us for a while and is now gone into the world of light leaving only his work behind — like a fragrance or a smile.
Got it!! Perfect.