of Coffee Milk. This is another etegami in my class reunion series. I painted it on a double-sized card after I realized that what I wanted to say
was going to be too much for a normal-sized postcard, and no witty
bumper-sticker quote would do.
Etegami (e= "picture"; tegami= "letter/message") are simple drawings accompanied by a few apt words. They are usually done on postcards so that they can be easily mailed off to one's friends. Though etegami has few hard-and-fast rules, traditional tools and materials include writing brushes, sumi ink, blocks of water-soluble, mineral-based pigments called gansai, and washi postcards that have varying degrees of "bleed." They often depict some ordinary item from everyday life, especially items that bring a particular season to mind.