Hello, there! My name's Tai. I'm 36, transmasc, and I currently live in the US. (I moved back a year ago after a decade in Japan.)
Please pardon any typed letters you may receive! I am still dealing with long Covid, and my fine muscle/nerve/motor skills still aren't back to where they used to be, so long, handwritten letters can be quite challenging/painful for me to create. But rest assured that no less love and care goes into every one of my swaps! ^^
IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE A SWAP FROM ME: please message me and let me know! I send all of my swaps on time, and I would be more than happy to resend a lost swap!
UPDATE JULY 8, 2023: I will be taking a short kind-of break from SwapBot so that I can get caught up on mailing my regular penpals! I've been so invested in swapping that I've fallen a bit behind with my regulars, oops! ^^' I'll be slowing down on how many swaps I join and host, as well as my RAKs. Thank you for your understanding!
I've been pen palling for a few years, but I've made the jump from simpler letters/postcards to full projects in the past year or so, and I am having a blast!
My day job(?) is being a web shop owner/operator/etc. for a little store that sells fantasy-themed loose leaf teas and accessories. (You can check out my stuff at my site!) If you get a swap from me, you might end up with a tea sample imagined and blended by yours truly~ (If your profile says you’re okay with loose leaf teas, that is!)
When I'm not working or crafting, I love playing video games, mostly RPGs, as well as reading and writing fanfiction.
I'm quite easy to please, so please let my profile/likes/dislikes be a guideline more than hard-and-fast rules!
A few easy favorites are:
Colors: red and gold
Animals: dragons and rats
ITEMS: Almost anything, truthfully! Most especially, things I can use for other snail mails! Paper samples, washi tapes, PET tapes, stickers, paperclips, dies, die cuts, cling stamps... ^^ I really like to receive things from other countries and/or independent artists, so if you have stationery products of your own or local brands you'd love to share, then I'd love to see them!
AESTHETICS: Again, almost anything, haha. My favorites are vintage, botanical, cute, colorful, and academic!
MAIL: Please tell me about you! About your day, where you're from, things you like or don't like, etc. I also really love stories, quotes, and song lyrics!
POSTCARDS: Almost anything! Please see my "ABCs" section for loads of things I like, but I'm open to anything~ :)
TEA/COFFEE: Tea, please! I just cannot get into coffee, and I'm so sorry. ^^' But with regard to tea, I have yet to meet a tea I don't like, so please send me anything and everything! I'd love to try it! I'm fine with tea bags or loose leaf, however, please make sure the ingredients are listed on the packaging!
PLEASE DO NOT SEND GLITTER OR SEQUINS! (Unless they are made of paper.) I have small pets, and I don't want to risk accidental ingestion.
I'm not really into neon colors. Bold/primary colors are fine, but if it looks like it'll glow in the dark, it's not my style. ^^'
A: academia aesthetic (dark or light), The Amazing Devil (band), Animal Crossing, architecture, art prints, autumn, Avatar: The Last Airbender
B: bento, berries, birds, black tea, books, book pages, botanicals, buttercups
C: candles, Cardcaptor Sakura, cardstock, carnations, cats, chai, Charizard, chipboard shapes, chocolate, choral music, collage, cooking, crafting/creating, cutouts
D: dandelions, decorated envelopes, dice (unique or interesting), die cuts, dies, dinosaurs, doilies, dragons, DuoLingo, Durarara!!
E: Earl Grey, elves (fantasy, not Xmas), embellishments, envelopes (especially decorated), ephemera (authentic, handmade, or store-bought)
F: fae, fall, fanfiction/fanworks, fantasy, Final Fantasy 14, fineliners, Fire Emblem, flavored tea, flip books, flowers, food, forests, fountain pens, fruit, fussy cuts/cutting
G: gel pens, Genshin Impact, (Studio) Ghibli, gifting things to others, gold, Good Omens, green, green tea
H: Hades (video game), handmade things, happy mail, herbal tea, herbalism, hibiscus, hot chocolate/cocoa, hygge
I: Italy, illustrations, independent artists, ink (especially fountain pen and stamping)
J: Japan (and associated fashion, food, history, culture, etc.)
K: kawaii (branded or unbranded), Kutsushita-nyanko (a Japanese San-X kawaii character)
L: labels, learning about my swap partners, left-handed things (I'm a lefty), lemons, letters, letter-writing paper, local artists/creators, The Lord of the Rings (books & movies)
M: maps, Marvel (especially Loki), memo sheets, mermen, mini envelopes, music, mythology
N: napkins (decorated), Ninja Sex Party (band), note sheets
O: old books, origami paper
P: paint sample cards, paper for collaging, paperclips (decorative), pens (especially fountain and gel), PET tape, photography, plants, “please deliver to” stickers/stamps, poetry, Pokémon, postcards (check my likes, but I’m not too picky! I can always pass them on~), purple
Q: queer literature/art, question and answer cards
R: Rattata, rats, recipes (especially quick or easy!), red, regional facts, rodents
S: sakura, sheet music, sour candy/foods, spring, stamps (postage), stamps (wooden, cling, acrylic), Star Trek, Stardew Valley, stationery of all kinds, stickers, summer
T: tea, tea blending, textured paper, tickets, travel
U: ukiyoe, unused USPS Forever postage
V: vanilla, vellum, video games, video tutorials, vintage aesthetic
W: washi paper, washi stickers, washi tape, wax seals & sealing, white tea, Winnie the Pooh characters (especially Tigger), The Witcher, writing
Y: yellow, Yuri! On Ice!
Z: Zelda (The Legend Of)
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