A new blogging friend, sweet Kim, took pity on my pickling-spice-lessness and sent me some from her area of Japan (northeast of here). She's also got a great-looking recipe for pickle relish I'm drooling to try, so stay tuned to mamatouille FM for some sweet-and-sour pickling madness!
Oh, and her adorable daughter, Jun, added her own special yellow-tape touch to the envelope. Thanks, Jun! I love the Alaskan card, too.