Mr. Kikuchi is too much of a technophobe to want e-mail greetings, 
but you can still write him through regular mail (snailmail). 
His birthday is in September, if you want to send him greetings 
for that occasion.

Kevin Leahy, the kind person who reports on Hideyuki Kikuchi's
"Talk Live" get-togethers (listed here)
has the opportunity to speak with Mr. Kikuchi -- and to
forward your cards or notes to him.

IMPORTANT: Kevin adds the following instructions/suggestions for
those of you wishing to send greetings Mr. Kikuchi.

1. Address the envelope to Kevin Leahy, NOT to "Hideyuki Kikuchi" 
or "Hideyuki Kikuchi c/o Kevin Leahy." The post office might not
be able to deliver mail addressed to someone other than Kevin
at his address. If you have something you want to remain sealed,
send it inside a second, larger envelope.

2. NO PRESENTS, PLEASE. Kevin has to carry things to the
Talk Live by train, and Mr. Kikuchi has to carry things home.
At 5 a.m. (when the Talk Live usually ends), most people don't want 
to be overly burdened with baggage, no matter how well-intended.

3. Mr. K has worked as an English-to-Japanese translator, so he can 
read and understand a fair bit of English. Printing is safer than
cursive, for the sake of clarity. If you're not a native speaker of 
English, don't worry--neither is he. Remember, it is the thought 
that counts.

You can snail-mail Kevin at this address:

Kevin Leahy
Namiyanagi 1-15-2
Matsumoto-shi, Nagano-ken 390-0825

Airmail postage rates from the USA as of 8 January 2001: Postcard 
(up to 4-1/4" x 6"), 55 cents; envelope up to 1 ounce, 80 cents. 
The U.S. Postal Service estimates that 6 sheets of paper weigh about 
an ounce; I've found that this is true only for relatively lightweight 
paper. A greeting card plus one or two sheets of paper will probably
weigh less than an ounce, unless it's a very heavy greeting card.

According to the U.S. Postal Service, regular airmail to Japan takes 
4 to 7 days to arrive. Allowing more like 10 days a good idea, however.
You can also send mail by Global Priority -- it costs a lot more,
but it will probably get there in less than a week.

If you live outside the U.S., consult your country's postal 
service for rates and speed of delivery to Japan.


Kevin's first translation of Mr. Kikuchi's work has finally seen
publication. What a great time to let the author know that 
he has supportive fans outside Japan!

Hideyuki Kikuchi has created a universe that fans throughout the 
world have glimpsed with delight through the original Vampire 
Hunter D movie; he deserves positive feedback from those
of us who have enjoyed, even indirectly, the fruits of his labors.
This is our chance to let him know that we applaud his efforts
and look forward to more.