This weekend's Blog Link Up Party features Postal and Mail Related Cards, so I thought I would show you a few cards in my collection that would fit the bill. I will include a couple of Gotochi cards, but also thought I might include a few that aren't.
This is a card that I have sent out a couple of times. It was bought in the post office of course and features different styles of mail boxes that you might see around Japan. My usual mailbox for my postcards is at my local post office and looks a little bit like the 1962 version, but it only has one slot. Quite often, the ones with two slots have a notice that one side is for overseas mail. There are quite a few versions of the 1908 post box in my city, and yes, they are still being used!
This postcard was from a series of postcards taken in Niigata and it gives a little bit of a close up of the 1908 style of postbox.
Most post offices in Japan have a version of a postcard with the traditional mailbox on it, and the address of the post office in kanji. Since the Gotochi cards are so popular, the Japanese Post Office has released quite a few versions of postcards with Sanrio characters on them. The characters are all mailing an item, probably a letter!
I'm not a huge fan of the Sanrio characters, mostly because they are a little too simple for my taste, but they are quite popular. Here are a few of the cards that I have collected so far.
|My Melody, a little girl rabbit|
|Little Twin Stars|
Angel-like characters whose birthday is December 24th.
This character may not need any introduction! She is hugely popular in Japan and worldwide, if the requests I see for Hello Kitty cards on Postcrossing are to be believed. Two versions of her for you today.
Japan also features many of these characters on its stamps. Other sets of stamps encourage letter writing or feature postal bears. Japanese stamps are quite delightful. I am rather afraid to post actual uncancelled stamps along with my cards, but I will include a few links to the appropriate pages of the Japan Postal Services catalogue.
Postal Bears and other creatures with letters, and mailboxes (scroll down a bit!).
Letter Writing Day stamps.
Doraemon (A very popular anime character) as a Postal Deliverer.
These are just a few examples of postal and mail related cards and stamps.
Please visit the other members of the Link Up Party to see what they post!
(I will be unable to approve comments on this blog for part of the weekend, but will get to them eventually.)