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But really, do people even send mail anymore?

Honest to goodness paper mail is still going strong in Japan. If nothing else, we doubt it will ever be OK to send New Year’s Greeting cards electronically. How would Japan Post run their annual lottery otherwise? Thankfully, the post office keeps things entertaining for those of us who have to physically get to a box and drop our mail off to be sent. Here’s just a few of the awesome post boxes that litter the country from the tip of Hokkaido to the bottom of Kyushu.

▼ Don’t over stuff it, leave room for the joey!

#金沢 といえば、 #郵太郎 #金沢駅 #西口 出口 内にいます。 #郵便ポスト #赤ん坊###########

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▼ A penguin post box in Nagoya

#ぺんぎんポスト #愛知県 #名古屋 #名古屋港水族館 #ポスト #郵便ポスト#ぺんぎん

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▼ Japan Post, you are our rock!

▼ Surprisingly, it’s not that much busier on February 14.

珍しい郵便ポスト(*´ω`*) #郵便ポスト #珍しい郵便ポスト #長崎 #長崎駅

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▼ We have to assume this Kumamoto tanuki gets dressed for all the seasons

▼ We knew it!

▼ Mt. Fuji and Mt. Fuji!

#郵便ポスト #桃から富士山 #山梨 #やまなし

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#山梨#フルーツ公園#郵便ポスト#富士山

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▼ It’s not the only train car in Shinagawa Station

#Mailbox #Postbox #品川駅 のおもしろ #郵便ポスト。〠

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▼ What an adorable panda box topper!

▼ Stop! Do you have the right postage on your letter?

#彦根城の前にあった#郵便ポスト #滋賀#彦根#彦根城

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▼ Mail lifts the world up!

▼ It’s like a set of Russian nesting dolls

いい子にしててね #郵便ポスト#空#post#sky#retro#japan#tokyocameraclub#team_jp_#α7s#heart_imprint

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▼ Penguins make the perfect post box markers

蚊がたくさんいて刺されまくった熊野神社(*^▽^*)#20150818#旅の思い出#郵便ポスト

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▼ A stork is as good as a penguin, right?

▼ The sakura are always in bloom at this post box

▼ A ball of a post box!

#忍者ハットリくん#藤子A不二雄#氷見#潮風通り#富山#郵便ポスト

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▼ We commend the mail man who comes to collect the mail from this nightmare.

沖縄で出会った珍獣1 #郵便ポスト #沖縄

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▼ Of course, the Ueno Park post box looks like a panda!

#上野公園 の#パンダポスト さすが#上野 #郵便ポスト #郵筒 #ポスト #パンダ

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▼ Gegege-t your mail into the post box

▼ This yuki daruma (snow man) isn’t going to melt!

町役場のポストが北海道仕様⛄ #郵便ポスト #雪だるま

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▼ And, as a special bonus, it doesn’t look like much, but this one is underwater!

Some of these boxes are so cleverly designed that you might even think you’re not supposed to put your mail in them. Share any fun post boxes you find in your Japan travels and let us know which one you like the best in the comments below!

Source: Sarusawa Blog via UFunk
Top image: Instagram/fugumika, Instagram/trntrnt, Instagram/pekopeko_kuro (edited by RocketNews24)