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My Corner Emailbox

The other day I walked to the mailbox on the corner to drop in some letters I hoped would eventually make their way to San Francisco the old-fashioned way. Stopping to read the labels to make sure I wasn’t shoving my overseas envelopes into the JAPANESE MAIL ONLY slot, I encountered…WTF?

Was this ordinary-looking postbox secretly kitted out with USB ports? I inspected it. Nope. Perhaps it was a radical wifi-enabled postal service hotspot? Hmm, no again. I showed this photo to a Japanese friend, figuring it was just an Engrish mistranslation, but she laughed out loud. Apparently not.

For now, it remains in the Unsolved Japanese Cultural Mysteries Hall of Fame.

Jonelle Patrick writes novels set in Tokyo


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WTF Japan?

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Writing mystery books set in Tokyo is mostly what I do, but I also blog about the odd stuff I see every day in Japan. I'm a graduate of Stanford University and the Sendagaya Japanese Institute in Tokyo, and a member of the International Thriller Writers, the Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters In Crime. When I'm not in Tokyo, I live in San Francisco. I also host a travel site called The Tokyo Guide I Wish I'd Had, so if you're headed to Japan and want to check out the places I take my friends when they're in town, take a look!

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