Much like their Western counterparts, the postmen in Japan always deliver – even if the mail is underwater!
In the small fishing town of Susami in the Wakayama Prefecture, there’s a mailbox that holds the Guinness World Record title of deepest underwater mailbox.
Found at a depth of 10 metres off the coast of Susami Bay, the unique postbox was first installed in April 1999. Toshihiko Matsumoto, the then-postmaster of the village, came up with the idea to encourage divers to visit the sleepy town.
And that the divers did. Some 1,000 to 1,500 pieces of mail are sent through the underwater postbox each year, totaling 38,000 since it was set up.
YouTube channel Great Big Story recently paid Susami a visit to know more about their one-of-a-kind mailbox. Check out their fascinating feature above.
The red underwater postbox isn’t the only unique postbox in Japan. In fact, they’ve got hundreds, maybe thousands, of them spread across the country. Each one with a design that reflects the culture and history of their locations. Kawaii!