In Japan I got used to seeing the symbol “〒” around places and it took me embarrassingly long to realise it signifies “post”. Post boxes, post offices, or anything post related.
I guess I just thought it was a cool symbol, rather than actually having a meaning!
It would typically be interpreted as “yūbin”.
Something I learned recently is that the symbol 〒 is intended as a stylised テ.
katakana for the sound “te“
Why would “te” symbolise post?
So it’s an abbreviation. Interesting.
Before 1998 the official mascot of Japan Post was a face called “Number-kun”. That translates more or less as “Number Lad”, or perhaps “Number Chap”.
Here he is!
This entry about post in Japan is a clue as to what I will talk about tomorrow!