Thursday, July 07, 2011

culture shock

IMG_0687 In Japan, everyone's mailbox is either built into the exterior gate of their home or in the case of our apartment, we have a huge mailbox at our entrance with individual apartment mailboxes in it.

In Hawaii though, for your home, you can pretty much do what you want and put up a mailbox to your liking...

Like this airbrushed turtle...

IMG_0686 This one looked like they used an old stump and painted it.

IMG_0679 This one was made of metal and looked like a house.

IMG_0678 At this house, the mailbox wasn't fancy but I liked their decorations...now you know what to do when your kids outgrow their Crocs...

IMG_0677 An airbrushed bird of paradise....nice and bright.

IMG_0676 This one looked like they used all sorts of metal parts.

The newspaper chute looked to be made of a pipe or something.

IMG_0674 Airbrushed dolphins.

IMG_0673 This one looked like a monument or statue, with the rocks encasing the mailbox.

IMG_0672 Airbrushed plumerias.

Pretty interesting all the diversity.

What type of mailbox do you have?

p.s. make your wishes...today is Tanabata in Japan.

13 comments:

Donna said...

Ours is attached to the house, but not a slot where it comes inside, I still have to go outside to get it. We live in an urban area with sidewalks, so the mail carrier walks around the neighborhood. Some suburbs don't have sidewalks so the mailboxes are on the road and the carrier drives around. Those ones can have a little more character to them 8-) Ours is just boring metal with an American Eagle on the front.

K and S said...

an american eagle on it, that sounds cool Donna!

Take care.
Kat

jalna said...

This post made me smile :). Loved the one with the shoes!!

Anonymous said...

Interesting! And cute!!! I like that one with a turtle and with plumerias.
Sandy

Rowena... said...

Ours is like yours so the only way to personalize it is to make the slip-in nametag more to your liking. I have a small cat face on mine.

K said...

What a great array of mailboxes!

The best one I've seen to date was in Long Beach Island, NJ - a standing manatee statue was holding the mailbox :o)

K and S said...

cool the shoes, yeah Jalna??

thanks Sandy!

I should jazz ours up too Rowena, probably would throw off the postman too :p

Take care everyone.
Kat

Nami @ Just One Cookbook said...

I LOVE IT! I don't see those creative mail boxes around here. People in Hawaii are more relax and enjoy their life. I love it.

That's right - Tanabata today!

K and S said...

that sounds cute K!

I hope so Nami :)

Take care you two.
Kat

Japan Australia said...

Happy Tanabata to all!! Love the mailboxes, so much diversity and all very unique!!

Japan Australia

K and S said...

Thanks J-A, there are some fabulous mailboxes here :)

Take care.
Kat

Deb in Hawaii said...

I feel bad that my mail box is so boring! ;-)

K and S said...

Deb in Hawaii, don't feel bad the mailbox at my parents place is "boring" too :)

Take care.
Kat