From texting to tweets and whatever next. Correspondence sure is getting shorter. Yet believe it or not, there are still people who prefer to give and receive the old fashioned way --with pen, pencil and stamps. A letter in the hand has an impact all its own, yet there are ways to ramp it up even more.
Why send your thoughts in a standard envelope, for example, when you can stuff them in the symbol of Japan. The Mt. Envelope, designed by Tomohiro Ikegaya, replaces the regular envelope flap with one shaped like snowy Mt. Fuji. A mirrored card is included inside and reflects the mountain like a lake would, as soon as the letter is opened. The set costs 315 yen each and can be found at Haneda International Airport. See http://www.goodbymarket.com
You might not necessarily save on postage with the Par Avion letter set, but you might win some smiles. True to its name, the set includes writing paper and a "flight manual" that explains how to fold paper airplanes exactly the right size to fit through Japan's postbox slots. Twelve can be made from one set. For more information see http://www.teradamokei.jp/
Finally, here's a way to send letters that encourages receivers to keep them hush. Shedder Label, offered by Hisago Co., Ltd, are printable sheets of adhesive address labels that come perforated. One pull on the corner is enough to lift off the label and tear it into strips at the same time, saving someone the effort of going to the paper shredder. See http://www.hisago.co.jp/privacy_p/shredder.htm for details.
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