Graphic and collectable postcards from Japan31 May, 2013 by Chad
Japan has a knack for making things “kawaii” and collectable. These “regional foam cards” by Posta Collect does that for post cards. Every one of these extra large post cards are designed after something famous from the respective region, stylized in cartoon form, with unique designs for each of Japan’s 47 prefectures.
Came across these interesting postcards from Posta Collect only a short while ago as somehow the internet has managed to ignore them. They’ve apparently been around since 2009, with a new design being released each year, meaning that there are now 5 different designs per prefecture.
As post cards, the regional foam cards fulfil the role of highlighting some of the key landmarks, festivals and crafts from the different locales in Japan. But the fact that they’ve standardized the style country-wide into simple but iconic designs, make them quite the collectable.
The quality on each card is great too. They’re not quite made of foam as the name suggests, but of a solid cardboard far thicker than any other postcard I’ve seen.
The regional foam cards are pretty large too, at about 17 x 13 cm each. They retail for 180 yen per card. Here are examples of just some of the many interesting ones available. Check out the Posta Collect website for a full list of all designs.Planning your holiday? We recommend visiting Agoda for a full list of hotels with early bird specials.
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