I'm guessing that what I'm about to blog about qualifies as "only in Japan" but I could be wrong.
Our post office is a wonderful friendly little (really little) place. The people are very nice and I realize that I'm quite lucky with how few problems we have ( I'm especially grateful after reading people's posts on the Etsy forums about post office problems). Of course no place/no person is perfect so the occasional problem happens but how it is dealt with, I believe, is very different. For example, there are times when they might forget to give us our copies of the EMS forms. They have someone drive them over to us and they give us a towel (very handy for cleaning) to say sorry. The other day, my hubby went without me and it took an unusual amount of time. They apologized and gave him another towel but then the next time we went in, the boss apologized again and gave us these- a sponge, a cell phone strap (charm) and a pack of band aids.
You might notice that they say "JP BANK" because in Japan, post offices are also banks. How cool is this? Most of the items are useful so that is even better! I almost forgot...one time we got a box of plastic wrap...again with the logo.
We also regularly get "thank you" gifts. I have received pens (so many that I probably never have to buy one again), small tissue packs, hair scrunchies, chopsticks, special envelopes, candy and other things.
So...am I right in thinking that is a "only in Japan" thing? And am I the only one that finds it a bit ...hmmm...odd (but still cool)...that Japan post has all these items made up with it's logo?