My friend Steven posted this pic and caption on his Flickr stream:
my buddy in osaka sent a package to my hotel in tokyo this week. it was supposed to arrive sat a.m., but by 145pm we checked in at the front desk and no package. they apologized, called the post office and told me ‘please wait 10 minutes. we’re very sorry.’ 9 minutes later this postal worker hand-delivered the package. he was out of breath from hustling. just amazing.
I personally have never had this kind of experience, but it’s true, the postal system in Japan is amazing. Everything takes one or two days and costs just a couple hundred yen to ship–no extra expedited shipping costs that leave you wondering if you should order it at all. And it’s safe, and they accept cash on delivery, and it’s always on time, and they never lose your mail.