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JP-434197: Nagoya, Japan

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Postcrossing ID: JP-434197
Date Sent: 11 August 2013
Date Received: 20 August 2013
Days Travelled:  8
Distance Travelled:  4,962 km 

After another year-and-a-half hiatus from Postcrossing, I resumed my postcard activities in late July 2013 by sending five postcards – all to Russia.  The first card I received was my first-ever from Japan and it still holds the record for the fastest card, taking a quick eight days to travel from Nagoya to Phuket, Thailand.  Part of the reason for that may be the fact that it arrived in an envelope.  I still suspect that a number of cards sent to me in early 2012 didn’t arrive because Thailand Post sometimes deems postcards as “not important enough to deliver”; I had a nice talk with a local postal official over that policy!

This card pictures Mt. Hei Drive, a scenic route through the mountains near Nagoya, Japan’s fourth largest city.  It’s located on the Pacific coast on central Honshu and is the capital of Aichi Prefecture.  Nagoya is one of Japan’s major ports.  A shrine there dates back to 100 CE and is named after a manor built in the area during the 12th century.  Much of the city was destroyed during World War II but has since regained its status at the automotive center of Japan, home to such firms as Toyota, Honda and Mitsubishi.

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