Lately, Japanese Gotochi Cards are becoming quite popular and sought after among postcrossers - so we thought it would be fun to tell you a bit more about them here on the blog. Read on!
Gotochi cards are designed and released by the Japanese Postal System, and each one of them represents a place in Japan - hence the name 'gotochi', which means 'local'. They showcase Japanese symbols (which might be local dishes, costumes, monuments, landscapes, etc.) on a national and regional level, in a brightly coloured and fun cartoon.
Gotochi cards have a couple of unique features that make them special. First of all, they are not perfect rectangles, but in fact take on the shape of their picture. Also, each card not only has a cartoon picture on it, but also the name of the place that is depicted in the image. Every prefecture has multiple cards, which might be one of the reasons that collecting them has taken off and became such a popular hobby!
Hope you enjoyed discovering the Japanese Gotochi cards! Which one is your favourite? :)
Note: While they are super-cute, please bear in mind that they are also more expensive to send than normal postcards - and so it is hard for Japanese postcrossers to send a lot of them.