Postal Lottery - Check Your Postcards for Winning Numbers [2 July 1999]
New Years Postcards with Bonus (1999)
Translated from this information sheet. (99K picture)
Here are the winning numbers for the year of the rabbit. To find out if you won, check the numbers on the bottom of your postcards. If your numbers match, take the winning postcard to the post office between January 18th and July 19th of 1999 to get your prize.
1st place prizes:
2nd place prizes:
3rd place prize:
4th place prize:
Here is an example of a winning number:
When you go to get your prize the post office will stamp the winning number to show the prize has been collected. Here is the limited edition stamp that this example won:
Remember to start using your new 7 digit zip code! The zip codes were expanded from 3 digits to 7 in 1998 on 2 February.
Japan Postal Information English Helpline: (03) 5472-5851 (Tokyo)
Families in Mourning
Did you know that if there is a death in the family during the year, the immediate family will not send out the normal New Year's Greeting card (negajo)? Instead they send out a card printed almost entirely in black and white, announcing the sad news (menga ketsurei). The post office sells a special stamp for these cards, which has "sad" (navy blue, silver and yellow) colors on it. Be sure you don't accidentally use those stamps on your regular mail! They are called "bu shugi no kitte".
Just for fun! The Japanaese Zodiac:
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