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Residents of the coastal town of Susami in Wakayama prefecture
love the sea and the post office so much that the town once
installed a mailbox on the ocean floor for scuba divers.
Now, further evidence of this powerful sea/mail love comes in
the form of “Surumail” — edible postcards made from squid.
Produced by the Susami fishing cooperative, Surumail postcards
consist of dried surume squid (Todarodes pacificus), the local
The squid jerky is flattened and vacuum-packed into the shape of
a postcard, and an adhesive label is included for the postage,
delivery address and a short message.
According to the Surumail website, which touts the postcards as
a cutting-edge medium of communication for the 21st century,
many big-name companies — including Microsoft and IBM have
inquired about the cards. Surumail may play an instrumental role
in saving the Japanese economy, the website claims.
The postcards cost ¥320 ($2.77).