On December 28, 2012, local residents found a postbox that had drifted from Minamisanriku-cho in Miyagi Prefecture to a spot near the mouth of the Yutsun River in Taketomi-cho, in the northeastern area of Iriomote Island. It must have been swept away by the tsunami that came after the Great East Japan Earthquake, on March 11, 2011. Staff of the Okinawa branch of Japan Post collected the postbox on February 4, and will transport it to their Tohoku Branch. They are considering how to use it as a memorial of the tragedy. The sign in Japanese “Seven Utatsu” is still visible, indicating that the postbox was from the 7-Eleven Miyagi Utatsu store, located in the Utatsu district of Minamisanriku. Devastated by the earthquake, the location is now vacant.
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