The station building of Tokyo Station can be seen just outside the window of the former Tokyo Central Post Office

Window of the former Tokyo Central Postmaster Office

Shot at KITTE in Marunouchi, Tokyo

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There is a trend of the times in the way commercial facilities are named. According to the Daily Portal Z website, there was a long period of English-based naming in Japan from the 1960s to the 1990s, followed by a period of Latin-based naming, and since the 2010s, most naming has been based on Japanese.

It was in 2013 that a commercial facility was opened based on the Tokyo Central Post Office building that used to face the Marunouchi Square at Tokyo Station. According to the above rules, it was time to give the building a Japanese name, and it does have a Japanese name: KITTE.

KITTE means a postage stamp in Japanese because it is a commercial facility operated by Japan Post on the site of the former Tokyo Central Post Office.

On the fourth floor of KITTE, which was originally a post office, there is a reproduction of the Tokyo Central Postmaster's office. It was there I took this photo. Inside, there is a stately table with a large window behind it where you can see Tokyo Station looming in the distance. I hadn't thought that the postmaster was a very important position, no matter how central the post office was, but when I stepped into this room, I changed my mind. It was so dignified.

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PHOTO DATA

No

12082

Shooting Date

Jul 2021

Posted On

November 6, 2021

Modified On

November 10, 2021

Place

Marunouchi, Tokyo

Genre

Street Photography

Camera

SONY ALPHA 7R II

Lens

ZEISS BATIS 2/40 CF

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