Customer: Do you have those ¥18 stamps to send New Year's postcards abroad?

Postal employee (Excitedly): Yes! This year we have taiyaki (fish-shaped cake filled with red bean paste) and odango (mochi dumplings served on a skewer).

Customer: Splendid!

— Hotel New Otani Post Office, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo. Overheard by a Japan Times On Sunday reader

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