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Missing Post Office UK
Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is the ‘Missing Post Office’?

The Missing Post Office receives letters for which the destination is unknown:
it is something like a ‘drifting’ PO Box.
For more details, please see the ‘About the Missing Post Office UK’ page
on the Missing Post Office website.

Q. What is a ‘missing PO Box’?

The act of keeping letters of unknown destination together
in a resting place resembling a PO Box service.

Q. Does it have any official affiliation with the Japanese postal system?

The Missing Post Office is an artwork project,
with no relationship to the Japanese Post Office.

Q. Is it possible to come and read one’s own submitted letter/letters?

Submitted letters will certainly be at the Missing Post Office,
but it will not be possible to determine exactly
where they are within the archive.
The Post Office staff will not be aware of this information either.

Q. Could the letters arrive anywhere else?

If a visitor to the Missing Post Office discovers a letter
that they feel is written to them,
then they are able to take it away with them.

Q. What is Missing Post Office UK?
How is it different from Missing Post Office in Awashima, Japan?

Missing Post Office UK is a temporary UK branch of Missing Post Office.
Missing Post Office UK will be open to visitors from 19 January
until 22 February 2016 at the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation in London.
Missing Post Office UK is currently accepting letters
to be found at its premise during the above period.

Q. What happens to the letters collected at Missing Post Office UK?

After the Missing Post Office UK’s temporary opening period
[19 January – 22 February 2016, Mondays – Fridays 9.30am – 6pm],
letters received at Missing Post Office UK will eventually arrive at
Missing Post Office in Awashima, Japan.
You are more than welcome to come visit Missing Post Office
to find the letter you have written,
or thousands of letters written by other people.

Q. What are the terms and conditions of
Missing Post Office/Missing Post Office UK?

Once the letter is addressed to us, the copyright is transferred
from the sender to the artist Saya Kubota,
the creator of Missing Post Office.
This includes translation rights,
adaptation rights and the rights to produce any derivative
and/or secondary works.
The letters may be fully or partially published on the internet,
in publications or newspapers, on TV, radio, in films, etc in UK,
Japan or elsewhere, without revealing the full name of the sender.
Missing Post Office is unable to accept responsibility for any private information
indicated in the received letters.
Therefore, we ask the senders not to include their address
and/or full name.

Q. How does the Missing Post Office differ from a standard PO Box?

At the Missing Post Office, once a letter has been posted,
its whereabouts are unknown – because it is impossible to resolve
the postage of a letter whose final destination is unknown.
It becomes a mechanism just like a message in a bottle,
floating on sea of time.

Q. Why do you prefer postcards?
Is it possible to send a letter in an envelope?

Yes, although envelopes, unlike postcards, have a seal.
In order for your letter to flow and be washed ashore to a reader,
whenever they find it, we prefer letters to be sent in postcard form.
If the letter will not fit onto one postcard,
it does not matter how many parts into which it is divided.
We will gather together these parts at the post office.

Q. How do I submit my letter?

Please send them through either the specially set-up
Missing Post Office UK post boxes near you,
or affix a stamp and post through ordinary post boxes addressed to:

|from now until 22nd February 2016|UK|
Missing Post Office UK
c/o The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation
Daiwa Foundation Japan House
13/14 Cornwall Terrace
(Outer Circle) London NW1 4QP

Or

|after 23rd February 2016|JAPAN|
MISSING POST OFFICE
Awashima 1317-2, Takuma-cho, Mitoyo-shi,
Kagawa Prefecture Japan 769-1108

* Please send them as international air mail

Q. In what format should the letters be sent?

You can use the Missing Post Office Postcards
distributed across various locations in UK,
or your own postcard.

Q. Are the letters archived in specific orders at Missing Post Office?

Within the Missing Post Office,
the letters are left to drift in a state of uncertain destination…
until they are washed ashore.

Q. What happens if the Missing Post Office becomes full?

In that case we plan to open another Missing Post Office service…