Is there someone to whom you wish you could tell your thoughts,
even if you might never receive an answer?
At MISSING POST OFFICE UK, we receive and look after letters you
want to write but don’t know where to send.
The post office is a kind of a poste restante,
where letters are collected in a ‘Missing PO Box’
while awaiting delivery, someday, to an unknown destination.
Until then, the letters are left to drift,
floating in a liminal space under our custody.
We accept any letter, addressed to anyone or anything…
Letters from: The past, present, future…
Letters about: Objects, incidents, places….
Letters to: Strangers, old friends, lovers,
family, pets, imaginary or famous people….
We invite you to post a letter,
like a message in a bottle,
that will float on the sea of time.
A letter to anyone, anywhere, at any time, which might one day
arrive here with us, and be washed ashore to you as the reader.
MISSING POST OFFICE
The original ‘Missing Post Office’ is located on a small,
screwhead-shaped island called Awashima, which sits in
the Seto Inland Sea in Kagawa Prefecture not far from
Hiroshima in South West Japan. It is at this island that the
Eastern and Western ocean currents collide, and where
the oldest naval college in Japan can be found. It is also an
island where many objects and people have been washed
ashore. An island of coincidences…
‘Missing Post Office’ is a work by the artist Saya Kubota,
first realised in 2013 as part of the Setouchi Triennale in
Japan. The original post office on Awashima continues to
this day to accept letters of unknown destination.
At the time of the Meiji Restoration, Hisoka Maejima
introduced to Japan’s post offices the postal system created
by the Englishman Rowland Hill. Both Japan and the
United Kingdom are island countries, and beyond their
parallel postal systems they share many strong links. For
these reasons, it is a great honour and pleasure to bring the
Missing Post Office to the UK for a limited time only.
Those who wish to post letters:
Should you wish to post a letter to anyone, anywhere, in any time,
please first acknowledge the following notices.
There follow two options for postage.
Posted letters can not be returned to the sender.
By addressing your letter to the Missing Post Office,
you are agreeing to terms & conditions of participation,
and transferring copyright to
‘Missing Post Office UK’ (copyright holder: Saya Kubota).
Please see Q&A for further details.
The name or address of the sender are not required.
Having acknowledged the above,
please send your stamped letters to the following PO Box address
｜We are able receive your letters in the UK for a limited period｜
｜from now until 30th September 2016｜UK｜
Please post letters to:
Missing Post Office UK c/o
The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation
Daiwa Foundation Japan House
13/14 Cornwall Terrace (Outer Circle)
London NW1 4QP
* Please note that it is not possible to read the letters at this address prior to 19 January 2016.
｜Letters can STILL be posted After 22nd February 2016 ｜
Please post letters to:
MISSING POST OFFICE
Awashima 1317-2, Takuma-cho, Mitoyo-shi, Kagawa Prefecture Japan 769-1108
* Please send them as international air mails
It is also possible to post your letters directly into the post box of
the Missing Post Office. We accept letters written on your own
paper, or you are welcome to use the Missing Post Office postcards
which will be supplied at each specially installed MPO post box.
For updates on location, please visit
After the letters have been exhibited at the temporary UK branch
of Missing Post Office at London’s Daiwa Foundation,
they will be taken to the main Missing Post Office
in the island of Awashima, Japan.
POST OFFICE PROFILES
Katsuhisa Nakata (right side)
Postmaster, Missing Post Office / Awashima
Missing Post Office. Having worked for over
45 years as Postmaster of the Awashima
Post Office, Mr. Nakada assumed the role of
Postmaster of the Missing Post Office.
He preserves, protects and maintains the
Japan branch of the Missing Post Office.
Saya Kubota (left side)
Missing Post Office Postal Worker
and Artist. Designer and creator of the
Missing Post Office. Currently living
and working in the UK on an artist’s
Those who wish to read the letters:
Should you wish to read these letters to addressed to
anyone, anywhere, at any time, we invite you to visit the
UK branch of the Missing Post Office during office hours
at Daiwa Foundation London, or to visit someday the
Awashima Missing Post Office in Japan yourself.
｜Limited Time Only｜UK Office｜
15th January 〜22nd February 2016
9:30 ～ 17:00
MISSING POST OFFICE UK
Venue: Daiwa Foundation Japan House
Every second and fourth Saturday of the month
13:00 ～ 16:00
MISSING POST OFFICE
Venue: Missing Post Office, Awashima 1317-2, Takuma-cho,
Mitoyo-shi, Kagawa Prefecture Japan 769-1108
Saya Kubota artist bio
Artist. Born in Ibaraki, Japan (1987).
Kubota’s practice revolves around memory and physical traces of the past,
which although they have seemingly altered in form or even to have disappeared,
are still sustained in the present time and space.
Here, old and new, decay and growth, artifice and organic, human,
animal and nature all share the same horizon of scattered parallel existences.
She gravitates towards invisible yet certain matters;
worn out teeth of a dead deer that once gorged the fruits of the land;
the presence of the moon visible only as a reflection of sunlight;
letters to someone who cannot be reached;
or an evocative mirage of burning incense.
Her historical and philosophical enquiries are materialised in diverse works
from tracing paper, oil painting, photography, self-devised machines
and installation to embellished minerals and porcelains.
The artist’s forthcoming exhibitions include a solo presentation
at London’s Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation in January 2016.
This will see the launch of a UK branch of the Missing Post Office,
a project that was opened at the 2013 Art Setouchi Triennale
and is still in operation today.
She has taken part in many international group exhibitions
in Tokyo, New York, Hong Kong and elsewhere.
Kubota is a current artist-in-residence at City & Guilds of London Art School
and PhD candidate at Tokyo University of the Arts.
For further information, please visit:
Missing Post Office UK Planning/Management Executive Committee
Annabel James(project assistant)
Chizu Ohe(project assistant)
Takako Jin(historical carver)
Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation