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  • - [Narrator] One afternoon in 1999,

  • Mr. Matsumoto had an idea.

  • That idea would put his small town of Susami on the map.

  • (orchestral violin music)

  • (bouncy piano music)

  • This is Mr. Matsumoto.

  • He ran the post office in Susami.

  • I worked at the post office for about 40 years.

  • I came up with this idea to make an underwater mailbox.

  • I thought if would be interesting if divers could send letters from under the sea.

  • - [Narrator] In a classic, if you build it,

  • they will come story, they built it and people came.

  • Almost 38,000 postcards have been mailed from the underwater mailbox so far.

  • - [Narrator] This is Mr. Nakanishi.

  • He runs a dive shop here in Susami

  • and he manages the postbox.

  • The underwater mailbox is at a depth of about 10 metres (32 feet).

  • It's in the Guinness Book of World Records because it is the deepest mailbox in the world.

  • - [Narrator] Since the box is underwater,

  • you can't just mail a typical postcard.

  • So it goes like this, you come into Mr. Nakanishi's

  • dive shop, buy a postcard, write your note.

  • People use water-resistant postcards.

  • They write on the postcards with oil-based markers.

  • - [Narrator] Gear up, dive down, slip the note

  • into the red mailbox sitting on the ocean floor,

  • and according to Mr. Nakanishi, it will actually get

  • to its destination.

  • I dive down to the underwater mailbox everyday to collect the postcards.

  • After I collect them, I deliver them to the local post office.

  • I think the underwater mailbox has been a real asset for tourism in Susami.

  • People come here from far away to mail postcards from it.

  • - [Narrator] Ultimately, Mr. Matsumoto's idea worked.

  • The mailbox made Susami a destination for divers.

  • It made the town special.

  • I cam up with the idea to make Susami more appealing.

  • There's no other place where you can do this, this makes it special.

  • (bell chiming)

- [Narrator] One afternoon in 1999,

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