Your House is My House

Part of the Human Comedy series
Japan is notorious for having a complex postal system. Most streets in the country DO NOT have a name. As a result, it is impossible to travel in Japan without some local knowledge or a guide. Postal addresses in Japan consist of blocks and house numbers. However, they are in random order. For example, house #1 could be next to house #21 and so on. To make it easier for people to find the right address, each home would display a sign with the surname of the household, “Suzuki’s Home” for instance.

The problem is compounded by the fact the Japanese have a limited number of surnames. As a result,, there are tens of thousands of homes with the same sign in any given area. I wouldn’t want to be a mail deliveryman in Japan. No street name and proper address number???