Of course we have our own milk delivery boxes. Ours are metal with a bit of insulation and they're no less decorated than the Japanese boxes but somehow Amusing Planet finds Japanese milk delivery boxes more charming. Their photography indicates the surrounding architecture is part of the alluring charm.
But so is ours. I imagine our surrounding home architecture and landscaping is interesting to Japanese.
Our delivery boxes are so charming and so useful beyond milk deliveries that one summer, when I was in kindergarten, at early evening through dusk when the fireflies were active in Bethlehem Pennsylvania, where Jesus was born, so I thought at the time, I caught a dozen or so lightning bugs and saved them in the milk box on the porch. I thought they'd be fun to keep and that was the handiest container. Pretty good plan. Don't you think? The next morning to my dismay the bugs were all dead.
What a bummer!
Oh, some were still kind of alive, sort of, but they weren't lighting up like they did the evening before.
The Japanese boxes are okay. But Amusing Planet neglected to tell us what the words on the boxes mean. That's a big part of their alluring decoration. Just as our lettering is to them. If anything, after this you'll be able to recognize the kanji characters for "cow, beef, and the like," and for "milk."
Not everything is kanji. You'll see it on packages and signs. The other systems of writing are symbols for sounds. Sometimes they're mixed. Just like Egyptian hieroglyphs. Sometimes they stand for the thing and sometimes they stand for the sound of the word for the thing. So you must speak the language to write it. The sound systems have a lot fewer characters. One such system is called hiragana. And the place name on one of the boxes is Hirogano. The hiragana system is designated with a character shaped like a U. See this. An abbreviation. They don't bother writing the remaining sounds for their word for the system of sounds. And that's an odd shape in Kanji right off. The place name Hirogano, a ski resort, I think, such as Alta, but not nearly so spectacular, begins with the same character.
More Japanese wooden home delivery milk boxes and more words describing the milk delivery industry at Amusing Planet.