This is not an area where people walk for leisure. Kids walk to school, sure. You walk to your field, you work and you walk home again, sure. But that's about it.
But, add a bag of leaflets and you get to walk up and down all the little side roads and back roads and windy roads and really check out your neighbourhood.
And around here I'd say more than 80% of the postboxes are a hole in the wall beside the front door. So not only does leaflet delivering let you walk around your neighbourhood without raising alarm but you get to walk right up people's front paths all the way to the front door.
And what front doors. There are stained glass doors and metal vault style doors and solid doors and ultra-modern doors and wow...
And as a bit of a kanji geek I also love looking at the name plates on the houses. How many Saitos use the old kanji and how many the new? Wonder if the Kabashima kids get teased at school (it's a homonym for hippo island) and what would it be like to be the Deguchi family? (the kanji mean exit) I guess the kids would never have to worry about forgetting how to write their names...
And of course the flowers and the gardens and the exterior design and the decks and the paving and.... all that nosing around in people's gardens for the amazingly low price of stuffing a leaflet in a postbox? Hell yeah! Sign me up!
When I was gushing to K about my new found hobby he pointed out that a career change might not be terribly advisable- it's not always mildly warm and amicable weather around here ad I really do love teaching, too.
But as a hobby I think leaflet delivery is way up there!