I know the symbol is placed in front of the postal code. How is it pronounced?

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    I wouldn't actually pronounce this if I was reading out an address. Commented Jul 13, 2018 at 8:59

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According to Wikipedia the symbol itself is named 郵便記号{ゆうびんきごう}, but EDICT/Jisho also lists ゆうびん as "reading" for it. Since the origin of the symbol is katakana te (テ), you can probably just say "te" as well.

Chiebukuro offers:

  • 郵便記号(ゆうびんきごう、〒)
  • 郵便マーク(ゆうびんマーク)
  • 郵便番号(ゆうびんばんごう)
  • 日本の郵便事業・郵便局の記号・シンボルマークです。

If you want to read it as part of the address (e.g. 〒100-8994), I would suggest using the word for "post code" (郵便番号{ゆうびんばんごう}).

  • It's interesting that 3 possible meanings can be used.
    – Jack Bosma
    Commented Jul 12, 2018 at 20:29
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    I've lived in Japan for 18 years, and I have never heard 「〒」 pronounced as "te".
    – falken
    Commented Jul 13, 2018 at 12:53
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    @IgorSkochinsky When you're expecting numbers to be read to you, saying "te" is going to throw off the other person. They might understand what you're saying (ignoring the "te"), but they'll also be left thinking "this person's native language is not Japanese and mistook reading the yuubin symbol for a katakana..."
    – falken
    Commented Jul 13, 2018 at 13:29
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    That ゆうびん reading is set just for the purpose of converting it with IME on PC.
    – user4092
    Commented Jul 14, 2018 at 5:44
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    Not quite sure where the link to テ came from, I have yet to find anything to support that theory. I will say that every listed above is semantics. Postal Code, Postal Number, Postal Writing, all derived from 郵便局 (post office). Quora verifies the use of 郵便番号 (postal number) when pronouncing quora.com/How-is-the-symbol-pronounced-in-Japanese
    – DBrown
    Commented Feb 19, 2020 at 17:07

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