A Souvenir Sheet consisting of 1 no of commemorative postage stamp on the Qutub Minar & Tokyo Tower :
Issued on Dec 5, 2013
Issued for : Department of Posts is happy to release a Souvenir Sheet on ‘the Visit of Emperor & Empress of Japan’.
Designed by : Kamleshwar Singh
Type : Miniature Sheet, Mint Condition
Watermark : No
Colour : Multicoloured
Denomination : 2000 Paise
Numbers Printed : 0.81 million Souvenir Sheet
Printing Process : Wet Offset
Printers : Security Printing Press, Hyderabad
- Their Imperial Majesties the Emperor and Empress of Japan will visit India from 30th November to 5th December, 2013. This will be the first time in the history of independent India that the Emperor and Empress of Japan will be making a State Visit to India. Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko had visited India in November – December, 1960 as the then Crown Prince and Crown Princess of Japan.
- India–Japan relations have strengthened immeasurably over a period of time. Bilateral ties have expanded greatly in the political, economic, security, development, scientific and cultural fields. The visit to India by ‘Their Imperial Majesties the Emperor and Empress of Japan’ will further the relationship between both countries and strengthen the bilateral ties.
- Department of Posts is commemorating the relations between two countries with the release of a Souvenir Sheet portraying the Qutub Minar and Tokyo Tower.
About Qutub Minar :
- Qutub Minar, in red and buff sandstone, is the highest tower in India. It has a diameter of 14.32m at the base and about 2.75m on the top with a height of 72.5m. Qutbu’d–Din Aibak laid the foundation of Minar in AD 1199 for the use of the muezzin (crier) to give calls for prayer and raised the first storey, to which were added three more storeys by his successor and son-in-law, Shamsud–Din Iltutmish. All the storeys are surrounded by a projected balcony encircling the minar and supported by stone brackets, which are decorated with honey-comb design, more conspicuously in the first storey. Numerous inscriptions in Arabic and Nagari characters in different places of the minar reveal the history of Qutub.
About Tokyo Tower :
- The Tokyo Tower is a communications and observation tower located in the Shiba–koen district of Minato, Tokyo, Japan. The structure is an Eiffel Tower-inspired lattice tower that is painted white and international orange to comply with air safety regulations. At 333 metres (1,093 ft), the Tokyo Tower is the second–tallest artificial structure in Japan. It was completed in the year 1958 as a symbol of Japan’s rebirth as a major economic power. It serves as a television and radio broadcast antenna and tourist destination. The two-storey Main Observatory is located at 150 metres (490 ft) and provides a bird’s eye view of Tokyo while the smaller Special Observatory reaches a height of 250 metres (820 ft). Occasionally, Tokyo Tower’s lighting is changed to specific, unique arrangements for special events. During New Year’s Eve, the tower lights up at midnight with a year number displayed on one side of the observatory to mark the arrival of the new year.