Japan on World Historic Cities Conference 1987

A commemorative postage stamp on the World Conference of Historical Cities (Historical Cities in the 21st Century – Tradition and Creativity), Kyoto :

Nijo Castle guardhouse roof and Ninomaru HallIssued by Japan

Issued on Nov 18, 1987

Issued for : A 60 yen postage stamp was issued on November 18, 1987 commemorating the World Historic Cities Conference.

Type : Stamp, Postal Used

Colour : Multicolour

Denomination : 60 yen

Size : 25 x 35.5 mm vertical

Paper : White gravure paper, unwmkd.

Quantity : 25,000,000 copies

Sheet : 20 stamps (4 x 5)

Printing : Photogravure (6 colors)

About : 

  • Invitations have been extended to historic cities in the world with a history surpassing a millennium and a population of 500,000 or more, and with much historic resemblance to Kyoto. City mayors from 35 such historic as well as sister- and friendship-cities gather at the convention.
  • The theme for the Conference is “Historic Cities in the 21st CenturyTradition and Vitality“, the objectives are set to exchange rich experiences and wisdom stored by those cities as they have played a significant role in human progress and cultural development, and make the best of these exchange in future city development.
  • The conference is being held from November 18 to 21 at the National Kyoto Convention Hall located at Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City.
  • The design is taken from the picture which focuses on the porch of the Ninomaru Hall of the Nijo Castle (a national treasure) and the roof of the Guardian House, of which the former was the entrance and the latter was used to situate feudal lords who entered the Castle to pay a tribute to the Shogunate on various occasions.
  • The Ninomaru Hall is the most gorgeous representative of architecture in the modern ages known the Shoin-zukuri (a drawing room), which was very popular in the early 17th Century in Japan.
  • Of five castle designated as national treasure, this is the first time for the Nijo Castle to be on a stamp design.

Japan on World Congress of Accountants 1987

A commemorative postage stamp on the 13th World Congress of Certified Public Accountants (WCOA), Tokyo :

Two Women and Abacus (Three Beauties) : Utagawa Toyokuni (ukiyo-e artist)Issued by Japan

Issued on Oct 9, 1987

Issued for : A 60 yen stamp was issued on October 6, 1987, commemorating the 13th World Congress of Certified Public Accountants in Tokyo.

Design : Three Beauties” by Toyokuni UTAGAWA (a part)

Director : Motoharu MORITA

Type : Stamp, Postal Used

Colour : Multicolour

Denomination : 60 yen

Size of impression : 25.0 mm x 33.5 mm

Quantity : 25,000,000

Sheet composition : 20 (4 x 5)

Printing process : Five-colour photogravure

About : 

  • The World Congress of Certified Public Accountants, is an international congress which is held every fifth year under the joint auspices of the organization of certified public accountants in the host country, and the International Federation of Certified Public Accountants organized by the organizations of certified public accountants worldwide.
  • Its aim is to improve the quality of certified public accountants. For this purpose, the theory and practice of accounting and auditing, or problems in the fields relative to them are discussed, and opinions exchanged on the international scene. Since the First Congress held in America in 1904, the conference has been held in seven countries, i.e., Holland, England, Germany, France, Australia and Mexico. The Tokyo Conference is the first conference held in the Asian region, and will be held at hotels in Metropolitan Tokyo, centering on Nippon Budo Kan (athletic stadium), from October 11 to 15. It will have a large scale, with about 6,000 participants gathering from 73 countries.
  • Since it is “the international congress of certified public accountants held in Japan“, the design was selected from among Ukiyoe (Japanese blockwood prints), depicting the abacus (the Japanese time-honored calculator).
  • The picture of “Three Beauties” is by the hand of Toyokuni UTAGAWA (1769-1825) who is a Ukiyoe master, and believed to be the work of late 18th century. Although the design has two women and abacus, three women are depicted in the original picture. It is owned by the Riccar Museum (Ginza, Chuoku, Tokyo).

Japan on Electron Microscopy

A commemorative postage stamp on the 11th International Congress of Electron Microscopy (ICEM), Kyoto :

International Federation of Societies for Microscopy (IFSM)Issued by Japan

Issued on Aug 30, 1986

Design : Structure of electron microscopy & the image of an atom

Designer : Fumito Ohtani

Type : Stamp, Postal Used

Colour : Multicolour

Denomination : 60 yen

Size : 25 x 35.5 mm vertical

Paper : White gravure paper, unwmkd.

Quantity : 25,000,000 copies

Sheet : 20 stamps (4 x 5)

Printing : Photogravure (6 colors)

About : 

  • ICEM is the large-scaled international congress held every four years by the International Federation of Electron Microscopy. The 11th congress is held in Kyoto from August 31 to September 7. The researchers from many countries are gathered in a hall who go on with their studies by means of electron microscopy in the wide field, such as fundamental medical science like pathology and bacteriology, biochemistry like zoology and botany, crystallography, physics, chemistry, and electronics.

Japan on International Federation of Library Associations

A commemorative postage stamp on the IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions) 52nd General Conference, TokyoJapan :

Folkways in Twelve Months (Detail) : Katsukawa ShunshōIssued by Japan

Issued on Aug 23, 1986

Issued for : A 60 yen postage stamp was issued on August 23, 1986 to commemorate the International Federation of Library Associations, 52nd General Conference, Tokyo.

Type : Stamp, Postal Used

Colour : Multicolour

Denomination : 60 yen

Size of impression : 35.0 mm x 28.0 mm

Quantity issued : 28,000,000 stamps

About : 

  • The International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) was founded in 1927, and became the most inclusive and widely spread international library society in the world. In cooperation with such bodies as UNESCO, it has achieved major successes in the expansion and development of libraries, and the promotion of international cooperation. Its headquarters is in Hague, Holland, with a current membership of some 120 nations and 1,100 organizations.
  • Since Japan joined in 1929, the Japan Library Association has been its representative body, sending participants to the annual conventions. Accompanying its recent rise in stature in the international community, Japan has also been playing a greater role in the international library world. To meet the greater expectations being placed on Japan, the director of the Japan Library Association announced at the 1985 Manila conference that the 52nd conference would be hosted by Japan. The conference will be held from August 24th to the 29th, with the theme “Libraries for the 21st Century“.

Japan Traditional Craft Products Series II

Complete Set of 4 nos of postage stamps on the Japanese Crafts : Kimekomi Dolls and Ryukyu Bingata :

Kimekomi DollsTokugawa (Edo) era Japanese craftRyukyu (Okinawa) SarasaRyukyu Bingata : Okinawan traditional resist dyed clothIssued by Japan

Issued on Feb 15, 1985

Issued for : Four 60 yen postage stamps will be issued on February 15, 1985 as the Traditional Craft Products Series II.

Design :

(A) EDOKIMEKOMI DOLLS

The tradition of Kimekomi (wooden dolls dressed in kimono) dolls began in Kyoto in the 18th century but also became popular in Edo in the latter days of the Tokugawa era. The name of the dolls derives from the band of paste which is filled into a groove cut around the clothing part of the wooden dolls.

Those made in present-day Tokyo include the seasonal festival dolls and dolls for Kabuki and Noh drama, while there are also many kinds of dolls made in Saitama Prefecture.

(B) RYUKYUBINGATA (Okinawa bingata cloth) –

This is a type of cloth dyeing which was used for the ceremonial clothing in the court culture of the Ryukyu Islands (Okinawa). This type of cloth became established during the peak of the court culture in Okinawa around the 18th century. When the traditional dyed cloth which had existed in Ryukyu was influenced by the Sarasa (printed cotton) dyeing techniques of China and South-East Asia, to become the Ryukyu Sarasa style which was then further influenced by the stencil dyeing techniques of Japan to become Bingata. The dyes used are indigo, the vegetable pigment extracted from the fukugi (Garcinia spicata) tree and other plants, and these combine to produce the characteristic colors.

Colour : Multicolour

Type : Stamps, Postal Used

Denomination : 60 Yen each

Stamp Size : 33.5 mm x 25.0 mm

Stamps Printed : 33,000,000 each

Japan on International Congress of Virology 1984

A commemorative postage stamp on the 6th International Conference on Virology in Japan :

Sixth International Congress of VirologyIssued by Japan

Issued on Sep 1, 1984

Issued for : A 60 yen postage stamp commemorating the sixth International Congress of Virology will be issued on September 1, 1984.

Type : Stamp, Postal Used

Colour : Multicolour

Denomination : 60 yen

Size of impression : 38.5 mm x 25.0 mm

Quantity issued : 30,000,000 stamps

About : 

  • The International Microbiological Association‘s section for the study of viruses holds an international congress every three years. This congress is the largest of its type. Researchers of a broad spectrum of fields ranging from plant, insect, bacteria, animal virus to clinical viruses will gather from all over the world under the same roof and discuss and announce their research in the field of viruses.
  • In the past five years all the meetings have been held in Europe and this will be the first time the meeting has been held outside of Europe in Japan. Below is an outline of the meeting.
  • The design of the stamp shows “Basho’s Street” which is in the center of the old castle town of Sendai. Its address in present day Sendai is 1 chome 4-2, Omachi.
    • Sponsors : Japan Virology Academy, Science Council of Japan.
    • Period : Sept. 1, 1984 (Sat.) to Sept. 7, 1984 (Fri.)
    • Participating Countries : 54 countries.
    • Participants : 2,500 people (700 nationals, and 1,800 from overseas).
    • Place : Sendai City (Kenmin Kaikan, Plaza Hotel, etc.).

Japan on Disaster Prevention

A set of 2 nos. of commemorative postage stamp on the Prevention of Disaster in Japan :

Disaster Prevention and MitigationIssued by Japan

Issued on Aug 23, 1984

Issued for : In Commemoration of Disaster Prevention, a 40 yen and a 60 yen postage stamps will be issued on August 23, 1984.

Type : Stamps, Postal Used

Colour : Multicolour

Denomination :
(A) 40 yen
(B) 60 yen

Size of impression :
(A) 25.0 mm x 33.5 mm
(B) 33.5 mm x 25.0 mm

Quantity issued : 30,000,000 stamps each

About : 

  • Every year our country suffers a great deal of damage from disasters.
  • In order to lessen the damage and to prevent disasters before they happen, it is not only the agencies for the prevention of disasters, but also each person must fully understand the importance of being prepared against disasters.
  • It is especially necessary in Tokai where there are disasters caused by large scale earthquakes, tidal waves, typhoons, and torrential rain.
  • From this point of view, in order to heighten the people’s awareness of disaster prevention and deepen their understanding of it a “Fire Fighting Fair” is being held in Osaka on August 23 through the close operation of government, related public agencies, district public groups, and other related associations. Then, focussing mainly on the “Disaster Prevention Week” from August 30 to September 5 which includes an “Disaster Prevention Day“, on September 1, there will be lectures and exhibitions to spread disaster prevention awareness, and all over the country disaster prevention training will take place.

Japan on World Congress of UNESCO Clubs and Associations 1984

A commemorative postage stamp on the World Federation of UNESCO Clubs and Associations in Japan :

World Federation of UNESCO Clubs and AssociationsIssued by Japan

Issued on Jul 16, 1984

Issued for : A 60 yen postage stamp will be issued on July 16 1984 to commemorate the World Congress of UNESCO Clubs and Associations.

Type : Stamp, Postal Used

Colour : Multicolour

Denomination : 60 yen

Size of impression : 35.5 mm x 25.0 mm

Quantity issued : 30,000,000 stamps

About : 

  • UNESCO – United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization – is a special organization of the United Nations with 161 affiliate member countries. It attempts through the distribution of education, science, culture, and mass communication to bring about eternal world peace and the welfare of mankind.
  • Unesco clubs and associations which are participating as civilian movements in co-ordination with UNESCO interests are in about 80 countries and number over 2,500.
  • The World Federation of Unesco Clubs and Associations was established as a world organization in July 1981. Japan was chosen as host country at that first meeting and chose ‘peace‘, ‘development‘, and ‘participation‘ as its themes. Details are as follows.
    • Time of Meeting July 16 (Mon.) 1984 ~ July 24 (Tue.) 1984
    • Number of Countries Participating – 80 approx.
    • Number of Participants – 5,200 (5,000 Japanese and 200 overseas visitors)
    • Meeting Place – Sendai (From 20th July regional training at Kobe, Hiroshima and Tokyo).

Japan National Land Afforestation Campaign 1984

A commemorative postage stamp on the 35th National Tree Planting Day in Japan :

National Land Afforestation Campaign : Tree Planting Day (Japan)Issued by Japan

Issued on May 19, 1984

Issued for : In commemoration of the National Land Afforestation Campaign, a 60 yen postage stamp will be issued on May 19, 1984.

Design : The postage stamp depicts Kaikozu (Erythrina crista-galli) which are the prefectural trees. A Wood of cedars and Sakurajima.

Type : Stamp, Postal Used

Colour : Multicolour

Denomination : 60 yen

Size of impression : 22.5 mm x 27.0 mm

Quantity issued : 30,000,000 stamps

About : 

  • For the purpose of contributing to secure forest resources, conserve land and promote environmental afforestation, etc., the Campaign was inaugurated systematically in 1950 on a national level. Since then, this National Land Afforestation Campaign has been carried out every year, organizing various programs and events throughout the country such as National Tree Planting Day, the Green Feather Community Chest and school tree planting programs.
  • The 35th National Tree Planting Day, central event of this campaign, is scheduled to be held in Forest of Natural education Makizono-cho, Aira-gun, Kagoshima-ken on May 20, 1984, in the presence of the Emperor and the Empress under the joint auspices of the National Afforestation Promotion Committee, Inc. and Kagoshima Prefecture. A number of Japanese citizens representing people from all walks of life are expected to participate in it.

Japan Philately Week 1984

Complete set of 2 commemorative postage stamps on the Philately Week 1984 :

Tōshūsai Sharaku : Japanese Ukiyo-e Print Designer (Kabuki)Japan Philately Week 1984Issued by Japan

Issued on Apr 20, 1984

Issued for : Two 60-yen postage stamps (se-tenant) will be issued on April 20, 1984, in commemoration of Philately Week.

Colour : Multicolour

Type : Stamps, Postal Used

Denomination : 60 Yen each

Stamp Size : 41.9 mm x 29.7 mm

Quantity Issued : 45,000,000 stamps

About : 

  • Philately Week was established in 1947 to promote deeper public interest in collecting postage stamps, and various events such as the Japan Philately exhibition are scheduled to be held during this week.
  • The design of the stamps is the color prints of “Hanshiro Iwai IV playing Shigenoi” and “Oniji Otani III playing Edobe” by Sharaku Toshusai.
  • Sharaku is said to have gained the inspiration for these works from “Koi-nyobo somewake Tazuna” (based on the Monzaemon Chikamatsu play which was adapted by “Tanba Yosaku Matsuyo no Komuro Bushi” which was rewritten and enlarged by Kanshi Yoshida and Shoraku Miyoshi).
  • The life of the artist Sharaku is clouded in mystery and it is believed that he worked only for the 10 month period from May, 1794 to the spring of the following year. However, within this short period, he was able to put his astonishing artistic energies into the production of a few masterpieces before his sudden disappearance.
  • Other works of his which have been used as designs for stamps include “Ichikawa Ebizo”, “Miyako Dennai” and “Dai-dozen Dohyo Iri”.

National Bunraku Theater

A commemorative postage stamp on the Opening of the National Bunraku Theatre (Kokuritsu Bunraku Gekijō), Osaka :

Satō Tadanobu : Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura (Japanese play)Issued by Japan

Issued on Apr 6, 1984

Issued for : A 60 yen postage stamp commemorating the opening of the National Bunraku Theater was issued on April 6, 1984.

Type : Stamp, Postal Used

Colour : Multicolour

Denomination : 60 yen

Size of impression : 22.5 mm x 33.0 mm

Quantity issued : 30,000,000 stamps

About : 

  • Traditional epic-style ballads performed with puppets became the sophisticated Japanese traditional art of bunraku. Bunraku has been designated an Important Intangible Cultural Property and has been popular ever since its origins in Osaka 300 years ago in the middle of the Edo Period. It is highly evaluated both in Japan and overseas, as the form of puppet theatre which requires the highest level of stage skills in the world.
  • The National Bunraku Theater was rebuilt in Osaka, the home-place of the Bunraku play so that it would provide stages for it and other traditional arts which are to be handed down to posterity.
  • The opening ceremony took place at the end of March, 1984, and the first public performance was on the 6th of April.
  • The design of the stamp features the theater and the doll as Tadanobu in the “Yoshitsune senbonzakura” (The Thousand Cherry Trees of Yoshitsune) play which was performed at the opening performance for Bunraku Theater.
  • Summary of the National Bunraku Theater
    • (1) Location : 12-10 Nipponbashi 1 chome, Minami-ku, Osaka
    • (2) Foundation area : 44,464 square meters
    • (3) Total floor space : 13,211 square meters
    • (4) Seating capacity : approximately 730 seats
  • The Opening Performance
    • (1) Date : April 6, 1984 (Friday)
    • (2) Performances : Yoshitsune Senbon-zakura, Kotobukishiki sambaso.

Japan’s 20th Grand Confectionery Fair

A commemorative postage stamp on the 20th Grand Confectionery Fair, Tokyo :

Confectionery - a true world languageIssued by Japan

Issued on Feb 24, 1984

Issued for : A 60 yen postage stamp will be issued on February 24, 1984 to commemorate Japan‘s 20th Grand Confectionery Fair.

Design : Emblem of Confectionery Fair.

Type : Stamp, Postal Used

Colour : Multicolour

Denomination : 60 yen

Size of impression : 22.5 mm x 33.0 mm

Quantity issued : 30,000,000 stamps

About : 

  • Japan‘s Grand Confectionery Fair was first held in 1911 and this year marks the 20th holding of the fair.
  • The fair is being held under the sponsorship of Japan‘s Grand Confectionery Association in Tokyo under the theme of “Confectionerya true world language“. The fair will be based on the multifarious variety and cultural tradition of Japanese confectionery and will
    • realize the dreams and expectations of consumers and of children in particular (children’s dreams)
    • disseminate knowledge of the rich culture and the tradition of Japanese confectionery (traditional art and culture)
    • advance the spread of Japanese confectionery throughout the world (internationalization)
  • The fair will be held from February 24 (Fri.) until March 12 (Mon.) at Meiji Jingu Gaien (9, Kasumigaoka, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo). About three million people are expected to visit the fair.

Japan on Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1983

A commemorative postage stamp on the 35th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), adopted by the United Nations in 1948 :

UDHR SymbolIssued by Japan

Issued on Dec 5, 1983

Issued for : A 60 yen postage stamp commemorating the 35th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights will be issued on December 5, 1983.

Design : Symbol of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Type : Stamp, Postal Used

Colour : Multicolour

Denomination : 60 yen

Size of impression : 22.5 mm x 27.0 mm

Quantity issued : 37,000,000 stamps

About : 

  • The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was resolved at the 3rd General Assembly of the United Nations on December 10, 1948.
  • The Declaration, which consists of a preamble and thirty articles, manifests to the world, “as Common Standards to be achieved by all peoples and all nations” (preamble), human rights and fundamental liberties, such as freedom and equality, the right to work, the right to receive education and social security, etc.
  • The United Nations has selected Dec. 10 as “Human Rights Day” when all nations are expected to celebrate the resolution of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
  • In Japan, December 4 to December 10 is “Human Rights Week“, and the Ministry of Justice and its related bodies receive national cooperation in the holding of lectures and film showings, and in using television and newspapers to make a call to the people to raise their consciousness about human rights in conjunction with other events.
  • This year marks the 35th anniversary and the Ministry of Justice has selected the following themes to be emphasized during “Human Rights Week”.
    • Coexistence of human rights – Let us enrich our human relationships through the understanding and respect of others’ rights and positions.
    • Let us eliminate discrimination against the “buraku” class.
    • Let us improve the position of women.
    • Let us give the handicapped the right to participate fully and equally in society.

Japan on World Dentistry Congress 1983

A commemorative postage stamp on the 71st Annual Dentistry Congress of La Fédération Dentaire Internationale (FDI) in Japan :

Fédération Dentaire Internationale : FDI World Dental FederationIssued by Japan

Issued on Nov 14, 1983

Issued for : A 60 yen postage stamp commemorating the 71st Annual Dentistry Congress of La Fédération Dentaire Internationale (FDI) will be issued on November 14, 1983.

Design : The design of the stamp features a dental mirror and the FDI symbol.

Type : Stamp, Postal Used

Colour : Multicolour

Denomination : 60 yen

Size of impression : 36.0 mm x 25.5 mm

Quantity issued : 30,000,000 stamps

About : 

  • The FDI was established in 1900 in order to facilitate the exchange of dentistry information and the advancement of dental health. Its members are drawn from the members of dentist associations in each country and individual dentists.
  • The annual congress, which is held in a different country every autumn, discusses international cooperation activities and assistance to countries faced with difficulties in improving dental care by themselves.
  • The 71st congress held in the Asia-Pacific region for the first time will take place in Japan in conjunction with the Meeting of the Japanese Association for Dental Science.

Showa Memorial National Park

A commemorative postage stamp on the Opening of the Showa Commemorative National Government Park, the largest park in Tokyo :

Showa Commemorative National Government Park : Kokuei Shōwa Kinen KōenIssued by Japan

Issued on Oct 26, 1983

Issued for : A 60 yen postage stamp will be issued on October 26, 1983 to commemorate the opening of the Showa Memorial National Park.

Design : The design of the postage stamp features the Showa Memorial National Park and a monument.

Type : Stamp, Postal Used

Colour : Multicolour

Denomination : 60 yen

Size of impression : 25.0 mm x 33.5 mm

Quantity issued : 30,000,000 stamps

About : 

  • This memorial park was planned as a project to commemorate the 50th year of the Emperor’s reign. The Ministry of Construction had been continuing work since 1978 on the site of the former American military base at Tachikawa and the park will be opened on the 26th of October.
  • The park was planned around the theme “recovery of greenery and advancement of humanity” and will have public spaces and cultural facilities within its area of approximately 180 hectares.
  • The 50 hectares which was opened on this occasion include the Tachikawa Plaza, exhibition space, a botanical garden, open space, a parking area, a rest house and a cycling course.

38th National Athletic Meeting of Japan

A commemorative postage stamp on the 38th Japan Championships in AthleticsGunmaHonshu :

Japanese Martial Art and Mount MyōgiIssued by Japan

Issued on Oct 15, 1983

Issued for : A 40 yen postage stamp commemorating the 38th National Athletic Meet will be issued on the 15th of October, 1983.

Design : Depicted on the postage stamp is Naginata, which is a new event in this meet, and Mt. Myogi.

Colour : Multicolour

Type : Stamp, Postal Used

Denomination : 40 Yen

Size of impression : 38.5 mm x 28.0 mm

Quantity issued : 36,000,000

About : 

  • The National Athletic Meet has been held in every prefecture since 1946. It has worked towards its objective of improving the health and physical strength of the population as well as raising the levels of amateur sports and the sporting spirit while promoting the wide diffusion of sports.
  • The 38th National Athletic Autumn Meet will be held from the 15th of October to the 20th of October in Maebashi City and other 23 cities, towns and villages in Gunma Prefecture.
  • This Meet is named the ‘Akagi Meet‘, and it has the slogan, ‘Run into the Wind‘. About 28,000 athletes and managers from all over the country are expected to participate in 31 events including field, soccer and tennis, etc. Spirited competition can be foreseen.

Japan on International Letter Writing Week 1983

A postage stamp to mark the International Letter Writing Week 1983 :

Chikyu : Shiso Doll by Juzo Kagoshima Issued by Japan

Issued on Oct 6, 1983

Issued for : A 130 yen postage stamp will be issued on October 6, 1983 on the occasion of International Letter Writing Week.

Design : The design of the stamp is a shiso doll named “Chikyū” made by Juzō Kagoshima.

Juzō Kagoshima (1898-1982) was designated a Preserver of Important Intangible Cultural Property (Human Treasure) in 1961.

“Shiso” (paper modelling) is the name which Juzō Kagoshima gave to this doll-making process which uses “washi” (Japanese paper) as an important base material. The name “Shiso” denotes both the technique and the material.

Designer : Hitoshi OTSUKA

Colour : Multicolour

Type : Stamp, Postal Used

Denomination : 130 Yen

Size of impression : 35.5 mm x 25.0 mm

Quantity issued : 18,000,000 stamps

About : 

  • International Letter Writing Week has been established in an attempt to contribute to world peace through writing letters, so that people in the world will exchange knowledge and information, deepen mutual understanding, and promote cultural communication by transcending the differences of their languages, ways of thinking and customs. It originated from the 14th Universal Postal Union Congress held in 1957 in Ottawa, Canada, which passed a resolution that one week in October including the 9th, the anniversary of the Universal Postal Union, should be designated Letter Writing Week with each member country instituting International Letter Writing Week according to its own conditions.
  • Japan is celebrating its 27th International Letter Writing Week this year and the Association of Pen Friend Club of Japan (a juridical foundation) and some other organizations are holding various events and programs throughout the country during the week of October 6-12.

Japan National Noh Theater

A commemorative postage stamp on the Opening of the National Noh Theatre in Sendagaya, Shibuya, Tokyo :

Masked Noh Actor (Nogaku Theatre) : UNESCO Intangible Cultural HeritageIssued by Japan

Issued on Sep 14, 1983

Issued for : A 60 yen postage stamp commemorating the opening of National Noh Theater will be issued on September 14, 1983.

Design : The design of the stamp features the Noh Theater and a masked player from the celebrated Noh play ‘Old Man‘.

Type : Stamp, Postal Used

Colour : Multicolour

Denomination : 60 yen

Size of impression : 25.0 mm x 33.5 mm

Quantity issued : 30,000,000 stamps

About : 

  • The National Noh Theater (located at 18-1, Sendagaya 4 chome, Shibuyaku, Tokyo) will open on September 15.
  • A Noh play has been designated an Important Intangible Cultural Property and is a sophisticated stage art having an extremely long history, even when compared to classical drama.
  • The National Noh Theater will provide a place where the enjoyment of Noh can be disseminated throughout the population and where Noh research and the training of players can be conducted. It is thus a place having great significance for the continuing development of the art.

Official Gazette of Japan

A commemorative postage stamp on the Centenary of the Official Gazette in Japan :

First issue, Drawing of Government Bulletin Board, Nihonbashi, by Hiroshige Ando IIIIssued by Japan

Issued on Jul 2, 1983

Issued for : A 60 yen postage stamp will be issued on July 2, 1983, in commemoration of Official Gazette Centenary.

Design : The design of the postage stamp depicts the first issue of the Official Gazette against Hiroshige Ando III‘s color print ‘Drawing of the Government Bulletin in Board at Nihonbashi‘.

Type : Stamp, Postal Used

Colour : Multicolour

Denomination : 60 yen

Size of impression : 35.5 mm x 25.0 mm

Quantity issued : 30,000,000 stamps

About : 

  • From July 2, 1883, when it was first issued by the Official Gazette Office, until the present, the Official Gazette has functioned as a government bulletin to widely contribute to both the nation and society. This year marks its 100th year and various events are planned in order to commemorate the issuing of the gazette as well as to diffuse its messages widely and have them recognized by the citizenry.