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.

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