Japan on Lions International

A commemorative postage stamp on the Lions Clubs International (LCI) :

LCI : Chinese Lion (Japanese Edo period painting), Yogenin temple, KyotoIssued by Japan

Issued on Jun 21, 1978

Type : Stamp, Postal Used

Colour : Multicolour

Denomination : 50 yen

Size of impression : 35.5 mm x 25 mm

Quantity issued : 28,000,000 stamps

About : 

  • A 50-yen postage stamp showing a drawing, “Karashishi-zu” (Chinese style figure of lion), has been issued to commemorate the 61st Lions International Convention.
  • The Lions International was founded by Melvin Jones in Chicago in 1917 for the objectives of services to society and fraternity. The spirit of the campaign has won global support and its membership has grown to over 1,200,000 in 149 countries of the world.
  • Japan‘s first Lions Club was organized in Tokyo in 1952. The number of Lions Club in Japan now is about 2,200 and their members are about 127,000 or the second largest in the world only after the United States.
  • The international organization’s 61st convention is scheduled for four days from June 21, 1978 at the Nippon Budokan Hall in Tokyo. About 40,000 members, including about 10,000 from abroad, are expected to attend the meeting.
  • The “Karashishi-zu” used for the stamp is said to have been drawn by Edo period artist Sotatsu Tawaraya and is preserved in the Yogenin temple in Kyoto.

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