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.

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