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 Nara Silk Road Exposition

Nara Silk Road Exposition

A commemorative postage stamp on the Nara Silk Road Expo :

Raden-Shitan-no-Gogen-Biwa : Japanese PaintingIssued by Japan

Issued on Apr 23, 1988

Issued for : A 60 yen postage stamp was issued on April 23, 1988 commemorating the Nara Silk Road Expo.

Design : “RadenShitannoGogenBiwa” is a five-stringed Biwa of red sandalwood with gold lacquer nacre work and is one of the treasures held in Shosoin. The design for the stamp was taken from the lower part of its plectrum guard, where a man playing the Biwa on the back of the camel with two humps, rocks and flowers are depicted in gold lacquer nacre.

Colour : Multicolour

Type : Stamp, Postal Used

Denomination : 60 Yen

Printing Process : Photogravure Engraved

Stamp Size : 35.5 mm x 25.0 mm

Quantity Issued : 30,000,000 stamps

About : 

  • Nara Silk Road Expo is an international exposition to be held for 183 days from April 24 to October 23 in Nara City, where culture, history, craftsmanship and life of tribes who lived along with the Silk Road are introduced. Under the main theme of “Wisdom and Romance of the Tribal People” the origin of the Japanese culture and heart is sought through the Silk Road culture in the quest of a way to contribute to world peace and prosperity, beginning from Eurasia, as well as to promote the understanding of the national heritage of Japan, and to tackle historical tasks in maintaining this heritage for future generations.
  • The site is chosen to cover Nara Park and the remains of Heijokyo. A variety of events will be scheduled there and a priceless 649 exhibits from 10 countries of the Silk Road were brought to Japan as the main event of the Great Exhibition of Silk Road Civilization. Special exhibitions of the Azekura Outer-wall of Shosoin and other hidden images of Buddha and special treasures of Shin-yakushi-ji, Kofuku-ji and Horyu-ji temples in Nara will be opened to the public during the Expo period.
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