Commemorative Japan Stamps

Old issues commemorative Japan Stamps are the focus of this section. Due to popular request, we have started to look for and provide interesting and beautifully designed old issues.

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Commemorative Japan Stamps - 1974 Philatelic Week 'The Finger'

April 20, 1974

Price (single stamp): US$ 8.70

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Commemorative Japan Stamps - 1957 Philatelic Week 'Maritsuki'

November 1, 1957

Price (single stamp): US$ 12.10

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Commemorative Japan Stamps - 1958 Philatelic Week 'Umbrella'

Uchu Yugaeri by Kiyonaga

March 9, 1958

Price (single stamp): US$ 10.20

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Commemorative Japan Stamps - 1965 Philatelic Week 'Prelude to a Dance'

April 20, 1965

Price (single stamp): US$ 9.50

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Commemorative Japan Stamps - Germany in Japan

The following commemorative Japan stamps sheet is dedicated to 400 years of friendly relations between Japan and Germany.

Beginning with the Edo period, German scientists and doctors worked in Japan from 1603-1868. In 1861, a trade, shipping, and friendship treaty was signed between Japan and German Prussia. During the 1930s, the relationship between both countries intensified on all levels of society. After World War II, diplomatic relations were revived in 1951.

The following stamps are shown on this Japanese stamp sheet (from top):

  1. Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827): German composer and pianist. One of the most famous and influential of all composers and a figure crucial in the transition between the classical and romantic eras in Western music.
  2. Carl Benz driving the Benz Patent Motorwagen in 1886, one of the first automobiles.

The remaining stamps show a collection of German made Meissen ceramics showing Japanese musicians, an acrobatic rider, and a harlequin.

The stamp sheet background shows the world famous Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria.

It is a 19th century Romanesque revival palace situated on a rugged hill atop the village of Hohenschwangau.

The palace was commissioned by Ludwig II of Bavaria as a retreat.

The palace was the inspiration for Disney's Cinderella castle.

These Japanese commemorative stamps were released on December 1, 2005.

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Commemorative Japan Stamps - 400 Years of The First Performance of Kabuki

Four hundred years of Kabuki Theater is celebrated on the below pair of commemorative Japan stamps.

Kabuki is a classical form of Japanese dance-drama. It is known for its elaborate make-up and costumes worn by some of its performers.

The Japanese kanji characters for Kabuki mean 'sing, dance, and skill.' Kabuki is therefore also known as the art of singing and dancing.

The history of Kabuki began in 1603 when Izumo no Okuni began performing a new style of dance drama in the dry riverbeds of Kyoto.

Female performers played both men and women in comic playlets about ordinary life. The style was immediately popular and Okuni was asked to perform at the Imperial Court.

In the wake of such success, rival troupes quickly formed and Kabuki was born as ensemble dance and drama performed by women, much different from its modern incarnation.

The modern all-male kabuki developed from 1603-1673 when women were banned from performing. In their place, cross-dressed male actors took over.

Shown on the left stamp is'Okuni Kabuki-zu' and 'Tsuchigumo'( a part of the painted screen).

The stamp to the right depicts 'Shibaraku' and 'Tsuchigumo.'

This Japanese stamps were issued on January 15, 2003.

Price (double stamp as shown): US$ 10.20

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Commemorative Japan Stamps - FIFA World Cup Japan-Korea 2002

The next commemorative Japan stamps were released on the occasion of the 2002 FIFA World Cup held in Japan and Korea.

The event was the 17th staging of the FIFA Soccer World Cup. It took place from May 31 to June 30. It was also the first World Cup held in Asia.

Korea and Japan were selected as hosts by FIFA on May 31, 1996. Initially, Korea, Japan, and Mexico presented three rival bids.

However, the two Asian countries agreed to unite their bids shortly before the decision was made.

Brazil won the tournament for a record fifth time, beating Germany 2-0 in the final.

Turkey beat South Korea 3-2 in the third place match.

The left-hand stamp shows the official world cup poster and the stamp to the right shows the world cup trophy.

These Japanese stamps were issued on May 24, 2002.

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Commemorative Japan Stamps - The 50th Anniversary of the San Francisco Peace Treaty

The next commemorative Japanese stamp remembers the 1951 Treaty of Peace with Japan, commonly known as the Treaty of San Francisco.

The treaty between Japan and part of the Allied Powers was officially signed by 48 nations on September 8, 1951 at the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco.

The San Francisco treaty officially ended World War II and Japan's position as an imperial power. It also allocated compensation to civilians and former prisoners of war who had suffered Japanese war crimes.

The commemorative Japan stamp on the left shows the San Francisco War Memorial Opera House. In front are autumn flowers.

This Japanese stamps was issued on September 7, 2001.

Price (single stamp): US$ 9.60

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Commemorative Japan Stamps - Japan Philatelic Week 2001

The next Japanese stamp sheet was issued on the occasion of the 2001 Japan World Stamp Exhibition, also known as the Philanippon.

The stamp sheet to the left show the following images.

Top row from left to right:

  1. 'Beauty looking back' (Mikaeri Bijin) by Moronobu
  2. Bidoro wo fuku musume by Utamaro
  3. Uchu Yugaeri by Kiyonaga
  4. Iwai Kumesaburo no Chiyo by Kunimasa
  5. Ichikawa Komazo no Sasaki Ganryu by Toyokuni

Bottom row from left to right:

  1. Ootani Oniji no Edobe by Sharaku
  2. Iwai Hanshirou bo Shigenoi by Sharaku
  3. Sakata Hangoro no Fujikawa Mizuemon by Sharaku
  4. Segawa Kikunojo no Tanabe Bunzo Tsuma Oshizu by Sharaku
  5. Ichikawa Omezo no Yakko Ippeo by Sharaku

These commemorative Japanese stamps were issued on August 1, 2001.

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Commemorative Japan Stamps - The 30th Anniversary of Normalization between Japan-China Diplomatic Relations

Thirty years of normalization in Japan-China diplomatic relations are commemorated on these Japanese stamps.

During the Meiji Era, China was one of the first countries to feel Japanese Imperialism. After WWII, relations with Japan changed from hostility to cordiality and cooperation in many fields.

In the 1960s, both countries resumed trade and by 1972, Japan and China signed a treaty establishing diplomatic relations.

A visit by Emperor Akihito in 1992 signaled that Japan considered closer ties with China in its economic and strategic interest.

Nonetheless, to this day, tensions still remain mostly because many Chinese feel there is a lack of remorse for Japanese wartime crimes.

In 2002, the relationship between both countries celebrated 30 years of diplomatic ties.

The left hand Japanese stamp depicts a 'purple wisteria' or, in Chinese, 'Zi teng hua.'

The second stamp to the right shows goldfish and cherry blossoms - in Chinese,'Yuan yuan liu chang.'

Issue date: September 13, 2002

Price (Stamp Sheet w/10 stamps): US$ 18.70

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