Snippets of Japan’s Wonders – Stamps Featuring Beautiful Japanese Scenes

Snippets of Japan’s Wonders Stamps Featuring Beautiful Japanese Scenes
A collection released to coincide with International Letter Writing Week. Both stamps feature ukiyo-e paintings by the Edo-period painter, Katsushika Hokusai. Top: Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji – Mount Fuji from the mountains of Totomi, bottom: Canary and Peony. (Design by: Akira Tamaki)

Winter Collection set for release

As a popular locale amongst tourists from around the world in recent years, Japan has become a staple of must-go destinations for budding international travellers.

One of Japan’s biggest drawcards is its changing scenery across its distinctive four seasons throughout the year. Visitors are constantly drawn back to the same place in the same region because they are captivated by the stark scenic transformations brought about by the different seasons. The stunning winter wonderland descending upon the mountains becomes a beautiful cherry-blossom pink in the spring, before the luscious greens of summer are replaced by the blazing red and yellow hues of autumn.

Tourists are treated to vastly different views depending on the time of the year they visit.
Japan Post continues to release many stamps featuring scenic shots of the four seasons of Japan to this day. It also actively splashes unique aspects of Japanese culture into their stamp collections and regularly releases stamps covering a range of different topics to capture the hearts of avid stamp collectors.

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Foil finishing to depict snow and crystals. These sparkling “Winter Greeting” stamps will add some colour to your winter letters. (Design by Yasuko Yamada)
* The stamp images are for illustration purposes only. The actual products may vary.
* The size of the stamps vary in ratio and size to the actual product.

A collection of winter-themed stamps by the stamp-designer, Yasuko Yamada, has been slotted in for release in November 2020.

“The quintessentially winter elements are portrayed in the drawings with foil finishing to depict the snow and crystals. These glimmering stamps will add some colour to your winter letters.” (from the official Japan Post press release)

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This series features Japanese customs and culture as its theme with Japan’s national sport, sumo wrestling, the subject of this year.
(Designed by: Junko Kaibuchi)
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The “Oishii Nippon” (tasty Japan) series, with a focus on Japanese cuisine, has directed its spotlight to the foods of popular ski destination and capital city of Hokkaido – Sapporo. Top-left: Sapporo ramen and jingisukan or “Genghis Khan” (a grilled mutton or lamb and vegetable dish). (Design by: Ayumi Yoshikawa)

All of the stamps have been designed to the minutest detail and are overflowing with typically Japanese peculiarities. Japan Post’s extensive history ensures that its vast ideals have been crafted into these stamps that have been created to their high standards of quality.

As jSnow is a publication that focuses on bringing Japan’s winter scene to its readers, we will start your journey into Japan Post’s many famous stamp collections by giving you the key to the doorway in the form of the winter-themed collection. This feature will walk you through the different themes covered in these stamps whilst also treating you to the different cultural scenes found in them.

All of the featured stamps can be purchased online and in store. Perhaps now is the perfect opportunity to experience Japan’s beautiful four seasons or different cultural aspects of the country through the many stamps printed by Japan Post. Be sure to stop by a local post office and experience the joy of picking out stamps to send postcards off to your family and friends when the borders open for your next trip to Japan.

How to buy stamps

Stamps can be purchased online via the below Buyee website. Drop by your nearest post office when you visit Japan to see the stamps in person. (Check out the Japan Post website for the latest updates when purchasing stamps as airmail to Australia has been temporarily suspended as of the printing of this issue.)

Shop online: shop.buyee.jp/jp-post
* Please take note as stock may be exhausted.