While in the post office buying Japanese flower definitives, I spotted another favourite Japanese series: International Letter Writing Week. This issue is from 2016.
Date of Issue: 7th October 2016
International Letter Writing Week was established by the Universal Postal Union (UPU) in 1957.
The stamps feature images from woodblock prints by the Japanese artist Utagawa Hiroshige (1797 – 1858). The 3 landscape images are taken from The Fifty-Three Stations of the Tōkaidō, inspired by Hiroshige’s own journey along the Tokaido road.
- Top left: Detail from Duck In Snow.
- Top right: Numazu (12th station) in Shizuoka prefecture.
- Bottom left: Fujieda (22nd station) in Shizuoka prefecture.
- Bottom right: Futagawa (33rd station) in Aichi prefecture.
For details of Japanese stamp issues in English, visit the Japan Philatelic Society Foundation.