Monday, October 31, 2016

Japan 2016 - International Letter - Writing Week 2016

ISSUE DATE: 7 October 2016
STAMP SIZE:30 x 25.5 mm / 38.5 x 28 mm
CIRCULATION - SHEETS: 70 Yen - 4 000 000
90 Yen - 5 000 000
110 Yen - 4 000 000

130 Yen - 3 000 000
ARTWORK: Utagawa Hiroshige
STAMP DESIGN: Tamaki Akira

Utagawa Hiroshige (1797 – 1858), was a Japanese ukiyo-e artist, considered the last great master of that tradition. 

Hiroshige is best known for his landscapes, such as the series The Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō and The Sixty-nine Stations of the Kiso Kaidō, and for his depictions of birds and flowers. 

The subjects of his work were atypical of the ukiyo-e genre, whose typical focus was on beautiful women, popular actors, and other scenes of the urban pleasure districts of Japan's Edo period (1603–1868). The popular Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji series by Hokusai was a strong influence on Hiroshige's choice of subject, though Hiroshige's approach was more poetic and ambient than Hokusai's bolder, more formal prints.

Stamp images thanks to Japan Post

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