TAMIL NADU

Expo has stamp of Japanese mores

Informative: A visitor to the stamps exhibition at ABK-AOTS Dosokai’s centre in Aminjikarai takes a close look at the display. The three-day exhibition opened on Thursday. —

Informative: A visitor to the stamps exhibition at ABK-AOTS Dosokai’s centre in Aminjikarai takes a close look at the display. The three-day exhibition opened on Thursday. —   | Photo Credit: Photo: S. Thanthoni

Staff Reporter

On display are ‘Dragon Mon,’ first Japanese stamps, and smallest one released in 1871

CHENNAI: These are miniature gateways to Japan. Every stamp, be it of smiling women in kimono, sumo wrestlers or Japanese flora and fauna, on display at ABK-AOTS Dosokai’s centre at Aminjikarai here mirrors the lifestyle and culture of Japan.

Organised in association with South India Philatelists’ Association, coinciding with the Philatelic Week in Japan, the three-day exhibition that opened at the Centre on Thursday has close to 10,000 stamps. They have been thematically classified with concise notes about each of them.

The display includes ‘Dragon Mon’ stamps, the first Japanese postal stamps and the smallest in size, released in April 1871.

From those depicting magnificent bridges, heritage structures to Japanese birds and landscape, an alluring array of stamps greets visitors to the exhibition. Miniature sheets with images of Kathakali and Japanese Kabuki performers brought out to commemorate 50th anniversary of Indo-Japan diplomatic relations is also on display.

The collection covers stamps issued for various events and classified under different categories including International Letter Writing Week, Philatelic Week of Japan, nature conservation and medicine.

Animation characters

A series of stamps featuring animation characters, including detective Conan, also found its place in the exhibition.

The 50th anniversary of Japan Police Law was commemorated with the release of a pair of stamps with images of police patrol vehicle and another of policeman on his motorcycle in 2004.

The metallic engraved stamps and first day covers featuring Tokyo International sports week held during 1963 and National Land Afforestation Campaign in 1965 also forms part of the exhibition.

Inaugurating the exhibition, Tomonori Minowa, Consul General of Japan, such events would help build a bond between both the countries.

D. S. V. R. Murthy, Director of Postal Services, (Headquarters), Chennai, said children must be encouraged to take up philately as it is not only an interesting but also educative hobby.

G. Chandramohan, president of ABK-AOTS Dosokai’s Tamil Nadu Centre, said the exhibition was being conducted since 2002 on various themes.

This year’s theme was cultural and historical study of Japan through stamps.

The exhibition will be open between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. till Saturday.

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