1. about this blog

1985Japan001

Hello.

I am a Japanese stamp collector based in London.  My profession is a designer – I design furniture, household products, lighting, interior and exhibitions.
t.n.a. Design Studio

< Why I am captivated by stamps >

Postage stamps are born as a result of collaboratin of many people.  Although they are functional securiteis for documents delivery, they can make one smile if a stamp is made beautifully with  passion of designer, engraver and printer.  Stamps reflect atmosphere of the time, economy and politics of a country.  These are all alike to my profession of design – so, I am intriguted by the world behind these small stamps.

< How I started >

In my childhood I often saw my mother cutting envelopes to collect stamps.  There was always a red circle on her calendar, noted ‘new stamp release’.  When I left home for study, she had regularly sent me letters with her favorite stamps on, and she continued when I started to live in London.
British stamp design made me into this hobby myself and when foreign friends from college returned to their countries and started to send me cards, I discovered wider world of stamps.

Ten years ago I inherited my mother’s collection – mainly Japanese mint stamps from 1960’s to early 1990’s and two shoe-boxes full of used, non-removed stamps.  Shortly after I became a subscriber of Royal Mail stamps and started to pop in stamp shops in foreign cities.  Finally this year, in 2009, I started to sort out my mother’s collection.  When I looked at partly assembled files and bags of used stamps, I recognised that I am a Stamp Collector.

< collecting themes >

My collecting themes are listed in 2.collecting themes, as well as in Topics column in small letters.

By my profession, I am interested in design generally.  As a weekend cyclist, I cannot resist collecting bicycle and cycling stamps, as well as road safety and environmental issues.  I am not keen on animal, flower or bird ( too many stamps of those, aren’t there? ), but I collect owl, tree and cat when I like design.

< exchange Stamps >

I started this blog because I want to sort out stamps I have, to know a bit more about each of them.  Also I thought I may have chance to exchange stamps, if I make a list of what I can give away.  More about exchange is 3. exchange of stamps and available stamps are put in *exchange list.

Since I started this blog, my collection is expanding, at the same time I have better idea on what kind of stamps I am most attracted by and why.  I recognised that there is a huge world of stamps waiting for me and this idea makes me very excited.

I hope you enjoy this blog as well.

Tomoko Azumi

 

19 Responses to “1. about this blog”

  1. Jaume Gorriz Says:

    Dear Tomoko Azumi:

    I suggest you a link exchange.
    I just add a link to your blog in my personal website.

    My website’s basic facts:

    Title: Encyclopaedia Philatelica
    URL: http://www.encyclopaediaphilatelica.net
    Description:
    Multilingual encyclopedia composed around four sections: personages, fauna, flora and geographia. Image gallery about iconography, genealogy, history, art and taxonomy.

    Thank you in advance and greetings.

    Jaume Gorriz

  2. tuanng06 Says:

    Hello, I am new here. Just randomly found you as I was searching for some ways to exchange stamps. I am small collector only. Hope to exchange with you in the near future.

  3. Penny Paquette Says:

    Interesting site. I would like to hear about updates.

    Thank you

  4. Francis Chan Says:

    Very nice site! The designer in you shows in the way you chose to display your stamps.

  5. Dave Says:

    Hi Tomoko, I love the stamps that you have displayed especially, racket sports, first silhouette, vaulting and arches, season of fish, shrimp, prawn or lobster? Do you use software to organize your collection? I would be very interested in your thoughts as we have just created released our own stamp collecting software: http://bee-software.net/collector-software/stamps/
    Thanks,
    Dave.

  6. 森 淳 Says:

    ひょんなことから、貴殿の切手ページを発見! 当方グラフィック・デザイナー、67歳、千葉市在住、自宅は父が開局した郵便局です。日本の切手には、知性がないなー、と何となく感じていました。UKのレコードの切手なんか、スゴイです。そして、貴殿の解説も気が効いていて、いいです。当方、現在、博覧会メダルのデザイン解説を執筆中、大いに参考になります。これからも、よろしく。

    • Tomoko Says:

      コメントありがとうございます。楽しんでいただいて、とても嬉しいです。日本の切手は知性はあるけど、絞り込みがうまく出来てないのだと思います。最近のものからも、シンプルで素敵なのを選んで載せていきたいと思っています。

      こちらこそ、どうぞよろしく。


  7. What a beautiful website Tomoko! I too am a graphic designer and bike enthusiast. I’ll put a link to your blog on my Velo-Retro.com website links page.

    Best regards,
    Chuck

    • Tomoko Says:

      Thank you, Chuck. I am receiving visitors via your web site!! I am thinking to make link for my favourite website, other than stamp website.


  8. Dear Tomoko., My name is Sulistyo from Indonesia. I just want to say that your website is really good, especially your collection. I promise you to put your link on my website. I wish we can share anything about philately.

    Regards,
    sulistyo

    http://www.filatelisindonesia.wordpress.com


  9. Hello Tomoki-san,
    I found your blog while searching for info on Italian furniture designs depicted on Italian stamps in 2000. After that, I back-read some of your posts and, I have to say, that I truly enjoyed reading them. I linked your blog to mine, I hope you won’t mind, so that I could easily visit your site.

    I hope you are having a great Sunday.
    Best regards from Cambodia.

    Sreisaat

  10. freewebhostingsbahbak Says:

    Hi Tomoko,
    Last time I visited my family house in Syndey, I also went through my stamp collection, which also includes my father’s childhood collection.

    the collection is rather interesting as it dates well before the revolution in iran, with some stamps dating back to the 20′s and 30′s, and then from when I took over collecting from the mid-80s in the heat of propoganda. politics aside, the artwork, motifs, designs are spectacular.
    The collection also includes lots of foreign stamps from the 50s up to the 80s, including some Japanese.

    Maybe I will bring them to London next time!

    Bahbak

    • Tomoko Azumi Says:

      hi Bahbak
      How are you? Looking forward to see your collection when you bring them to London. I am curious about propaganda design, which are often very strong message carrier.
      Hope to see you soon.
      Tomoko


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