tunnel under a strait


9 March 1958, Japan
Opening of Kanmon Tunnel
illustration: Ren Fukushima
stamp design: Minoru Kuno

One more stamp from 1950’s Japan. This tunnel is crossing the Kanmon Straits between Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi and Kitakyūshū, Fukuoka in western Japan.  The digging of this tunnel begun in 1939, stopped construction during the war, then started again in 1952.  Japanese government said ‘After War era has finished’ in 1955 and this stamp is also showing the country’s mood.  The tunnel is closed at the moment, repair work after 51 years of usage.  I wonder if you still have to push your bicycle to cross this tunnel for 2.3 miles?



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