spring fish / 春告魚

March 1, 2011

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10 April 1964, Germany
‘Herring’

They are in widely sail around North Pacific and North Atlantic.  In Europe, Herring has been called the “silver of the sea”, and its trade has been so significant.

Recently, as a result of their predators such as sharks, dog fish, tuna and cod have been gradually declined, the number of them are retained fine.  So, let’s enjoy this oily fish, deep fried or marinated.

This is my favorite offset/lithography stamp from Germany – delicate Black line on its mouth is so effective from distance view.

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「春告魚」というすてきな別名で呼ばれるニシンは、その数で北大西洋の生態系にいちばん影響を与えている魚です。

日本近海での漁獲は1897年のピークを境にどんどん減り、1955年頃にはすでにカナダやロシアからの輸入が大半を占めていたそうです。お正月に食べた数の子も、輸入ものだった記憶が。江戸時代にはニシンの加工のために木が切り倒され北海道で森林破壊がすすむ原因になったり、漁業と環境問題とはいつも隣り合わせなのですね。

この切手はオフセット印刷の美しい例。しゅっと1本入った黒い線が、にしんの口元をきりりと引き締めています。

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