save energy / 省エネルギー

March 23, 2011

1981Japan003

1 August 1981, Japan
Energy Saving
design: Sakae Maejima ( competition winner )
layout: Fumito Otani

It is not well broadcast abroad that in most of Tokyo people are having planned power cuts, up to 3.5 hours a day.  Many shops are open with reduced illumination, as well as in stations.  They must have a difficult time, even if they expect the black out they have to build their life around it.  But there are some positive comments on their situation – one found that the stars are so beautiful when the street lamps are out, another thought a restaurant was nice and intimate with a table lamp.

I thought I could find several stamps about Energy Saving, but found only a set of two, which were issued in 1981, just after the second oil crisis.  Since then people forgot to think about it for long time and power plants were built to sustain our wasteful habits.

昭和51年8月1日発行
省エネルギー
原画:前島栄(公募から採用)
レイアウト:大谷文人

首都圏の計画停電でたくさんの人が交通の乱れなどを体験している様子は、ここ英国のメディアでほとんど取り上げられていません。きっと毎日の生活で、細かく不便なことがたくさんあるだろうと思います。そんな中でも「店や駅もこれくらいの明るさで充分、今までがエスカレートしすぎだった」とか「街灯の消えた空にびっくりするほどたくさんの星が見えた」というようなコメントを見かけると、日本はこの困難を抜けた時にきっとより良い場所になる、と思えます。

省エネルギーに関する切手はきっとたくさんあるだろうと思ったら、日本ではこの1981年のセットだけでした。それ以降はバブルに突入し、だれも「ビルの広告明るすぎない?」と言わなくなった。そして、工業を促進して明るい夜を支えるために、発電所が建て続けられた。環境問題への意識が高まったここ数年にも、省エネルギーに関する日本の切手は見つからず。それは正直、驚きでした。

3 Responses to “save energy / 省エネルギー”

  1. Jürgen Says:

    I like this Belgian set of 2009 – 5 ecological initiatives to preserve our environment (to bad they are self adhesive). But as you said, promotion through stamps is good but acts are better ! Each day I must fight with my colleagues to ask them to swith the light off while leaving a room, etc. No power plants anymore, ok. But are we ready to change our habbits ? I am not so sure…

  2. Tomoko Says:

    Do you mention this Belgium set?
    https://wellcentred.wordpress.com/2009/12/14/cop15/
    I agree, they could be a lot better if not self adhesive!

    In Japan, people have to save at least 30% energy if they do not want nuclear power station anymore. The shift has to be started anyway. Although they have sever time, there is a little hope for this change, positive for the earth environment…

  3. Jürgen Says:

    oops I’ve put the link to the Belgian stamps in the wrong place (if you clic on my name you’ll see them🙂

    Yes, the Japanese have terrible times those days. 30% ? I guess it’s more or less the same here. I guess it’s not only a change of habbits but more a political change. We live in a capitalist world and energy is one of the pillars of our economical development. Less energy means less producing = less money!

    did you hear about that 2010 “green stamp” from Finland ?

    http://www.goodnewsfinland.com/archive/green-stamp-saves-nature/


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