dragon and lion / 龍とライオン

January 3, 2012

1982 Hong Kong

After a pair of Dragon and Tiger, next one is the Dragon and Lion on both sides of the Queen.

It is obvious that the lion with a crown is the sovereign Britain and the dragon is the symbol of Hong Kong.  Their paws are wide open, eyes are slanted upward and tongues are stuck out – they seem not to be in a peaceful relationship at all.  15 years to go for the transfer of sovereignty over Hong Kong.  Brave postal officers.  Sharrrrrrr.

辰年の切手2枚目は香港から。イギリスからの香港返還の話し合いが1979年に始まった3年後の発行です。

女王の両側に、王冠を戴いたライオンが統治国イギリス、龍が香港を象徴しているのは明らかですが、両者のたたずまいがあまり平和的でない。手足の指はかっと開かれ、口もぐわっと開いて舌が飛び出し、なによりも目が吊り上がって怒っている。両国の緊張状態を、郵便局員がこの小さな普通切手に表現したのでしょうか。勇猛果敢。

2 Responses to “dragon and lion / 龍とライオン”

  1. Jürgen Says:

    Oh when I was I child I used to love those colorful definitives ! I also remeber that Hong-Kong stamps were great while playing with my UV lamp as the always had hidden texts…🙂

    • Tomoko Says:

      I forgot to mention, but, yes they are definitives, aren’t they? I never used UV – it seems fun to try them.

      Happy New Year to you!


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