Archive for December, 2012

rowing through a year / 一年を漕ぎきる

December 31, 2012

*exch. 058 ( used: limited number )

1985 Hong Kong
Dragon Boat Festival

On the last day of the year of the Dragon – again this year was busy as we rowed through the seasons…  Hoping these efforts will produce a nice calm peace in the near future.

Have a nice new year!



Merry Christmas / メリー クリスマス

December 24, 2012

1960 South Korea

Wherever you go, you listen to Christmas songs.  TV has Christmas special programs and adverts of them all the time.  So, it is natural to find Christmas stamps among others…  yes, I would feature one I like.  Limited colours on rough paper, but delicate dots are showing softness of the socks and it is charming!

Have a peaceful Christmas, everyone.



Lights on the bike! / 自転車にライトを

December 22, 2012

*exch. 057 ( one used only )

18 August 1973, Hungary
‘Lights on the bike’
design: S. Légrády

Yesterday was the Winter Solstice and from today we have day time getting longer.  Hurrahhh!  But still, it is a rainy, dark, miserable day today.  Grrrrrrh.

In this dark and shallow light season, all drivers have to be very careful watching the road.  Bicycles without lights popping out from side roads are real danger.  Please do fit your bike with the brightest set of lights!

This Hungarian stamp is telling us of the importance of the lights, also depicting the dark European winter very well.




prudence on the road / 信号は守ろう

December 18, 2012

7 August 1957, Italy
Road Safety Campaign
designer: R. Mura

I have seen two cars ignore the red traffic light and went over it, in one day…  Even when we are living through a hectic December and dealing with all the things that this festive season brings , we really need to at least appreciate the traffic lights for the sake of other people’s safety!

Earlier this month I encountered a number of attractive Italian stamps for the first time, at a nice philately-shop in Milano.  Only because I had not seen good ones before, I thought that most Italian stamps were boring – but I was wrong.  This simple yet strong stamp tells me that I should get rid of my prejudice and visit local stamp shops anywhere I am able to.



a boy on a fish / 魚に乗る男の子

December 11, 2012


10 December 1929, Netherlands
designer: H.H. Kamerlingh

After a small boy riding a flying Goose ( well, posted 2 weeks ago ), I am featuring another boy, this time on a fish ( a kind of Goby fish? ) on Dutch stamps.  But in this case, it could be a huge fish carrying a normal sized boy on…

I like these stamps, particularly their complicated perforation pattern.  This framing make a nice contrast to the simple drawing and letters – and makes these stamps elegant.