Chinese New Year / 旧正月のお祝い

February 9, 2013

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1 December 1965, Taiwan
‘Folklore Stamps’
designer: Wen Hsueh-ju

Today is Chinese New Year – the official beginning of the year of the Snake.  You may witness a traditional style celebration in the China Town near you.

This set of stamps are from Taiwan – and they were printed in Japan.  I enlarge a part of it, as you can see the sparkling collaboration between a Taiwanese designer and Japanese print technician on the pattern of traditional costume.  This Taiwanese Stamp Archive helps me to find out the hidden context of stamps.

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今日は旧正月で、台湾をはじめアジアの国ぐにでは家族で集まって新年を祝っています。世界各地の中華街でも、この切手のようなお祝いの情景が見れるのではないでしょうか。

1965年の暮れに発行されたこの台湾の切手は、日本の大蔵省印刷局で製造されたようです。花火で遊ぶ子供たちの服の模様が細かい!とルーペで拡大して楽しんだあとに、台湾の切手アーカイブでこの情報を見つけて、切手デザイナーと印刷技師の時間をかけた仕事ぶりを想像しました。

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