切手

7 Jun

I’m not a 切手収集家 (stamp collector) but sometimes the post office offers 切手 (postage stamps) that I can’t refuse…so I have a few collectors’ sheets of stamps from the Japan Post Office.

One of them is the 「スター・ウォーズ切手」 (“Star Wars” stamps). These stamps came in a nice, hard-cover protective binder illustrated with Star Wars artwork.

Japanese "Star Wars" stamps

Japanese "Star Wars" stamps

And here is the protective binder:

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Another series of stamps that the post office in Japan offered a few years ago was what they called 「科学技術とアニメ・ヒーロー・ヒロインシリーズ」 (“Science & Technology and Anime Heros & Heroines Series“)…which included such anime as 「鉄腕アトム」 (“Astro Boy“) and 「名探偵コナン」 (“Detective Conan“)…but the one I got was Series Four: 「科学忍者隊ガッチャマン」 (“Science Ninjas: Gacchaman” (known overseas as: “Battle Of The Planets“)).

I used to watch this cartoon in America when I was a kid.

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14 Responses to “切手”

  1. Lisa July 23, 2009 at 5:48 pm #

    Awesome! I think I will write all my friends postcards with great stamps from Tokyo, they’ll love it!!!

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    • tokyo5 July 24, 2009 at 2:16 am #

      The stamps I show here are collectors stamps. Regular stamps are not as fancy. (Probably the same in every country).

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  2. Mom June 9, 2009 at 12:59 am #

    maybe I could try and find the KISS stamps for you if you want me to? I love the stamps you gave me years ago from Japan. BTW, I also love Japanese art.

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    • tokyo5 June 9, 2009 at 1:35 am #

      Don’t go out of your way…but if you happen upon the KISS postage stamps, I’d appreciate it.

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  3. cuteandcurls June 8, 2009 at 8:33 am #

    Which I have ^_^ of both countries actually – the country where I’m from and the country where I’m currently at.

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  4. cuteandcurls June 7, 2009 at 11:59 am #

    *stars in my eyes* when I looked at your Battle of the Planet stamps .. *sigh*anyway lucky you to be able to collect those. Whenever I received any letters from my friends in Japan, I always love looking at the stamps that come on the envelopes, some of them cultural, some of them are manga / anime characters / hello kitty (my favorites) and so much more ..all i can say Japan produces some of the most beautiful artwork of stamps in this part of Asia.

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    • tokyo5 June 7, 2009 at 6:51 pm #

      You should ask your friends to send you some Japanese stamps.

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      • cuteandcurls June 7, 2009 at 9:53 pm #

        Maybe I should, I’ll ask her first … i could ask her to keep an eye out for Battle of the planet collection.

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      • tokyo5 June 7, 2009 at 10:25 pm #

        You should send her some stamps from your country, too.

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  5. Eric June 7, 2009 at 9:21 am #

    Nice. If I was living in Japan then, I totally wold have bought those Gatchaman stamps. Thanks for posting the pics.

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    • tokyo5 June 7, 2009 at 10:29 am #

      Anytime you visit the post office, you should check the flyers there to see what stamps they’re offering. That’s how I found these.

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  6. sixmats June 7, 2009 at 9:06 am #

    I still cannot believe that the post office doesn’t buy a car and make a mail car on the shinkansen to do same-day deliveries. It seems they could make a lot of money doing that.

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    • tokyo5 June 7, 2009 at 10:27 am #

      You can have mail delivered by the next day anywhere domestically in Japan…and if you live in a major city (Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Sapporo or Fukuoka), the post office will deliver mail within the same city by 5:00 PM the same day (if you mail it by noon).

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  7. tokyo5 June 7, 2009 at 3:08 am #

    I just found out that there are KISS postage stamps in the U.S.!

    If I lived in America, I’d definitely buy these!

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