26 March 2012

Cherry Blossoms on stamps



Date of Issue : 24 March 2012

Cherry Blossom Centennial stamps by USPS

This unique, panoramic stamp commemorates Tokyo's gift of cherry blossom trees to the city of Washington D.C. as a sign of growing friendship between Japan and the United States of America.

In 2012, the U. S. Postal Service commemorates the centennial of the gift of more than 3,000 cherry blossom trees from the city of Tokyo to the city of Washington, D.C with the Cherry Blossom Centennial (Forever) stamp design. The two stamps, which are near mirror images, form the left and right halves of a panoramic view of blooming cherry trees surrounding the Tidal Basin. The stamp on the left depicts blossoming trees arching over two girls dressed in bright kimonos, and a family on a stroll with the Washington Monument in the background. On the second stamp, the Jefferson Memorial forms the backdrop for tourists taking in the sights under a canopy of pink blooms.


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Date of Issue : 24 March 2012

Sakura stamp issue from Japan

The Japanese Post has issued new stamps commemorating 100th anniversary of cherry blossom trees donation by Japan to the United States. Japan gave 3,020 cherry blossom trees as a gift to the United States in 1912 to celebrate the nations' then-growing friendship. These trees were planted in Sakura Park in Manhattan and line the shore of the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C. The first two original trees were planted by first lady Helen Taft and Viscountess Chinda on the bank of the Tidal Basin.

The stamps feature:

Washington Monument and Cherry Blossoms
Jefferson Memorial and cherry blossoms
Sakura (Ichiyo); Sakura (cherry); Sakura (Shirayuki); Sakura (Kanzan); Sakura (Gyoikou)

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Glimpses of KANPEX 2012

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: Ashwani Dubey from Kanpur

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