Tuesday, 10 August 2010

COVER AND LIGHTHOUSE POSTCARD FROM JAPAN

My friend Kayoko sent me my first Japanese lighthouse postcard inside of a nice cover.
On April 1st, 2010 Japan Post issued a miniature sheet named “festival of our hometown” and presents the festival Suwataisya Onbasira Sai. The 50 yen stamp depicts a Suwataisya shrine in Nagano prefecture.
The Anime Hero/Heroine Series postage stamps were launched in 2005 with the first installment featuring Pokémon. Fullmetal Alchemist is the 13th in the series, released on June 14, 2010 by Japan Postal Service. Fullmetal Alchemist is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Hiromu Arakawa which in 2003 was turned into a TV anime series. The miniature sheet includes 10 stamp designs, each one with a face value of 80 yen. The stamp on the envelope presents the character Edward Elric.

In Japanese, the word for a lighthouse is tōdai or toudai. This 14 m (46 ft) octagonal cylindrical steel tower is located at the harbour of Takamatsu, Shikoku island, Japan. The red lighthouse located at the end of a 500 m (1650 ft) pier has a nickname; the Seto Marker. It is the world's first lighthouse made of glass bricks. The entire lighthouse shines red when it gets dark: the glass tiles light in unison with the main light in the lantern.

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