Japan - Travel/Philately/Numismatics/Memorabilia Profile

Japan, an island nation in East Asia located in the Pacific Ocean to the east of China has a total land area of 145,925 square miles and a population of over 127.3 million. Japan is a major economic powerhouse of the world – third largest economy, the fourth largest exporter and importer and the third largest donor of official development assistance. It has not only the longest life expectancy but also the highest suicide rate in the world. More than a third of Japan is forested, mountainous, and unsuitable for human use which explains why the habitable zones are thickly populated. The main exports are motor vehicles, electronics, machinery, processed food, and chemicals. It is extremely environment conscious and is a leader in developing environment friendly technology.

Travel Resources:

September, October, and April are considered tourist friendly though the peak season is May and August. Tokyo, Yokohama, Osaka and Kyoto are the oft visited cities and there are many major attractions in Tokyo and the bullet train takes the visitor to all of them. An escape to either Osaka or Kyoto lets the visitor experience the serenity that has made Japan famous around the world. It is home to the brown bear, the Japanese macaque monkey and the Japanese salamander.


ResourceISBN or ASINBest PriceDescription
Japan Eyewitness Travel Guides978-0756628765$19800 full-color photographs, street-by-street maps, and its breadth of coverage including history, art, traditions, and culture make it the best travel guide available.
Japan Travel Map978-4805309506$9Includes Ryukyu Islands at 1:4,000,000, Japan at 1:2,200,000, Kanto at 1:750,000, Kanto Area at 1:250,000, Kyoto at 1:20,000, Tokyo at 1:15,000, Osaka at 1:15,000, and Central Kobe at 1:15,000.
Streetwise Tokyo Map978-1931257114$9Tokyo Area Map at 1:50,000, Marunouchi/Ginza at 1:15,000, Shibuya/Harajuku/Akasaka/Aoyama/Roppongi/Azabu at 1:15,000, Shinjuku at 1:12,000, Ueno at 1:8,000 and Asakusa at 1:7,400 scales.
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption978-1400064168$14A masterpiece by author Laura Hillenbrand, the bestselling author of Seabiscuit, this time telling the true story of Louie Zamperini, an Olympian track and field star who was part of the US air force, was shot down and was adrift in the Pacific for over a month, and was held as a POW by the Japanese.
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet978-0345505347$6The story of Henry Lee, a 12-year old Chinese-American in Seattle during World War II who falls in love with Keiko Okabe, a 12-year-old Japanese girl. The story alternates between that period and 1984 when his wife Ethel died of cancer. The story’s depiction of the relationships and prejudices of the times are exceptional.
Japan Grounded Adapter Plug – GUAB0016ZU36E$7
Other Travel ResourcesNAVaries


Philatelic Profile:

The first stamps of Japan were a set of four stamps released on April 20, 1871. Each stamp in the set (Scott #1 to #4) catalogs for over $200. The design shows a pair of dragons facing characters of value. This was followed by another set of four stamps released in 1872 in the same design but denominated in yen instead of the mon. Dragon designs along with Imperial Chrysanthemum Crest and Branches of Kiri Tree were the primary designs for Japanese issues until 1873. Most of these stamps are very valuable and catalog for hundreds of dollars. A variety of the basic Crest and Kiri Tree design released in 1874 involved the addition of a syllabic character in a box covering crossed kiri branches above SEN. The sets from 1874 are valued based on the syllabic character inscription – some are very rare and valued into the thousands. Varieties on the Imperial Crest design along with issues depicting General Yoshihisa Kitashirakawa and Field Marshal Akihito Arisugawa were the major stamp issues of Japan until the turn of the century. Prince Kitashirakawa was killed in Taiwan after contacting malaria during the Japanese invasion of Taiwan, the first to have died outside of Japan and the first in modern times to have died in war.

Japan released a stamp on July 1, 1905 to commemorate the amalgamation of the postal services of Japan and Korea. The stamp (Scott #110) catalogs for around $80 mint and $20 used. The issue was used in the Korea and China Offices of Japan in addition to Japan. The first Sino-Japanese War (1894 to 1895) resulted in the Japanese gaining control of Taiwan, Korea, and part of Sakhalin. Japan released a set of three stamps on November 3, 1916 showing the mandarin duck and the ceremonial cap. The set (Scott #152 to #154) catalogs for over $600 mint and over $200 used. The ceremonial cap issue (Scott #154) is rare and thus accounts for the high valuation. The set was issued to mark the nomination of the Prince Heir Apparent. Hirohito, known posthumously as Emperor Showa reigned as Emperor of Japan from 1926 until his death in 1989.

Other issues of Japan enjoying good philatelic interest include:
  1. A long set of nineteen stamps released between 1937 and 1945 showing local scenes. The set (Scott #257 to #275) catalogs for around $50 mint and around $10 used. The designs show trading ship, rice harvest, General Maresuke Nogi, power plant, Admiral Heihachiro Togo, Mount Hodaka, Garambi Lighthouse of Taiwan, Diamond Mountains of Korea, Meiji Shrine of Tokyo, Yomei Gate of Nikko, plane and map of Japan, Kasuga Shrine of Nara, Mount Fuji and cherry blossoms, Horyu Temple of Nara, Miyajima Torii (Itsukushima Shrine), Golden Pavilion of Kyoto, Great Buddha of Kamakura, Kamatari Fujiwara, and plum blossoms. General Nogi served as Major General in command of the First Infantry Brigade in the First Sino-Japanese War. Admiral Togo is considered one of Japan’s greatest naval heroes. He was a prominent figure in the Franco-Chinese, Sino-Japanese, and Russo-Japanese wars.
  2. A set of twelve stamps released between 1948 and 1949 showing local industry. The set (Scott #425 to #436) catalogs for over $800 MNH and around $15 used. The designs show farm woman, whaling, miner, tea picking, girl printer, factory girl with cotton bobbin, Mount Hodaka, planting, postman, blast furnace, and locomotive assembly. Mint copies of the highest two denominations in the set (Scott #435 and #436) are the most expensive cataloging for over $300 each. Despite a lack of natural resources, the country became a great industrial power by the late nineteenth century. Japan is currently the third largest economy in the world.
  3. A long set of seventeen stamps released between 1950 and 1952 showing local scenes. The set (Scott #509 to #521B) catalogs for around $1300 MNH and around $50 used. The designs show Ishiyama-dera Pagoda, Hisoka Maejima, Long-tailed Cock of Tosa, Goddess Kannon, Himeji Castle, Nyoirin Kannon of Chuguji, and Phoneix Hall (Byodoin Temple). Baron Maejima Hisoka was the founder of the Japanese Postal Service.
  4. A set of five stamps released between 1975 and 1976 in the Nature Conservation theme showing fauna. The set (Scott #1199 to #1203) is inexpensive and catalogs for around $3 MNH and around a dollar for used. The designs show short-tailed albatrosses, Bonin white-eye, Temminick’s robin, and Ryukyu-Yamagame tortoise. Japan has recorded over 600 species of bird within its territory and some of them are endemic. Short-tailed albatross is a threatened species that nest in a couple of the pacific islands administered by Japan and more recently in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. The Bonin white-eye is found only on Chichi-jima Island and is a threatened species.
  5. A long set of fifteen stamps released between 1992 and 1994 showing Flora and Fauna. The set (Scott #2154 to #2167A) catalogs for around $40 MNH and around half that for used. The designs show dragonfly, swallowtail, ladybug, Mandarin duck, Japanese white-eye, Rufous turtle dove, varied tit, pied kingfisher, spotbill duck, bullfinch, fringed orchid, wild pink, adder’s tongue lily, Japanese iris, and violet.
Numismatic Profile:

The first coins of Japan were Copper coins produced by a mint in Musashi province in 708 AD called the Wado Kaiho. Prior to this, imported coins from Korea and China were in use. The first gold coins called Kaiki Shoho were introduced around the same time-frame. Japan had issued 12 coins by 958AD when they shut down the mint. From that point on, imported coins were in use for 600 years. Modern Japanese Coinage was initiated in 1871 when the yen was established as the standard unit of currency.

Numismatic items of Japan include:


ItemPrice RangeDescription
Coins$1 and upCommon UNCs from the 1970s and 1980s start around $1. 19th century Meiji Copper Coins in VF, Recent Bi-Metallic UNC Sets, Commemorative Silver Coins from the 1960s, etc start around $20. UNC Silver Coins from the 19th century starts around $50. Samurai Gold Bars from the mid-nineteenth century, Recent Silver and Color Proofs, etc starts around $100. Gold Coins, Meiji Era Coins in MS60 and better grades, etc go well into the 100s.
Paper Money$1 and upCommon UNC notes, Undated banknotes in VF from the 1940s, etc starts around $1. Allied Military Issues start around $5. XF Banknotes from the 1930s onward start around $10. UNC Notes from the period starts around $50. Recent Bundles in UNC, Early Large Notes in VF, Scarce banknotes like rare dates, Replacements, etc start into the 100s.


Collectible Memorabilia:

Japanese crafts are famous world over – Visitors inevitably shop for paintings, dolls, pottery, tea serving sets, crockery, and kites.


ResourcePrice RangeDescription
Animation Art and Characters$5 and upBumper Stickers start around $5. Pokémon plush doll, Gundam Strike Model Kits and other Anime art start around $50. Anime Art figurines go well into the 100s.
Decorative Collectibles$5 and upSalt and Pepper Shakers, magnets, trinket boxes, etc start around $5. Vintage Occupied Japan Colonial Figures, Hand Painted Vases, etc start around $50. Vintage Music Boxes, Dragon Tea sets, floral collector plates, Iron fans, etc go well into the 100s.
Cultures and Ethnicities$5 and upKokeshi Doll sets start around $5. Miya Jade Bowl sets, Buddhist Japan#CHAWAN Tea Bowls etc start around $50. Vintage Lanterns, Ox-bone carved warrior statues and other exotic pieces, Kimonos etc go well into the 100s.
Pottery and Glass$5 and upOccupied Japan holders, Mikaso cups etc start around $5. Occupied Japan Blue Willow Serving Platters, Fukagawa Tea Serving Sets, Royal Sealy Cream and Sugar Sets, etc start around $40. Hindoe Japan Sacki Container and Cups, Rosemont Dinner Sets, Royal Crown Vases etc go well into the 100s.
Antiques$5 and upVintage Porcelain Pedastal Bird Cups, Porcelain Dolls etc start around $5. Satsuma Miniature Vases, Trinket Boxes, etc start around $30. 19th century Imari Plates, woodblock prints, iron pots, etc go well into the 100s and 1000s.
Art$5 and upTea ceremony paintings, Game cloth posters, etc start around $5. Original early 20th century local scenes photos start around $25. Original works by W.H. Pyne, Hall Groat Sr., Jun-Ichiro Sekino, Anthony Falbo, Tokiko Kaneko, Tsutomu Moriya Unjo, Iwao Hagitani, etc go well into the 100s and 1000s.



Related Posts:
  1. Ryukyu Islands.

Last Updated: 12/2015.




No comments :

Labels

401k ( 15 ) Abad Turtle Beach ( 1 ) Abrams Capital Management ( 5 ) Acoustic Electric Guitars ( 1 ) Acoustic Guitars ( 1 ) ACT ( 1 ) Activist ( 4 ) Address Change ( 2 ) Advanced Placement ( 4 ) air asia ( 2 ) airlines ( 2 ) Akre Capital Management ( 18 ) Alex Roepers ( 5 ) AP ( 4 ) apartments ( 2 ) Appaloosa ( 15 ) ARIUS ( 1 ) Arlington Value Capital ( 3 ) Atlantic Investment Management ( 5 ) Ayemenem ( 1 ) Bangalore ( 3 ) Bangkok ( 2 ) Bannerghatta National Park ( 1 ) barbuda ( 2 ) Battery Park ( 1 ) Baupost ( 2 ) Baupost Group ( 17 ) bay area ( 2 ) BDCs ( 3 ) Benjamin Graham ( 2 ) Benjamin Graham Model ( 2 ) Berijam Lake ( 2 ) Berkshire Hathaway ( 30 ) best sites ( 9 ) Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation ( 15 ) Bill Ackman ( 19 ) Bill Gates ( 16 ) Blue Ridge Capital ( 15 ) Blum Capital Partners ( 12 ) books ( 4 ) Boone Pickens ( 2 ) BP Capital Management ( 2 ) Brave Warrior ( 3 ) Brave Warrior Advisors ( 12 ) british honduras ( 2 ) Bruce Berkowitz ( 19 ) Bruce Fund ( 13 ) Camcorders ( 3 ) canada ( 4 ) cancun ( 3 ) CANROYs ( 7 ) Cantillon ( 12 ) carl icahn ( 9 ) Carl Ichan ( 8 ) casino ( 3 ) Casio ( 2 ) CBRE ( 2 ) CEF ( 2 ) Charles Akre ( 15 ) Charlie Munger ( 15 ) Chase Coleman ( 15 ) Chou Associates ( 20 ) Christmas gifts ( 7 ) Christopher H. Browne ( 7 ) Chuck Akre ( 13 ) Cisco ( 2 ) Class Action Settlements ( 2 ) CLEP ( 1 ) Coatue Management ( 15 ) Cochin ( 2 ) coin collecting ( 266 ) collectibles ( 266 ) Consumer Product Reviews ( 29 ) cook islands ( 2 ) coonoor ( 2 ) Covered Calls ( 2 ) credai ( 4 ) Daily Journal ( 15 ) Dalal Street ( 8 ) Dan Loeb ( 10 ) DAT ( 1 ) David Abrams ( 5 ) David Einhorn ( 22 ) David Swensen ( 17 ) David Tepper ( 15 ) David Winters ( 15 ) DCF ( 2 ) Digital Piano ( 3 ) Dinakar Singh ( 15 ) Donald Yacktman ( 10 ) dry bulk shipping ( 2 ) Duquesne ( 20 ) Education ( 37 ) Edward Lampert ( 16 ) Egerton Capital ( 15 ) Egypt ( 3 ) Elementary Education ( 10 ) Elementary School Textbooks ( 5 ) eReaders ( 2 ) Eric Mindich ( 13 ) ESL Investments ( 11 ) ESPP ( 6 ) ETF ( 2 ) ETN ( 2 ) Eton Park ( 13 ) Everyday Musings ( 58 ) Exam Prep ( 7 ) Exiting the rat race - how to? ( 19 ) EXPLORE ( 1 ) Fair Value Estimates ( 4 ) Fairfax Financial ( 4 ) Fairfax Financial Holdings ( 14 ) Fairholme ( 19 ) Fairpointe ( 15 ) Family Office ( 5 ) FD Laddering ( 1 ) Financial Independence ( 93 ) Fisher Asset Management ( 10 ) Flash Camcorders ( 3 ) flat ( 4 ) flats ( 2 ) Flip ( 3 ) Francis Chou ( 20 ) free ( 17 ) frugal ( 3 ) Frugal Living ( 34 ) Fund Holdings ( 795 ) futures ( 2 ) FVE ( 2 ) gambling ( 3 ) garmin ( 2 ) Genting ( 2 ) george soros ( 21 ) giveaway ( 15 ) Glenn Greenberg ( 16 ) Glenview Capital ( 10 ) GMAT ( 1 ) Google ( 2 ) Gotham Asset Management ( 7 ) gps ( 5 ) GRE ( 1 ) Greenlight Capital ( 22 ) Guitars ( 3 ) Half Marathon ( 2 ) Hawaii ( 2 ) Hedge Funds ( 814 ) HELOC ( 1 ) High School Education ( 7 ) High School Textbooks ( 6 ) HOA ( 3 ) hobby ( 17 ) holiday shopping ( 7 ) Holidays ( 3 ) Holyland ( 11 ) Home Improvement ( 2 ) home ownership ( 5 ) Homes ( 18 ) Homeschool ( 18 ) Houses ( 2 ) Housing ( 3 ) Hykon ( 2 ) Ian Cumming ( 15 ) Icahn Enterprises ( 6 ) india real estate ( 5 ) Infinuvo ( 6 ) Insurance ( 2 ) invesco ( 17 ) investing strategies ( 2 ) Investment Portfolio ( 94 ) Investment Research ( 10 ) Investments ( 7 ) iRobot ( 5 ) Irving Kahn ( 10 ) israel ( 5 ) Jason Maynard ( 10 ) Jefferies ( 2 ) Jeffrey Bruce ( 15 ) Jeffrey Ubben ( 12 ) Jerusalem ( 2 ) Jim Chanos ( 15 ) Joel Greenblatt ( 7 ) John Armitage ( 15 ) John Griffin ( 15 ) John Paulson ( 17 ) Joho Capital ( 15 ) Jordan ( 3 ) Joseph Steinberg ( 9 ) Julian Robertson ( 4 ) Kahn Brothers ( 10 ) Kakkanad ( 4 ) Kanyakumari ( 2 ) Kawai ( 2 ) Ken Fisher ( 10 ) kerala real estate ( 5 ) Kids ( 49 ) Kids Yamaha ( 3 ) Kindle ( 2 ) kochi ( 8 ) Kodaikanal ( 2 ) Korg ( 2 ) Kraft ( 2 ) Kuala Lumpur ( 2 ) KWA ( 2 ) Kynikos ( 15 ) laptop ( 5 ) Larry Robbins ( 10 ) Las Vegas ( 2 ) Leon Cooperman ( 16 ) Leucadia ( 2 ) Leucadia National ( 13 ) Lone Pine Capital ( 9 ) long ( 6 ) long call ( 2 ) long puts ( 3 ) Lou Simpson ( 15 ) LSAT ( 1 ) Mahabalipuram ( 2 ) Malaysia ( 3 ) Marathon ( 2 ) Mark McGoldrick ( 10 ) Markel ( 15 ) Mason Hawkins ( 4 ) MCAT ( 1 ) Melinda Gates ( 9 ) memorabilia ( 266 ) MFP Investors ( 15 ) Michael Dell ( 17 ) Michael Price ( 15 ) Middle School Education ( 4 ) Middle School Textbooks ( 3 ) Mini Notebook ( 3 ) MODUS ( 1 ) Mohnish Pabrai ( 21 ) mortgage ( 2 ) Mount Kellett ( 10 ) MSD Capital ( 17 ) Music ( 6 ) Mutual Funds ( 5 ) mysore ( 2 ) Nelson Peltz ( 9 ) Netbook ( 4 ) Notebook ( 3 ) numismatics ( 266 ) O-Duster ( 1 ) Oahu ( 2 ) offers ( 2 ) Ole Andreas Halvorsen ( 10 ) Omega Advisors ( 16 ) online tax ( 4 ) ooty ( 2 ) Options ( 4 ) Pabrai Fund ( 17 ) passive income ( 7 ) pattaya ( 2 ) Paulson & Company ( 7 ) Paulson and Company ( 9 ) PEG ( 2 ) Pershing Square ( 19 ) Phil Fisher ( 5 ) philately ( 283 ) Philippe Laffont ( 15 ) Piano ( 9 ) PLAN Test ( 1 ) portfolio ( 4 ) Prem Watsa ( 17 ) product reviews ( 13 ) Property Taxes ( 2 ) PSAT ( 1 ) R2I ( 24 ) R2I Finances ( 3 ) R2I Housing ( 5 ) Raising Kids ( 41 ) Rat Race ( 15 ) RBS Partners ( 14 ) reading ( 5 ) real estate ( 6 ) Reducing Expenses ( 2 ) REIT ( 3 ) Retirement Portfolio ( 9 ) Reviews ( 81 ) Richard C. Blum ( 12 ) Robert Bruce ( 15 ) Robert Karr ( 15 ) Robotic Vacuum ( 4 ) Roland ( 2 ) Roomba ( 10 ) schooling ( 2 ) Sears ( 11 ) seeking alpha ( 2 ) Services - Reviews ( 33 ) Seth Klarman ( 19 ) Shipping ( 5 ) Shopping ( 3 ) short ( 5 ) short calls ( 2 ) short put ( 2 ) short puts ( 2 ) short selling ( 9 ) Ski ( 5 ) Sled ( 4 ) Solar Stocks ( 13 ) Soros Fund Management ( 14 ) Southeastern Asset Management ( 4 ) Southwest ( 2 ) spin-offs ( 2 ) SQ Advisors ( 15 ) stamp collecting ( 283 ) Stanley Druckenmiller ( 20 ) Statue of Liberty ( 2 ) Stephen Mandel ( 9 ) Stock Analysis ( 84 ) Stock Investments ( 4 ) Stock Portfolio Updates ( 6 ) stocks ( 3 ) summer ( 2 ) tax ( 6 ) TaxAct ( 3 ) TaxCut ( 1 ) Teacher's Editions ( 5 ) Technology ( 4 ) Test Prep ( 11 ) Thailand ( 3 ) Thekkady ( 2 ) theme park ( 2 ) Third Point ( 10 ) Thomas Gayner ( 15 ) Thyra Zerhusen ( 15 ) Tiger Cub ( 32 ) Tiger Global ( 16 ) Tiger Management ( 13 ) Time Square ( 2 ) TOEFL ( 1 ) TPG-Axon ( 15 ) Travel ( 278 ) Travel Reviews ( 82 ) Trian Fund Holdings ( 9 ) trip report ( 21 ) TurboTax ( 3 ) Tweedy Browne ( 10 ) Vacations ( 28 ) value investing ( 12 ) ValueAct ( 5 ) ValueAct Holdings ( 6 ) Vancouver ( 2 ) Video ( 3 ) Viking Global ( 10 ) Wallace Weitz ( 10 ) Warren Buffett ( 30 ) Wayanad ( 4 ) Weitz Investment Management ( 9 ) wilbur ross ( 17 ) William Von Mueffling ( 12 ) Wintergreen Advisors ( 15 ) Yacktman Asset Management ( 10 ) Yale Endowment ( 17 ) Yale University ( 7 ) Yamaha ( 7 ) YDP ( 1 ) YPG ( 1 )