PhilaNippon 2011 – Anime and Manga characters on stamp

Phila Nippon 2011 is one of the biggest stamp exhibition in this side of Asia and the Pacific .

In Japan, World Stamp Expo has been held every ten years since 1971: PhilaNippon 2011 is to be held in Yokohama from July 28 to August 2 , 2011 .

Pacifico Yokohama Exhibition Hall

The organizers expect 100,000 people to visit the Pacifico Yokohama Exhibition Hall – but philately is still big business. And this year, with the focus on anime and manga stamps from around the world, it may be even bigger.

A special commemorative stamp was issued by Japan Post last January 21, 2011.

Japan Post issues commemorative sets and new products regularly, covering every aspect of Japanese culture: little squares of soft power, traveling all over the world. Anime and manga have been featured on more and more stamps as their role in Japan’s popular culture – and its cultural diplomacy has expanded.

Technical features:
Japan World Stamp Exhibition 2011 Issue – First Day January 21, 2011 , Value 80 yen x 10 Designs C2090a,f – Mighty Atom C2090b,g – Doraemon C2090c,h – Pokemon C2090d,i – Hello Kitty C2090e,j – Choju-jinbutsu-giga (detail) Designer Morita Motoharu (stamp designer) Printing Offset in 8 colors Size a-e : 28.05 x 47.8mm, vertical f-i : 25.05 x 29.0mm, vertical j : 28.05 x 32.0mm, vertical Sheet 10 stamps

Among Asian countries, one of the most sought after stamp issues comes from Japan, Among Filipinos, the easiest way to acquire stamps from this country is from stamp exchanges and from Filipino overseases contract workers working in Japan.

For PhilaNippon 2011 two commemorative sets are being issued. One shows famous woodblock prints. The other has Astro Boy, Doraemon, Hello Kitty and Pikachu beaming at the stamp collectors of the world in vivid, joyous colour. (To English-speaking fans Doraemon might seem out of place alongside his better-known cohorts, but he’s been a beloved figure of childhood throughout Asia for over thirty years, and the Asian market for anime and manga is far longer-established than its US counterpart.

The Philippines thru Philippine Philatelic Federation will be sending representative to compete and exhibit in the said event.

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