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"Ukiyoe Series - No 4"
Issue date: 26th February 2016

Stamps 1-5 depict portraits of beauties in Edo period and stamps 6-10 depict images of the series "Rokujûyoshû meisho zue" (Famous Views of the 60 odd Provinces) of Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858) also known as Andō Hiroshige.

  1. Kotozuru-dayû of the Nishizuchiya in Shinmachi, Osaka, kamuro Rikino and Fujino (Artist Torii Kiyonaga).
  2. Karakoto of the Chojiya, kamuro Ageha and Yayoi (Artist Utamaro Kitagwa).
  3. Genji eight scenery, Akashi kihan, Komurasaki of the Tamaya (Artist Eizan Kikugawa).
  4. Hinaduru of the Keizetsu, Taste on the hallway (Artist Utamaro Kitagwa). 
  5. Elegant beauty lady, Dresser (Artist Eizan Kikugawa).

  6. Picture 5, Demi Beach at Sumiyoshi in Settsu Province.
    (Inaba was an old province in the area that is today the eastern part of Tottori Prefecture)
    A lighthouse, part of the nearby Sumiyoshi Shrine, rises above a cluster of pine trees in the foreground and the Awaji island in distance.

  7. Picture 27, The Back-view Waterfall in the Nikko Mountains, Shimozuke Province.
    (Shimozuke was an old province was a province of Japan in the area of Japan that is today Tochigi Prefecture)
    It shows the Urami Waterfall (Shimotsuke, Nikkōsan, Urami no taki).

  8. Picture 15, Entrance to the Cave at Enoshima Island in Sagami Province
    (Sagami was an old province of Japan located in what is today the central and western Kanagawa Prefecture)
    Terrific view of Enoshima, an island dedicated to Benzaiten, goddess of fortune and artistic success.
    Mount Fuji rises on the horizon. (link, back to Mt. Fuji stamp 2016)

  9. Picture 64, Higo Province, Gokanosho.
    (Higo was an old province of Japan in the area that is today Kumamoto Prefecture on the island of Kyūshū)
    A peasant is carrying baskets of reeds crosses a bridge formed by a fallen tree. Crossing over the enormous gorge, a mountain peak rises beyond.
    Gokanosho is a collective name for five villages; Hagi, Momigi, Shiibaru, Kureko, and Nitao. Gokanosho, located in the center of Kumamoto Prefecture, is a mountainous area with a poetic atmosphere where the Sugawara legend and the fleeing Heike warrior legend are passed on. Rich forests and deep ravines surround Mt. Kunimidake, the highest mountain (1'739 m) in Kumamoto.

  10. Picture 45, Maiko Beach in Harima Province.
    (Harima was an old province of Japan was a province of Japan in the part of Honshū that is the southwestern part of present-day Hyōgo Prefecture)
    Maiko Beach. viewing the pine trees down the coast and across the open sea, a couple sails visible in the distance.



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