Shinano-no kuni

R450 R451

Issue Shinano-no kuni
Prefecture Nagano
First Day December 15, 2000
Denomination 50 yen x 2, se-tenant pair
Designs R450: Mt.Asamayama and the Chikumagawa River
R451: Kamikochi
Size 22.5 x 33.0 mm, vertical
Printing Photogravure in 5 colors
Sheet 20 stamps (4 x 5)
Designers Funada Haruhiko (graphic designer)

(Small Notes for the Issue)
''Shinano-no kuni'' was written by Asai Retsu (1849-1938) in 1899 and composed by Kitamura Sueharu (1872-1931) in 1900. It was first sung at Nagano Normal School and spread all over the country. It officially became the Prefecture song in 1968. The year 2000 marks the centenary of the song. The stamps depict the representative scenery of Nagano. ''Shinano-no kuni'' is the old name for the prefecture.

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