My Favourite Song Series 8

C1621(50 yen):"As a river flows" C1622(80 yen):"Song of the four seasons"

IssueMy Favourite Song Series 8
Date of Issue26 January 1999 (Heisei 11)
DenominationsC1621: 50 yenC1622: 80 yen
Quantity24,000,000 copies30,000,000 copies
DesignsKawano nagareno-youni
(As a river flows)
Shiki-no uta
(Song of the four seasons)
Image Area25.0 x 33.5 millimeters, vertical25.3 x 33.5 millimeters, vertical
PrintingPhotogravure in 6 coloursPhotogravure in 6 colours
Sheet20 stamps (4 x 5)20 stamps (4 x 5)
DesignersKayama MatazouNagata Moe
First Day of
Issue Postmark
Osaka Central Post Office

Japanese Stamp Specialized Catalog & SAKURA Catalog numbers are adopted.

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C1621(50 yen): Kawano nagareno-youni (As a river flows)
This song was composed by Mitake Akira with the words written by Akijmoto Yasushi. One of the representative songs of Misora Hibari (1937-1989), who was also depicted in commemorative stamps of Fifty Postwar Memorable Year Series. (C1554-1555, issued on 8 November 1996).

C1622(80 yen):Shiki-no uta (Song of the four seasons)
The song was made by Araki Toyohisa. Nagata Moe, the illustrator of the stamp, has provided many illustrations for Japanese commemorative stamps, mostly the ones for Letter Writing Day in July.
List of the stamps by Nagata Moe, the illustrator
C93023 July 1982Letter Writing Day
C95623 July 1983Letter Writing Day
C99123 July 1984Letter Writing Day
C122823 July 1988Letter Writing Day
C12541 June 1989International Garden and
Greenery Exposition, Osaka
23 July 1990Letter Writing Day
23 July 1991Letter Writing Day