My Favourite Song Series 9

C1623: "Ue-wo muite arukou", C1624: "Soushunfu"

IssueMy Favourite Song Series 9
Date of Issue16 March 1999 (Heisei 11)
DenominationsC1623: 50 yenC1624: 80 yen
QuantityC1623: 24,000,000 copiesC1624: 30,000,000 copies
DesignsC1623: "Ue-wo muite arukou"
(I shall walk looking up) (Sukiyaki Song)
C1624: "Soushunfu"
(Song of the early spring)
Image AreaC1623: 25.0 x 33.5 millimetersC1624: 25.5 x 33.5 millimeters
PrintingC1623: Photogravure in 6 coloursC1624: Photogravure in 6 colours
Sheet20 stamps (4 x 5)20 stamps (4 x 5)
DesignersWada Makoto (Illustrator)Hirayama Ikuo (Artist of
Traditional Japanese Painting)
First Day of
Issue Postmark
Kuriyama Post Office
Hotaka Post Office
Usuki Post Office
Japanese Stamp Specialized Catalog (JSCA) & SAKURA Catalog numbers are adopted.

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(Small Notes for the Issue)

C1623: "Ue-wo muite arukou (I shall walk looking up)" is generally known as "Sukiyaki," a No. 1 hit song in the UP in 1963, composed by Nakamura Hachidai with the words by Ei Rokusuke. The stamp depicts a man, who reminds us of Sakamoto Kyu (1941-1985), the singer of the song, walking and looking up not to drop tears from his eyes.

C1624: "Soushunfu (Song of the early spring)" was composed by Nakada Akira with the words by Yoshimaru Kazumasa.