The 20th Century Stamp Series 3

C1729a-b: Tokyo Railway Station (1914) C1729c: World War I C1729d: Western Hair Styles
C1729e:"Rashomon" by
Akutagawa Ryunosuke
C1729f: Postal Life
Insurance (1916)
C1729g: Dr.Yoshino,
Taisho Democracy
C1729h: Rice Riots
C1729i-j: Takehisa Yumeji

IssueThe 20th Century Stamp Series 3
Date of Issue22 October 1999 (Heisei 11)
Denominations50 yen x 2: (C1729i-j)
80 yen x 8: (C1729a-h)
Quantity7,000,000 copies each (7,000,000 sheets)
DesignsC1729a: Tokyo Railway Station (A)C1729b: Tokyo Railway Station (A)
C1729c:World War IC1729d: Western
Hair Styles
C1729e: "Rashomon" by
Akutagawa Ryunosuke
C1729f: Postal Life
Insurance Service
C1729g: Dr. Yoshino Sakuzou,
Taisho Democracy
C1729h: Rice Riots
C1729i: Painting by
Takehisa Yumeji
1729j: Portrait of
Takehisa Yumeji
Image Area28.05 x 36.5 millimeters
C1729g: 24.5 x 36.5 millimeters
PrintingPhotogravure in 6 colours
SheetA sheet of ten stamps (Picture of the sheet)
Sheet Size140.25 x 212.5 millimeters
DesignMorita Motoharu
First Day of
Issue Postmark
Osaka Central Post Office

Japanese Stamp Specialized Catalog (JSCA) & SAKURA Catalog numbers are adopted.

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(Small Notes for the Issue)

A sheet of ten stamps consisting of two 50 yen and eight 80 yen stamps was issued to commemorate the 20th century. The third one depicts the eight subjects, which represent the years 1914 to 1920.
C1729a-b: Tokyo Railway Station Opened in 1914, the building wad designed by Tatsuno Kingo (1854-1919). It is generally believed that Amsterdam Station is the model for the station. The stamp depicts "Tokyo Teishajo-no zu (Picture of Tokyo Railway Station)" coloured lithograph by Amishima Kamekichi.
C1729c: The First World War broke out in 1914. The stamp depicts "Shonen Gunkan Sugoroku (battleship boad game for boys)" (a part) by Kawabata Ryushi (1885-1966).
C1729d: Western Hair Styles became popular
C1729e: "Rashomon" and "Hana (The Nose)," novels by Akutagawa Ryunosuke (1892-1927) published (1915). Akutagawa was a short-story writer, poet, and essayist; noted for the superb style of his finely crafted stories that explore the darker side of human nature.
C1729f: Postal Life Insurance Service started in 1916. The stamp depicts one of the first advertisements of the service.
C1729g: Portrait of Dr. Yoshino Sakuzou (1878-1933) and the front cover of the first issue of "Shirakaba (white birch)." Dr. Yoshino was a scholar and spokesman for lib eral democratic ideas and reform during the Taisho period (1912-1926). "Shirakaba" was a monthly journal of literature and the arts.
C1729h: Rice riots of 1918, inflationary price spiral
C1729i: "Takara-bune (treasure ship)" by Takehisa Yumeji (1884-1934).
C1729j: Portrait of Takehisa Yumeji, illustrator