Tsumago and Magome
|Issue||Tsumago and Magome|
|Date of Issue||16 July 1999 (Heisei 11)|
|Denomination||80 x 2, se-tenant pair|
|Designs||R329: Tsumago||R330: Magome|
||9,950,000 se-tenant pairs
|Image Area||25.0 x 33.5 millimeters, vertical|
|Printing||Photogravure in 2 colours and intaglio one colour |
|Sheet||20 stamps (4 x 5)|
|Designer||R329: Sasaki Shin'ichi|
|R330: Kobayashi Keiichi (Photographer)|
|Sold at||Post offices in Shin'etsu, and the appointed post offices|
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|First Day of|
|Tsumago Post Office|
Japanese Stamp Specialized Catalog (JSCA) and SAKURA Catalog numbers are adopted.
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(Small Notes for the Issue)
Originally, these se-tenant stamps were issued on 1 May, 1990, by 62 yen for each denomination (R71-R72). Now they are issued again by the denomination of 80 yen each.
Tsumago and Magome are two of the old post stations in Nakasendou, which is also known as Kiso Kaidou or Kisoji. Nakasendou was one of five main highways directly controlled by the Tokugawa shogunate durinhg the Edo period (1600-1868). With 67 post stations along its 500-kilometer (310-mile) route, this road started at NIhonbashi, the bridge in Edo (present Tokyo) where all highways converged, passed through the mountains of central Japan, and ended at Kyoto after joining the Tokaido at Kusatsu (in present Shiga). In contrast to the heavily travelled Tokaido, the mountainous Nakasendo had little traffic.