Date of Issue1 September 1999 (Heisei 11)
Denomination80 yen
Quantity 6,000,000 copies
Image Area27.0 x 22.5 millimeters
PrintingPhotogravure in 5 colours
Sheet20 stamps (4 x 5)
DesignerYoshimura Ken'ichi (graphic designer)
Sold atPost offices in Kyushu, and
the appointed post offices
(see the menu page)
First Day of
Issue Postmark
Nagasaki Central Post Office
Catalog No.R345

Dejima, Pane

IssueDejima, Pane
Price800 yen (80 yen x 10)
Pane Size160.0 x 51.0 millimeters
Pane10 stamps (5 x 2)
Catalog No.R345P

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

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(Small Notes for the Issue)

Dejima was a fan-shaped artificial island constructed in Nagasaki Harbour by the Tokugawa shogunate between 1634 and 1636. Its 15,000 square meters (3.7 acres) comprised the only place in Japan where commercial and cultural exchange between Japan and the West, first the Portuguese and then the Dutch, took place.

After Dejima's construction with funds from twenty-five wealthy Japanese traders, the shogunate transferred to the island all Portuguese residing in Japan. Then, particularly after the Shimabara uprising, the Portuguese were forced to leave Dejima and move with their Japanese wives and children to Macao since the uprising were led by the believers of the Catholic faith. In 1641 the shogunate moved all the Dutch, by then the only Westerners permitted to trade with Japan, to Dejima.