Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Germany: Hamburg

Hamburg is the second-largest city in Germany after Berlin. Hamburg lies on the River Elbe and two of its tributaries, the River Alster and the River Bille. The city is a major international and domestic tourist destination.

Thanks to Ms Petra. She has used a 2019 definitive from flower series.

Japan: Bamboo Groove

Bamboo Forest, or Arashiyama Bamboo Grove or Sagano Bamboo Forest, is a natural forest of bamboo in Arashiyama, Kyoto, Japan. The forest consists of several pathways for tourists and visitors.

Thanks to Dr Kiran Acharya. He has used one stamp from 2019, mini sheet, on Tourism-My journey.

Saturday, November 16, 2019

USA: 50 Years of Moon Landing

July 20, 2019 marked the 50th anniversary of the first humans landing on the Moon on July 20, 1969 as part of NASA's Apollo 11 lunar mission. 

Thanks to Ms Kimberly. She has used 2019 stamp on 50 years of Moon Landing. This is a official NASA card.

Netherlands: Postcrossing Meetup

Thanks one and all. They have used stamp issued in 2014 from Beautiful Netherlands - Ceramics from Harlingen and Makkum. It is taken from set of 2 Values. On the right is 2003 stamp, taken from a minisheet on Wadden Sea. The stamp features seals and a bird

Friday, November 8, 2019

Japan: Mount Fuiji

Japan’s Mt. Fuji is an active volcano about 100 kilometers southwest of Tokyo. Commonly called “Fuji-san,” it’s the country’s tallest peak, at 3,776 meters. A pilgrimage site for centuries, it’s considered one of Japan’s 3 sacred mountains, and summit hikes remain a popular activity. Its iconic profile is the subject of numerous works of art, notably Edo Period prints by Hokusai and Hiroshige.

Postcard 1

Thanks to Dr Kiran Acharya. He used a 84 sen stamp from 2019 featuring a flower from Flora and Fauna series. Japan post increased the  international rates from 82 sen to 84 sen from 1st Oct 2019.

Postcard 2

Thanks to Amar and Neetu. This was posted from the post office at the summit. 

Postcard 3

Thanks to my uncle K.Diwakar Pai who was visiting Japan. Nice Cancellations used.

Japan: Nikko Toshogu Shrine

Nikkō Tōshō-gu is a Tōshō-gū Shinto shrine located in Nikkō, Tochigi Prefecture, Japan.Together with Futarasan Shrine and Rinnō-ji, it forms the Shrines and Temples of Nikkō UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tōshō-gū is dedicated to Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa shogunate. It was initially built in 1617.

Postcard 1: Nikkō Tōshō-gu Shrine

Postcard 2: Yomeimon Gate 

Thanks to Kyoto348.

Japan: Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome)

The Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome) was the only structure left standing in the area where the first atomic bomb exploded on 6 August 1945. Through the efforts of many people, including those of the city of Hiroshima, it has been preserved in the same state as immediately after the bombing. Not only is it a stark and powerful symbol of the most destructive force ever created by humankind; it also expresses the hope for world peace and the ultimate elimination of all nuclear weapons. This building was designed by Czech architect Jan Letzel. On August 6, 1945, over 70,000 people were killed instantly, and another 70,000 suffered fatal injuries from the radiation. At 8:15 on August 6, 1945, Little Boy — the first atomic bomb to be used in war — detonated almost directly above the dome.

Postcard 1

Thanks to Dr Kiran Acharya. Kiran has used a round stamp from sheet of 10 on Tourism- my journey series no 5, issued in 2019. This postcard of recycled paper cranes from peace monuments.

Postcard 2

Thanks to Ms Aj Nishizawa. She has used a matching stamp and a pictorial postmark depicting Kyoto temple.

Japan: Illustration

Thanks to Dr Kiran Acharya. Nice cancellation showing the big gate of Itsukushima shrine. He has used a 2018 stamp, from a set of 6, on International letter writing week.

Japan: Itsukushima Shrine

Itsukushima Shrine is a Shinto shrine on the island of Itsukushima (popularly known as Miyajima), best known for its "floating" torii gate. It is in the city of Hatsukaichi in Hiroshima Prefecture in Japan. The shrine complex is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Thanks to Dr Kiran Acharya who was visiting Japan. He has used 84 sen stamp from 2019 featuring a flower.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Philippines: Cebu

Cebu is a province of the Philippines located in the Central Visayas region, and consists of a main island and 167 surrounding islands and islets. Its capital is Cebu City. Extending as a peninsula on the south-western tip of Cebu, Moalboal is bordered to the west by the Tañon Strait. Negros Island can be seen from the western shoreline.

Thanks to Mr Manjunath and Teju who were visiting this Island. they have used 2018 stamp on Bird of Paradise plant.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Faroe Islands: Traditional House

The Faroe Islands is a self-governing archipelago, part of the Kingdom of Denmark. It comprises 18 rocky, volcanic islands between Iceland and Norway in the North Atlantic Ocean, connected by road tunnels, ferries, causeways and bridges. Hikers and bird-watchers are drawn to the islands’ mountains, valleys and grassy heathland, and steep coastal cliffs that harbor thousands of seabirds.

Thanks to Ms Hans of Denmark. She has used a matching SEPAC stamp from 2019 showing old traditional house. The Small European Postal Administration Cooperation SEPAC is an association of 14 European postal authorities: Åland, the Faroe Islands, Gibraltar, Greenland, Guernsey, Iceland, the Isle of Man, Jersey, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, San Marino and Vatican City. This is my first postcard from these Islands. Once again big thanks to Ms Hans.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

USA: San Antonio Missions

San Antonio Missions National Historical Park is a National Historical Park and part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site preserving four of the five Spanish frontier missions in San Antonio, Texas, USA. These outposts were established by Catholic religious orders to spread Christianity among the local natives. These missions formed part of a colonization system that stretched across the Spanish Southwest in the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries.

Thanks to Ms Shelly. On the right is Forever Neon Celebrate stamp. The stamp on the bottom is reissue of 19th century stamp featuring George Washington, one from set of 6. 5c stamp is on grapes.

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Australia: Cradle Mountain

Cradle Mountain is a mountain in the Central Highlands region of the Australian state of Tasmania. The mountain is situated in the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park.  At 1,545 metres (5,069 ft) above sea level, it is the sixth-highest mountain in Tasmania.

Thanks to Ms Helen. She has used one stamp from set of 3 issued in 2017 on water plants. The stamp shows giant water Lilly. 

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Poland: Pieniny National Park

Pieniny National Park  is a protected area located in the heart of Pieniny Mountains in the southernmost part of Poland. Administratively, the Park lies in the Lesser Poland Voivodeship on the border with Slovakia.

Thanks to Ms Kemile. On the right is a 2019 Europa stamp featuring common Chaffinch. On the left is 1zt stamp on sunflower.

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Denmark: Igaliku

Igaliku is a settlement in the Kujalleq municipality in southern Greenland. The town was founded as Igaliko in 1783 by the trader and colonial administrator Anders Olsen and Greenlandic wife Tuperna. In 2010, Igaliku had 55 inhabitants.

Thanks to Ms Hans.J. She has used 2 stamps on manuscripts issued in 2014. The DKK 9.00 denomination stamp features an excerpt of Valdemar’s Law of Zealand with the beautiful blue and red initial “F” decorated with palmette motifs. And the manuscript on the DKK 14.00 stamp is a later copy from circa 1350. The initial capital “H” features a mounted knight. Top right is a stamp, from a set of 5, on Gard, Ejdersted issued on 15th Jan 2005. Other 3 stamps are definitives. A total of 30 DKK airmail postage used for India.

Albania: Island of Ksamili.

The Islands of Ksamil, consist of four rocky islands located in the direct proximity to the Ionian Sea in Southern Albania. The village of Ksamil, after whom the islands are named, is located to the east of the islands. Furthermore, the islands are situated within the boundaries of the Butrint National Park.

Thanks to Ms Monica who was visiting Albania. She has used 2015 Europa theme stamp on old toys.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Columbia: Cartagena

The city was founded on June 1, 1533, and named after Cartagena, Spain, settlement in the region around Cartagena Bay by various indigenous people dates back to 4000 BC. During the Spanish colonial period Cartagena served a key role in administration and expansion of the Spanish empire. It was a center of political, ecclesiastical, and economic activity. In 1984, Cartagena's colonial walled city and fortress were designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Thanks to Jitender who was visiting Columbia with his family. In fact, my first card from Columbia. He has used both stamps from 2018. On the left is one stamp from set of 6 on Catatumbo region. On the right is one stamp from setenent, on 2018, Barranquilla games. This games involves countries from Central America and Caribbean nations.

Saturday, September 28, 2019

USA: Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park is an American national park located in the State of Washington, on the Olympic Peninsula. The park has four regions: the Pacific coastline, alpine areas, the west side temperate rainforest and the forests of the drier east side. In 1976, Olympic National Park was designated by UNESCO as an International Biosphere Reserve, and in 1981 as a World Heritage Site. In 1988, Congress designated 95 percent of the park as the Olympic Wilderness.

Thanks to Ms Georgina. She has used 2014, 32 c, definitive showing a humming bird. On the right are two self adhesive stamps from set of 10 issued in a booklet. The bird on the right is Western Meadowlark and on the left is Evening Grosbeak. 

Japan: Shuri Castle

Shuri Castle is a Ryukyuan gusuku in Shuri, Okinawa. Between 1429 and 1879, it was the palace of the Ryukyu Kingdom. the castle was re-purposed as a university campus. Beginning in 1992, the central citadel and walls were largely reconstructed on the original site based on historical records, photographs, and memory. 

Thanks to Ms Neetu and Amar. They have used 1 of 3, 2014, 82 yen definitive, showing Japanese apricot. This stamp was designed by Kaifuchi Junko.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Azerbaijan: Gobustan Rock Art.

Gobustan Rock Art represents flora and fauna, hunting, lifestyles, and culture of pre-historic and medieval periods of time. The carvings on the rocks illustrates primitive men, ritual dances, men with lances in their hands, animals, bull fights, camel caravans, and picture of the sun and stars. The date of these cravings goes back to 5.000 – 20.000 years before. 

Thanks to Dr Kiran who was visiting Azerbaijan. He has used 2014 definitive on pets, from a set of 5. Looks like puppy of a Mastiff.