Miniature Sheet Imperial Wedding -Crown Prince Naruhito and Masako 1993
Emperor Naruhito( born 23 Feb 1960) of Japan acceded to Chrysanthemum throne on 01 May 2019 following the abdication of his father, Emperor Akihito on 30 April 2019. It ended the Heisei era and beginning of Reiwa era. He is the 126th Monarch of Japan according to Japan’s traditional order of succession.
Naruhito was born on 23 Feb 1960 to Crown Prince Akihito and Michiko Shoda. He had his schooling from the prestigious Gakushuin school system and graduated from Gakushuin University in 1982. He studied in Merton College, Oxford University from 1983 to 1986. A keen mountaineer, during his stay in England he climbed the highest mountain peaks in England, Scotland and Wales.
He first met Masako Owada at a tea for Infanta Elena, Duchess of Lugo, in Nov 1986 during her studies in University of Tokyo. He was captivated by her and proposed to her three times before the Imperial Palace announced their engagement on 19 Jan 1993. Their marriage took place on 09 June 1993 at the Imperial Shinto hall in Tokyo, before 800 invited guests and estimated media audience of 500 Million.
Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako have one daughter, Aiko, Princess Toshi, born ono1 Dec 2001.
Japan issued a miniature sheet on13 Oct 1993 to celebrate the Wedding of Crown Prince Naruhito and Masako Owada held in Tokyo on 09 Jun 1993. A Five Hundred Yen coin was also issued to commemorate the Imperial Wedding.
1972 Sapporo Winter Olympics -Miniature Sheet Japan.
The 1972 Winter Olympic Games were held in Sapporo Japan from 03 Feb to 13 Feb 1972. This was the XIth edition of Winter Olympic Games. The First Winter Olympic Games were held in Chamonix, France in 1924. The next Olympic Games will be held in Beijing in 2022.
Japan won three medals at 1972 games (1Gold,1 Silver & 1 Bronze). USSR topped the medals tally with 16 Medals (8 Gold, 5 Silver & 3 Bronze Medals).
Japan issued a miniature sheet consisting of three stamps on 03 Feb 1972 to commemorate the Games. The sports featured on stamps are
20 y – Skiing 50 y- Figure Skating 20 y -Bobsleigh
Japan issued two se-tenant stamps on Standing beauties from Edo or Tokugawa Period (1603-1863). They belong to the Kaigetsudo School. The shogunate was officially established in Edo on 24 Mar 1603 by Tokugawa Ieyasu.
Japan issued a stamp on 14 Jun 1968 to celebrate the centenary of Hokkaido. It is the northernmost of Japan’s main islands known for its Volcanoes, natural hot springs, and ski areas. Today is the eight most populous Japanese prefecture.
The stamp shows The Centenary Memorial Tower and the Badge of Hokkaido.