Jul 26 2008

Joint Stamp Issue 2008

Published by machdi at 1:48 am under News

Joint Stamp Issue Commemorative the 50th Anniversary of Indonesia-Japan Diplomatic Relationship

This year the diplomatic relations between Indonesia and Japan commemorates its 50th anniversary. The diplomatic relations between Indonesia and Japan started in 1958, marked by the designation of peace agreement between The Republic of Indonesia and Japan. During the 50 years both countries have been expanding their cooperation and friendship not only in economic, but also in culture, education and in other fields.

To commemorate this important event declared as “Golden Year of Friendship 2008″, the join stamp issuance is released for extending the relationship and promoting mutual understanding between the two countries to the next generation. This joint issue depicts five designs of each country; totaling 10 stamps altogether. The five stamps are designed according to agreed themes namely : scenery/mountain, pagoda/temple, flower, traditional musical, instrument, and fish.

Pictures are the courtesy of http://filateli.wasantara.net.id/ and http://myfdc.blogspot.com.

Kelimutu Mountain/Lake
Kelimutu (Boiling Mountain) is a 1,690 m high mountain with three crater lakes of varying colors red, green and dark blue and changing the colors periodically. Active upwelling, probably fed by subaqueous fumaroles, occurs at the two eastern lakes.

Fuji Mountain
It is the highest mountain in Japan with 3,776 m height. Its last eruption was in 1707-1708. The mountain with a symmetirc cone is a symbol of Japan and is often an object of Japanese art.

Borobudur Temple
Borobudur, the largest and most glorious Buddhist temple is located in central Java. It is one of the world heritage sites. It has a shape of lotus with 42 m height, comprises six square platforms topped by three circular platforms, and is decorated with 2,672 relief panels and 504 Buddha statues. The Buddha stupa sits on top of Borobudur and is surrounded by 72 Buddha statues.

Pagoda of Toji
Pagoda of Toji (Eastern Temple) is located in North Western Kyoto, often called as the Five-Story Pagoda of Toji, which refers to its architecture. It is one of the world heritage sites with 57 m height protruding a tower-like.

Corpse Flower (Rafflesia arnoldii)
This plant which was first discovered on 20 May 1818 by Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles and Dr. Joseph Arnold at the bank of Manna River, Lubuktapi Bengkulu, grows in rain forests of Sumetera and Kalimantan. It blooms as a single fleshy gigantic flower which is the only part of the plant that appears above the ground. This magnificently colorful flower is both strange and baffling.

Sakura (Cherry Blossoms)
This flower is a symbol of Japan and the blossoming time of Sakura has become a special moment for Japanese. They pay close attention to the forecasts and turn out in large numbers at parks, shrines, and temples with friends and family to hold Hanami parties.

Angklung is popular throughout Southeast Asia, but originated from Indonesia (used and played by the Sundanese in West Java since the ancient times). This traditional musical instrument is made out of bamboo tubes attached loosely to a bamboo frame. To play this instrument, the player holds the base tightly with the left hand and shakes it rapidly with the right hand. This causes a rapidly repeating note to sound. In an ensemble a player only plays one note, and since there are many players, together they will produce complete melodies.

GakuBiwa is a four-string musical instrument used in traditional musical repertory, Gagaku. It is said that this instrument originated from Persia, crossed the Asian continent, through China and entered Japan with the introduction of Gagaku. The upper part of the body is made from rosewood, mulberry or zelkova and the surface is made of chestnut wood. The pegs for the strings are low and small. The four strings of Gaku-Biwa are made of silk.

Red Arwana (Selerophages formosus)
The name “Arwana” is derived from “Nirwana” (literally means heaven). Arwana is the most beautiful freshwater fish. The fish lives in swamps and in slow-current streams and is originated in upper Kapuas River in western Kalimantan, Indonesia. Arwana has pretty big size (it can grow around 75cm), hardy and has long life period (for about 20 years).

Colored Carp Fish (Cyprinus carpio)
This colorful and beautiful member of the carp family is called Koi or nishikigoi in Japanese (simply means “crap”) and can easily be found in the pond at Japanese gardens. The beauty of the fish is appraised by their most important feature, the markings and patterns. In Japan, koi breeding has occupied a position between hobby and art form for more than two centuries.


  1. Embassy of Japan in Indonesia. http://www.id.emb-japan.go.jp/.
  2. Wikipedia the Free Encyclopedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/.
  3. e-Fila the Real Indonesian Stamp Source. http://filateli.wasantara.net.id/.
  4. FDC — My Philately World. http://myfdc.blogspot.com/.