Japan Kabuki Series Stamp book by the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications of Japan


This Hardcover book, with dust jacket, First Edition, 1st Printing, is a 32-page, book. A lovely book, text throughout is dual English-Japanese, describing the history of the Kabuki dancers and theater, with color illustrations throughout, plus the complete set of 12 “historical postage stamps” – these are real stamps, unused and in mint condition, each protected with a plastic cover, they depict famous historical Kabuki performer being introduced.

Japan has its own rich history and culture that it is proud to have. Through the course of history, there were several events that have transpired that made what every country is today. Because of this history and culture, the environment and the way the citizens of each country speak, act, and interact with other people have developed. Kabuki is a traditional drama involving singing and dancing in theaters in Japan. The word “kabuki” is composed of three kanji characters, namely, 歌 that translates to sing, 舞 that translates to dance, and 伎 which translates to skill, specifically of a performer in a kabuki play. Hence, kabuki is often explained as “the art of singing and dancing.” The significance of kabuki is known worldwide. Hence, it is not surprising that it was inscribed on the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List in the year 2005, as well as the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications in 1993 which produced this little one of a series of books on Kabuki.

Kabuki actors were initially female during the Edo period then later on transitioned to young male actors. However, after both were banned by the government for some time, kabuki transitioned to adult male actors performing both male and female characters. Male actors performing as female characters were known as onnagata or oyama. The stamps that are part of this publication are exceptional and in perfect condition and represent numerous actors both male and female characters.

Condition: Excellent unused vintage mint condition.