Ryukyu Islands Stamps
Commemorating Perry's Visit

Commodore Perry first arrived in Napha (Naha) harbor on May 26, 1853. The Government of the Ryukyu Islands commemorated the 100th anniversary of that event by issuing a set of stamps on May 29, 1953.

 

Scott Ryukyu Islands 27-28
(2004 Catalogue Value $15.25)

 
The first stamp in the set depicts Perry's meeting/reception with the Regent of Lew Chew at Shuri Castle. This occurred on June 6, 1853. This stamp is patterned after a lithograph in the official Narrative of the Expedition (See Below). The second stamps has Commodore Perry's portrait and shows his squadron anchored in Naha harbor. These two stamps were designed by the famous Okinawan artist, Shinzan Yamada who also produced a book with reproductions of his work to commemorate Commodore Perry's visit to Okianwa.

 


Lithograph - "Reception at the Castle of Shui"
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If this lithographs is currently in stock, you can purchase it on-line by clicking here and scroll down to lithograph #190.

 
The second stamp in this set features a portrait of Commodore Perry and the port of Naha with a large Ryukyuan junk in the foreground and Perry's squadron in the background.

 
The three government cancels depicted below were issued for use on covers prepared to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of Perry's first visit to Okinawa.

Official Commemorative Cancel Issued
for First Day Use with Scott 27-8

 

Official Cachets Issued for First Day Use with Scott 27-8
     

 

First Day Cover Canceled with the Official Commemorative
Cancel and Illustrated with a Private Pictorial Cachet

 
You can order these stamps below (Mint, Never Hinged (MNH), Centered F-VF, No Faults:

  $10.00 - Ryukyu 27-8, MNH (US Postage Included)

First Day Covers with singles and multiples are available, please ask for prices.

Japanese Seals (Private)
Commemorating Perry's Visit

A set of four private fund raising seals was issued ca 1953. There seals were issued by the "City of Yokosuka and Japan Centennial Central Committee." The stated purpose of the fund raising activity was "Seals for Construct Fund of Perry Memorial Hall." These seals bear no denomination. They were issued in sheets of 20 with each sheet containing 5 vertical strips of the four different seals. To see these items, click here.

 
I am aware of only one Japanese stamp that commemorates Perry's visit to Japan. The stamp features a painting of the Powhatan. It was issued July 1, 2003 and is part of a souvenir sheet commemorating the 400th anniversary of the founding of the Edo Shogunate. The sheet bears the Japanese inscription "kaikoku e mukatte" (moving toward opening the nation).


 
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