Japan Post issues a stampsheet of Furusato stamps celebrating the 60th anniversary of enforcement of the Local Autonomy Act of Hyogo Prefecture (Japan).The design of this stampsheet is based on the tourist attractions and sights of Hyogo Prefecture.
The stamps feature:
1) A stork and Himeji Castle; Himeji Castle is a hilltop Japanese castle complex located in Himeji, in Hyogo Prefecture. The castle is regarded as the finest surviving example of prototypical Japanese castle architecture, comprising a network of 83 buildings with advanced defensive systems from the feudal period.
2) Meriken Park; Meriken Park is a waterfront park located in the port city of Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture. The park features the Kobe Port Tower, Kobe Maritime Museum, and a memorial to victims of the Great Hanshin earthquake. The name of the park comes from the word \”American,\” which was commonly translated as \”Meriken\” during the Meiji era.
3) Drum Tower Dragon Izushi; it was built in 1871 to announce time by drum every hour. Nowadays the Drum Tower continues reporting the time.
4) Shinmaiko mudflats are famous mudflats of Hyogo Prefecture. Mudflats are coastal wetlands that form when mud is deposited by tides or rivers. They are found in sheltered areas such as bays, bayous, lagoons, and estuaries.
5) Nada-Kuroiwa Narcissus; these beautiful narcissus flowers are grown in Awaji Province, today part of Hyogo Prefecture.