Photos Now Get Stamp of Approval in Japan with New Technology by Casio Computer
The \”pomrie\” gadget uses photographs taken on a smartphone or saved on a computer and makes them into a stamp that will allow users to repeatedly recreate versions of their favourite scenes using up to eight colours at a time.Casio hopes the device, which melts a negative image on to a sponge material, leaving only the unmelted parts able to soak up ink, will prove popular in Japan, where stamps are still very common.In addition to the personal seals widely used for identification in lieu of a signature, all Japanese companies have official stamps which must be used on formal documents.
Stamps with cartoon characters, or which have a slogan or a logo, are also immensely popular among children, and sometimes used by teachers as a reward system.
Girls und Panzer Stamps
The Kanto branch of the Japanese Post Office issued an original frame stamp sheet called \”Welcome to Oarai! Girls und Panzer\” featuring the characters from the popular anime series Girls und Panzer on October 18. The town of Oarai in Ibaragi Prefecture is used as the main stage of the story of the anime and has held various collaboration events with it.The price for a sheet of ten 80-yen stamps is 1,350 yen (about US$13.7).
Kalamazoo :50th Anniversary of Sister City Relationship
Postal stamps adorned with images of Kalamazoo are currently circulating in Japan, as post offices in Kalamazoo\’s sister city, Numazu, launched the souvenir stamps as a way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the sister city relationship.
The souvenir stamp sheet featuring images of Kalamazoo were paid for by the Japanese Postal Service, who printed 1,000 copies of the stamp collection.A photograph of the two mayors who inaugurated the sister city relationship in 1963, Kalamazoo\’s Paul E. Morrison and Numazu\’s Rokutaro Shioya, is featured on one of the stamps.The collection includes images of the Kalamazoo Transportation Center, a historic bi-plane at the Air Zoo and the Heritage Guitar Company, as well as a larger stamp featuring the East gateway to Downtown Kalamazoo, and an even larger image of South Haven.The stamp collection also contains stamps with images from Numazu, such as Mount Fuji, as the city is located at the base of the mountain.