Postage stamps featuring A-bombed trees go on sale in Hiroshima

by Yoko Yamamoto, Staff Writer

On August 6, the 63rd anniversary of the atomic bombing, the Chugoku Regional Office of the Japan Post Network Co., Ltd., located in Hiroshima, will release “Green Greetings 2008,” postage stamps of trees that survived the bombing and witnessed the revival of the city.

A-bombed trees from ten locations, including a Chinese Parasol Tree in Peace Memorial Park and a Round Leaf Holly Tree on the grounds of Kanon Elementary School, were photographed for the stamps. The 80-yen stamps will be sold in sheets of ten and, due to the custom-made design, are priced at 1,200 yen.

“Green Greetings 2008” is part of a special campaign called “Green Greetings,” promoted by Chugoku Hakuhodo Inc., a supporter for the preservation of A-bombed trees, and the Chugoku Shimbun. Each sheet of stamps bears a message, such as “Every leaf of the A-bombed trees is inscribed with the memory of the bombing and the city of Hiroshima’s revival over the past 63 years.”

The Chugoku Regional Office has issued 1,000 sheets of the unique postage stamps. The stamps will be available on August 6 at a temporary booth set up in front of the Hiroshima Naka Post Office. After August 6, they will be sold at post offices in the Hiroshima area.

(Originally published on August 3, 2008)

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