Overview of the Major Japanese Stamp Catalogues

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I noticed that there'd been a few threads on Japanese catalogues over the past few months, so I thought it might be worthwhile to provide an overview of what each was like.

To start with, I'd like to mention something common to all the Japanese catalogues but which I haven't seen done elsewhere. Japanese catalogues divide their stamps to a much finer degree than other catalogs I've seen.

Commemoratives, definitives, air mail, new year, furusato, and national park stamps are all listed separately.

Sakura Catalogue of Japanese Stamps

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380 pages, 972 yen ($8.94)

This is the Japanese catalogue best known outside of Japan and is published by the Japan Philatelic Society (JPS/Yusho). It's cheap, pretty good, and contains a page in English explaining how the stamp listings work. It includes full color listings for all Japanese stamps, Ryukyu Island stamps, and postal stationary. It also contained listings for Manchukuo, Japanese occupations during WW2, military and telegraph stamps, and prepostals, but those were removed in the 2014 edition.

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Each entry includes date issued, printing type, perforations, sheet size, number issued, and prices for used, unused, and FDCs.

Nissen Japanese Stamp Specialized Catalogue (JSCA)

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Vol. 1 (1871-1946)
500 pages, 3292 yen ($30.27)

Vol. 2 (1946-)
600 pages, 3200 yen ($29.43)

Vol. 3 (Ryukyu Island, Manchukuo, WW2 Occupations)
272 pages, 2571 yen ($23.64)

These are also published by the JPS. Until 2007, this was published as a single volume of about 800 pages for 3500 yen. Since its combined size is now nearly 1400 pages, they've obviously added quite a bit (though the 300+ stamps Japan pushes out each year no doubt has helped.) I'm afraid I can't speak to what they've added, though. The single volume was sufficient for my needs so I've never updated to the three volume version.

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In addition to the information provided in Sakura (which it shares catalog numbers with), it also provides the dimensions of the stamp, the layout of its sheet, the post office designated for its FDCs, and the names of the stamp's designers. Also, note that it lacks Sakura's English.

For definitives and other stamps that require it, it has indepth sections on print variants, plate flaws, cancels, values for covers, etc. What you'd expect out of a specialized catalog, basically. There's lots of great information, none of it in English.

Japanese Postage Stamp Catalogue (JSDA)

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363 pages, 1000 yen ($9.19)

This is published by the Japanese Stamp Dealers' Association (JSDA) and is the main competitor to the Sakura catalogue. It seems to have a much lower profile overseas than Sakura, no doubt because of its relative lack of English.

Like Sakura, it also provides full-color images of each stamp. It contains all of the listings in Sakura, but unlike that catalogue, hasn't removed its listings for Manchukuo and the WW2 military occupations.

It provides significantly less information about commemorative stamp in its listings:

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We have the date of issue, number per sheet, and values for new and used. Notice that it also uses kanji to differentiate the sections of its listings, which is obviously less than ideal for non-Japanese speakers. This stamp is given the number 記475, which means commemorative stamp 475. It does have perforation, printing method, etc., for definitive stamps.

Something the JSDA catalogue does have going for it is that its illustrations are about 30% larger and printed in brighter color on higher quality paper. So I find it to be more attractive. It also differs significantly from Sakura in some places with regards to how it organized definitives, and I think some of its choices make more sense to me. Also, those few times I bought stamps from actual stamp shops in Japan, they used the JSDA. Since both catalogs are so cheap, I always buy a copy of each.

Visual Catalogue of Japanese Stamps

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Vol. 1 (Commemoratives 1894-2000)
310 pages, 1512 yen ($13.91)

Vol. 2 (Furusato, National Parks, Ryukyu Islands)
340 pages, 1555 yen ($14.30)

These are also printed by JPS. I'm cheating here, because I don't actually have these and am just going off what I can find about them online. I've also flipped through them in bookstores.

These aren't pure catalogs. As the title implies, they have a fair amount of pictures and text for each stamp, providing background about it and its subject. The actual listing itself is the same as that available in the Nissen (JSCA) catalogue except that the stamp is shown in color and an image of the commemorative cancel for the issue is also provided. There is no English whatsoever in the listings. There are plans to issue more volumes annually.

They actually look fairly nice with interesting information, but I can't imagine them being of much interest to someone who doesn't know Japanese.
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Hello cckerberos,

Arigato gozaimasu. Is it possible to order the Sakura catalogue directly from the Japan Philatelic Society?

As an aside - I wonder whether Japan Post will issue stamps depicting characters from Yo-kai Watch. I understand that the video game has become very popular with children.

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I'm afraid not. The JPS only accepts domestic bank transfers as a means of payment and doesn't make any mention of shipping overseas. The easiest way of getting a copy from North America is through Amazon now that they've started a Japanese import service. If you don't need the newest catalogue, you can get old ones for a decent price. The JSDA catalogue is even cheaper.

Yokai Watch stamps seem pretty unlikely to me. I don't think it has the staying power of other franchises like Pokemon. Also, Japan surprisingly has never issued a video game-themed stamp.
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That seems incredibly cheap for colour catalogues 100s of pages long. And considering usually everything in Japan is expensive, too. :o
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Thanks for the great info!

The 2012 Nissen Japanese Stamp Specialized Catalogue (JSCA) is the most recent edition. It is the first update since 2003. Making it a great value for being the most detailed, even though it is the most expensive per book.
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Also, Japan surprisingly has never issued a video game-themed stamp.

Surprising because there are so many anime issues to confuse us.

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I read somewhere on the internet that the Nissen catalogues were going to be updated in late 2016? Does anyone have any further information as to if/when there may be a new edition to replace the 2012 edition?

Also, does anyone have any links for purchasing volume 3 of the 2012 Nissen, I can't seem to find it anywhere online.
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The glaring weakness in the mind-numbing simplicity of the Japanese catalogues is the omission of any attempt to recognise the value of stamps used on commercial cover/postcard, etc.

Watch on eBay and elsewhere stamps priced at a dollar or less used sell for hundreds for scarce to rare usage on commercial postal articles.

Surely, there is an Editor of one or other of these catalogues who can marshal a few usage specialists to mount a reasonable attempt at informing collectors, and educating them at becoming proficient in what is a strong market (unlike that which generally applies to standard mint and used Japanese material).

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DJCMH wrote:I read somewhere on the internet that the Nissen catalogues were going to be updated in late 2016? Does anyone have any further information as to if/when there may be a new edition to replace the 2012 edition?
The publisher's website gives November 10 as the release date for the first volume of the new edition. Volume two is given a tentative release date of autumn 2017.
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cckerberos wrote:
The publisher's website gives November 10 as the release date for the first volume of the new edition. Volume two is given a tentative release date of autumn 2017.
Thanks for the info!
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cckerberos wrote:
DJCMH wrote:I read somewhere on the internet that the Nissen catalogues were going to be updated in late 2016? Does anyone have any further information as to if/when there may be a new edition to replace the 2012 edition?
The publisher's website gives November 10 as the release date for the first volume of the new edition. Volume two is given a tentative release date of autumn 2017.
Do you have a link for the publisher's website? Have not seen the new edition avaiable at the places I usually check and wondering if it was released or delayed, and if it possible to order either direct or via amazon's Japanese portal.
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DJCMH wrote:
cckerberos wrote:
DJCMH wrote:I read somewhere on the internet that the Nissen catalogues were going to be updated in late 2016? Does anyone have any further information as to if/when there may be a new edition to replace the 2012 edition?
The publisher's website gives November 10 as the release date for the first volume of the new edition. Volume two is given a tentative release date of autumn 2017.
Do you have a link for the publisher's website? Have not seen the new edition avaiable at the places I usually check and wondering if it was released or delayed, and if it possible to order either direct or via amazon's Japanese portal.
The publisher's page for the book is here. While I don't see anything about not shipping outside of Japan on their site, they don't take credit cards (so it would be difficult/expensive for someone outside of Japan to pay).

The book is also listed on Amazon Japan.
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The 2017 JSDA catalogue is now advertised on their website:
http://www.jsda-tokyo.jp/catalog.htm

Could anyone recommend a source in the UK (or an order form in English) where I could obtain a copy. Also the ISBN please.

Many thanks.

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Thanks for the link to Amazon.jp

Quite inexpensive for the book at just over 2400 JPY (a bit over US$22). From the flash sample pages off the publisher website the catalog looks very detailed - exactly what I was hoping it would be :) I have a good friend who is fluent in Japanese (she is an American historian of Japanese history) who can help me get a copy.

Thanks again cckerberos!
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Just ordered the new 2016 edition of the JSDA Specialized Catalog v. 1 via Amazon.jp

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With shipping direct from Japan, only US$30.00 :shock:
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Goodwin wrote:The 2017 JSDA catalogue is now advertised on their website:
http://www.jsda-tokyo.jp/catalog.htm

Could anyone recommend a source in the UK (or an order form in English) where I could obtain a copy. Also the ISBN please.

Many thanks.
I can't help with the first request I'm afraid, but the ISBNs are: ISBN-10: 4931071171 and ISBN-13: 978-4931071179.
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cckerberos wrote:
Goodwin wrote:The 2017 JSDA catalogue is now advertised on their website:
http://www.jsda-tokyo.jp/catalog.htm

Could anyone recommend a source in the UK (or an order form in English) where I could obtain a copy. Also the ISBN please.

Many thanks.
I can't help with the first request I'm afraid, but the ISBNs are: ISBN-10: 4931071171 and ISBN-13: 978-4931071179.
Thank you kindly. :)

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The envaluations for
- postmarks socked-on-the-nose SON
- on cover
- stationery to 1946

will be in prewar Vol. 2 announced for November, 2017.
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DJCMH wrote:Just ordered the new 2016 edition of the JSDA Specialized Catalog v. 1 via Amazon.jp

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With shipping direct from Japan, only US$30.00 :shock:
Arrived today via DHL. Less than 48 hrs from Japan to Ohio, USA, for a shipping cost of only US$9! :shock: :shock:
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ligneN wrote:The envaluations for
- postmarks socked-on-the-nose SON
- on cover
- stationery to 1946

will be in prewar Vol. 2 announced for November, 2017.
ligneN maybe you know, will volume 2 also include Commemorative and Airmail issues? these are not in Volume I, just the definitive stamps of the era.
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ligneN wrote:The envaluations for
- postmarks socked-on-the-nose SON
- on cover
- stationery to 1946

will be in prewar Vol. 2 announced for November, 2017.
Does "on cover" relate to socked-on-the-nose items on cover, or more generally to stamps used (commercially) on cover.

That distinction is quantum, if Japan collectors wish to be aligned to the most progressive movement in worldwide philately: understanding and appreciating, commercially, the very reasons the stamps we collect were issued.

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The new edition of JSCA vol 2 is being published on 10 Nov 2017. It will cover post 1945 definitives and prewar and postwar postal stationery. (If Bing got the jist of the page translation :? ) Price on publisher website is ¥ 2484 (about US$22.

http://www.yushu.co.jp/shop/g/g8202

Volume 3 covering postal history will be released Autum 2018.
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Gene .. do you read Japanese or is their an ENGLISH tab on that page I can't see?
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Global Administrator wrote:Gene .. do you read Japanese or is their an ENGLISH tab on that page I can't see?
I used Bing traslator to translate the page into (rough) English.

I do read several foreign languages, alas Japanese is not one of them. Thankfully modern technology can help get the basic jist of meaning for most major languages. It may not be Queen's English but it works for basic stuff.
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Do any of the catalogues list totally used as opposed to FDC? Listed up this nice little group today here. :)
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JAPAN commercial covers to Australia from early 1950s.
Unusual little real mail group from Estate of a Doctor and wife in North Sydney.

Best one from 1953 has some high cat franking from with 1951 Tourist 8Y x 2, 1952 Banda-Asahi Nat Park high-vals, 1951 8Y Hishidi – these 5 stamps are cat £22 used OFF cover!

3 covers shown, and couple of others are in the lot. Usual mixed condition after 60+ years, but scarce survivors. 1952 was just a few years after Hiroshima, and little outward mail survives.

The ACSC here places large premiums on stamps postally used in period .. not sure if any Japanese cat does that?

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The Sakura I have does not. The new JSCA v2 I don't have yet but it is focused on definitives from the postwar era. JSCA 1 does have values for items on cover, but only goes to 1945 and only defins.

JSCA vol 3 is supposed to cover postal history values (on cover etc..) but that isn't coming out til next year and not clear what range it will cover.

So nothing really available in terms of guides for on-cover prices other than FDC for this period AFAIK, but someone more experienced in Japan might be able to offer better guidance here.
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Dear all,

I've purchased the new JSCA Vol 2; the contents are as follows. As already mentioned, it is focused on definitives from the post war era and stationeries, with detailed price evaluation for used stationeries. No listings for SON postmarks nor on cover for stamps.

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I personally appreciate that the postal saving mounts (postal saving sheets) has been listed as catalogue for the first time in this 43 years (the only comprehensive listing available was the Encyclopedia Japanese Philately issued in 1974).

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Thank you unechan for that scan of the contents. Nice to see the airmail stamps are covered!

question for you - is there any catalog that covers commemorative and charity issues in a detailed manner the way the JSCA does for definitives? Sakura is a great general catalog, but I would think many of the earlier commemoratives up to the end of 1945 would have the kinds of varieties that the definitive issues exhibit.
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Dear Gene,
question for you - is there any catalog that covers commemorative and charity issues in a detailed manner the way the JSCA does for definitives? Sakura is a great general catalog, but I would think many of the earlier commemoratives up to the end of 1945 would have the kinds of varieties that the definitive issues exhibit.
Unfortunately there seems to be no such catalog currently available covering commemoratives in depth.

The former issues of JSCA (2011-2012) have covered the commemorative issues, but the current issues are devoted to definitives; the Japanese title has actually changed from the former "Specialized Catalogue of Japanese Stamps" 日本切手専門カタログ to "Specialized Catalogue of Japanese Definitive Stamps" 日本普通切手専門カタログ(at least for Vol.1 and 2), but the english title remains the same ("Japanese Stamp Specialized Catalogue").

I personally think such inconsistency would cause misunderstandings...

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unechan wrote: Unfortunately there seems to be no such catalog currently available covering commemoratives in depth.

The former issues of JSCA (2011-2012) have covered the commemorative issues, but the current issues are devoted to definitives; the Japanese title has actually changed from the former "Specialized Catalogue of Japanese Stamps" 日本切手専門カタログ to "Specialized Catalogue of Japanese Definitive Stamps" 日本普通切手専門カタログ(at least for Vol.1 and 2), but the english title remains the same ("Japanese Stamp Specialized Catalogue").

I personally think such inconsistency would cause misunderstandings...

-Hironobu
thanks unechan for the information, very helpful! Very surprising classic-era commemoratives are not covered in depth in terms of printing varieties, values on cover etc. Maybe in volume 3 some of that will be included.
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Rod Perry wrote:
ligneN wrote:The envaluations for
- postmarks socked-on-the-nose SON
- on cover
- stationery to 1946

will be in prewar Vol. 2 announced for November, 2017.
Does "on cover" relate to socked-on-the-nose items on cover, or more generally to stamps used (commercially) on cover.

That distinction is quantum, if Japan collectors wish to be aligned to the most progressive movement in worldwide philately: understanding and appreciating, commercially, the very reasons the stamps we collect were issued.

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Sorry for seeing this so late. Postmark envaluation and on-entire envaluation has been shifted to Vol. 3.

The "socked on the nose" evaluation of course is for loose stamps only.
Note the japanese mean upright standing pmks. Including the outer rings of the datestamps.
90%, 80% is not "socked on the nose" and values considerably less.
Pmks standing inverted value even much less, etc.
Some optimistic people get overly happy when they note $30 for a cheapo stamp with SON - but it really means SON in perfect state.

The on-cover envaluation is "more general".
Usually it has
inland usage, single on (cover / print / card...)
inland usage, multiple x5 or the like
inland usage, mixed franking,

foreign usage, sea mail...
foreign usage, air mail...
foreign usage, uprate on stationery...
any other foreign usage, mixed ec. from...

The foreign usage prices are only for covers with a latin cancel used for the franking. Inland cancel is only 30% of the given envaluation. For some very plentifull frankings like 5s or 10s, an extra envaluation is given for "inland type" cancel used.

Envaluation of specific p.o. / cancel type on cover is only in the section of Japanese offices in China and Korea, and only with the "forerunners" (unovpt. stamps) and with the early ovpt. stamps 1900/07 issues.

- As of the commemoratives on cover, after ca. 1950 there is only a inland and a foreign usage envaluation. Usually that means single franks.
The mixed frankings with 8-20 inland letter rate stamps paying a overseas air mail rate are only slightly over the loose used envalution for the stamps combined.

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Lets hope they will issue also a "Specialized catalog of commemorative stamps" covering the 1894/1972 period (circa).

A catalog on Ryukyus was issued and is NOT specialized anymore, not a good catalog. Just for number collectors who like to compare coloured catalog pics with real stamps (also in colour).

Again lets hope the JSCA Vol. 3 "territories and related" (which had occupations, Manchuko, Ryukyus) will be reissued in a updated version.
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ligneN wrote:
Rod Perry wrote:
ligneN wrote:The envaluations for
- postmarks socked-on-the-nose SON
- on cover
- stationery to 1946

will be in prewar Vol. 2 announced for November, 2017.
Does "on cover" relate to socked-on-the-nose items on cover, or more generally to stamps used (commercially) on cover.

That distinction is quantum, if Japan collectors wish to be aligned to the most progressive movement in worldwide philately: understanding and appreciating, commercially, the very reasons the stamps we collect were issued.

Rod
Sorry for seeing this so late. Postmark envaluation and on-entire envaluation has been shifted to Vol. 3.

The "socked on the nose" evaluation of course is for loose stamps only.
Note the japanese mean upright standing pmks. Including the outer rings of the datestamps.
90%, 80% is not "socked on the nose" and values considerably less.
Pmks standing inverted value even much less, etc.
Some optimistic people get overly happy when they note $30 for a cheapo stamp with SON - but it really means SON in perfect state.

The on-cover envaluation is "more general".
Usually it has
inland usage, single on (cover / print / card...)
inland usage, multiple x5 or the like
inland usage, mixed franking,

foreign usage, sea mail...
foreign usage, air mail...
foreign usage, uprate on stationery...
any other foreign usage, mixed ec. from...

The foreign usage prices are only for covers with a latin cancel used for the franking. Inland cancel is only 30% of the given envaluation. For some very plentifull frankings like 5s or 10s, an extra envaluation is given for "inland type" cancel used.

Envaluation of specific p.o. / cancel type on cover is only in the section of Japanese offices in China and Korea, and only with the "forerunners" (unovpt. stamps) and with the early ovpt. stamps 1900/07 issues.

- As of the commemoratives on cover, after ca. 1950 there is only a inland and a foreign usage envaluation. Usually that means single franks.
The mixed frankings with 8-20 inland letter rate stamps paying a overseas air mail rate are only slightly over the loose used envalution for the stamps combined.

***

Lets hope they will issue also a "Specialized catalog of commemorative stamps" covering the 1894/1972 period (circa).

A catalog on Ryukyus was issued and is NOT specialized anymore, not a good catalog. Just for number collectors who like to compare coloured catalog pics with real stamps (also in colour).

Again lets hope the JSCA Vol. 3 "territories and related" (which had occupations, Manchuko, Ryukyus) will be reissued in a updated version.
The on-cover envaluation is "more general".
Usually it has
inland usage, single on (cover / print / card...)
inland usage, multiple x5 or the like
inland usage, mixed franking,

foreign usage, sea mail...
foreign usage, air mail...
foreign usage, uprate on stationery...
any other foreign usage, mixed ec. from...

The foreign usage prices are only for covers with a latin cancel used for the franking. Inland cancel is only 30% of the given envaluation. For some very plentifull frankings like 5s or 10s, an extra envaluation is given for "inland type" cancel used.

Thank you. Very impressive listing!

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Supplement: for the definitives, they have "early usage on cover" evaluations, until the 1899 issue.
This includes the time frame, usually 2-3 months from issuance date.
They also have "earliest recorded usage on cover" for the pre-1900 period.

That was in 2011. Lets see what comes up with the announced Vol. 3
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Dear All,

The JSCA (Japanese Stamp Specialized Catalogue) Vol.3 has arrived.

As LigneN has mentioned, this volume is specialized in on-entire evaluation and postmark evaluation of Japanese definitives, air mail stamps and stationeries (not including the commemoratives).

Scan of Contents page.
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The postal history page gives detailed history of japanese postal system, postage fee tables for each period and evaluation of on-entire usage of each definitive series. The postage fee tables are well described, well organized compared to those in the former issues of JSCA and looks very useful.

Scan of on-entire evaluation page example.
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The evaluation is categorized according to postage types (e.g. First class mail, Second class mail etc., Advertising mail, Special delivery, postal parcels, registration and so on).

Scan of postmark evaluation page example.
Image
This shows the UPU Koban and New Koban series, and the structure is identical to those adopted in the former JSCA issues.


The brief summary of the development of postmarks utilizes the postmark ID used in the now-out-of-print "Handbook of Japanese Postmarks", JPS, 2008, and would be a nice reference for understanding the history of Japanese postmarks.

As mentioned in my former post, the three-volume catalogue is now only focusing on definitive stamps (including airmail, telegraph stamps, stationeries) and totally omitting the commemoratives. Although the english title of the catalogue remains the same as the former issues, one should be aware of this lack of listing and evaluation of commemorative stamps. Also most of the description is in Japanese except the major titles of the chapters and sections.

Nevertheless, I personally believe that this Volume 3 does cover a broad range of postal usage of definitive stamps, and together with the description of development of postal systems and postmarks, this catalogue will be a useful reference for Japanese philately.

The retail price is 2300 yen + tax (8%), and I personally believe this is a very very affordable price for a catalogue with such depth in content.

Hope this helps you all.

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unechan wrote:Dear All,

The JSCA (Japanese Stamp Specialized Catalogue) Vol.3 has arrived.

As LigneN has mentioned, this volume is specialized in on-entire evaluation and postmark evaluation of Japanese definitives, air mail stamps and stationeries (not including the commemoratives).

Scan of Contents page.
Image
The postal history page gives detailed history of japanese postal system, postage fee tables for each period and evaluation of on-entire usage of each definitive series. The postage fee tables are well described, well organized compared to those in the former issues of JSCA and looks very useful.

Scan of on-entire evaluation page example.
Image
The evaluation is categorized according to postage types (e.g. First class mail, Second class mail etc., Advertising mail, Special delivery, postal parcels, registration and so on).

Scan of postmark evaluation page example.
Image
This shows the UPU Koban and New Koban series, and the structure is identical to those adopted in the former JSCA issues.


The brief summary of the development of postmarks utilizes the postmark ID used in the now-out-of-print "Handbook of Japanese Postmarks", JPS, 2008, and would be a nice reference for understanding the history of Japanese postmarks.

As mentioned in my former post, the three-volume catalogue is now only focusing on definitive stamps (including airmail, telegraph stamps, stationeries) and totally omitting the commemoratives. Although the english title of the catalogue remains the same as the former issues, one should be aware of this lack of listing and evaluation of commemorative stamps. Also most of the description is in Japanese except the major titles of the chapters and sections.

Nevertheless, I personally believe that this Volume 3 does cover a broad range of postal usage of definitive stamps, and together with the description of development of postal systems and postmarks, this catalogue will be a useful reference for Japanese philately.

The retail price is 2300 yen + tax (8%), and I personally believe this is a very very affordable price for a catalogue with such depth in content.

Hope this helps you all.

- Hironobu


Hironobu

Thank you for updating us.

It would appear that Japan is at the forefront of recognising stamp usage as one of the more stimulating categories in Philately.

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Some wonderful news - the new editions of the JSCA catalogues are now bilingual Japanese AND English!
JSCA Specialized Catalogue - Now Bilingual in Japanese and English!
JSCA Specialized Catalogue - Now Bilingual in Japanese and English!
The first volume in the new bilingual format was released last October 2020 and covers the definitive issues from 1876 to 1908. I just received mine after discovering last week that bilingual versions were being produced.
Sample Page from 2020 Bilingual JSCA
Sample Page from 2020 Bilingual JSCA
Sorry for blurry image!

This is great news for collectors of Japan who do not read Japanese. And based on the information in the back of the catalogue, the plan will be for six volumes, with the second release, covering the first issues of 1871-1876, planned for release in October 2021.

The other volumes planned for future release are

Definitives 1913-1937
Definitives 1937-1948
Definitives 1948-1989
Commemoratives 1894-1956
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The new volume of "Visual JSCA", 1871-1876 (etched issues, dragons/cherry blossoms/birds) will be issued October 20, 2021.

ISBN978-4-88963-857-8

Size B5, 160pp., all colour and bilingual japanese/english, amazing. Price printed on reverse (inland) is Y.3000. Shipping to be added.

I dont know of a link to order directly from supplier/publisher in Japan.
Any bookshop (inc. the online biggos like Kinokuniya) or stamp dealer on Japan can supply it I guess.

The next issues will be, probably annually:
JSCA 1913-1937, 1937-1948, 1948-1989 (definitives).
JSCA commemoratives and 1st National Park issues (1894-1956).
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ligneN wrote: 16 Oct 2021 00:08 Image

The new volume of "Visual JSCA", 1871-1876 (etched issues, dragons/cherry blossoms/birds) will be issued October 20, 2021.

ISBN978-4-88963-857-8

Size B5, 160pp., all colour and bilingual, amazing. Price printed on reverse (inland) is Y.3000. Shipping to be added.

I dont know of a link to order directly from supplier/publisher in Japan.
Any bookshop (inc. the online biggos like Kinokuniya) or stamp dealer on Japan can supply it I guess.

The next issues will be, probably annually:
JSCA 1913-1937, 1937-1948, 1948-1989 (definitives).
JSCA commemoratives and 1st National Park issues (1894-1956).
My guess is that amazon.jp will have it at least for a short period. I have ordered JSCA items via them before.

ETA - just placed preorder with amazon.jp hopefully have it by the end of the month. :D
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The new volume of "Visual JSCA", 1871-1876 (etched issues, dragons/cherry blossoms/birds) will be issued October 20, 2021.

UPDATE:

It will be directly available from the publisher here:

http://yushu.or.jp/english/books/index.html

Under this link already available:
- the JSCA visual 1876/1908 volume (Y4.5oo inc. shipping to foreign)
- the pocket "Sakura" (see this earlier reports in this thread above).

I guess price/terms for the 1871/1876 volume will be the same as with the 1876/1908 volume.
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Are these in addition to or are they replacing the previous JSCA catalogues?

I am assuming that this will be the new format going forward and that additional volumes will cover the later issues.
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maptrekker wrote: 17 Oct 2021 12:06 Are these in addition to or are they replacing the previous JSCA catalogues?

I am assuming that this will be the new format going forward and that additional volumes will cover the later issues.
I am guessing they will be replacing the Japanese-Only volumes, though that is only speculation on my part.

My guess is the publishers are conscious of the rapid aging of the Japanese market that is likely shrinking the Japanese domestic philatelic market, so moving to bilingual to appeal to overseas collectors of Japan makes a lot of sense, especially as much of the information was not easily available to those who do not read Japanese (or struggle with online translators, which only work so well.)

And there will be four more volumes based on the backnotes in the 1876-1908 volume I have

1908-1937 Definitives
1937-1948 Definitives
1948-1989 Definitives
1894-1956 Commemoratives

as LingeN noted above, these will probably be a one per year release, so the whole set by 2025 (fingers crossed)
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ligneN wrote: 16 Oct 2021 00:08 Image

The new volume of "Visual JSCA", 1871-1876 (etched issues, dragons/cherry blossoms/birds) will be issued October 20, 2021.

(..)
Publishing date postponed to December 2021.

As JPP informed, there are some omissions/mistakes to be adjusted with deadline early November.
Good news is that some more content (e.g. additional detailed picturing of plate varieties) can be entered.
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maptrekker wrote: 17 Oct 2021 12:06 Are these in addition to or are they replacing the previous JSCA catalogues?
(..)
Yes. But only for the areas announced. Definitives to 1989 (inc. stationery), comms/parks to 1956.
It is hoped that they include new year issues and any non-definitive imprint stationery.

(1) The first generation of JSCA after the 2011 vols. were the 2016f. three small volumes "JSCA definitives".
In b&w, japanese only, prewar/postwar to 1989 and an extra volume on postal history/postmark+cover prices.
Perhaps the idea back then was the leave "all the rest" to already issued monolingual visuals?
Would have meant to kick "the rest" (commemoratives, parks, new year, all non-definitive stationery; Ryus, Manchuko, occupation WII) out of specialization.
Also the splitting of stationery to many volumes is unpopular.

What was not covered in 2016f. "JSCA definitives" (b&w, japanese only) three volumes were:
- commemoratives (inc. prefecturals), parks, new year issues and their booklets/panes;
- anything issued after 1989 (after Showa period);
- sidelines: Ryukyus, Manchuko, Occupation WWII.

(2) Note that the original intention of "Visual catalog" (colour, japanese only, see above) was aimed at topical collectors of Japan. Beeing all in colour, showing pics of models for stamps (plants, historical bldgs, toys, animals...), general historical background like design prize draws.. more like a heavily pictured blog.
"Philatelic specialization" (plate faults, postmarks, postal history) is avoided in favour of pics, pics,boxes...
So original "visual" is "Sakura+XXX pictures/topical information" in a sort of smartphone graphic style.

(3) JSCA visual adopts the concept of colour / many pics from topical visual catalogs.
But pics are restricted to philatelic content, not topical. And new feature of included english.
So it is enlarged adjusted modern JSCA, not variety of topicals visual.

What is still unsolved is the question of sideline JSCA (Ryukyus, Manchuko, Occ. WWII)
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Thank you for the detailed responses.

It looks like having my "classic" 2002 JSCA catalogue will be a necessity for the next few years at least.
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ligneN wrote: 17 Oct 2021 19:12
ligneN wrote: 16 Oct 2021 00:08 Image

The new volume of "Visual JSCA", 1871-1876 (etched issues, dragons/cherry blossoms/birds) will be issued October 20, 2021.

(..)
Publishing date postponed to December 2021.

As JPP informed, there are some omissions/mistakes to be adjusted with deadline early November.
Good news is that some more content (e.g. additional detailed picturing of plate varieties) can be entered.
Has there been any update on when this will be published?
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DJCMH wrote: 12 Jan 2022 04:39
ligneN wrote: 17 Oct 2021 19:12
ligneN wrote: 16 Oct 2021 00:08 Image

The new volume of "Visual JSCA", 1871-1876 (etched issues, dragons/cherry blossoms/birds) will be issued October 20, 2021.

(..)
Publishing date postponed to December 2021.

As JPP informed, there are some omissions/mistakes to be adjusted with deadline early November.
Good news is that some more content (e.g. additional detailed picturing of plate varieties) can be entered.
Has there been any update on when this will be published?
More problems with contents encountered.
The current state is an adjusted re-issue by December 2022...

Lets hope they manage to get to an earlier release date.
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ligneN wrote: 14 Jan 2022 04:21
DJCMH wrote: 12 Jan 2022 04:39
ligneN wrote: 17 Oct 2021 19:12
ligneN wrote: 16 Oct 2021 00:08 Image

The new volume of "Visual JSCA", 1871-1876 (etched issues, dragons/cherry blossoms/birds) will be issued October 20, 2021.

(..)
Publishing date postponed to December 2021.

As JPP informed, there are some omissions/mistakes to be adjusted with deadline early November.
Good news is that some more content (e.g. additional detailed picturing of plate varieties) can be entered.
Has there been any update on when this will be published?
More problems with contents encountered.
The current state is an adjusted re-issue by December 2022...

Lets hope they manage to get to an earlier release date.
Any word if the new volume covering 1871-1876 will still be published this year?
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Nothing heard up to now.

Perhaps check
http://www.yushu.or.jp/english/books/index.html
from time to time.
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ligneN wrote: 04 Dec 2022 06:05 Nothing heard up to now.

(..)
Just now was informed that problems are settled.
The revised and adjusted version is scheduled for ca. March 20, 2023.

It will be directly available from the publisher here:

http://yushu.or.jp/english/books/index.html

Knock on wood. :D
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The JSCA visual vol. 1 tebori 2023 edition is printed, currently in distribution to retailers and should be in the trade from March 20. :D
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