Thursday, March 26, 2009

FDC from North Korea(DPRK)/FDC de Coree du Nord(RPDC)

Celebration of 20th Anniversary of Nomination of Jong Il Peak/
La célébration de 20ème Anniversaire de Nomination de Pic de Jong Il

"The Korea Stamp Corporation has issues the souvenir sheet to mark the 20th anniversary of nominaltion of Jong Il Peak.
Jong Il Peak, which was named after the Korean leader Kim Jong Il, is the peak of the Korean revolution and the most meaningful peak of Korean as well as the peak of hope and leading which leads rhe entire Party, the whole army and all the people all the way to the eternal victory and glory."-Korean Stamp Co.,

PS: The cover is get serious damage when it arrive Taiwan, and it been re-cover by Taiwan Post.

FDC from North Korea(DPRK)/FDC de Coree du Nord(RPDC)

Korean Folk Customs (furniture)/
Douane de Gens coréenne (meubles)

"The stamp show the furniture, which had been widely used by the Korean people in Ri Dynasty.
The furniture, which shows the Korean traditional customs, reflects the then people's lifestyle and cultural hobby.
50 won stamp: Haeju Small Table with Patterns of Chrysanthemum.
70 won stamp: Inkstone Table with Patterns of Mother-of-Pearls.
120 won stamp: Red-Iacquered Collapsible.
170 won stamp: Jewel Container made of Cow Horn."-Korean stamp Co.,

Friday, March 20, 2009

FDC from Bulgaria/FDC de la Bulgarie

120th anniversary of the Orient Express/
120ème anniversaire de L'Orient-Express

"The Orient Express is the name of a long-distance passenger train originally operated by the Compagnie Internationale des Wagons-Lits. Its route has changed many times, and several routes have in the past concurrently used the name (or slight variants thereof). Although the original Orient Express was simply a normal international railway service, the name has become synonymous with intrigue and luxury travel. The two city names most intimately associated with the Orient Express are Paris and Istanbul, the original endpoints of the service.

The current Orient Express does not serve Paris or Istanbul. Its immediate predecessor, a through overnight service from Paris to Vienna ran for the very last time from Paris on Friday, June 8, 2007. Since then, the route, still called the "Orient Express", has been shortened to start from Strasbourg instead,occasioned by the inauguration of the LGV Est which affords much faster travel times from Paris to Strasbourg. The new curtailed service leaves Strasbourg at 22.20 daily, shortly after the arrival of a TGV from Paris, and is attached at Karlsruhe to the overnight sleeper service from Amsterdam to Vienna."-wiki

"L'Orient-Express est un train de luxe qui, depuis 1883, assure la liaison entre Paris (gare de Paris-Est), Vienne et Istanbul, desservant plusieurs capitales européennes. Dans les années 1920, avec des artistes-décorateurs comme Prou ou bien René Lalique, le style « Orient-Express » atteignit son apogée. C'est après plusieurs changements d'itinéraire, de guerres et enfin par l'abaissement continu de son prestige pendant la Guerre froide, que le service régulier vers Istanbul et Athènes cessa en 1977, vaincu par la faiblesse de sa vitesse commerciale (à peine 55 km/h vers la fin), due aux interminables arrêts douaniers dans les pays communistes traversés, et malmené par la concurrence grandissante de l'avion.

Depuis 1982, un nouveau train de luxe régulier, assuré par compagnie privée, a pris le relais sur le trajet Boulogne-sur-Mer (désormais Calais)-Paris-Venise, via Milan ou Innsbruck, avec parfois un prolongement vers Istanbul. L'Orient-Express d'origine continue en outre son service régulier entre Paris et Vienne, la section Paris-Strasbourg étant désormais assurée par le TGV Est, en correspondance."-wiki

Monday, March 16, 2009

FDC from South Korea/FDC de Coree du Sud

Bicentennial of Louis Braille’s Birth Commemorative Stamp/
Le bicentenaire de la Naissance de Braille Louis le Timbre Commémoratif

"The Braille characters used by blind people across the world were created by Louis Braille of France. January 4, 2009 is a meaningful day that celebrates the 200th anniversary of the birth of Louis Braille. Born in 1809 at Coupvray, a small country village near Paris, France, Louis Braille lost his eyesight at age 3 when he pricked one of his eyes with an awl in his father’s workshop and lost the other eye to infection. When he was 12, he was exposed to the system designating letters with 12 raised dots at a blind and dumb school. They were developed for nighttime military communication purpose by a commissioned officer named Barbier. In 1824, based on these raised letters, Louis Braille created a new system of representing letters with 6 raised dots that was both simpler and easier to read and write. Later on, he also devised mathematical symbols and musical signs into raised letters and announced them. Being more systematic and easier to learn, the raised letters created by Braille started to spread to more and more people. Even though Louis Braille unfortunately died early at age 43 without seeing his raised letters being formally adopted and used, the raised letters developed by him became a door to the outside world for blind people across the world who used to be locked in the dark. The Braille points comprise the 6 dots that are the most beautiful in the world. His name Braille is now referred to mean raised letters. On the 200th anniversary of the birth of Louis Braille, a new stamp is issued to commemorate his great achievements. The stamp features Louis Braille, the phrase meaning “the world seen by hands” and the image of the raised letters that expresses this phrase."-Korea Post

Friday, March 6, 2009

Sunday, March 1, 2009

FDC from Japan/FDC du Japon

GeGeGe no Kitaro/Kitaro le repoussant

FDC from Lin Yu, Thanks!

"GeGeGe no Kitaro (ゲゲゲの鬼太郎, GeGeGe no Kitarō) is a manga series created in 1959 by manga artist Shigeru Mizuki. It is best known for its popularization of the folklore creatures known as yōkai, a class of spirit-monster to which all of the main characters belong. It has been adapted for the screen several times, as anime, live-action, and video games.

The actual title of the original manga is Hakaba Kitarō (墓場鬼太郎), literally meaning "Graveyard Kitaro". "Ge Ge Ge..." only applies to the anime. However, the manga was later republished under the anime title. In January, 2008, the original manga was finally adapted into an anime, running in Fuji TV's Noitamina slot."-wiki

"Kitaro le repoussant (ゲゲゲの鬼太郎, GeGeGe no Kitarō) est une série de manga créée en 1959 par le japonais Shigeru Mizuki. Il est principalement connu pour avoir popularisé les yōkai, des créatures du folklore japonais. Il a été adapté plusieurs fois à l'écran sous forme d'anime, ou en jeu video."-wiki