Cafe Analog ‘Best of Japan’ Stamps
Since we started 3 years ago a lot of stamps have gone in and out, but some we had to reorder a lot of times. Also we find ourselves using these again and again because they are so meaningful and timeless. All these are symbols in Japanese Daily life.
Because we have a lot of new customers we decided to do a CAFE ANALOG Best of Japan stamps.
We picked 6 different ones to start with: Crane Tsuru) – Koi (Carp) – Plum Blossom (Ume) – Goldfish (Kingyo) – Daruma – Mizuhiki (bow)
- CRANE (5 x 3,5 cm) – In Japan, the crane is a mystical creature and is believed to live for a thousand years. As a result, in the Japanese, Chinese and Korean culture, the crane represents good fortune and longevity. The Japanese refer to the crane as the “bird of happiness.
- KOI (4 x 3 cm) – The koi carp is thought to be a symbol of luck, prosperity, and good fortune within Japan. … In Japanese culture, the koi carp is a highly respected and very symbolic fish that is closely tied to the country’s national identity. The koi carp is thought to be a symbol of luck, prosperity, and good fortune within Japan.
- PLUM BLOSSOM (4,5 x 4,5 cm) – The plum blossom is seen as a symbol of winter and a harbinger of spring. … Therefore, the plum blossom came to symbolize perseverance and hope, as well as beauty, purity, and the transitoriness of life.
- GOLDFISH (4 x 3 cm) – In Japan as well as China, the goldfish is seen as a symbol of wealth and good luck. Within Feng Shui, the goldfish has long been viewed as a symbol of surplus and abundance.
- DARUMA (2,5 x 2,5 cm) –Usually red and round and made of a special type of Japanese paper, the bodiless head stares with fierce determination. The eyes are left intentionally blank, so that it’s up to the user to draw in the pupils or irises. The process of using a Daruma doll is simple: … When the dream is achieved, paint in the other eye.
- MIZUHIKI (7,5 x 1,5 cm) – Easy to unwind, the Mizuhiki bow is used for something that may be repeated “time and time again” such as baby gifts etc. In Japan both Mizuhiki and Noshi are essential when formally exchanging gifts. Mizuhiki is a decorative cord used for tying the paper that is wrapped around gifts. It usually is a bow.