Getty New designs for the immigration stamp pages will showcase work from the Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai.
The Japan Foreign Ministry plans to introduce the new design in 2019.
As a country, Japan is an undeniable mix of tech-forward and traditional, creative and rigid in routine: there are hedgehog cafes and “invisible” trains, sure, but there are also revered, ancient shrines and deeply rooted etiquette traditions that can trip up even the most seasoned of travelers. It’s fitting, then, that the country’s new passports have all the trappings of technology while hewing toward the historical.
Unveiled by the Japan Foreign Ministry on Wednesday, the new design of immigration stamp pages in the country‚Äôs passport will showcase landscapes from 18th-century Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai‚Äôs famous series of ukiyo-e woodblock prints, ‚ÄúThirty-six Views of Mount Fuji,‚Äù which depict the famed mountain from various locations, in different seasons, and throughout various weather conditions. Specifically, each pair of facing pages will have different landscapes, of which they plan to use 24. According to the ministry, it is the first time the passport designs have changed so significantly since the post-World War II era. The new look is not yet in circulation, however: the country will begin production in 2019 before it hosts the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, and the passports will also be updated with state-of-the-art security features to better prevent falsification and forgery.
Courtesy Japan Foreign Ministry
Hokusai’s Edo Nihonbashi print, in a passport rendering.
Japan isn’t the only country stepping up its passport design: a new Norwegian design yet to be implemented won a contest for its beautiful minimalism, and in nearby Finland, the existing passport doubles as a flip book of a walking moose. In the U.S.? Officials say we can look forward to “new artwork,” in the near future, though we won’t get our hopes up‚Äîthat probably just means better-looking eagles.
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