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Ukiyo-e Censor Seal Chart

Ukiyo-e prints can be dated by its censor seals. This chart shows the various censor seals that were used during different time period from 1790-1875. The seals were handmade, so the images here may slightly vary from the ones on your print. Click the images to see variations of a particular seal.

1791 - 1842

Kiwame Seal - 極印(きわめいん)

Kiwame Seals were used from 1791 through 1842.


Kiwame

Kiwame (極)


1843 - 1847

"Single" Nanushi Censor Seal (名主印 Nanushi shirushi)

Prints made between 1791 through 1842 contain a "single" Nanushi seal. Nanushis were individuals that impressed their censor marks.


Kinugasa

Kinugasa
(衣笠)

Mura

Mura
(村)

Murata

Murata
(村田)

Watari

Watari
(渡)

Yoshimura

Yoshimura
(吉村)


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Example

1847 - March 20, 1852

"Paired" Nanushi Censor Seal

Prints made between 1791 through 1842 contain a "paired" Nanushi seal provided below.


FukuMuramatsu

Fuku-Muramatsu
(渡-村松)

KinugasaHama

Kinugasa-Hama
(衣笠-濱)

KinugasaWatanabe

Kinugasa-Watanabe
(衣笠-渡邊)

MeraMurata

Mera-Murata
(米良-村田)

MuramatsuYoshimura

Muramatsu-Yoshimura
(村松-吉村)


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Example

March 21, 1852 - February 7, 1853
Year Of The Rat

"Paired" Nanushi Censor Seal + Zodiac Rat/Month Seal

Prints made between March 21, 1852 (2nd Month of Year of Rat) - February 07, 1853 contain a "paired" nanushi seals with a zodiac rat/month seal.


1852 Rat Year 3rd Mo

1852
Rat Year
3rd Mo.
(子三)

1852 Rat Year 4th Mo

1852
Rat Year
4th Mo.
(子四)

1852 Rat Year 5th Mo

1852
Rat Year
5th Mo.
(子五)

1852 Rat Year 6th Mo

1852
Rat Year
6th Mo.
(子六)

1852 Rat Year 7th Mo

1852
Rat Year
7th Mo.
(子七)

1852 Rat Year 8th Mo

1852
Rat Year
8th Mo.
(子八)

1852 Rat Year 9th Mo

1852
Rat Year
9th Mo.
(子九)


1852 Rat Year 10th Mo

1852
Rat Year
10th Mo.
(子十)

1852 Rat Year 11th Mo

1852
Rat Year
11th Mo.
(子十一)

1852 Rat Year 12th Mo

1852
Rat Year
12th Mo.
(子十二)


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Example

February 9, 1853 - December 29, 1853
Year Of The Ox

"Paired" Nanushi Censor Seal + Zodiac Ox/Month Seal

Prints made between February 9, 1853 - December 29, 1853 contain a "paired" nanushi seals with a zodiac ox/month seal.


1853 Ox Year 1st Mo

1853 Ox Year
1st Mo.
(丑正)

1853 Ox Year 2nd Mo

1853 Ox Year
2nd Mo.
(丑二)

1853 Ox Year 3rd Mo

1853 Ox Year
3rd Mo.
(丑三)

1853 Ox Year 4th Mo

1853 Ox Year
4th Mo.
(丑四)

1853 Ox Year 5th Mo

1853 Ox Year
5th Mo.
(丑五)

1853 Ox Year 6th Mo

1853 Ox Year
6th Mo.
(丑六)

1853 Ox Year 6th Mo

1853 Ox Year
6th Mo.
(丑六)


1853 Ox Year 7th Mo

1853 Ox Year
7th Mo.
(丑七)

1853 Ox Year 8th Mo

1853 Ox Year
8th Mo.
(丑八)

1853 Ox Year 9th Mo

1853 Ox Year
9th Mo.
(丑九)

1853 Ox Year 10th Mo

1853 Ox Year
10th Mo.
(丑十)

1853 Ox Year 11th Mo

1853 Ox Year
11th Mo.
(丑十一)


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Example

December 1, 1853 - January 28, 1854

Aratame Seal (改印) + Zodiac Sign/Month Seal

Prints made between December 1, 1853 - January 28, 1854 (i.e., month 11 and 12 of year of ox) contain an Aratame with Zodiac Sign/Month Seal.


Aratame Seal  Started c December 1 18531854

Aratame Seal (改)
Started c. December 1, 1853-1854

1853 Ox Year 11th Mo

1853 Ox Year
11th Mo.
(丑十一)

1853 Ox Year 12th Mo

1853 Ox Year
12th Mo.
(丑十二)


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January 29, 1854 - February 16, 1855
Year Of The Tiger

Aratame Seal (改印) + Zodiac Tiger/Month Seal

Prints made between January 29, 1854 - February 16, 1855 (i.e., Year Of The Tiger) contain a Aratame seal with a zodiac tiger/month seal.


1854 Tiger 1st Mo

1854 Tiger
1st Mo.
(寅正)

1854 Tiger 2nd Mo

1854 Tiger
2nd Mo.
(寅二)

1854 Tiger 3rd Mo

1854 Tiger
3rd Mo.
(寅三)

1854 Tiger 4th Mo

1854 Tiger
4th Mo.
(寅四)

1854 Tiger 5th Mo

1854 Tiger
5th Mo.
(寅五)

1854 Tiger 6th Mo

1854 Tiger
6th Mo.
(寅六)

1854 Tiger 7th Mo

1854 Tiger
7th Mo.
(寅七)


1854 Tiger 8th Mo

1854 Tiger
8th Mo.
(寅八)

1854 Tiger 9th Mo

1854 Tiger
9th Mo.
(寅九)

1854 Tiger 10th Mo

1854 Tiger
10th Mo.
(寅十)

1854 Tiger 11th Mo

1854 Tiger
11th Mo.
(寅十一)

1854 Tiger 12th Mo

1854 Tiger
12th Mo.
(寅十二)


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February 17, 1855 - February 5, 1856
Year Of The Rabbit

Aratame Seal (改印) + Zodiac Rabbit/Month Seal

Prints made between February 17, 1855 - February 5, 1856 (i.e., Year Of The Rabbit) contain a Aratame seal with a zodiac rabbit/month seal.


1855 Rabbit 1st Mo

1855 Rabbit
1st Mo.
(卯正)

1855 Rabbit 2nd Mo

1855 Rabbit
2nd Mo.
(卯二)

1855 Rabbit 3rd Mo

1855 Rabbit
3rd Mo.
(卯三)

1855 Rabbit 4th Mo

1855 Rabbit
4th Mo.
(卯四)

1855 Rabbit 5th Mo

1855 Rabbit
5th Mo.
(卯五)

1855 Rabbit 6th Mo

1855 Rabbit
6th Mo.
(卯六)

1855 Rabbit 7th Mo

1855 Rabbit
7th Mo.
(卯七)


1855 Rabbit 8th Mo

1855 Rabbit
8th Mo.
(卯八)

1855 Rabbit 9th Mo

1855 Rabbit
9th Mo.
(卯九)

1855 Rabbit 10th Mo

1855 Rabbit
10th Mo.
(卯十)

1855 Rabbit 11th Mo

1855 Rabbit
11th Mo.
(卯十一)

1855 Rabbit 12th Mo

1855 Rabbit
12th Mo.
(卯十二)


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February 6, 1856 - January 25, 1857
Year Of The Dragon

Aratame Seal (改) + Zodiac Dragon (辰)/Month Seal

During this time period, prints contain an aratame seal with a zodiac dragon/month seal.


1856 Dragon 1st Mo

1856 Dragon
1st Mo.
(辰正)

1856 Dragon 2nd Mo

1856 Dragon
2nd Mo.
(辰二)

1856 Dragon 3rd Mo

1856 Dragon
3rd Mo.
(辰三)

1856 Dragon 4th Mo

1856 Dragon
4th Mo.
(辰四)

1856 Dragon 5th Mo

1856 Dragon
5th Mo.
(辰五)

1856 Dragon 6th Mo

1856 Dragon
6th Mo.
(辰六)

1856 Dragon 7th Mo

1856 Dragon
7th Mo.
(辰七)


1856 Dragon 8th Mo

1856 Dragon
8th Mo.
(辰八)

1856 Dragon 9th Mo

1856 Dragon
9th Mo.
(辰九)

1856 Dragon 10th Mo

1856 Dragon
10th Mo.
(辰十)

1856 Dragon 11th Mo

1856 Dragon
11th Mo.
(辰十一)

1856 Dragon 12th Mo

1856 Dragon
12th Mo.
(辰十二)


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January 26, 1857 - February 13, 1858
Year Of The Snake

Aratame Seal (改) + Zodiac Snake (巳)/Month Seal

During this time period, prints contain an aratame seal with a zodiac snake/month seal.


1857 Snake 1st Mo

1857 Snake
1st Mo.
(巳正)

1857 Snake 2nd Mo

1857 Snake
2nd Mo.
(巳二)

1857 Snake 3rd Mo

1857 Snake
3rd Mo.
(巳三)

1857 Snake 4th Mo

1857 Snake
4th Mo.
(巳四)

1857 Snake 5th Mo

1857 Snake
5th Mo.
(巳五)

1857 Snake 5th Leap Mo

1857 Snake
5th Leap Mo.
(巳壬五)

1857 Snake 6th Mo

1857 Snake
6th Mo.
(巳六)


1857 Snake 7th Mo

1857 Snake
7th Mo.
(巳七)

1857 Snake 8th Mo

1857 Snake
8th Mo.
(巳八)

1857 Snake 9th Mo

1857 Snake
9th Mo.
(巳九)

1857 Snake 10th Mo

1857 Snake
10th Mo.
(巳十)

1857 Snake 11th Mo

1857 Snake
11th Mo.
(巳十一)

1857 Snake 12th Mo

1857 Snake
12th Mo.
(巳十二)


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February 14, 1858 - February 2, 1859
Year Of The Horse

Zodiac Horse (午)/Month Seal
(No Aratame Seal)

During this time period, prints contain only zodiac horse/month seal.


1858 Horse 2nd Mo

1858 Horse
2nd Mo.
(巳二)

1858 Horse 3rd Mo

1858 Horse
3rd Mo.
(巳三)

1858 Horse 4th Mo

1858 Horse
4th Mo.
(巳四)

1858 Horse 5th Mo

1858 Horse
5th Mo.
(巳五)

1858 Horse 6th Mo

1858 Horse
6th Mo.
(巳六)

1858 Horse 7th Mo

1858 Horse
7th Mo.
(巳七)

1858 Horse 8th Mo

1858 Horse
8th Mo.
(巳八)


1858 Horse 9th Mo

1858 Horse
9th Mo.
(巳九)

1858 Horse 10th Mo

1858 Horse
10th Mo.
(巳十)

1858 Horse 11th Mo

1858 Horse
11th Mo.
(巳十一)

1858 Horse 12th Mo

1858 Horse
12th Mo.
(巳十二)


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February 3, 1859 - January 22, 1860
Year Of The Goat

One stamp contains Aratame (改) and Zodiac Goat (未)/Month Seal

During this time period, the aratame and zodiac date appear in a single round seal.


Aratame 1859 Goat 1st Mo

Aratame
1859 Goat
1st Mo.
(改未正)

Aratame 1859 Goat 2nd Mo

Aratame
1859 Goat
2nd Mo.
(改未二)

Aratame 1859 Goat 3rd Mo

Aratame
1859 Goat
3rd Mo.
(改未三)

Aratame 1859 Goat 4th Mo

Aratame
1859 Goat
4th Mo.
(改未四)

Aratame 1859 Goat 5th Mo

Aratame
1859 Goat
5th Mo.
(改未五)

Aratame 1859 Goat 5th Mo

Aratame
1859 Goat
5th Mo.
(改未五)

Aratame 1859 Goat 6th Mo

Aratame
1859 Goat
6th Mo.
(改未六)


Aratame 1859 Goat 6th Mo

Aratame
1859 Goat
6th Mo.
(改未六)

Aratame 1859 Goat 7th Mo

Aratame
1859 Goat
7th Mo.
(改未七)

Aratame 1859 Goat 8th Mo

Aratame
1859 Goat
8th Mo.
(改未八)

Aratame 1859 Goat 8th Mo

Aratame
1859 Goat
8th Mo.
(改未八)

Aratame 1859 Goat 9th Mo

Aratame
1859 Goat
9th Mo.
(改未九)

Aratame 1859 Goat 10th Mo

Aratame
1859 Goat
10th Mo.
(改未十)

Aratame 1859 Goat 11th Mo

Aratame
1859 Goat
11th Mo.
(改未十一)


Aratame 1859 Goat 12th Mo

Aratame
1859 Goat
12th Mo.
(改未十二)


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January 23, 1860 - February 9, 1861
Year Of The Monkey

One stamp contains aratame (改), zodiac year (monkey 申), and month.


Aratame 1860 Monkey 1st Mo

Aratame
1860 Monkey
1st Mo.
(改申正)

Aratame 1860 Monkey 2nd Mo

Aratame
1860 Monkey
2nd Mo.
(改申二)

Aratame 1860 Monkey 3rd Mo

Aratame
1860 Monkey
3rd Mo.
(改申三)

Aratame 1860 Monkey 3rd Mo Leap

Aratame
1860 Monkey
3rd Mo.
Leap
(改壬申三)

Aratame 1860 Monkey 4th Mo

Aratame
1860 Monkey
4th Mo.
(改申四)

Aratame 1860 Monkey 5th Mo

Aratame
1860 Monkey
5th Mo.
(改申五)

Aratame 1860 Monkey 6th Mo

Aratame
1860 Monkey
6th Mo.
(改申六)


Aratame 1860 Monkey 7th Mo

Aratame
1860 Monkey
7th Mo.
(改申七)

Aratame 1860 Monkey 8th Mo

Aratame
1860 Monkey
8th Mo.
(改申八)

Aratame 1860 Monkey 9th Mo

Aratame
1860 Monkey
9th Mo.
(改申九)

Aratame 1860 Monkey 10th Mo

Aratame
1860 Monkey
10th Mo.
(改申十)

Aratame 1860 Monkey 11th Mo

Aratame
1860 Monkey
11th Mo.
(改申十一)

Aratame 1860 Monkey 12th Mo

Aratame
1860 Monkey
12th Mo.
(改申十二)


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February 10, 1861 - January 29, 1862
Year Of The Rooster

One stamp contains aratame (改), zodiac year (Rooster 酉), and month.


Aratame 1861 Rooster 1st Mo

Aratame
1861 Rooster
1st Mo.
(改酉正)

Aratame 1861 Rooster 2nd Mo

Aratame
1861 Rooster
2nd Mo.
(改酉二)

Aratame 1861 Rooster 2nd Mo

Aratame
1861 Rooster
2nd Mo.
(改酉二)

Aratame 1861 Rooster 3rd Mo

Aratame
1861 Rooster
3rd Mo.
(改酉三)

Aratame 1861 Rooster 4th Mo

Aratame
1861 Rooster
4th Mo.
(改酉四)

Aratame 1861 Rooster 5th Mo

Aratame
1861 Rooster
5th Mo.
(改酉五)

Aratame 1861 Rooster 6th Mo

Aratame
1861 Rooster
6th Mo.
(改酉六)


Aratame 1861 Rooster 7th Mo

Aratame
1861 Rooster
7th Mo.
(改酉七)

Aratame 1861 Rooster 8th Mo

Aratame
1861 Rooster
8th Mo.
(改酉八)

Aratame 1861 Rooster 9th Mo

Aratame
1861 Rooster
9th Mo.
(改酉九)

Aratame 1861 Rooster 10th Mo

Aratame
1861 Rooster
10th Mo.
(改酉十)

Aratame 1861 Rooster 11th Mo

Aratame
1861 Rooster
11th Mo.
(改酉十一)

Aratame 1861 Rooster 12th Mo

Aratame
1861 Rooster
12th Mo.
(改酉十二)


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January 30, 1862 - February 17, 1863
Year Of The Dog

One stamp contains aratame (改), zodiac year (Dog 戌), and month.


Aratame 1862 Dog 1st Mo

Aratame
1862 Dog
1st Mo.
(改戌正)

Aratame 1862 Dog 2nd Mo

Aratame
1862 Dog
2nd Mo.
(改戌二)

Aratame 1862 Dog 3rd Mo

Aratame
1862 Dog
3rd Mo.
(改戌三)

Aratame 1862 Dog 4th Mo

Aratame
1862 Dog
4th Mo.
(改戌四)

Aratame 1862 Dog 5th Mo

Aratame
1862 Dog
5th Mo.
(改戌五)

Aratame 1862 Dog 6th Mo

Aratame
1862 Dog
6th Mo.
(改戌六)

Aratame 1862 Dog 7th Mo

Aratame
1862 Dog
7th Mo.
(改戌七)


Aratame 1862 Dog 8th Mo

Aratame
1862 Dog
8th Mo.
(改戌八)

Aratame 1862 Dog 9th Mo

Aratame
1862 Dog
9th Mo.
(改戌九)

Aratame 1862 Dog 10th Mo

Aratame
1862 Dog
10th Mo.
(改戌十)

Aratame 1862 Dog 11th Mo

Aratame
1862 Dog
11th Mo.
(改戌十一)

Aratame 1862 Dog 12th Mo

Aratame
1862 Dog
12th Mo.
(改戌十二)


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February 18, 1863 - February 7, 1864
Year Of The Pig

One stamp contains aratame (改), zodiac year (Pig 亥), and month.


Aratame 1863 Pig 1st Mo

Aratame
1863 Pig
1st Mo.
(改亥正)

Aratame 1863 Pig 2nd Mo

Aratame
1863 Pig
2nd Mo.
(改亥二)

Aratame 1863 Pig 2nd Mo

Aratame
1863 Pig
2nd Mo.
(改亥二)

Aratame 1863 Pig 3rd Mo

Aratame
1863 Pig
3rd Mo.
(改亥三)

Aratame 1863 Pig 4th Mo

Aratame
1863 Pig
4th Mo.
(改亥四)

Aratame 1863 Pig 5th Mo

Aratame
1863 Pig
5th Mo.
(改亥五)

Aratame 1863 Pig 6th Mo

Aratame
1863 Pig
6th Mo.
(改亥六)


Aratame 1863 Pig 7th Mo

Aratame
1863 Pig
7th Mo.
(改亥七)

Aratame 1863 Pig 8th Mo

Aratame
1863 Pig
8th Mo.
(改亥八)

Aratame 1863 Pig 9th Mo

Aratame
1863 Pig
9th Mo.
(改亥九)

Aratame 1863 Pig 10th Mo

Aratame
1863 Pig
10th Mo.
(改亥十)

Aratame 1863 Pig 11th Mo

Aratame
1863 Pig
11th Mo.
(改亥十一)

Aratame 1863 Pig 12th Mo

Aratame
1863 Pig
12th Mo.
(改亥十二)


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February 8, 1864 - January 26, 1865
Year Of The Rat

One stamp contains aratame (改), zodiac year (Rat 子), and month.


Aratame 1864 Rat 1st Mo

Aratame
1864 Rat
1st Mo.
(改子正)

Aratame 1864 Rat 2nd Mo

Aratame
1864 Rat
2nd Mo.
(改子二)

Aratame 1864 Rat 3rd Mo

Aratame
1864 Rat
3rd Mo.
(改子三)

Aratame 1864 Rat 4th Mo

Aratame
1864 Rat
4th Mo.
(改子四)

Aratame 1864 Rat 5th Mo

Aratame
1864 Rat
5th Mo.
(改子五)

Aratame 1864 Rat 6th Mo

Aratame
1864 Rat
6th Mo.
(改子六)

Aratame 1864 Rat 7th Mo

Aratame
1864 Rat
7th Mo.
(改子七)


Aratame 1864 Rat 8th Mo

Aratame
1864 Rat
8th Mo.
(改子八)

Aratame 1864 Rat 9th Mo

Aratame
1864 Rat
9th Mo.
(改子九)

Aratame 1864 Rat 10th Mo

Aratame
1864 Rat
10th Mo.
(改子十)

Aratame 1864 Rat 11th Mo

Aratame
1864 Rat
11th Mo.
(改子十一)

Aratame 1864 Rat 12th Mo

Aratame
1864 Rat
12th Mo.
(改子十二)


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January 27, 1865 - February 14, 1866
Year Of The Ox

One stamp contains aratame (改), zodiac year (Ox 丑), and month.


Aratame 1865 Ox 1st Mo

Aratame
1865 Ox
1st Mo.
(改丑正)

Aratame 1865 Ox 2nd Mo

Aratame
1865 Ox
2nd Mo.
(改丑二)

Aratame 1865 Ox 3rd Mo

Aratame
1865 Ox
3rd Mo.
(改丑三)

Aratame 1865 Ox 4th Mo

Aratame
1865 Ox
4th Mo.
(改丑四)

Aratame 1865 Ox 5th Mo

Aratame
1865 Ox
5th Mo.
(改丑五)

Aratame 1865 Ox 5th Mo Leap

Aratame
1865 Ox
5th Mo.
Leap
(改丑閏五)

Aratame 1865 Ox 5th Mo Leap

Aratame
1865 Ox
5th Mo.
Leap
(改丑閏五)


Aratame 1865 Ox 6th Mo

Aratame
1865 Ox
6th Mo.
(改丑六)

Aratame 1865 Ox 7th Mo

Aratame
1865 Ox
7th Mo.
(改丑七)

Aratame 1865 Ox 8th Mo

Aratame
1865 Ox
8th Mo.
(改丑八)

Aratame 1865 Ox 9th Mo

Aratame
1865 Ox
9th Mo.
(改丑九)

Aratame 1865 Ox 10th Mo

Aratame
1865 Ox
10th Mo.
(改丑十)

Aratame 1865 Ox 11th Mo

Aratame
1865 Ox
11th Mo.
(改丑十一)

Aratame 1865 Ox 12th Mo

Aratame
1865 Ox
12th Mo.
(改丑十二)



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Example

February 15, 1866 - February 4, 1867
Year Of The Tiger

One stamp contains aratame (改), zodiac year (Tiger 寅), and month.


Aratame 1866 Tiger 1st Mo

Aratame
1866 Tiger
1st Mo.
(改寅正)

Aratame 1866 Tiger 2nd Mo

Aratame
1866 Tiger
2nd Mo.
(改寅二)

Aratame 1866 Tiger 3rd Mo

Aratame
1866 Tiger
3rd Mo.
(改寅三)

Aratame 1866 Tiger 4th Mo

Aratame
1866 Tiger
4th Mo.
(改寅四)

Aratame 1866 Tiger 5th Mo

Aratame
1866 Tiger
5th Mo.
(改寅五)

Aratame 1866 Tiger 6th Mo

Aratame
1866 Tiger
6th Mo.
(改寅六)

Aratame 1866 Tiger 7th Mo

Aratame
1866 Tiger
7th Mo.
(改寅七)


Aratame 1866 Tiger 8th Mo

Aratame
1866 Tiger
8th Mo.
(改寅八)

Aratame 1866 Tiger 9th Mo

Aratame
1866 Tiger
9th Mo.
(改寅九)

Aratame 1866 Tiger 10th Mo

Aratame
1866 Tiger
10th Mo.
(改寅十)

Aratame 1866 Tiger 11th Mo

Aratame
1866 Tiger
11th Mo.
(改寅十一)

Aratame 1866 Tiger 12th Mo

Aratame
1866 Tiger
12th Mo.
(改寅十二)


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Example

February 5, 1867 - January 24, 1868
Year Of The Rabbit

One stamp contains aratame (改), zodiac year (Rabbit 卯), and month.


Aratame 1867 Rabbit 1st Mo

Aratame
1867 Rabbit
1st Mo.
(改卯正)

Aratame 1867 Rabbit 2nd Mo

Aratame
1867 Rabbit
2nd Mo.
(改卯二)

Aratame 1867 Rabbit 3rd Mo

Aratame
1867 Rabbit
3rd Mo.
(改卯三)

Aratame 1867 Rabbit 4th Mo

Aratame
1867 Rabbit
4th Mo.
(改卯四)

Aratame 1867 Rabbit 5th Mo

Aratame
1867 Rabbit
5th Mo.
(改卯五)

Aratame 1867 Rabbit 6th Mo

Aratame
1867 Rabbit
6th Mo.
(改卯六)

Aratame 1867 Rabbit 7th Mo

Aratame
1867 Rabbit
7th Mo.
(改卯七)


Aratame 1867 Rabbit 8th Mo

Aratame
1867 Rabbit
8th Mo.
(改卯八)

Aratame 1867 Rabbit 9th Mo

Aratame
1867 Rabbit
9th Mo.
(改卯九)

Aratame 1867 Rabbit 10th Mo

Aratame
1867 Rabbit
10th Mo.
(改卯十)

Aratame 1867 Rabbit 11th Mo

Aratame
1867 Rabbit
11th Mo.
(改卯十一)

Aratame 1867 Rabbit 12th Mo

Aratame
1867 Rabbit
12th Mo.
(改卯十二)


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Example

January 25, 1868 - February 10, 1869
Year Of The Dragon

One stamp contains aratame (改), zodiac year (Dragon 辰), and month.


Aratame 1868 Dragon 1st Mo

Aratame
1868 Dragon
1st Mo.
(改辰正)

Aratame 1868 Dragon 2nd Mo

Aratame
1868 Dragon
2nd Mo.
(改辰二)

Aratame 1868 Dragon 3rd Mo

Aratame
1868 Dragon
3rd Mo.
(改辰三)

Aratame 1868 Dragon 4th Mo

Aratame
1868 Dragon
4th Mo.
(改辰四)

Aratame 1868 Dragon 5th Mo

Aratame
1868 Dragon
5th Mo.
(改辰五)

Aratame 1868 Dragon 6th Mo

Aratame
1868 Dragon
6th Mo.
(改辰六)

Aratame 1868 Dragon 7th Mo

Aratame
1868 Dragon
7th Mo.
(改辰七)


Aratame 1868 Dragon 8th Mo

Aratame
1868 Dragon
8th Mo.
(改辰八)

Aratame 1868 Dragon 9th Mo

Aratame
1868 Dragon
9th Mo.
(改辰九)

Aratame 1868 Dragon 10th Mo

Aratame
1868 Dragon
10th Mo.
(改辰十)

Aratame 1868 Dragon 11th Mo

Aratame
1868 Dragon
11th Mo.
(改辰十一)

Aratame 1868 Dragon 12th Mo

Aratame
1868 Dragon
12th Mo.
(改辰十二)


sample

Example

February 11, 1869 - January 30, 1870
Year Of The Snake

One stamp contains aratame (改), zodiac year (Snake 巳), and month.


Aratame 1869 Snake 1st Mo

Aratame
1869 Snake
1st Mo.
(改巳正)

Aratame 1869 Snake 2nd Mo

Aratame
1869 Snake
2nd Mo.
(改巳二)

Aratame 1869 Snake 2nd Mo

Aratame
1869 Snake
2nd Mo.
(改巳二)

Aratame 1869 Snake 3rd Mo

Aratame
1869 Snake
3rd Mo.
(改巳三)

Aratame 1869 Snake 4th Mo

Aratame
1869 Snake
4th Mo.
(改巳四)

Aratame 1869 Snake 5th Mo

Aratame
1869 Snake
5th Mo.
(改巳五)

Aratame 1869 Snake 5th Mo

Aratame
1869 Snake
5th Mo.
(改巳五)


Aratame 1869 Snake 6th Mo

Aratame
1869 Snake
6th Mo.
(改巳六)

Aratame 1869 Snake 7th Mo

Aratame
1869 Snake
7th Mo.
(改巳七)

Aratame 1869 Snake 8th Mo

Aratame
1869 Snake
8th Mo.
(改巳八)

Aratame 1869 Snake 9th Mo

Aratame
1869 Snake
9th Mo.
(改巳九)

Aratame 1869 Snake 10th Mo

Aratame
1869 Snake
10th Mo.
(改巳十)

Aratame 1869 Snake 11th Mo

Aratame
1869 Snake
11th Mo.
(改巳十一)


sample

Example

January 31, 1870 - February 18, 1871
Year Of The Horse

One stamp contains aratame (改), zodiac year (Horse 午), and month.


Aratame 1870 Horse 1st Mo

Aratame
1870 Horse
1st Mo.
(改午正)

Aratame 1870 Horse 2nd Mo

Aratame
1870 Horse
2nd Mo.
(改午二)

Aratame 1870 Horse 3rd Mo

Aratame
1870 Horse
3rd Mo.
(改午三)

Aratame 1870 Horse 4th Mo

Aratame
1870 Horse
4th Mo.
(改午四)

Aratame 1870 Horse 5th Mo

Aratame
1870 Horse
5th Mo.
(改午五)

Aratame 1870 Horse 6th Mo

Aratame
1870 Horse
6th Mo.
(改午六)

Aratame 1870 Horse 7th Mo

Aratame
1870 Horse
7th Mo.
(改午七)


Aratame 1870 Horse 8th Mo

Aratame
1870 Horse
8th Mo.
(改午八)

Aratame 1870 Horse 9th Mo

Aratame
1870 Horse
9th Mo.
(改午九)

Aratame 1870 Horse 10th Mo

Aratame
1870 Horse
10th Mo.
(改午十)

Aratame 1870 Horse 10th Mo Leap

Aratame
1870 Horse
10th Mo.
Leap
(改閏午十)

Aratame 1870 Horse 11th Mo

Aratame
1870 Horse
11th Mo.
(改午十一)

Aratame 1870 Horse 12th Mo

Aratame
1870 Horse
12th Mo.
(改午十二)


sample

Example

February 19, 1871 - February 8, 1872
Year Of The Goat

One stamp contains aratame (改), zodiac year (Goat 未), and month.


Aratame 1871 Goat 1st Mo

Aratame
1871 Goat
1st Mo.
(改未正)

Aratame 1871 Goat 2nd Mo

Aratame
1871 Goat
2nd Mo.
(改未二)

Aratame 1871 Goat 2nd Mo

Aratame
1871 Goat
2nd Mo.
(改未二)

Aratame 1871 Goat 3rd Mo

Aratame
1871 Goat
3rd Mo.
(改未三)

Aratame 1871 Goat 3rd Mo

Aratame
1871 Goat
3rd Mo.
(改未三)

Aratame 1871 Goat 5th Mo

Aratame
1871 Goat
5th Mo.
(改未五)

Aratame 1871 Goat 7th Mo

Aratame
1871 Goat
7th Mo.
(改未七)


Aratame 1871 Goat 8th Mo

Aratame
1871 Goat
8th Mo.
(改未八)

Aratame 1871 Goat 9th Mo

Aratame
1871 Goat
9th Mo.
(改未九)

Aratame 1871 Goat 11th Mo

Aratame
1871 Goat
11th Mo.
(改未十一)


sample

Example

February 9, 1872 - January 28, 1873
Year Of The Monkey-Yang Water

One stamp contains the zodiac animal (Monkey 申), heavenly stem (Yang Water 壬), and month. There were no 'Aratame' mark on the stamp. Notice that the Japanese year (based on Chinese calendar) is assigned one of 12 animals and 5 elements (wood, fire, earth, metal and water). Each element is either in yin or yang form.


1872 Monkey Yang Water 1st Mo

1872 Monkey
Yang Water
1st Mo.
(申壬正)

1872 Monkey Yang Water 2nd Mo

1872 Monkey
Yang Water
2nd Mo.
(申壬二)

1872 Monkey Yang Water 3rd Mo

1872 Monkey
Yang Water
3rd Mo.
(申壬三)

1872 Monkey Yang Water 3rd Mo

1872 Monkey
Yang Water
3rd Mo.
(申壬三)

1872 Monkey Yang Water 3rd Mo

1872 Monkey
Yang Water
3rd Mo.
(申壬三)

1872 Monkey Yang Water 4th Mo

1872 Monkey
Yang Water
4th Mo.
(申壬四)

1872 Monkey Yang Water 6th Mo

1872 Monkey
Yang Water
6th Mo.
(申壬六)


1872 Monkey Yang Water 7th Mo

1872 Monkey
Yang Water
7th Mo.
(申壬七)

1872 Monkey Yang Water 8th Mo

1872 Monkey
Yang Water
8th Mo.
(申壬八)

1872 Monkey Yang Water 8th Mo

1872 Monkey
Yang Water
8th Mo.
(申壬八)

1872 Monkey Yang Water 9th Mo

1872 Monkey
Yang Water
9th Mo.
(申壬九)

1872 Monkey Yang Water 10th Mo

1872 Monkey
Yang Water
10th Mo.
(申壬十)


sample

Example

January 29, 1873 - February 16, 1874
Year Of The Rooster

One stamp contains the zodiac animal (rooster 酉) and month. There were no 'Aratame' mark on the stamp.


1873 Rooster 1st Mo

1873 Rooster
1st Mo.
(酉正)

1873 Rooster 2nd Mo

1873 Rooster
2nd Mo.
(酉二)

1873 Rooster 3rd Mo

1873 Rooster
3rd Mo.
(酉三)

1873 Rooster 4th Mo

1873 Rooster
4th Mo.
(酉四)

1873 Rooster 5th Mo

1873 Rooster
5th Mo.
(酉五)

1873 Rooster 6th Mo

1873 Rooster
6th Mo.
(酉六)

1873 Rooster 8th Mo

1873 Rooster
8th Mo.
(酉八)


1873 Rooster 9th Mo

1873 Rooster
9th Mo.
(酉九)

1873 Rooster 10th Mo

1873 Rooster
10th Mo.
(酉十)

1873 Rooster 12th Mo

1873 Rooster
12th Mo.
(酉十二)


sample

Example

February 17, 1874 - February 5, 1875
Year Of The Dog

One stamp contains the zodiac animal (Dog 戌) and month. There were no 'Aratame' mark on the stamp.


1874 Dog 2nd Mo

1874 Dog
2nd Mo.
(戌二)

1874 Dog 3rd Mo

1874 Dog
3rd Mo.
(戌三)

1874 Dog 3rd Mo

1874 Dog
3rd Mo.
(戌三)

1874 Dog 4th Mo

1874 Dog
4th Mo.
(戌四)

1874 Dog 5th Mo

1874 Dog
5th Mo.
(戌五)

1874 Dog 7th Mo

1874 Dog
7th Mo.
(戌七)

1874 Dog 8th Mo

1874 Dog
8th Mo.
(戌八)


1874 Dog 9th Mo

1874 Dog
9th Mo.
(戌九)

1874 Dog 9th Mo

1874 Dog
9th Mo.
(戌九)

1874 Dog 10th Mo

1874 Dog
10th Mo.
(戌十)

1874 Dog 11th Mo

1874 Dog
11th Mo.
(戌十一)

1874 Dog 12th Mo

1874 Dog
12th Mo.
(戌十二)


sample

Example

February 6, 1875 - January 25, 1876
Year Of The Pig

One stamp contains the zodiac animal (Pig 亥) and month. There were no 'Aratame' mark on the stamp.


1875 Pig 1st Mo

1875 Pig
1st Mo.
(亥正)

1875 Pig 2nd Mo

1875 Pig
2nd Mo.
(亥二)

1875 Pig 3rd Mo

1875 Pig
3rd Mo.
(亥三)

1875 Pig 4th Mo

1875 Pig
4th Mo.
(亥四)

1875 Pig 5th Mo

1875 Pig
5th Mo.
(亥五)

1875 Pig 6th Mo

1875 Pig
6th Mo.
(亥六)

1875 Pig 8th Mo

1875 Pig
8th Mo.
(亥八)


1875 Pig 9th Mo

1875 Pig
9th Mo.
(亥九)

1875 Pig 12th Mo

1875 Pig
12th Mo.
(亥十二)


1868-1872
Kamigata Osaka Prints

Kamigata or Osaka prints were produced in the Osaka city area, as opposed to Tokyo or Edo. From 1868 to 1872, Osaka prints were censor stamped with Aratame (c. 1868-1870), Araratame-Goat (1871 Year of Goat), and Aratame-monkey (1872 Year of Monkey).


Aratame 18681870

Aratame
1868-1870
(改)

AratameGoat 1871 Goat Year

Aratame-Goat
1871 Goat Year
(改未)

AratameMonkey 1872 Monkey Year

Aratame-Monkey
1872 Monkey Year
(改申)


References:
Waseda University. The Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum Digital Archive Collections.
J. Noel Chiappa. "Date Seals in Japanese Prints." Retreived 2015-05-10.

Lunar Calendar Zodiac New Years

Japanese Era




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