New design for Japanese passports
NHK -- May 18
Japan's Foreign Ministry plans to adopt a new design for its passport visa pages based on a series of centuries-old woodblock prints of Mount Fuji.

The ministry says passports will feature 24 landscapes from the series "36 views of Mount Fuji" by the late 18th to early 19th century ukiyo-e artist Katsushika Hokusai.

The prints will serve as background for the visa pages used for entry and exit stamps.

A team of experts came up with the new design to replace the current one, which features cherry blossoms. The team says it was looking for a motif that better portrays Japan and that people will like.

パスポートのデザインが葛飾北斎の「冨嶽三十六景」に変わります。 外務省は、東京オリンピック・パラリンピックの開催に合わせて、前年の2019年から­パスポートのデザインを新しくします。
News sources: NHK, ANNnewsCH
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