Byodo-In Temple (U.S. 2018)

Byodo-In Temple (Priority Mail)This Priority Mail stamp features a colorful illustration of the Byodo-In Temple, a popular tourist attraction in Hawai‘i.

This stamp will be issued January 21st in Kansas City, Missouri. There will not be a first-day ceremony.

Updated December 21st from the Postal Bulletin:

On January 21, 2018, in Kansas City, MO, the U.S. Postal Service® will issue the $6.70 Byodo-In Temple Priority Mail® stamp, in one design, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 4 stamps (Item 114100). The stamp will go on sale nationwide January 21, 2018.

This Priority Mail stamp features a colorful illustration of the Byodo-In Temple, a popular tourist attraction in Hawaii. A smaller-scale concrete replica of a wooden Buddhist temple in Japan, the Byodo-In Temple is located in a private cemetery on the island of O‘ahu. Built in 1968 to commemorate the centennial of the first Japanese immigration to Hawaii, the temple is used for ceremonies, services, and events such as classes and concerts. Art director Greg Breeding designed this stamp with original art by Dan Cosgrove.

Availability to Post Offices: Item 114100, $6.70 Byodo-In Temple Priority Mail PSA Pane of 4 Stamps: Stamp Fulfillment Services (SFS) will not make an automatic push distribution to Post Offices™.

How to Order the First-Day-of-Issue Postmark:
Customers have 60 days to obtain the first-day-of-issue postmark by mail. They may purchase new stamps at their local Post Office, at The Postal Store® website at, or by phone at 800-782-6724. They must affix the stamps to envelopes of their choice, address the envelopes (to themselves or others), and place them in a larger envelope addressed to:

FDOI – Byodo-In Temple Stamp
USPS Stamp Fulfillment Services
8300 NE Underground Drive, Suite 300
Kansas City, MO 64144-9900

After applying the first-day-of-issue postmark, the Postal Service™ will return the envelopes through the mail. There is no charge for the postmark up to a quantity of 50. There is a 5-cent charge for each additional postmark over 50. All orders must be postmarked by March 21, 2018.

Philatelic products for this stamp issue are as follows:

  • 114116 First-Day Cover, $7.14.
  • 114121 Digital Color Postmark, $7.85.

Technical details for the Byodo-In Temple stamp will appear in a future edition of the Postal Bulletin.

Here are the first-day postmarks for this issue: The Digital Color Postmark measures 2.78” x 1.72” The pictorial postmark measures 2.95” x 1.46”

Updated January 21st, from the Postal Bulletin:

Technical Specifications:

Issue: Byodo-In Temple Stamp
Item Number: 114100
Denomination & Type of Issue: $6.70 Priority Mail® rate
Format: Pane of 4 (1 design)
Series: N/A
Issue Date & City: January 21, 2018, Kansas City, MO 64108
Art Director: Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA
Designer: Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA
Typographer: Dan Cosgrove, Chicago, IL
Artist: Dan Cosgrove, Chicago, IL
Modeler: Joseph Sheeran
Manufacturing Process: Offset, Microprint
Printer: Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
Printed at: Williamsville, NY
Press Type: Muller A76
Stamps per Pane: 4
Print Quantity: 7,000,000 stamps
Paper Type: Nonphosphored Type III, Block Tag
Adhesive Type: Pressure-sensitive
Processed at: Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
Colors: Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow
Stamp Orientation: Horizontal
Image Area (w x h): 1.42 x 1.085 in/36.07 x 27.56 mm
Overall Size (w x h): 1.56 x 1.225 in/39.62 x 31.12 mm
Full Pane Size (w x h): 4.12 x 3.45 in/104.65 x 87.63 mm
Plate Size: 96 stamps per revolution
Plate Numbers: “P” followed by four (4) digits
Marginal Markings:
Front: Plate number in two corners of pane
Back: ©2017 USPS • USPS Logo • Four barcodes (114100) • Plate Position Diagram • Promotional Text

Here is the January 23rd pictorial being offered for this issue; sorry, this is the largest size currently available.

7 thoughts on “Byodo-In Temple (U.S. 2018)

  1. There will be a ceremony for this stamp at the Byodo-in Temple on January 23rd, at 2 PM (Aloha Time) there will also be a pictorial cancel and I’m not sure what else. Since Honolulu is used to ceremonies I would guess that there will be some type of program and stamp sales will start at 10AM.
    Info provided by Cindy Nakagawa and Duke Gonzales – USPS Retail and Marketing or Media.

    • The image for the ’50th anniv’ of the Byodo-In temple is shown in the 18 JAN 2018 Postal Bulletin, down in the event cancellation section.
      The City/ZIP is Honolulu, but both are on Oahu, so they would go there anyway.
      Lloyd can post the image tomorrow when it becomes Officially available.

      • I’ve put the January 23rd pictorial postmark design in the page above; I don’t think I can put it in this reply. The first-day cancels were already posted above.

  2. It seems the link from the index page for both the Priority Mail STAMP & ENVELOPE come to the same place.
    Last Year’s Pre-Paid Embossed Priority Mail Envelope is gone. ( Rate increase )
    It has been ‘absorbed/assimilated’ by the Pre-Paid Priority Mail Forever Envelope,
    USPS Item PPEP14F. Min purchase 3, with a return address required. ( Use a stick-on label if you need to change this… )
    At this point is seems there will no longer be an Embossed Envelope for the Priority Mail Flat Rate, just the blank envelope with a stick-on label.
    The actual STAMP is still there, the Byodo-In temple on Oahu for 2018, sold in Panes of 4.

    • The link from both coming here was done on purpose. There has been no information on a prestamped Priority Mail envelope, but last time, there wasn’t any information either until it suddenly went on sale, with first-day postmarks backda— oh, excuse me, the USPS would never do that.

      However, no, I still do not have any firm information on a prepaid envelope.

    • RE: DCP on Embossed Envelope. This wasn’t done last year either. It may be that the ink from the DCP Smears on the Shiny Paper of the Flat Rate Envelope, making the effort worthless.

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