Ryukyu Philatelic Specialist Society, Ltd.

APS Affiliate #AF0047

P.O. Box 240177
Charlotte, NC 28224-0177







Welcome Members and Friends of the
Ryukyu Philatelic Specialist Society, Ltd.

The Ryukyu Philatelic Specialist Society, Ltd. (RPSS) has as its objectives promoting an interest in the philately of the Ryukyu Islands and encouraging friendly cooperation among philatelists of all nations. The Society was established in 1969. Over the years RPSS has published a journal titled From the Dragon's Den and a number of handbooks and specialized Ryukyu Islands philatelic catalogues. These publications provide a wealth of information for the philatelist interested in the Ryukyu Islands

The RPSS invites you download a sample article written by our President Jon Kawaguchi entitled "Sugar Loaf Hill - Battle of Okinawa"

This article is in PDF format. To view or download this article Click Here

Message from your President and Editor

If anyone finds additional information or improved scans that can be added to the Catalogues that have been released, they should contact me. Just today, I received an email from a member who has items where I have a poor color reproduction and this member will send me scans of them so I can improve the quality of the catalogue illustrations. We have waited so long for color and here is our opportunity to see these items as they were meant to be seen. Many of the photos that I have on file do not list who has the item, so I need your help. Please, if you have items that can be scanned for improved illustration in our Catalogues.

Back issues of "From The Dragons Den" are available.

Issues available to Non-Members can be found by selecting "RPSS Store" from the menu.
Members should log in and select "FTDD Back Issues" from their menu.


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Articles for From The Dragon’s Den. Long ones and short ones. Technical to amusing ones! Your expertise, stories, knowledge needs to be shared. If any member would like to assist with publications and future releases of the FTDD, please contact me. I need your help!

Thank you, Jon Kawaguchi



The Ryukyu Philatelic Specialist Society will be one of the featured societies for WESTPEX 2019.
The Ryukyu Philatelic Specialist Society will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary.
Please attend the celebration!

WESTPEX 2019 will be held from April 26 to April 28, 2019 at the San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront Hotel in Burlingame, California. (Show Hours: Friday, 10 am - 6 pm, Saturday, 10 am - 6 pm, Sunday, 10 am - 4 pm). For an overview of the entire event, see the WESTPEX website www.westpex.org for details.

The RPSS has a frame commitment of 40 frames. The society hopes that members will stage Ryukyu Islands Stamp Exhibits. If the RPSS can get a frame commitment of 20 frames by January 15, 2019, WESTPEX will provide a living room Hospitality Suite free of charge. If you plan to exhibit, please contact Jon Kawaguchi at president@ryukyustamps.org.

The prospectus and exhibit entry form is now available on the WESTPEX website, www.westpex.org. Exhibit entries will be accepted only up to February 15, 2019 or sooner (if all frames are fully subscribed).

Hotel reservations may be made through links on the WESTPEX website. A block of rooms has been reserved at the San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront Hotel. Hotel rate information is also available on the WESTPEX website.

Show Events:

Thursday April 25, 2019
Mounting of Exhibits 3 pm for mail-in exhibits.
At about 4 pm exhibitors may mount their own exhibits.

Saturday April 27, 2019
Judges Feedback Forum, 3 pm - 5 pm
Awards Banquet, 6 pm - 9 pm on (Tickets required)

Sunday, April 28, 2019
Dismounting of exhibits (by lottery) begins at approximately 4:15 pm

RPSS Events:

Thursday April 25, 2019
For early arrivals and stamp exhibitors, an informal evening dinner will be held.

Friday April 26, 2019
An envening dinner / get together will be held.

Saturday April 27, 2019
The RPSS Meeting will be held at 10:00 am with a Luncheon after the Meeting. Events are subject to change.

The RPSS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, educational, charitable organization supported by memberships and donations. The Ryukyu Philatelic Specialist Society is open to everyone with a philatelic interest in the Ryukyu Islands under American Administration from 1945 to 1972.

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