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 annual WESTPEX RPSS meeting will be held at the San Francisco Airport Marriott Hotel, 1800 Old Bayshore Highway, Millbrae, California, Saturday, April 29, 2017, Room 8042, from 10:00 am to Noon. An interesting program is planned with a presentation titled "Modern Ryukyu Postal History" given by one of our members, information about upcoming catalogue publications, and a show and tell. If any member attending has any item(s) to show, please bring them. After the meeting, there will be an informal lunch for those interested. This is a good opportunity to get to talk about Ryukyu philately with other like-minded people.


A new publiction is available.

Part VII, Fascicle 22
Postage Stamps, Air Mail Stamps, and Special Delivery Stamp Errors and Varieties of the Central Governments 1948 - 1972

To download the order form for Part VII, Fascicle 22 Click here.


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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