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Old 02-07-2018, 06:28 PM   #1
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Hi Y'all... my first post here in the forums so I hope I targeted the right spot. I have a question about Sister Stamp brand stamps. I have several (and always looking for more, by the way - you can never have too many stamps, right?!)

My question is, I'd like categorize the specific themed stamps and find the cultural origin. If I remember correctly, the company was based in Hawaii and so I know there is a large influence of various cultures... Chinese, Japanese, Polynesia, Philippine, etc. So I'm curious on which stamp goes with which culture (if and when they are themed specific)?

I know a few of them and was able to google others. I'll list them here but there are so many more that I don't know. Does anyone else know? Can anyone help me identify the culture of individual stamps?

Here I've started to sort what I do know and why...

Chinese:
"Year of the ..." - lunar new year

Japanese:
"Ai with Taiko Drum" - the Tiako Drum and Hachimaki headband.
"Katsura" - the Koinobori carp windsock

Hawaiian:
"Graduate" - leis and Maile (Could it also be Polynesian?)
"Pua" - lei and hibiscus behind ear

My list is short, I know. So that's why I was hoping to get some help and what better place than here at the SCS forums? Here's a list of other stamps by Sister Stamps if you know these or there are many others that aren't listed here too: Kiyomi, Mei Lin, Mei Li, Wedding, Miyoko, Mochi Pounding, Firecrackers, Kiyoko, Lion Dancers, Minako, Misaki, Harumi, Buddies, Akira, Miyako, Miyoko, Sakura-chan, Momotaro, etc.
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Pretty sure that sakura-chan is Japanese: sakura are the cherry blossoms.

Mochi is a Japanese treat. (I have almost always seen it in ice cream form where I live but google says it's a rice cake. Read more on wikipedia.)

Lion Dancers are generally considered Chinese-- they are part of Chinese New Year celebrations. The firecrackers are probably Chinese, too-- also for new year.
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How sad, I didn't realise they had shut down. The only one I have is Shimo San, which is Japanese. I recall quite a few Japanese ones. I always assumed that most of the ones with kimono-style robes, like Misaki and Minako were Japanese. I don't know anything about Japanese names, but Mei Lin and Mei Li sound more Chinese to me.

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The "shave ice" ones I would think are Hawaiian. And the little peach boy should be Japanese, unless the same story is shared with Chinese folklore.
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The only recognizable word for me is Pua.........anyone remember the Pua Shell necklaces? Well, in Hawaii I was told Pua means bead........so bead shell necklaces. That's a blast from the past for sure......even though they probably still make them.
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Thanks rockybeta, Cook22 and SkyNacho!

So I'm getting the sense that the themes are Chinese, Japanese or Hawaiian. That narrows things down a little for me and makes it easier to google. <3
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I think Sky Nacho is correct. For the others on your list Kiyomi, Wedding, Miyoko, . Kiyoko, Minako, Misaki, Harumi, Buddies, Akira, Miyako, Miyoko, and Momotaro are Japanese. Although we may associate them with Chinese New Year, firecrackers are also part of Japanese New Year celebrations. which are almost identical to the Chinese celebration.
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The only recognizable word for me is Pua.........anyone remember the Pua Shell necklaces? Well, in Hawaii I was told Pua means bead........so bead shell necklaces. That's a blast from the past for sure......even though they probably still make them.
I think you mean "puka" shell necklaces. "Puka" means "hole" in Hawaiian. Puka shells have a hole in the middle, thus the name. "Pua" means "flower". It's also a common name in Hawaii.

Sabrina's correct, "shave ice" is something sort of like a snow cone in Hawaii. Much better though. It's light and fluffy ice if that makes any sense at all.


Although it's not Hawaiian, we eat lots of mochi in Hawaii. It's yummy. My favorite is butter mochi. I'm guessing "mochi pounding" is how they treat the sweet sticky rice to make the mochi, but don't quote me on that, I could be wrong.


"Graduate" would be associated with leis and maile because at graduation you give the graduates leis, including maile leis. It's crazy, they get stacked up so high around their necks. lol
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What about the two baby stamps? One of them is on a flower and the other is on a peach, at least I think it's a peach. Do you know the symbolism behind those?
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Here's the story of the boy in the peach - Momotaro - Wikipedia


The company blog has this info about the baby in the cherry blossom:
Sister Stamps: Introducing... Sakura-chan
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Here's the story of the boy in the peach - Momotaro - Wikipedia

The company blog has this info about the baby in the cherry blossom:
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