Japan hosted the first FIP World Exhibition in Asia, Philanippon '01 between 1 - 7 August 2001.
There had been a huge upsurge of interest in stamps around Asia. With stamp dealers and postal administrations from arount the world participating, Philanippon '01 eclipsed Japan's two previous enormously successful World Stamp Exhibitions in 1981 and 1991.
To commemorate the event, New Zealand Post created two special items. A souvenir envelope featuring bustling Tokyo at night with a miniature sheet affixed incorporating the Philanippon '01 logo. The miniature sheet with Lake Matheson in the background featured two stamps from 2001 Scenic: 100 Years of Tourism stamps issue.
Product Listing for Philanippon '01 Japan World Stamp Exhibition: Tokyo
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|Miniature Sheet||Mint, used or cancelled miniature sheet.||$3.50|
|Souvenir Cover||First day cover with miniature sheet affixed. Cancelled on the first day of issue.||$4.00|
|Date of issue:||1 August 2001|
|Designer:||Comm Arts Design, Wellington|
|Printer and process:||Southern Colour Print, Dunedin|
|Number of colours:||Four process coloursplus Black 3U2X|
|Stamp size and format:||35mm x 40.61mm horizontal|
|Paper type:||De La Rue 103gsm red phosphor stamp paper|
|Period of sale:||These stamps remained on sale until 31 July 2002.|