Stamp Announcement 18-02: Byodo-In Temple Stamp

FDOI - Byodo-In Temple

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™. Post Offices may begin ordering stamps before the first-day-of-issue through SFS Web at

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.

How to Order First-Day Covers

The Postal Service also offers first-day covers for new stamp issues and Postal Service stationery items postmarked with the official first-day-of-issue cancellation. Each item has an individual catalog number and is offered in the quarterly USA Philatelic, online at, or by phone at 800-782-6724. Customers may request a free issue of USA Philatelic at, by phone at 800-782-6724, or by writing to:

U.S. Postal Service
USA Philatelic Request
PO Box 219014
Kansas City, MO 64121-9014

Philatelic Products

Philatelic products for this stamp issue are as follows:

n 114116*, First-Day Cover, $7.14.

n 114121*, Digital Color Postmark, $7.85.

Items with an asterisk (*) will use the 128 barcode from Stamp Fulfillment Services. All other philatelic products will continue to use barcode series A, with the exception of the Yearbook and the Guide Book.

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