According to info received by StampNews.com Japan Post is to issue a new postage stamp depicting the sheep has finished knitting the scarf it began 12 years ago on a stamp issue 2003.
Tradition in Japan calls for people to send post cards – often hundreds of them – to friends, colleagues and relatives, decked with pine trees, cranes and other symbols of good luck to welcome the New Year – but also showing the animal of the year, as set by the Asian zodiac.
The sheep is the animal for 2015, heralding a year of harmony as well as possibly meekness, according to astrological storytelling.
In 2003, the stamp on the cards issued by the post office had as its design a fluffy sheep busily knitting a scarf. This year, it's wearing the scarf, and holding the knitting needles, perhaps a little proudly.
It is not clear what it plans to knit for 2027.