My trip to Shinagawa to transfer stamps to the new passport.

Mission accomplished yesterday (July 28), as I got my current stamps transferred to my new, good-until-2020 passport.

I noticed they changed the color to gray, from yellow. I wonder when that happened. (Must have been sometime after late 2007.)

I had the new passport already opened to page 8, the first endorsement page—the one with the Liberty Bell. I wanted to see if immigration would paste right over the Liberty Bell. “Oh no! What sacrilege!” But they judiciously used page 10 instead, which is the New England schooner page.

Has anyone else among Americans had their page 8 messed with? And is it ever our people at Customs?