JAPANESE PERSONAL SEAL “HANKO”

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The “hanko” (seal) has a long story, born in Mesopotamia approximately 5,000 years ago.

In Japan it’s still used to this date as a seal to indicate an individual or a company,
leaving an imprint on private and official documents to prove the responsibility or authority.

For that reason, many Japanese people carry around their hankos,
leaving an imprint on required documents.

In recent years hankos with cute pictures have appeared, and various designs are being enjoyed by users.
There are services making hankos with kanji characters for international tourists, and stores engraving names along with favorite characters.

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Stylish designs are popular among businessmen.
this hanko is very functional. When you turn the dial, you can also security measures because the form of Hanko changes.

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Some hankos come with cute handles.

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The “moe hanko” (with girlish illustration) has been in boom recently (of course, it’s good for official use).

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There are services offering to express names with kanji characters.

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Neko(cat)hanko is also popular, recently.A part of Kanji become cat moife.

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There is a lot of kind japanses last name, so hanko shop has many types. This photo is just part.