Hanko

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This is a hanko. It’s basically an ink stamp with your name carved into it. Each one is personalized. Mine has my name written out in Japanese.

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It’s kind of cool, and not expensive at all. The case has a small little red ink pad. Red is the color always used.

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The hanko is basically the same as your signature. In Japan they don’t use signatures, just these little red stamps. I won’t post a picture of the actual stamp, since that would be like putting my signature up on the internet.

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6 responses to “Hanko

  1. Ku Ri Su

    Very Cool.

    I wanted to get my Honko but never got around to it. What name did you use? as I though it was hard to get one if you don’t have a Japanese name.

  2. >I though it was hard to get one if you don’t have a Japanese name.

    You can get whatever name you want. In kanji, kana, or roma-ji.

    >I won’t post a picture of the actual stamp, since that would be like putting my signature up on the internet.

    But you have a photo up showing the face of the inkan…I can see your name there.

  3. Chris, you can get it in katakana as well. I just used my own name.
    Tokyo 5, I am showing the actual stamp, but I tried to make it hard to copy by making it angled and slightly unclear in the photo. Also I had photoshopped some details out already, but I changed it even more now.

  4. Jeff

    Too late, I already used the face of your inkan to create my own “Eric inkan”. Now I’m going to stores all over town and buying stuff under your name. Ohhh no sucka! I eat trees!

  5. Damn you Jeoffery! Too bad for you it’s not registered for anything. You might have well used a “Hello Kitty” stamp or a “Smiley Face”. Besides You never had the full stamp. I is smart. I also eat trees, sucka!

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