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OUTRAGEOUS: Why Japan Will Be Responsible If Elephants Go Extinct

Tourists visiting Japan tend to flock to the same spots, these being popular destinations that appear in every guidebook and website that recommends places to the millions of visitors that come to Japan each year. One of these places is Asakusa, where people stroll past multiple traditional restaurants and souvenir shops until they reach Senso-ji,…

Impress Your Peers With This Unique Japanese Personal Stamp!

In Japan, it is a traditional practice to use “han,” “hanko,” or “inkan” instead of using personal signatures when signing, accepting, and acknowledging documents. Almost every individual in the country has one. These are stamps which are used for different situations such as serious contractual matters. The usual stamps carried by people are plain black,…
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Animal Lovers In Japan Can Now Sign Their Name With Animal Hanko!

Japan is easily known for many things – fantastic food, gorgeous seasons, and impressive transportation system just to name a few. From the ubiquitous animal cafes seemingly on every corner, to pet-friendly parks and even outlet malls, Japan literally has it all. However, have you ever heard of hanko? This is someone’s personal stamp. It…

Hanko in Japan: why is it necessary?

What is a hanko (inkan)? Nowhere else on earth is the name seal as popular as it is in Japan. Here, the name seal replaces your signature. Every registration, bank account, insurance or other document requires a stamp with your name. Any Japanese or foreign person living in Japan for a long period of time…

The Hanko Revival

The 判子 Hanko, or the Japanese stamp/seal, has always been associated with identification in official matters, for example, marriage certificates, bank mortgage loans, when establishing a company, etc. Author’s photo At many Hanko stores, huge discount signs scream ridiculously low prices in bright red fonts. However, the feelings invoked are far from lively. They exude…

Inkan: the Essential Ink Stamps Everyone in Japanese Has

If you are staying in Japan long-term, you need to have a personal seal / stamp called Inkan or Hanko, along with your signature for opening a bank account, submitting documents at the city office, signing papers in your office or other needs. What is an Inkan? jp.fotolia.com/ Inkan is the personal identification stamp that…