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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,…

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…