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Your Name or
Message Translated into Japanese Characters and
Engraved into a Stone or Wooden Stamp
More than just rubber stamps, hanko--horn, wood or stone seals imprinted
with the bearer's name, like a signature to a Westerner--are indispensable
tools for Japanese adults in authorizing a myriad of transactions, from
automobile registration, to bank activities to setting up house utilities.
Nearly any occasion that would call for a Westerner's signature would
call for an impression of a hanko in Japan.
Hanko were formally introduced to Japan in 701 AD, but were available
only to those in positions of high authority. During the early to mid-seventeenth
century, hanko were adopted by the general populace. Interestingly, the
common people of Japan were not allowed to have family names until the
late nineteenth century, so there must have been much confusion with hanko
prior to this time with so many people having the same name.
Purchase 6 or more
hankos for $95 each. Print and mail these 2 forms for your group order: