Praise for The Japanese Connection Japanese Arts and Crafts

I received the pendants and they are truly lovely! Very well crafted and a piece we'll both cherish forever. Thank you for your excellent customer service and an exceptional product. I highly recommend your company. I want to thank you for all your help and for the great customer service!

Carol N. (October 2010)

Hi Ben,

We received the double dog tag necklace on Saturday, my son's birthday, so we were able to give it to him at dinner that night. He seemed to really like the gift and the symbols on the tags. He put the necklace on immediately-- I can't wait to see if he's wearing it next weekend when we see him!

As I may have told you at the beginning of the process, I was looking for a meaningful keepsake to give to my son on his 21st birthday. I was really happy to find the products on your website and particularly the dog tags. Ordinarily he doesn't wear jewelry but I hope this is the exception. We liked being able to give him something that had a connection to his Japanese heritage and that with this special gift we were able to convey a life message for this milestone.

I want to thank you for all your help and for the great customer service!

Amy (October 2010)

Thank you so much, I could not be more thrilled. This is a dream come true for me, to be able to sign my work in this manner. The Hanko is beautifully made, and I cherish it. Thank you for your wonderful service and help through this process - as I think I mentioned, I've been searching for a while while waiting for the right time. It was important to me to find a source of a true Hanko, not one that was more "souvenir" or toy. The ability to order one of this quality and to communicate properly so that errors were avoided due to my lack of Japanese language ability, was wonderful.

Thank you for your service, Ben, and best wishes, Ginny T. (October, 2010)

Just wanted to thank you again Ben, for helping me with this project. I had the printout framed and ordered a rubber stamp. Apparently, it was the "gift of the day". Our Grandson is 12 years old and has Aspergers Syndrome, it is a form of Autism, only very high functioning mentally. He has real problems connecting with people on a social level. Right now he is obsessed with the Japanese culture, so this was perfect. Finally, Grandma and Grandpa were able to connect, thanks to you. He has a younger brother who has Autism, and is much happier and easier to deal with. Thanks again Ben, and have a Happy New Year.

Val H.

Happy Holidays, Ben –

The hanko arrived today – it’s very nice and nicely packaged. I know that I’ll be using it a lot. Even my husband says, “now, remember to use it.”

Thanks, again, for assisting me in the decision process. I will be recommending your site to others, for sure. You’ll be hearing from me, again.


Hi Ben,

Thank you so much for your explanation. And I very much appreciate your generous offer to have the other translations made available.

In my search for this translation, I had visited several different sites, but I have had your site bookmarked for several years because I really like your site and the products you carry. I know you have been around for some time and the fact that you are so obliging to offer your assistance in this way confirms that I have come to the right place and I feel very confident in dealing with you.

I am very appreciative of your time and consideration.




Thank you very much, you have done a tremendous job, I really like it and appreciate it too.

Best regards,


Hi Ben!!

Thank you so much for your assistance!! The work you did is awesome!! I cant wait to get the hard copies as well!! I will highly reccomend you to anyone who needs japanese translation!!

Thank you again!! Happy Holidays!


Thank you for the beautiful pendant calligraphy piece. It is lovely, and a wonderful key.

Dianne J. USA

Ben, thanks a lot for the hanko ! Really enjoy it !! Best regrads,

São Paulo - Brazil

Dear Ben:

I received the order and the attached images are perfect. I'm in the process of copying them to MS Word documents to begin working with them.

Thank you very much.

Best regards,

Leon S.

Dear Ben,

Thank you for your fine work on my digital Hanko. I plan to use it in my "Asian Water Art" series of photographs which I plan to sell in a local gallery.

Thanks again,

James W.

We got the translation printed out and it is beautiful. Thank you so much.

Happy Holidays!

Debi G.

Good Morning Ben,
I did recieve the pendant and think it is absolutely beautiful.

Thank you for getting to me on time.

Have blessed holiday season.

This is very cool. I am giving my niece and nephew oriental brush painting kits for Christmas and hoping that they will want to practice some calligraphy. They are one-quarter Japanese but do not have much exposure to that heritage since my father died. The translations of their names will make this a very special gift. Thank you.

Sherri A.

hi ben,

I just wanted to thank you for your immediate and helpful response. you've been great!

loaay a.

Hi Ben,

Just to let you know that my hanko arrived safe and sound, and that I am very pleased with it.

Best regards


Thank you so much! Technology is great — when it works. These [digital hankos] are perfect!

Mike Anderson

Hey Ben,

The hanko arrived and I have been getting to know it and become used to it. I think the work is incredibly fine. The artist must not drink any coffee to have such hands! Thank you Ben, and please convey to [the artist] my respect and appreciation for this treat of skill and dedication. It will enjoy much use.

Have a good day and much thanks,


Hi Ben, I meant to thank you earlier, but nice job with the hanko, it's exactly what I wanted.



Perfect [digital hanko]. Thank you very much!


Very nice [digital hanko], worth waiting for.

Thanks, Rich B.

Dear Ben,

I received the hankos that I ordered. Thank you; they look great.

Thank you.
David B.


Thank you for my recent digital hanko order. It's great and I am enjoying it very much.

Thank you!


Dear Ben ~

Thank you for all your kindness and generousity. You're a very special person. I'm going to recommend hankos to all students, whether or not they need them for certificate signatures. They're just special to have and I hope to send business your way.

With love and gratitude,


Thanks - the hanko looks great!



Thanks again, they [name translations] are beautiful!

Sharron B.

Thank you so much for the translation of my son's name. Duncan is six and very interested in learning about non-English languages, especially the Japanese written language. We started learning about the different writing systems while trying to translate his Japanese Yu-Gi-Oh game cards. Also Duncan takes martial arts classes. This will be a very special Christmas gift. Thanks again for this unique service. The characters are beautiful, and the translation suits him well.


We got the translation printed out and it is beautiful. Thank you so much.

Happy Holidays!


I arrived here in Las Vegas this past week and the screen was waiting for me at my local post office. It is magnificent!

Thank you for your wonderful service and courtesy.


Thanks Ben!!! You are a good man for helping me out! I truly have never seen such an elegant piece of work; as I have in my original stone hanko and it prints so impressively. Your assistance,patience and understanding and detailed e-mails with quick response are second to none.

Your company is first on my list of referrals to work with. Mr. Kitaji's time and work is very much appreciated and I can say nothing less than he has Mastered his art well.I don't use the word Mastered lightly or often if ever. It means something to me to know that my hanko is hand made by a traditional expert with the detail he inscribes into stone. When I use it I take pride in Mr. Kitanji's work.(Seriously)



We got the hanko just before the party, and HE LOVES IT! It's beautifully made, the boxes are's a wonderful gift.

Thanks again for all of your help and constant communication throughout this process. If I can write a customer satisfaction report for you, please let me know!



i just wanted to let you know that i received my hanko today and i am doubly impressed, not just with the workmanship, but in the presentation as well. This is a keepsake that i will treasure forever. Its absolutely beautiful, and will put the finishing touch onto all of my artwork. Thanks (immensily) again it was so much more than i even hoped or expected.


My Hanko arrived today and they are GREAT! I can't thank you enough for the wonderful job you did taken care of this order for me. Worth every penny.

Thanks Again!


I just today received the Hanko that I ordered. I am GREATLY PLEASED! It is a very elegant piece of craftsmanship. I wish also to extend my compliments to your Artisan in Japan. He is truly a craftsman of the highest caliber.

Kindest Regards,


I am very pleased with my hanko and recognized the artist quality ink that you provided with it.  The hanko is very well carved and Mr. Kitaji has done an excellent job designing the hanko.  I believe he is a credit to his craft and I will enjoy my hanko for years to come.  Thank you and everyone at The Japanese Connection for your help and assistance in this endeavor.  I look forward to doing business with you again in the future.


Ken, White Tiger Martial Arts

It is absolutely beautiful!  The young man I gave it to as a graduation gift was stunned.  The craftsmanship was superb. Thank You so much for your time and attention. 



I received the oval black water buffalo horn hanko I ordered several weeks ago on Tuesday of this week. Again, I am very pleased with this hanko. The black water buffalo horn is a beautiful material and my chosen font has a very crisp, clear appearance. Mr. Kitaji and his staff have carved another excellent hanko for me and the gold dot, which indicates the top side, will make using it quicker since I don't have to look at the fonts each time I use it. The gold "white tiger" English inscription on the side of the hanko is also a very nice touch.

I know this hanko was a little more expensive than the other hankos I have ordered from you before but it was well worth it. I have enjoyed working with you again and I truly appreciate all the information, patience and help you've given me. I look forward to working with you again in the future.

Best regards,

I just got my Hanko, beaoooootifullll....:-))

What a great little seal. I loved the presentation and the little boxes.....really, really cool.

Thanks again for the great service and the beautiful item, the little things are a work of art themselves...:-)


I received the hanko today and am extremely happy with it. Thank you for your efforts.



I received the hanko in the mail today. It looks beautiful! Just the box it came in is a work of art.

Thanks again,



And more many thanks.


I think the first set of characters is what I would like --- as far as I can tell, this is the way that my family has represented its name for the past four generations. Thank you for sending the different character sets --- very interesting.

Best wishes,

I just received the two Signature Stamps that I ordered and they are absolutely beautiful...


Thank you SO MUCH for your attention to detail and good service. It means a lot. Stay well.

Sincerely, Claudia

I receive my hanko before 10 days ,but I was very busy to inform you !

So,Hanko is very good and I like to much! Tank you for good work! I`LL say all my students to make oun hanko in your organization!

Once again , Thank you!

Ed Germanov, President, Bulgarian Aikido Association

I just wanted to tell you that I received my hanko(s) today, and I am very please with them. It was a pleasure doing business with you. I am sure I will be ordering more from you in the future.


I received the hanko and the recipient is very pleased. Thank you!


I received the hanko yesterday and it is just wonderful! Thanks so much to you and to Kitaji-san.


My hanko has arrived and I love it! Thank you very much, and please send my thanks to Mr. Kitaji. I can't wait to show it to my family. Thanks for all your assistance and advice.

Peace, Margaret

I LOVE the way you configured "kelly"... I like both the style and the no caps.

Thanking you sincerely,

Just wanted to write and let you know I got the Hanko a week ago. but with all the tragedy going on, I never wrote to thank you and Mr. Kitaji for a beautiful piece of art. It is beautiful and well crafted. And to thank you for all your patience and guidance in this hanko. Your work is superb. Mr. Kitaji is a master at his work and I hold great respect for his creativity. I hope all is well with you and your family and friends in these weeks of sorrow and tragedy. I will ink and stamp all three of my Hanko's for you.

Thank you again

With many thanks