Photo: PR TImes
new products

Personalized Japanese 'hanko' seals

3 Comments
By grape Japan

Often used in lieu of signatures, hanko (personalized seals displaying one's name) are a necessary means of identification to stamp official documents in everything from work to marriage. While these seals display names in Japanese kanji, foreign residents without a kanji name either make a hank of their name in the katakana alphabet, or create an officially registered kanji version of their name.

Official seal design company Sirusi is looking to make the latter option a bit easier and flashier via a new crowdfunded project called OMIYA-HANKO. The service lets you submit your name to be converted into a kanji selected by the company or customized yourself to be used on a hanko seal.

main-423.jpg

When realized, the process operates by submission of a non-Japanese with intended characters to use, or a request for suitable kanji to match the submitted name. As you can see with the example of "Robert" below, meaning of each character is explained (the very last one after the name simply means "seal") and the hanko can be delivered in three styles--circle, emblem, and traditional for the preferred aesthetic.

sub3-199.jpg

sub2-203.jpg

OMIYA-HANKO is being marketed as a special souvenir to gift foreign visitors with, but could also be worth using as an official hanko for foreign residents as the recently launched crowdfunding page rewards donations with Japanese style brushes as well.

sub5-145.jpg

Those anxious for a personalized hanko now, however, may want to hold themselves over with Pokemon and shiba inu seals, or check out these foreign-friendly personalized typographic hanko.

Read more stories from grape Japan.

-- Calling out Catcalls: Manga Seeks to Raise Awareness of Street Harassment

-- New Pokémon Hotel Rooms In Japan Come With Giant Snorlax Plushies

-- We Visited The Beastars Cafe: Fans of The Series Are In For A Treat!

© grape Japan

©2020 GPlusMedia Inc.

3 Comments
Login to comment

Nice.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Archaic!

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Officially, my legal name is in kanji as is my hanko. Family name is three kanji characters.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Login to leave a comment

Facebook users

Use your Facebook account to login or register with JapanToday. By doing so, you will also receive an email inviting you to receive our news alerts.

Facebook Connect

Login with your JapanToday account

User registration

Articles, Offers & Useful Resources

A mix of what's trending on our other sites