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  • The History of Hanko: A Guide to Japan’s Ink Seals

    The History of Hanko: A Guide to Japan’s Ink Seals Until 30 June 2021

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    • Dates 11 October 2019, 12:00AM - 30 June 2021, 11:59PM
    • Event Details When Was the First Hanko Used, and Why?

      The culture of using seals dates back to 5th millennium BC Mesopotamia. It reached Japan by AD 57 — though it’s likely it was even earlier — but there is historical evidence from at least that year. After the Taiho Code (the administrative and penal code of the Taiho era) in 701, the Imperial family began using hanko for important contracts. Each emperor has a specific seal created especially for them, so as Japan crossed over from the Heisei era into the Reiwa era in 2019, the new emperor accepted his unique personal seal.

      The aristocracy started getting seals made by the late Nara period, around 750, and samurai got into the game during the Kamakura period and beyond. It wasn’t until the Meiji Period (1868-1912) that the hanko became widely used by Japanese nationals across the country. The reason was a law that enforced a unified national system of certification, which finally allowed the general public to use their own personalized hanko.

      The hanko has now become a cultural item passed down from generation to generation, and is an important item for Japanese people to confirm their “will” and “responsibility” in everything that’s signed between the government, corporations and individuals.

      Want to Get Your Own Hanko?

      Kamakura Hanko stocks a variation of hanko — from simple to sumptuous — and accompanying accessories to suit any need. They can make a fully customized piece using traditional craftsmanship, or you can choose from many of the ready-made ones available. For a truly unique hanko, join a Kamakura Hanko workshop to make your own.

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      Coming soon: more uses for hanko and hanko etiquette!
  • Try using a HANKO instead of a message card, a note, etc.
    Japanese Culture

    Try using a HANKO instead of a message card, a note, etc. Until 31 December 2019

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    • Dates 5 August 2019, 12:00AM - 31 December 2019, 11:59PM
    • Event Details It is also very popular when giving messages, such as messages for children or office notes. Let's express your identity with a stamp instead of a sign.
  • ☆★TAKE FREE☆★Booklet About name seal.
    Japanese Culture

    ☆★TAKE FREE☆★Booklet About name seal. Until 31 December 2019

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    • Dates 23 January 2019, 12:00AM - 31 December 2019, 11:59PM
    • Fees Free
    • Event Details Hanko (or Inkan) is the personalized name seal used in Japan in lieu of signatures.

      Hanko date back to 5500 B.C., when people in the Middle East began engraving their personal symbols on stones, shells and clay and leaving impressions to identify property as their own. Hanko use first spread to Europe, and then Asia.Hanko have been employed by high officials and samurai for most of Japan's recorded history and were already common among merchants and farmers by the Edo Period (1603-1868).The modern hanko system was codified during the Meiji Era (1868-1912) in the early 1870s, when legislation was passed requiring people to register their hanko and use them on important documents.A hanko personal seal is a necessary item for most adults in Japan which is the same role as a signature in the West.
  • Handmade Japanese HANKO(seal) experience
    Traditional crafts

    Handmade Japanese HANKO(seal) experience Until 31 December 2019

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    • Dates 22 November 2017, 12:00AM - 31 December 2019, 11:59PM
    • Fees 1,980JPY (including tax)
    • Event Details Handmade Traditional Japanese signature seal experience. You can experience a handmade seal.
      You can learn Japanese seal culture. Create your original Japanese NAME.

      Kamakura Hanko cooperated with the NPO in Kamakura City and released a new HANKO workshop and HANKO goods for foreigners.
      HANKO culture is the only world in Japan and has a very long history. HANKO is a personal seal which has the same legal status as the Western signature. In Japan, people do not sign. They use stamps. They are called Han or Hanko, and every individual in Japan has one.

      So far workshops and products got a very high satisfaction level of over 95% from foreign tourists. New workshops and products will be improved by customer consultation at NPO in Kamakura City and more foreign tourists can enjoy. Tourists can know not only the services and goods but also Japanese culture deeply. Our shop is most suitable for memories of Japan. Many foreigners visit our shop.

      Our workshop can make handmade HANKO in one hour. We will translate your last name into Kanji characters and create a Hanko that is just like the one people in Japan use. Hanko is usually made of wood, stone, or ivory and is engraved with the family name. It is stamped on the paper in red ink.

      Handmade Japanese seal experience(外国人向け体験)
      Handmade Traditional Japanese signature seal experience. Japanese Seal for you! Create your original Japanese NAME.
      * until the limit per day set for 2 people
      *1,980yen/per person
      *Material costs separately. It will be from 980yen.

      ​Input from the reservation form below the linked page.

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  • 【コラム】鎌倉土産になぜジャパニーズサインなのか【Column】 Why is it a Japanese sign for Kamakura gift?

    【コラム】鎌倉土産になぜジャパニーズサインなのか【Column】 Why is it a Japanese sign for Kamakura gift? Until 31 July 2018

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    • Dates 26 June 2018, 12:00AM - 31 July 2018, 11:59PM
    • Event Details The origin of the Japanese signature is the system of signs used in the Chinese office. In Japan, Kamakura spread in the Kamakura period (around 1300 AD) where Kamakura was the center of politics. In modern times, as a sign to prove individuals, the custom of pushing Japanese signature has settled.
      The Japanese signature of "Kamakura Hanko" is a special item made in Kamakura that has a close relationship with the history of Japanese signature.Japanese signature is best for Kamakura souvenir.
  • 【Kamakura "INKAN" Story】 Chapter 1 8th August 2018
    Japanese Culture

    【Kamakura "INKAN" Story】 Chapter 1 8th August 2018 Until 7 September 2018

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    • Dates 8 August 2018, 12:00AM - 7 September 2018, 11:59PM
    • Event Details "INKAN"is used by all Japanese people at the milestones of their lives. It is like a symbol of that person.

      In Japan, when submitting a birth registration, when making a bank account, when you purchase a house or a car, establish a company, become a joint guarantor, when you submit a death notification, from cradle to the grave until the grave I will use "INKAN" in the important aspect of. For Japanese people, "INKAN" recognizes itself as a proof, self, divorce, substitution, amulet.

      Sign culture is the mainstream in the world "INKAN" is a unique culture of Japan. The culture of "INKAN" attracts many foreigners and is very pleased with foreign tourists as a compact and auspicious Japanese souvenir.

      Kamakura is a place that spread "INKAN" culture in Japan, and foreigners purchasing "INKAN" as a souvenir of Kamakura are increasing every year.

      Chapter 2 on "Kamakura and Hanko" (planned)
  • 【Kamakura "INKAN" Story】 Chapter 2 7th September 2018

    【Kamakura "INKAN" Story】 Chapter 2 7th September 2018 Until 8 October 2018

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    • Dates 7 September 2018, 12:00AM - 8 October 2018, 11:59PM
    • Event Details In the Kamakura period of Yoritomo, the seal culture spreads further.Japan-Sung trade with China, document issuance between samurai and samurai, trading of common people etc.
      "Seal, flower push, thumbprint, nail stamp" was used in the place of Kamakura.In addition, the shrine of the Kamakura shrine or temple which is said to have benefit "the red seal"
      "Kimono, collection book seal" etc. used for Kamakura fumashi's work.Kamakura is also a place where seal seal culture has developed.

      "Kamakura", the city where the samurai regime was born for the first time, is a town where you can enjoy the history, culture and nature of about a thousand years.

      Yorito destroyed Heike in the battle of Genpei, became the Shogun general, and opened the shogunate in Kamakura

      In addition, Yoritomo and Hojo Masako are said to be good friends with their husband and wife, it is also a place where many people visit and receive power, and it is said that not only couples husband satisfaction, good marriage, kids, winning games, jobs, health Gods live It is.

      The seal of our shop uses the material we prayed at the historic shrine which is said to be the guardian deity of such Kamakura shogunate.

      Kamakura Hanko prays at a shrine representing Kamakura and sculpts each one carefully, so it will be a good lucky substitute for amulets.
  • 【Kamakura "INKAN" Story】Chapter 3  12th October 2018

    【Kamakura "INKAN" Story】Chapter 3  12th October 2018 Until 31 December 2018

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    • Dates 12 October 2018, 12:00AM - 31 December 2018, 11:59PM
    • Event Details "Kamakura" seal stamp specialty store ~ Kamakura Hanko ~

      Our shop opened in the first generation in 1951, and the second generation opened in Kansai and founded nearly 70 years. The third generation also inherited its will and opened at the place of seal impression propagation "Kamakura". Our store cherishes being able to be pleased when the customer receives the goods. In "Kamakura" where the stamp culture spreads to Japan, our shop carefully carved one by one carefully in the shop from the customer's name and hopeful fortune sticking to fortune-telling. Materials carefully selected from more than 30 types of quality from Yamanashi Prefecture Rokugo which is the best production place in Japan. In addition, "Month Nosumu typeface" that lasts three generations is characterized by elegant and beautiful flowing strokes. Especially it is an auspicious seal that increases the luck of successful luck, family luck, affectionate luck, health luck, game of luck, money luck and so on.
  • 【Kamakura "INKAN" Story】 Chapter 4 2nd November 2018.
    Japanese Culture

    【Kamakura "INKAN" Story】 Chapter 4 2nd November 2018. Until 18 January 2019

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    • Dates 2 November 2018, 12:00AM - 18 January 2019, 11:59PM
    • Event Details In Kamakura, "Mark of the recommendation tag" used for collecting funds for building temple shrines and temples and temples carved from stone, "seal of talcum pattern" were excavated. In addition, They used a seal in the process of making excavated lacquerware in the Middle Ages. Samurais came to use flower pens as stamps due to the rapid increase in document issuance. When judging whether the document is genuine or fake, it is important evidence as well as obtaining political credibility by comparing "flower push" against it. As mentioned above, samurai began using flower stamps. In Kamakura, the proof culture as evidence such as "flower push, seal, thumbprint, nail sticker, book collection seal, baked seal" spread more.
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