English / Japanese



What is a Hanko? What do Japanese people use it for?
A Hanko is a stamp made from boxwood or other material with your name engraved in it. In Japan, a Hanko is stamped in place of a signature. On occasions such as opening a bank account or getting married, a Hanko stamp is required to confirm a person's identity.
Do Japanese people also use Hankos as a hobby or for fun?
Artists stamp a corner of their work such as pictures or calligraphy with their Hanko in place of a signature, and sometimes ordinary people also stamp the end of letters and books that they own with their Hanko as well. Japanese people all have their own Hanko.
I guess you could say that Hankos are items that symbolize Japanese culture.
That's right! Hankos are one of the souvenirs that are really popular among foreign tourists. Would you like one?
But, if my friends who can't read Japanese see the imprint of my Hanko, they wouldn't realize that it is my Hanko, would they?
You're right. That's why we're making and selling Hankos engraved with both the Japanese kanji and the English alphabet. We call it the DUAL Hanko.
Wow, that's amazing. Great! Now everyone will know that this is my Hanko. It looks cool, too! I want one of these DUAL Hankos.
We recommend the DUAL Hanko as a memento of your trip to Japan or a souvenir for close family members and friends.
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How to get your DUAL Hanko









Frequently Asked Questions


Size / Jananese Kanji / Ink Pad / How to Stamp / Handling





There are two DUAL HANKO sizes, but what should I base my choice on?
There are usually no problems if you choose the 16.5mm diameter version. We recommend the 18mm diameter version if you want a larger size. Also, the 18mm diameter version may be easier to hold and stamp for people with big hands.

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Can you explain in more detail, and in a way that I can understand, how you select Japanese kanji for foreign names?
The pronunciation of words in foreign languages and Japanese is very different. So in order to change a foreign language name into Japanese kanji, we first convert the foreign language pronunciation into Japanese pronunciation, and then select and use Japanese kanji which have that pronunciation. For example, JEFFERY pronounced in Japanese would become JIEFURI. So we choose and combine Japanese kanji with good meanings from among those that are pronounced 'JI', 'E', 'FU' and 'RI'.




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Is the ink pad sold separately?
Yes, the ink pad is sold separately. But customers who order a DUAL Hanko and allow us to post their name and photo on our Twitter and Facebook accounts will receive a free ink pad as a sign of our appreciation.
That's great!
Is it OK if I take your photo?
Of course, I'll be happy to go along.
Thank you very much, we appreciate it!

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Can you please teach me the correct way of stamping a DUAL HANKO?
The raised dot indicates the side that should face up, so place your index finger on top of it. Next, apply some ink by lightly tapping on the surface of 
the ink pad. Then, take a look to check that ink has been applied evenly all around the surface of the Hanko before stamping your seal. It may also be good to lay a magazine or notepad, which will act as a cushion, underneath the paper you will stamp your seal on. When stamping your DUAL HANKO on paper, be mindful to apply pressure equally to the entire surface of the seal.




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Is there anything I should be careful of when handling a DUAL HANKO?
When you have finished stamping your seal, wipe off any ink remaining on the surface of your DUAL HANKO with a soft cloth or similar material before replacing the cap. But never wash your DUAL HANKO in water. Because the DUAL HANKO is made of wood, washing it in water may cause it to absorb moisture and expand, making it impossible to replace the cap, or conversely, not being able to remove the cap.
I see, thank you.
In Japan, it is widely believed that a good Hanko brings its owner good fortune.We hope that your DUAL HANKO we engraved from our heart will bring you good fortune.

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