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Japanese HANKO


Kamakura Hanko

The Kamakura Hanko Difference

Kamakura Hanko offers a truly unique service. All production processes are handled in-house, including character entry, rough engraving, finishing, stamping and certificate creation. All seal stocks are blessed at one of Kamakura's most important shrines to ensure its new owner is endowed with good fortune. Your name can also be stylized to create an auspicious design – said to improve chances in love, business, and other areas in life.


What Is a Hanko, Anyway?

A hanko is, in short, a seal that is used in place of signatures on official documents, and range from cheap, mass-produced plastic items to ornate, handcrafted works of art. Hanko vs Inkan — Inkan is technically the word for the red mark created by the hanko, but the two terms are often used interchangeably.

Types of hanko

Here is a breakdown of the most common uses for personal hanko:



This official seal is registered at the owner's local ward office or city hall and comes with a certificate of authenticity. This  allows you to sign for significant purchases such as cars, and to take out mortgages.


The ginkoin, or registered bank seal, is used for any type of bank business. This includes opening bank accounts, transferring funds, and so on.



The mitomein is for personal use. Most often it will be used to sign off documents at work or stamped on a home delivery receipt.

A Souvenir That
Lasts a Lifetime

There are also YUIN stamps that can be used for fun. These are great for souvenirs and gifts.


Martial Arts Dojos

Dojos throughout the world, including judo, karate, aikido, kendo, etc., use our hanko for their official certification.


Japanese Restaurants

Japanese restaurants – sushi bars, ramen, etc. – throughout the world use our hanko for their official certification.



The hanko signature is perfect for artwork created by illustrators, calligraphers, painters, photographers, shodo artists, ceramics artists, etc.