Our consultation allows customers a profound glimpse into a fascinating tradition that relies upon an intricate balance of numerous elements to provide just the right hanko for each individual.
It is a complex equation that takes into account not only a person’s name and personality but also the specific aspects of their life that they wish to emphasize in order to invite good fortune: love, money, family, success, material wealth, and human relationships, among others.
Working closely with each customer to carefully select the desired font and size, we then exercise exact precision when carving the hanko to be sure that the positioning and thickness of every stroke in every character reflects the specific desired attributes.
Also of primary consideration is the stroke count in the characters used for the hanko, with the total number assigned a meaning that is considered fundamentally positive or negative.
While many parents in Japan carefully consider this sort of stroke geometry when naming their newborn children, circumstances can shift later in life — such as when one acquires a hanko following a name change via marriage. In cases where the new stroke count totals an inauspicious number, we can make adjustments through our carving method – ensuring all customers leave with a hanko seal that is representative of their true self.