Thursday, January 24, 2008


A Hanko is a seal or stamp. In Japan instead of signing things they use a personal stamp. The personal stamp used for signing important documents is called an inkan. The seal is generally affixed at the end of one's written name when required. Usually each family has one registered seal called jitsuin and a few unregistered seals called mitomein. Occasionally a certificate has to be shown to prove that the seal is registered.

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