We provide a complete line of custom seals online to meet your specific requirements. Our collection includes a variety of customized personal seal stamps that may be used for both business and personal purposes. JAPANESE NAME STAMP collection includes various sizes and color combinations that can be utilized for diverse purposes.
This bank Hanko is set on a hand-cut wooden block or a self-inking machine. Because each wooden block is unique, the one displayed may differ slightly from the one depicted. Ink is not included with wooden-handled stamps. Black ink is used in self-inking machines.
All stamps should be kept away from direct heat and sunshine. Depending on the ink/dye used, the family name stamp can be cleaned with warm soapy water or stamp cleaning. Always use the correct cleaning for the ink. This will guarantee that your personal seal stamp has the longest possible life.
We have the Japanese stamp for sale to meet your demands, whether you need a stamp merely for the date or you want to integrate your own design. The text is normally in the center of our configurable range, and your artwork may be put above and below the date.
We engrave and sell high-quality corporate and company embossing presses, also known as a common seal or company stamp, which are beneficial for corporations and notaries to imprint their name or brand on vital documents.
How do I make Hanko? - Japanese name stamp for foreigners
For a foreigner, making Mitomein first is recommended. Then, if necessary (for situations like buying a house, etc.) you can make it into Jitsuin by registering it, or create another one for solely the Jitsuin purpose.
Japanese usually make Mitomein with their surname. For Jitsuin, some people make it with their first name or full name too. There is no regulation on which name to use, as long as it’s your name.
As for foreigner, it’s your choice which part of your name (family name, first name or both full name) to use for any type of Hanko. But it’s not ideal to use your middle name as space in Hanko is quite limited. If you make Jitsuin, some local governments may not accept using middle name for Hanko registration. Please find more on our blog: Making Jitsuin Hanko for foreigners.
Japanese has three writing systems: Hiragana, Ktatakana and Kanji.
How do I choose my name - Hiranaga, Katakana, or Kanji?
As a foreigner, you have options to make Hanko with any type of character you like. Customarily we describe foreigners’ names with Katakana though, for Hanko, you can use any Japanese character, or even Romaji (English letters) is fine. However, if you plan to make Jitsuin, some city/ward offices may not accept English or Hiragana letter registration so you need to check first if you already know where you will live.
As for Kanji, each character has meaning. Kanji names used for non-Japanese are selected by the pronunciation of their name. Normally Kanji has two types of reading, On-yomi and Kun-yomi, or Chinese way of reading and Japanese way of reading. So one name could be expressed with several Kanji patterns because one Kanji could have more than one reading. For example, the Kanji 秋 can be read “shuu” or “aki” and its meaning is autumn. Kanji for Matthew can be expressed as 真修, 馬周, 増収, 魔秋… and many other ways. Each of these Kanji name sounds like: real master, horse circuit, increasing income, magic fall respectively.
As for letter font, you can choose different fonts, like Insōtai, reishotai, kointai, kaishotai, insootai, tenshotai, etc. Below are the font examples the name Matthew in English, Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji.
Where can I get Hanko?
If you’re living in Japan, you can find many Hanko shops in Japan like this.
They sell both ready-made Sanmonban Hanko and other order made Hanko. However, as a foreigner, you need to ask for order-made and also need to know how your name is written in Japanese if you want the Hanko in Japanese.
You can order Hanko from here in our online Hanko shop. We’ll translate your name into Japanese (Hiragana, Katakana or Kanji) and deliver it to your place.
If you request Hanko in Kanji, we’ll give some suggestions and you can choose your preferred one. As each Kanji letter has meaning in it, you may want to know how your name looks in Kanji in advance.