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Hanko (or Inkan) is the personalized name seal used in Japan

in lieu of signatures.

Hanko date back to 5500 B.C., when people in the Middle East began engraving their personal symbols on stones, shells and clay and leaving impressions to identify property as their own. Hanko use first spread to Europe, and then Asia.
Hanko have been employed by high officials and samurai for most of Japan's recorded history and were already common among merchants and farmers by the Edo Period (1603-1868).
The modern hanko system was codified during the Meiji Era (1868-1912) in the early 1870s, when legislation was passed requiring people to register their hanko and use them on important documents.
A hanko personal seal is a necessary item for most adults in Japan which is the same role as a signature in the West.




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“The Magic of the Japanese Hanko Seal”

The Japanese Hanko seal plays several roles. It is a formal and official “pictorial” identification and serves the same role that the signature does in the West. It is itself a work of art, from the design of the hand-carved image of the “stamp,” to the body of the seal which can be made of wood, stone, semi-precious stone, or even acrylic. Finally, the Japanese Hanko is a representative of self. When I put my Hanko seal on a piece of artwork or correspondence, it as though the seal stands for my heart and spirit. In this world where identity now exists principally in digital form, whether through the chips on our credit cards or government assigned identification numbers, the Hanko seal is a unique and beautiful form of identification, one with which we can leave our name artfully and with pride. 
From the very first exchange of emails when I first began to correspond with Mitsuhiro Tsukino, the owner of Kamakura Hanko, about making two Hanko seals for my daughter and goddaughter, he was a joy to work with. He promptly sent drawings of five different carving design styles, and was very helpful in choosing a material for the seals themselves. Our visit to his shop in August was a joy. His self-taught English is impressive, and his warmth immediate and sincere. Tsukino-san is a gifted carver, and a kind and honest man with whom doing business is a pleasure. He is generous in the time he spends with each customer, and offers valuable advice without pressure. Now that I’ve met him, I would not hesitate to do business with him exclusively by email and shipping, though I will try to visit his shop on future visits to Japan. After placing our orders, my wife and I toured sights in beautiful Kamakura for a few hours before returning to his shop to pick them up. The Hanko seals were ready and beautifully packaged. 

from L.A.


WeI found KAMAKURAHANKO to be very professional and easy to deal with. Although I didn't buy anything, my friend did and I was extremely impressed with KAMAKURAHANKO's thoroughness and knowledge. In hindsight I wish I had purchased another hanko chop even though I have over a dozen. I highly recommend him if you are in the market for a stamp. 5 stars isn't enough for this great shop!



We were able to experience the wonders of Japanese culture.

from USA

The Hanko seal makes an exciting gift. Both those Tsukino-san carved were happily received by their new owners. 

Those outside Japan who come to know the Hanko seal will come to love it for the powerful tool and symbol that it is.

Thanks so much we love our stamp. You were so helpful.

I'm glad to be able to learn the Japanese culture. I was glad to come to Kamakura. It was a good souvenir of Japan.


It got the name of the great Japanese characters.I think that it is trying to stamp on post cards and letters.

Step of HANKO

make your only of Japanese Hanko

1 Choose the HANKO material

We have round and square type of material.


We will create your name in kanji or katakana.Every Kanji character has a meaning. Making your Kanji name means adding a meaning to your name. You can choose from cool and sharp Kanji characters with their meaning that we carefully selected from 500,00 characters.

3 Hand finishing

Carefully and finish the hand to be a beautiful stamp face by craftsmen.

4 stamped

It will be stamped on the warranty on your own.

5 Selection of cases

We have a case with a craftsman-made tradition.

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Give your Kanji Name

Hand Finishing

Bring good luck

with a tradition and confidence

Hanko is a seal that bring good luck.Tetsu  in 1951 has opened a Hanko shop in Abeno Osaka.He continued to make good luck seal 40 years.Good luck seal is intended to predict the name of the person by the Chinese horoscope.Second generation shopkeeper Masaharu has been carving good luck seal since he was a 18-year-old to now.Third generation shopkeeper Mitsuhiro also became independent in 2016 studied  carving method of good luck seal.In Kamakura, he has spread to domestic and overseas culture of Hanko.Our shop has been to important to be trusted by customers.

from manager

Welcome to Kamakura.Kamakura has a lot of shrine and temple.Please enjoy the Kamakura tourism.

Our shop is hope that customers really happy with.In particular, we are making a good luck seal.We hope as you lucky visit.











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248-00012 鎌倉市御成町5−6ー1A
営業時間 10:30-18:00