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HANKO Material

Tsuge

Among natural wood, this traditional seal material with the mose dense fibers and durabillity has been used roughly in various ways for a very long time.

Black Buffalo

This is made with Southeast Asian buffalo horns.
A black and glossy appearance creates a sense of strength and style.

Netherlands White Buffalo

With last longing features, the beautiful
appearance is especially popular among women.

Hanko Characters

Kanji

Kanji is a type of ideograms. It was originally made in China to transcript Chinese. Today it is used only in parts of Taiwan and South Korea.
Looking at the composition of Kanji, they are shapes of things, copies of abstract concepts and a combination of both. There are exceeding number of fifty thousand kanjis, but in fact, six thousand to seven thousand are used in litera-ture while three thousand are only used daily bases.

Hiragana

Kanji characters written in Shoho style. Sougana is a futher simplified version. From the beginning through the middle of the Heian period, surnames were developed mainly because it was used to mainly write songs and letters.

Katakana

Like hiragana, kanji was made by the transition usage of Manyokana kanji, a from of syllabary used in Manyoshu.Hiragana wasu born by character written in Shoho style, while Katakana wasu born by its simplification. In the Heian period Manyokana was used reading Chinese texts in Japanese but to write fast and briefly, this made katakana crucial.

The Alphabet

Each letter in general is one kind of a phonetic transcript that includes consonants and vowels which also refers to a traditional arrangement of letters. The word “alphabet” comes from α ,β “alpha”and “beta” which are the two letters that comes first in Greek.

Seal’s font

The typeface(font) of a name is important as it reflects the persons’s personality, There are several kinds of seal stamps fonts.

Kointai

Popular among foreigners, Yamato Kointai is easy to read Yamato Kointai is an old basic type of seal font that is made in Japan adding roundness to the letters Reishotai that it is easy to read with image by adding roundness to driginal letter form made in Japan based on old seal stamp of Yamato old seal body.

Kissoutai

Kisoutai is a typeface designed absed on the Tenshotai form. With its soft and strong impression features it is said to bring good fortune.

Tenshotai

Tenshotai is an old font that was made from hieroglyphics around 200 BC. This is popular among its distinctive impression and it is said that it suits not only the official registered seal but also for any types of seals.

Reishotai

In China, around Shin’s period Reisyotai was complicated and difficult to write, so the typeface was simplified to write faster. Kointai is the model of this typeface.

Gyoshotai

The carrying of the brush maeks the beautiful typeface.

Kaishotai

Kaishotai is mainly used on postcards and printed on bussiness cards which is the basics of Japanese calligraphy and the most familiar typeface.

SIZE KATAKANA ALPHABET
12.0mm 6 words 8 words
13.5mm 8 words 10 words
15.0mm 12 words 14 words
16.5mm 14 words 16 words
18.0mm 16 words 20 words