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Cement Your Friendship With a Custom Seal

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While Hankozu’s floral crest hanko are vaguely circular, a notable feature is that they don’t have a closed circle encompassing the entire design, unlike almost all other manufacturers’ personal seals. Customers can choose between one of three fonts with varying degrees of brush stroke-style flair.

You also have your choice of materials. Hanko with rubber stamp surfaces are priced at ¥4,000 (US$36), while wooden ones are just a little more at ¥5,000 (US$45). A two-hanko package, with the same design on both a rubber and wooden stamp, is also available for ¥9,000/US$82).

All orders include a large card explaining your hana komon (as even the average Japanese person doesn’t have an in-depth knowledge of the symbolism) as well as a booklet containing illustrations of all 366 crests.

Orders can be placed through Hankozu’s online Rakuten shop (rubber stamps here, wooden stamps here, and combo packs here). While hanko aren’t legally binding outside of Japan, the elegant design and personal nature of these hana komon hanko make them ideal gifts, as well as a unique way to sign personal correspondence or greeting cards.

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