Hanko: Japan's Signature Stamps

Smitten in Japan

29m 00s
Broadcast on August 20, 2021 Available until August 20, 2022

Smitten in Japan: where we meet Japanophiles with a fresh perspective on the lesser-known parts of Japan. This time, we feature hanko, stamps used in place of signatures in Japan. Introducing us to hanko is the so-called "Hanko Prince," a Frenchman with a giant hanko collection. We learn how hanko are made, their significance in Japanese culture, and even how to make your very own hanko-style stamps at home.

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