*First broadcast on May 12, 2022. For hundreds of years, Japanese have used name stamps, known as hanko, to prove their identity. People use stamps in everyday situations, such as receiving a parcel, and in formal contexts, such as business transactions. Our guest, hanko carver Kobayashi Shigehito, shows us how a hanko is made by hand. We also learn how the move towards remote working, triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic, is affecting how hanko are used.
Peter Barakan shows us his name stamp. In Japanese: hanko.
Kobayashi Shigehito is a veteran hanko carver.
Making hanko by hand requires dexterity and concentration.