Did you know?: Hanko, a must item for Japanese daily life

by Shoji Kudaka
Stripes Okinawa
In Japan, hanko (stamp) or inkan (seal impression), which uses a pad of thick red ink called shuniku, actually serves as personal identification. This seal is necessary when opening a bank account, joining a new company or school or getting married. While you probably won’t need to use one, they are a symbol of Japanese culture and can make for a great souvenir.

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