Where we use a personal signature, people of Japan, China and Korea use stamps, called JITSU-IN (japanese)
or, if not registered, MITOME-IN, which is commonly called HANKO, simply meaning stamp. A MITOME-IN is nowadays
produced by machines and its characteristics are clean, clear lines without much of an aesthetic charm.
In Japan, you can buy stamps for the most common surnames in every stationary shop, made out of wood, horn,
ivory or, in many cases, plastic. The JITSU-IN and GINKO-IN (bank seals) have to be protected from abuse, so they are
made manually by stamp makers.
My stamps are all RAKKAN-IN, stamps for signing artworks and certificates.
Even though the so-called seal font TENSHO is standard, it is not an unchangeable rule. If you prefer the elegance of the cursive writing or the boldness of the chancellery font, I can make you some drafts to choose from.
"I know nothing but contentment."
"Where there is laughter, happiness will reside."
"Harmony – respect – purity – simplicity"
I was born 1953 in Germany. As a young man, I lived in Japan for 6 years to learn Aikido and japanese calligraphy, SHODO, which forms the basis for stamp crafting. Thanks to my teachers, especially Master Nangaku Kawamata from Mito, I was able to specialize in stamp carving as my own way to practice SHODO. Now I am living and working in Japan again, on the countryside near Nagano-City. My wife and I also grow organic rice, fruits and vegetables.