After a long 3 weeks’ waiting, I am one stamp (pun intended) closer to being Japanese!
My own designed inkan, hanko or seal, finally arrived. According to Wikipedia: A seal, in an East Asian context, is a general name for printing stamps and impressions thereof are used in lieu of signatures in personal documents, office paperwork, contracts, art, or any item requiring acknowledgment or authorship.
I wish my inkan was a bit more fancier than just an ugly red plastic tube, but I guess I could find a rather costly and fancy case, if I really wanted to.
I got to design my own name in the inkan, which was came as a surprise to me and the result was not completely satisfying. I chose to put my last name in katakana, read vertically from right to left – traditional Japanese way.
Apologies for the low quality and blurriness of the following picture.
What will I do with my inkan? Stamp anything and everything. Leave my mark in all of the reports I need to do (it’s Monday evening, and I’ve done two this week already)!