The origin of hanko dates back to Mesopotamian civilization over 7000 BC. In the Old Testament, there are several descriptions of seals, and it is said that they developed mainly in Europe along with Christianity. On the other hand, it was introduced to China via the Silk Road, and then to Japan for the first time during the Later Han Dynasty.
The oldest surviving seal in Japan is the golden seal "Kan no Kokuo", which is also mentioned in history textbooks.
After that, Japan's unique stamp culture developed over time. At first, it spread as an official seal of the government and local rulers, but as private seals gradually became popular, variations increased, and hanko also came to have artistic significance.
It was the Meiji government that enacted the seal registration system, which is the prototype of the current seal system, and continues to this day.
I think it's nonsense in today's digital society that you need a stamp for everything, but it's better to use an officially registered stamp for important contracts and documents, and it's also convenient for general use. That's why there are many cases where it is used, isn't it?
① Stamps are a tool that increases credibility
Using a stamp with a registered seal for important contracts and documents (which should be kept under strict control both at home and at work) will increase your credibility.
② Hanko is a convenient tool
It's cleaner and faster than handwriting, and it can be stamped on various documents, so it's more versatile and efficient than printing.
③ Stamps are artistic tools
As you can see in the history of stamps, they are made from materials such as stones, gemstones, gold, etc., and have various designs as a tool to express yourself. It is popular overseas as a representative of Cool Japan.
At Inyusha, we would like to continue to develop and propose products that make work and life more efficient, such as the convenience and design of stamps, that everyone wants to actively use!