These ‘hanko’ signature stamps make it look like your name came straight out of a manga!

13.November.2016 | FASHION

Internet hanko shop ‘Inkan Hanko SHOP Hankos’ (印鑑はんこSHOPハンコズ) has started selling a special series of hanko called ‘Manga Zukan’ for manga lovers out there. A hanko is a special, personalised stamp of your name used to sign documents in Japan. They take a more fun route to signing rather than the serious, businesslike image that all hanko have given up to now.

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‘Manga Zukan’ is the first instalment in a new series of hanko from the store, a series they are calling ‘FUNCO’. The Manga Zukan hanko features manga-like speech bubbles and borders. ‘FUNCO’ is a portmanteau of ‘fun’ and the ‘ko’ sound of ‘hanko’.

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There are 13 speech bubble designs and 5 border designs for a total of 18 illustrations from the Manga Zukan series.

 

The calligraphy style of the text uses real fonts, giving it that real manga edge. Use them for anything and everything: notes, letters – even the post or the bank. Get your own stylised hanko from the Manga Zukan series and feel like you are really in a manga!

 

■Information
Manga Zukan
http://www.rakuten.ne.jp/gold/hankos/mangazukan/

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