Thursday, June 27, 2013

Thursday Snapshot: Matsumoto Hanko

Antique hanko display in Matsushima.
Earlier this month the husband gave a talk at a conference in Matsumoto. I tagged along because I'd heard there were farmer's markets there, a castle, and it sounded like fun. Matsumoto is a pretty little town with an excellent castle, good restaurants, and a fantastic free bike program. It also has a charming shopping street where I spotted this display of antique hanko (stamps). Japanese people tend not to actually sign things, but rather stamp documents with a personal seal. These tend to be small and rubber and not very exciting, but these antique metal ones were lovely. And expensive. Hence, only a photograph.

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