Experiencing Hanko Carving in Tokyo
During the last stay in Japan, we have visited our favourite Hanko shop, Taihodo near the Tokyo station. It was just to say hello but our friend Mr. Fujimaki offered us to try carving a hanko. Of course we didn’t say No.
Here are some videos of our fun experience.
The key is, you carve one line in one go, don’t stop and just carve it through. You can engrave either vertical way or horizontal way. Mr. Fujimaki prefers horizontal way, he said.
In the second video, Mr. Fujimaki fixes some details so that the letter will appear clean and clear. The way he hold the carving knife looks so different from us.
Then in the third video, Mr. Fujimaki finalising the seal. The pad he uses is called Injoku (印褥). Bamboo skin is attached to the surface and its slightly rough texture helps all the lines appear clearly. That’s why he slides the seal several times on the pad.
It was a very unusual and interesting experience. I will keep you posted if I find any seal events where you can also engrave your own Hanko.
And this is the finished seal.
Tokyo Kaijo Nichido Blds, B1F
1-2-1, Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 100-0005