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Japanese cat hanko stamps allow you to sign your name with extra flair and fur

Although signing things by hand is slowly gaining popularity in Japan, most official processes still rely on its use Hanko, a name stamp used to prove your identity. They’re used for everything from signing apartment leases to opening bank accounts, but isn’t life more fun with fun designs like those with a Pokemon theme?

Japanese custom hanko stamp makers Shiroyama Hakubundo recently released a collection of cat-inspired hanko stamps on May 27 called Neko no Sanpo Hanko, or “Cat Walk Hanko,” and the fun factor really makes them stand out.

The collection includes six designs, with a cat walking, sleeping or playing on the edge of the stamp.

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What’s even better than one cat? Two! Shiroyama Hakubundo knows that and that’s why they give you the option to include two cats in your stamp if you want. More cats means less space for your name, but that can always be abbreviated, right?

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Sometimes Japanese residents are not allowed to use custom hanko stamps like these to sign official documents; For example, the cat design would not be acceptable for signing something like an apartment lease. However, Shiroyama Hakubundo ensures that they are almost always accepted as at least a bank account hanko, which is still widely used to open a Japanese bank account.

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With all the different combinations of cats, along with the ability to write your name horizontally or vertically, there are about 72 different ways to customize this cat-themed hanko.

▼ Here are just a few combinations.

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Whatever the combination, prices for these name stamps start at 2,950 yen and are available in the online store below.

Sources: Japan Magazine, PR times, Neko no Sanpo Hanko

Images: PR times

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