Yesterday I went to buy my inkan (いんかん) (also known as a hanko/はんこ). Inkan are stampers or seals depicting the person’s name. The bizarre thing is that you can just walk into the store and ask for absolutely anything you like – no ID required! Very odd.
Anyway, it’s really hard to write my name in nice kanji (unless I want it to mean something about ants and villages…) so I chose to have katakana for mine (as most western people do). And here it is:
It made me feel like such a proper citizen to get one! haha! (^o^)/