Monday, October 28, 2013

Collecting Tourist Stamps In Japan

Somebody asked me about the tourist stamps I once mentioned in a post. They can be found in all the tourist spots, museums, shops, train stations, even some unexpected places. I have 100s of them and these are some randomly chosen examples. During one trip I met a Japanese man who would carry his notebook along everywhere. There were more than 2,000 stamps in it at that time. ^ ^







































4 comments:

  1. Those are all cute and very detailed, I must say! I wonder if there is a whole business based on making designs of such seals. So, what do you have to do in order to get your stamp - do you ask for it?

    I guess the Japanese tourists are disappointed when they come here in Copenhagen - we don't have such tradition, so they cannot collect a stamp from the places that they have visited.

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    1. There is a business in the field, since everybody has their own stamp in Japan. They sign with inkan, as you probably know.

      All you have to do is ask where the stamp is. Then you go and apply it wherever you want, on a piece of paper or in a notebook. Sometimes, special papers are available by the stamp. In most cases, the stamps are at sight, so you just go and use it. Of course, many people just pass by since it is a common sight there. They may be meant for tourists.

      Yes, it would be nice to have such stamps even in Europe. At least in the most tourist places. :-)

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  2. Oh, of course! I had completely forgotten about this "personal seal" - inkan you say? I'll check it out in google! Thank you :)

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    1. There are many interesting things related to it, so I will post about inkan tomorrow. Sleep well and have a wonderful weekend! :-)

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