Founded in 1918, Harada Shokodo has a history of over 100 years, as a bond between stamp craftsmen, manufacturers, and retailers. In recent years, the company has introduced innovative products and introduced the appeal of Hanko culture to the world. In the highly popular "Hanko Making Experience," visitors will experience carving their own stamps on stone materials using special tools under the careful guidance of a skilled hanko craftsman. Afterwards, visitors will move to a tea ceremony room to enjoy Japanese green tea and traditional sweets, followed by a "stamping ceremony" in which they will press their stamps onto Japanese paper using authentic red ink. As a wholesaler specializing in hanko (stamps), we are a treasure trove of materials and knowledge. Please ask us anything about hanko! We would love to share our world with you.
The fee for the experience includes a stamp, a special case, kneaded red ink, Japanese paper, powdered green tea, and Japanese sweets.
1. Meet a stamp craftsman and have him show you his masterful skills
A conversation with a craftsman is always a very enjoyable time. It is always very exciting to hear about the roots of the kanji characters used in their own names. You will also get to see the "skill" of the craftsmen who put the characters on the stamp and engrave it.
2. Carve your own stamp
Experience engraving a stamp by yourself (a craftsman will write letters on the stamp for you to carve)
3. Go to the tea ceremony room and press your own freshly made stamp.
Enjoy Japanese green tea and traditional sweets in the tea ceremony room and experience the ritual of stamping a stamp on Japanese thin paper.
1. Hanko Making Experience + Water: Hakushu area
About 60 minutes by car from Harada Shokodo, you will find a mountain and water famous for its natural water. Taste mineral water and whiskey, its softness.
2. Hanko Making Experience + Wine: Katsunuma area
A 50-minute drive from Harada Shokodo takes you to one of Japan's leading wine-growing regions. Delicate and refreshing flavors that go well with Japanese cuisine, tasting and shopping there.
3. Hanko Making Experience + Textile Weaving: Fuji Yoshida
A 60-minute drive from Harada Shokodo takes you to a town of textile factories that have inherited beautiful weaving techniques. Fuji at the end of the main street, and you can also taste the famous "Yoshida's Udon".
4. Hanko Making Experience + Nature: Hokuto area
Hokuto is a town at the foot of Mt. Yatsugatake with a slight influence of Western culture, about 70 minutes by car from Harada Shokodo. Delicious dairy products, hiking in the mountains, and the distant view of Mt. Fuji.
5. Hanko Making Experience + Fuji 5 lakes
About 40 minutes by car from Harada Shokodo, you can see five different lakes. Stay near the lakes and enjoy the early morning view of Mt. Fuji or walk around feeling the water.
6. Hanko Making Experience + Washi(Japanese craft paper): Nishijima
A 5-minute drive from Harada Shokodo, you can enjoy a washi making experience and shopping at a specialty store.