Sunday, July 01, 2007

Theme Day for the month of July: The Color Red, Japanese seal

Theme Day for the month of July: The Color Red, Japanese seal, Japan
This is my seal and more used by the identification than the signature in Japan. We use it to register bank account, draw up a contract, approve a document and more. Ivory had been popular for its material, but now plastic is replacing it and ebony wood and rosewood is popular.

Many other city daily photo blogs participate in this theme day today, why don't you pay them a visit? Remember, due to time difference they might not all be ready when you visit them.

Shanghai, China - Mumbai, India - New York City (NY), USA - Manila, Philippines - Albuquerque (NM), USA - Hamburg, Germany - Stayton (OR), USA - Los Angeles (CA), USA - Hyde, UK - Oslo, Norway - Brookville (OH), USA - Melbourne, Australia - Stavanger, Norway - Bellefonte (PA), USA - Bucaramanga (Santander), Colombia - Joplin (MO), USA - Singapore, Singapore - Selma (AL), USA - Cleveland (OH), USA - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Chandler (AZ), USA - Stockholm, Sweden - Seattle (WA), USA - Boston (MA), USA - Arradon, France - Evry, France - Baton Rouge (LA), USA - Maple Ridge (BC), Canada - Boston (MA), USA - Grenoble, France - Cottage Grove (MN), USA - Greenville (SC), USA - Hilo (HI), USA - Nelson, New Zealand - La Antigua, Guatemala - Brisbane (QLD), Australia - Singapore, Singapore - Tel Aviv, Israel - Hong Kong, China - Sequim (WA), USA - Paderborn, Germany - Saarbrücken, Germany - Rotterdam, Netherlands - Tenerife, Spain - Kyoto, Japan - Tokyo, Japan - Sydney, Australia - Naples (FL), USA - Cologne (NRW), Germany - Wassenaar (ZH), Netherlands - Saint Louis (MO), USA - Cypress (TX), USA - Ocean Township (NJ), USA - Mainz, Germany - Toruń, Poland - Menton, France - Monte Carlo, Monaco - Singapore, Singapore - North Bay (ON), Canada - Jakarta, Indonesia - Montréal (QC), Canada - Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina - Minneapolis (MN), USA - Baziège, France - San Diego (CA), USA - Prague, Czech Republic - Ampang (Selangor), Malaysia - New York (NY), USA - Kajang (Selangor), Malaysia - Sharon (CT), USA - Newcastle (NSW), Australia - Port Angeles (WA), USA - Nottingham, UK - Villigen, Switzerland - Chicago (IL), USA - Torquay, UK - Brussels, Belgium - San Diego (CA), USA - Mexico (DF), Mexico - Saint Paul (MN), USA - Cape Town, South Africa - Paris, France - Seoul, Korea - Manila, Philippines - Milano, Italy - Chennai (Tamil Nadu), India - Austin (TX), USA - Chennai, India - Madrid, Spain - Seoul, South Korea - Wailea (HI), USA - Toronto (ON), Canada - Ajaccio, France - Buenos Aires, Argentina - Silver Spring (MD), USA - Zurich, Switzerland - Sydney, Australia

22 Comments:

At 7/01/2007 11:47 AM, Blogger Maraï said...

Your shot is really nice and i love the idea of the seal! It is a great picture and idea!
Maraï from Brisbane
http://brisbane-dailyphoto.blogspot.com/

 
At 7/01/2007 12:15 PM, Blogger Ben said...

Yes, I have one or two (or more). I remember I asked the back to use my sig instead of seal (I didn't registered to the council), and they are actively refused. I can not remember what was the occasion, but seal has power!

 
At 7/01/2007 12:57 PM, Blogger Lavenderlady said...

This was a perfect theme for you!

 
At 7/01/2007 5:08 PM, Blogger Jilly said...

Just beautiful. So interesting - I learned something here. And a lovely photo too.

 
At 7/01/2007 5:20 PM, Blogger Gerald England said...

interesting to see a tradition still practiced

 
At 7/01/2007 6:26 PM, Blogger Kuanyin said...

Beautiful photo.

 
At 7/01/2007 8:09 PM, Blogger Abraham Lincoln said...

Appropriate. I have one made in 1953. And I still sometimes use it.

Nice picture.

Abraham Lincoln
—Me as Moses—

 
At 7/01/2007 9:23 PM, Blogger Jazzy said...

how interesting.
you never cease to amaze me with your posts.
happy red sunday!

 
At 7/01/2007 10:26 PM, Blogger alice said...

Beautiful thing, beautiful idea, un geste très raffiné, as we can say in French. Hava a nice Sunday!

 
At 7/01/2007 10:28 PM, Blogger Kate said...

I like Ben's comment, "Seals have power," and, this is a powerful photo because of its simplicity.

 
At 7/01/2007 10:45 PM, Blogger zannnie said...

oh, i have one seal for my work in a japanese MNC before ;) i use to stamp approval for some technical loop drawings :)

 
At 7/01/2007 11:06 PM, Blogger dijah said...

Simple but very nice.Love the idea of using seals for registering a bank account rather than using a signature.

 
At 7/01/2007 11:57 PM, Blogger Olivier said...

Bravo, une tres bonne idee originale pour le theme du mois
Cheer, a very good original idea for the topic of the month

 
At 7/02/2007 12:21 AM, Anonymous denton said...

You did a great job of sharing a piece of your culture with the world while participating in the theme ... We, in the US, also have stamps for similar transactions. But none as classy as yours.

 
At 7/02/2007 2:24 AM, Blogger marie6 said...

Very interesting, I never knew about these seals before. I used to work in a japanese food restaurant here in Malta and it was called Kyoto!

 
At 7/02/2007 5:44 AM, Blogger Gail's Man said...

Interesting idea. Think they still use seals here for very important papers.

 
At 7/02/2007 8:52 AM, Blogger Ming_the_Merciless said...

Cool! I have seen a lot of these seals in old Chinese and Japanese art. I'm glad you are keeping your culture alive.

 
At 7/02/2007 9:41 AM, Anonymous santy said...

I love this! so original :) nice chice, macky!

 
At 7/02/2007 9:32 PM, Blogger Nathalie said...

Very interesting cultural information about life in Japan!
If this is your personal seal, is it made specially for you? Does this character represent your name? Is there a risk of 2 people with similar names having the same?

 
At 7/02/2007 9:51 PM, Blogger macky said...

Thanks for the comments, everyone:-))

nathalie,
This is made just for me and the letter on the paper is my family name, Maki.
We have our own important seal, used for banking account, made by hand and it is little risk of having the same. I think the seal would be a better souvenir if you go to Tokyo and have enough time to have your own seal make:-)

 
At 7/05/2007 6:54 PM, Blogger Keropok Man said...

I have my seal made too!

My surname is Lin in Chinese, or in Japanese, it's Hayashi. :-)

 
At 7/08/2007 2:34 PM, Blogger macky said...

Oh, you have such seal too?
The surname, Hayashi, is very popular and mori, (森) is also as popular as Hayashi.

 

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