Our Man's got a fairly small one, the fella in the estate agent's has got the biggest one Our Man has ever seen, while it is said the Emperor has the fattest in the country. He's probably got more than one. Come to think of it, Our Man has three. Ahh, the clue's in the picture (lifted from a Japan Times story here). Yes, Our Man is talking about hanko, the entirely pointless signature seal that Japanese use almost daily. Oh don't be so culturally insensitive, the hanko is a time-honoured cultural majestic thing of the east, blah, blah, blah, blah. Have you finished? It's a crock. You spend a small fortune on the things, you have to guard them with your life so you can stamp numerous pieces of paper with them (application forms, receipts, local newsletters, pieces of paper at work, delivery invoices, children's homework) when a signature (or nothing at all) would do. In fact, for anything really important, you have to sign for it in the newfangled Western way anyway. Has the paperless office spelt the end of the hanko? Nope. There are virtual hankos now.
Rant over, feel a whole lot better now.
Back to your anime, chaps.