To commemorate their 95th anniversary, Shachihata has released a stationery line featuring motifs with their retro stamp pad designs from past generations.
The Shachihata Memo Pad and Tin - 95th Anniversary Edition mimics the design of their original Mannen Stamp Pad from 1925. Back in those days, ink pads had to be inked each time they were used. Shachihata developed the Mannen Stamp Pad, a groundbreaking product which didn’t have to be reinked. It wasn’t well received by the public at the time, so Shachihata gave them out as gifts to local law enforcement, government offices, and other public institutions until they caught on.
This memo tin also features the original Shachihata logo (the flag with the carp inside the circle). The carp is actually a shachihoko, the symbol of Nagoya. Shachihoko are animals with the head of a lion and the body of a carp who cause rain to fall. Statues of these creatures are often adorned on buildings and temples to protect them from fire.
Also, if you read Japanese, you’ll notice that the letters on the box appear to be written backwards. Prior to World War II, Japanese was written top down right to left, but was also written right to left horizontally.
Use this tin can to store your tiny stationery and use the memo pad to take down small notes and reminders. We like to use the memo pad to track our ink pad colors!
- Memo pad in commemorative tin featuring Shachihata’s original 1925 Mannen Stamp Pad design
- 3.2 x 2.2 x 1.2 in (8 × 5.5 × 3.1 cm)
- Memo pad contains 150 sheets
- Comes in: Red and Blue
- Please note: Stamps/ Ink Pads not included
Shachihata is a Japanese ink brand from Nagoya established in 1925. They got their start with the groundbreaking self-inking stamp pad, the Mannen Stamp Pad. Now, they produce much more than stamp pads and are well known for manufacturing hanko, Japanese seal stamps. Hanko are widely used in Japan to stamp official documents, almost like a signature.