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A history of tradition and quality

The stamp was first introduced alongside Buddhism and used as an official seal in the early Nara era. In the early year of Meiji era (1873), the custom of using seals was materialized when laws requiring the use of ink stamps were first announced by the Grand Council of State. 

However, because the ink stamp and seal products were expensive, it took quite a long time for it to be implemented across Japan. In the 27th year of the Meiji period, Takeshita, an engineer from the National Printing Bureau, researched and produced the traditional red ink stamp. As such, most government offices used it and by the 40th year of the Meiji period, there were seal merchants throughout Japan. 

Our company has been a maker of traditional red inks for 100 years, since the 38th year of the Meiji till today, where the use of seals has developed into mainstream popular culture. 

Moriyama's "Nikko Jirushi (meaning Nikko mark)" red traditional ink pads is the product of more than 100 years of experience and research. It boasts the longest history and the highest quality, and is trusted by many of its users. 

It is a top-quality product that is well-loved in any season for its graceful and natural color and the rich and brightness of its hues.

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