Wooden Kanji Nametag – Large

From: ¥2,020

THERE’S SO MUCH IN A NAME

Get your name or the name of a loved one written in kanji on this custom carved wooden nametag. We can help you find the perfect kanji characters to capture the essence of your name, and give you a personalized memento of your unique personality. We help you select your characters based on your personality traits, so your kanji name is even more personal than your name alone.

This is the large version of the nametag, measuring 18x53mm.

Originally, this amulet was to be attached to a shrine as a token of worship. But now, it is very popular as a unique keychain or cellphone strap, or even to mark luggage. These kanji wooden nametags are now a popular gift item for a variety of uses.

One of our favorite, distinctly Japanese applications of these nametags is to use them to mark ownership over “key bottles” at a bar, where the bar would carve a tag with the customer’s name when they bought a bottle of liquor that is kept by the bar. Often it’s a small bar and the customer and staff are familiar with each other, but larger bars may issue matching nametags to use as a special form of identification for their key bottle holders.

  • Choose the style you want your letters to be carved

    Please choose whether you'd like your name carved on one or both sides

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    Enter the name to be carved on the nametag

    Please choose which character set you want your nametag to be carved with.

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    If you need help writing your name in Japanese, just check "FREE CONSULTATION" and we'll e-mail you. If you don't need this service, just check "CARVE RIGHT AWAY" and we'll carve your order immediately with the exact characters you enter above.

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Description

This name tag came from an old Japanese custom of visiting a thousand shrines to show one’s piety. The visitors would write their name and address or wish on a placard and attach it to a pole or the ceiling of the visiting shrine as a token of their visit.

The card was normally rectangular and made of paper, but there were also plates made by wood or by brass. This custom of visiting a thousand shrines became so popular during the Tenmei period (1781 – 1789) of Edo era, that they started creating different pilgrimages to different sets of shrines. Originally, the visitor’s name would be hand-written, but later, it evolved to include wooden prints and artistic carving.