The tool I used to close our bank account today.
It is called a HANKO and its possession is equivalent to owning someone’s identity. (It is a wooden dowel with a unique family name engraved on the end, creating a small, circular stamp).
To remember that with the red ink of this little stamp, I was able to close David’s bank account and walk out with cash in hand, without one flash of ID.
To remember the first day we bought the HANKO, thinking it expressed our family name, then later discovering its inscription is translated as Dragon Boy. Perhaps that is what the HANKO salesperson thought when she saw David that day??
What once held all power is now just a good souvenir.
[To see what this 70 days of Snap and Savor is all about, see Day 1.]