In ancient Mesopotamia in 5500 B.C., people engraved their own "mark" on stones and shells and wore them as an amulet. At that time, it was believed that the mark contained divine power.
In 3,000 B.C., after 2,500 years had passed, a highly artistic cylindrical seal was created. It was created for sealing property, like the wax seal on a letter. Eventually, the cylindrical seal lasted for 3,000 years, and not only adult men but also women and slaves wore the seals as necklaces and bracelets by threading a cord through them.
When the time came around 550 B.C., the small cylindrical seals were enlarged and glamorized with glourious stones, gold, and silver. The design of the seals also changed from the myths, hunting, and fighting that depicted the people’s lifestyle to those that glorified the power of kings.
In 330 B.C., when Alexander the Great, king of Macedonia, established a great empire connecting Greece, Mesopotamia, Persia, Egypt, and India into one, the culture of the cylindrical seal finally came to an end.
However, seals continued to spread from Mesopotamia to Egypt, Rome, and the Indus, each developing its own seal culture in its land.
During the Roman Empire, both rich and poor wore ring-shaped seals.
The year 2022 A.D., 7,500 years after the birth of the seal. In the Land of the Rising Sun, far to the east of ancient Mesopotamia, the Galasu-ya sect began a play that would become their mark-making activity on the banks of the Sumida River.
According to excavated digital remains, at the turn of the long-lasting seal culture in that country, the personal crest named “Shimon” a fusion of the stamp and family crest cultures, was born.
At a time when a variety of individual lifestyles were gradually accepted, everyone invented and wore his or her own mark, regardless of whether they were single, married, gender, disability, race, or nationality.
This is a story that dates back about 1,000 years from now.
※There are many theories about the origin of the stamp.
Make your own symbol
shiMoN Squeare offers a two-hour workshop on making your own mark: just follow the four steps and work with your hands to complete your original design, even if you have no design or art experience.
Once the design is hand-drawn, the designer will later finish it in Illustrator and email it to you for review. If revisions are necessary, they will be done online so that the design will be exactly as you want it. (Revisions will be accepted up to once.)
The completed design will be delivered as data in the form of SNS icons (png, jpeg), LINE stamps (8 stamps), and wallpaper for smartphones.
After receiving the data, you can order original items such as rubber stamps, stickers, tote bags, etc. made with your own mark at an online shop.
If you wish to use the Shimon as a logo for commercial purposes, you may purchase a set of vector data (svg) and a memorandum of copyright transfer.
Number of people made Shimon
As of Feb. 14, 2024
Thur. 7 11:00〜13:00
Thur. 14 11:00〜13:00
Thur. 21 11:00〜13:00
Please let us know time and date that is convenient for you by email if the schedule above is not suitable.
Middle and High School Student: ¥5,500
Elementary School Student: ¥3,300
We look forward to seeing you at the Workshop!
Galasu-ya, 1F Meisho Bldg., 2-13-6 Shinkawa, Chuo City, Tokyo
6 minutes walk from Kayabacho Station Exit 1（Hibiya Line / Tozai Line）
4 minutes walk from Hacchobori Station Exit B4（Hibiya Line / Keiyo Line）
13 minutes walk from Nihonbashi Station Exit D1
20 minutes walk from Tokyo Station Exit Yaesu
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