The other day, we bought a car, not a new, a used car yet it’s run only 8,000km (about 5,000mil), so it looks neat as new. We’ve had the HONDA kei car LIFE for 6 years and it has no problem at all. It still runs perfect but kids become bigger and bigger, so we think it’s good timing to change to the bigger one, TOYOTA Spacio.
Why I hate the city hall is the procedure to get some used property like houses or cars are a bit complex. It’s simple to get new one. You just pay the money. However, at this time I have to get ‘Inkan shomei/印鑑証明’ . Inkan means seal. Inkan shomei is a document that proves the certain Inkan/印鑑・はんこ is registered to the City hall. That means the person who carry the registered Inkan, called as Jitsu-in and Inkan shomei simultaneously ought to be identified as the person(principal). They use several rank of Inkan. The Mitome/みとめ is used when you accept some deliveries, and higer one is used to open the bank account… but the most important Inkan that is Jitsu-in/実印 is used only when you trade very very important stuff. Do I make sense? Maybe, I don’t fully understand the system because average people don’t use Jitsu-in/実印 so often.
Anyway, my husband’s had the registered Inkan when we got the house but I don’t have mine. The car we got supposed to be mine in name only, so my Inkan shomei is needed. We sould have made it in my husband’s name but we didn’t know they need Inkan shomei as trading a car since this is the first time to buy a used car.
So, I had to go to the City hall to make my Jitsu-in and get the Inkan shomei. Do you know the Japanese spend a lot of money for Inkan over a hundred US dollers, especially for Jitsu-in. My husband’s Jitsu-in is not so much but certainly most expensive one in other Inkans we have. So, I told to the office lady at the city hall that I wanted to eliminate his Jitsu-in from the registration and make it mine. She looked stupefied. Did I say something wrong???
She said politely that I might not take it so easy to register and eliminate it.
I asked her “Can I?”
“Yes, you can. but normaly you don’t.”
“Mmmm, normaly, the Jitsu-in is supposed to be important,so you might keep it in the safe.”
“I take it as the identification of myself so I can register it when I need and eliminate soon after the event?”(I don’t have any safe!)
“Yes, you can, sure.”
“So, Please eliminate my husband’s Jitsu-in” I said.
The lady politely said, “No, we can’t. Only your husband can eliminate his Jitsu-in.”
“Oh! You can be the most powerful to ID myself as his wife?”
“Yes, but you need to bring the request paper signed by your husband as the representative. And then we ‘ll send the note (postcard) to your home later and you need to bring it to us agian. (I think it means the certification as the representative?) and then you can go ahead the procedure of the elimination.”
Grrrrrrrrrr!!!! I know! They have no exception!
So, I run to Daiso where you can get cheep Inkan at 100yen! I thought I would make my Jitsu-in with the Inkan from Daiso! Yes, I’m very practical person. I never want to waste money and time for stupid custom!!
It’s a CAR!
Unfortunately, Daiso didn’t have an Inkan of my name. My family name is a bit rare…sigh. I have to order it for some proper Inkan shop.
I hate the city hall. Every time I go there, I always have something trouble…..
It’ll help you understand about the Japanese seal usage here→Wiki “Seal”