GENRO Rubber Stamp - 吾唯知足
We are so honored and excited to introduce beautiful rubber stamps from GENRO established in 1987 by Mr. Koji Chiba, a seal engraving artist. This is a beautiful rubber stamp of 吾唯知足 from GENRO's "Shiki no in (四季の印)" or Four Seasons Stamps great for decorating your planner, journal, gift wrapping and letters.
As you see in the picture, the kanji written are 五, 隹, 止, 矢 and they surround a kanji 口 to complete the kanji (all of these 五, 隹, 止, 矢 shares 口 to make each kanji completed 吾唯知足). 吾唯知足 reads "ware, tada taru (wo) shiru" which translates as I simply know what is enough. This design is from a famous stone of zen temple in Kyoto, and this word tells a message of zen to people that all you need, you already have.
In the picture, we left the ink on purposely because the rubber is grey and hard to see the design in picture, so with ink you can see the image better. The actual stamp comes without ink (not self-ink stamp). The rubber part is attached to a square acrylic block.
Shiki no in series uses motif of something that presents a season. Mr. Chiba is the designer of GENRO products, but he is also known as a Japanese Haiku poet, a type of poetry that can be written on themes from love to nature with only 3 lines and 17 syllables.
In Haiku, normally "kigo (季語)" or a word that express a season is used to indirectly tell the season of the haiku. For example, one of the most famous haiku is "The old pond, A frog jumping in, The sound of the water" by Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), and the kigo here is "a frog" which tells it is a spring.
As a specialist of words as a haiku poet, Mr. Chiba selects a motif for his design and hand engraves it to use for a rubber stamp manufacturing. He says, I wish your life remembered through our stamp's little seal impression to be beautiful.
* SIZE: 3.5cm x 3.5cm x D1.4cm (1.37"x1.37"x0.57)
* BRAND: GENRO
* MATERIAL: Rubber, Acrylic Block
* Made in Japan