About Japanese writing

Japanese is written using three alphabets: hiragana(ひらがな), katakana(カタカナ) and kanji(漢字).

Hiragana and Katakana were created in Japan. Each of them represents sounds only. 

The kanji are different. Each of kanjis has meanings and several pronunciations.

Ex: 人 means people, person.

Robert in hiragana
Robert in katakana
Robert in kanji

You can choose your favorite Kanji, hiragana or katakana to create your original hanko.