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Namiki Unveils Cherry Blossoms At Night Fountain Pen for Yukari Collection

A tribute to Japan's iconic spring bloom.

This August, renowned luxury pen maker Namiki introduces the Cherry Blossoms At Night fountain pen, an elegant tribute to one of Japan’s most cherished symbols. Known globally for exceptional craftsmanship, Namiki continues to celebrate Japanese traditional culture through its intricate writing instruments. 

Namiki’s fountain pens are meticulously crafted by the "Kokkokai," a group of Maki-e artisans established in 1931. This group has preserved the timeless art form for over 90 years. The Cherry Blossoms At Night pen, created by Yumi Hayashi, a skilled Maki-e artisan, is the latest addition to the Yukari collection. This collection highlights the beauty of Japan’s four seasons, vividly expressing some of the country's most iconic scenes.

 

 

Cherry blossoms, with their delicate beauty, captivate people worldwide. As they reach full bloom, they signal the arrival of spring and illuminate their surroundings with soft pink hues. This phenomenon, often called 'hana akari' or flower light, evokes a sense of tranquility and peace even at night.

To bring this enchanting scene to life, Namiki’s Maki-e artisans employ advanced techniques like Hira Maki-e (Flat Maki-e) and Togidashi Maki-e (Burnished Maki-e). Using Hira Maki-e, each blossom is individually painted and then adorned with gold round powders. The blossoms are coated with pink lacquer and carefully polished, revealing their delicate, ethereal quality. Cherry blossom petals are scattered across the pen’s background, creating the illusion of blossoms dancing in the night.

 

 

The design also incorporates Togidashi Maki-e and Raden (Mother-of-Pearl) techniques. The pen is fully covered with Urushi lacquer, and once dry, the artisans burnish the lacquer with charcoal to reveal the mesmerizing final design. Crafting each of these sought-after fountain pens takes more than three months, showcasing the skill and dedication of the "Kokkokai" artisans. The Cherry Blossoms At Night pen captures the striking beauty of dancing cherry blossoms, ensuring every detail is preserved with unparalleled artistry and precision.

The Cherry Blossoms At Night fountain pen retails at SGD 4,000 each (before GST) and comes in an exquisite Namiki gift box. This latest addition to the Yukari collection is perfect for those who appreciate the blend of tradition, art, and meticulous craftsmanship. For more information, visit Namiki.