It is amazing how a simple bottle of ink can unlock such a vault of knowledge. It started when I unwrapped this rather splendid looking bottle of ink that I brought back with us from Tokyo. Since then it has become my favourite and most used ink, filling up no less than 2 pens at any given time (unheard of in my pen pot).
Thanks to this bottle I have realised that there are so many words different words for rain in Japanese (around 50 perhaps). I am assuming that this is due to the Japanese being close observers of nature and perhaps also because it rains a lot in Japan.
Kirisame is the sort of fine spray of misty rain. Wispy quiet rain that is almost mystical. Do you know what I mean? The colour is a beautiful shade of grey that tells of approaching rain clouds and moodier skies. It is just as fabulous for shading as it is writing and behaves wonderfully with all my favourite notebooks and writing papers.
Kirisame is part of Pilot’s Iroshizuku fine ink range. All the inks in this range are made by Pilot to a very high standard and all are deeply inspired by elements of Japan’s natural surroundings. The bottle itself shows the thoughtfulness of the makers by its little V shaped depression at the base of the bottle. This allows easier access to the very last drops of the ink.
Iroshizuku inks are expensive to buy outside of Japan and I have seen shops asking for up to £30.00 per bottle. I have to be honest and say that this cost me around £10.00 in Japan. Therefore, the trick is either to get this while you are out there or if you know anyone going – it’s time to call in that old favour!
P.S. Pilot Japan released mini bottle sets of Iroshizuku inks and I am massively looking forward to being able get my grubby inky fingers on some of them later this year. Aren’t they delightful?
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