A Set of Large Sumi Ink (Four-Headed Dragon, Kannon, Sei-Ryo-Ku)
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General Product Information
This set of three large sumi inks shows Shiho-ryu (four sides of a dragon), Kannon, and Seiryoku. These high-quality inks are filled with the traditional skills of Nara's ink craftsmen.
It is recommended for writing large works of art or as a gift. You can also display it in your room as an interior decoration.
When did these crafts start to craft?：1400 years ago / 600AD / Yamato period in Japan
Ink was transmitted to Japan about 1400 years ago. According to the Nihon Shoki (Chronicles of Japan), it came from China in 610. Since Nara Prefecture was the capital of Japan at that time, there was a great demand for ink, which was used for sutra copying and writing documents. The location of Nara was ideal for the production of sumi ink, and this is one of the main reasons why sumi ink production has flourished in Nara to these days.
Atsushi Nagano / Kinkoen
He is the seventh generation of Kinmokuen, a company that has been making Nara sumi ink in Nara Prefecture for over 100 years. He grew up watching his father and grandfather got black due to the ink all day long while making it, and he decided to take over the family business. He created new charms of sumi ink, such as aromatic sumi ink, which has an enjoyable aroma.
"Bokushu (墨守)" = "to protect ink."
In order to preserve the tradition, it is more important to pass it on than to make it. We are making efforts to pass on Nara sumi ink to the younger generation and people around the world by giving classes on sumi ink at elementary schools and holding hands-on sumi ink making classes in order to keep the more than 1400 years old tradition alive. We will continue to challenge the new possibilities of sumi ink.
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