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Namiki Rakucho and Cherry Blossoms

Written by Catherine on Tuesday 29 December 2020 in Japanese pens

Namiki Emperor Rakucho and Cherry Blossom. The Rakucho is a mythical bird in an imaginary paradise singing love songs. They are mostly depicted as a colorful pair as a symbol of eternal love.

Birds of paradise are not imaginary. They only occur in the jungle of New Guinea and surrounding islands. They stand out for their incredibly colorful and extravagant plumage with exceptionally long tails, colored threads, veils, and fans. They are tough to spot, these polygamous birds. And they appear to be great singers too.

The barrel and cap are made in sakuragawa or cherry bark created with Oh-Hi-Nuri. Underneath the cherry bark, you can discover abalone shells at the top and bottom of the pen. The petals of the cherry blossom are inlaid with mother-of-pearl, colored and polished to a refined finish.

The Rakucho and Cherry Blossom theme was presented in a Namiki-Dunhill limited edition in 1996. Only 100 copies were made at the time.

In official photos, the pen appears to be light anthracite gray, but it is glossy and dark towards the black in reality. The colorful birds seem to blend into the background, but they show their full color and elegance once in view. The birds are depicted with refined brushstrokes and beautiful transitioning color blends.

Artist Masahiro Yamada signed for The Namiki Emperor Rakucho and Cherry Blossom, and it joined the Namiki Emperor pen collection in November 2020.

 

Sailor Taki-to-Hotaru or Fireflies everywhere!

Written by Catherine on Tuesday 29 September 2020 in Japanese pens

Lampyridae is a family of small beetles in the Coleoptera order with over 2000 different species. They are soft-bodied, nocturnal, winged insects commonly called fireflies or lightning bugs because of their very conspicuous use of bioluminescence during twilight to attract mates or prey. The firefly is a very well known symbol of Summer in Japan. The Sailor Taki-to-Hotaru is an unexpected fifth pen in the Taki-to-Shizen series featuring a summer evening with a crescent moon in mother of pearl shining over the waterfall. Several fireflies are enlightened in the reed, creating a magical path for prey and mates. Limited edition of 38 pcs worldwide! Reserve yours now; we'll have a few in stock!

 

Namiki Emperor Shijin Limited Edition

Written by Catherine on Saturday 19 September 2020 in Japanese pens

The "Shijin", traditional figures in Chinese mythology, are represented by four sacred animals, guardians of the four cardinal directions in Feng Shui art. Each "Shijin" is associated with a symbolic color and an element that makes up the natural world : wood, metal, fire, and water. The Namiki Emperor Shijin limited edition 2020 is arriving in October. It brings good luck and good fortune!  Only 99 pieces for the world, only one for Sakura Gallery. 

 

Pilot Capless Link Black limited edition

Written by Catherine on Saturday 12 September 2020 in Japanese pens

 The Capless Link Black, the 2020 limited edition, goes even further in total look black. Riding on the revival of Milanese mesh in watchmaking, it has adopted Italian elegance with its body engraved with the legendary mesh's motives coming back on luxury watches' bracelets. A satin black engraved body, a matte black clip, and black satin trims.

 

 

Eboya 10th Anniversary pens

Written by Catherine on Friday 4 September 2020 in Japanese pens

Last year we ordered the Eboya 10th Anniversary fountain pens. It takes about seven months to have them ready, so they could only arrive in 2020 :o). Four lovely colors which change in a different light! They are very limited, first come, first serve!

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