Minoshi Garden a artistic object for your home !

Written by Catherine on Wednesday 27 November 2019 in Accessories

Minoshi Gardenan artistic interior object – explores the art of Japanese origami, which originated in a ceremonial context. The folded paper elements, recalling a flower or a star, are based on the geometric figure of the square, a shape replete with universal symbolic associations. In a play of light and shadow inspired by natural movement, Minoshi Garden becomes part of a living moment. Available in our boutique!



Nayaka event 2019 epilogue!

Written by Catherine on Thursday 31 October 2019 in Japanese pens

The Nakaya Pen Event was an absolute success! Close to 100 fountain pen aficionados visited the Sakura Fountain Pen Gallery to see Nakaya’s lead designer and nib meister Yoshida-San at work. The online pen community from the BeNeLux and far beyond was well-represented, and our store quickly turned into a cozy and fun meeting of like-minded souls that all speak the same language: nibs, nib-meistering, urushi, inkflow, lettering, Tomoe River, … Full of wonder and respectfully, we gazed at Yoshida-San swift and accurately tuning a nib or creating a crisp stub with extra ink flow.

Shinichi Yoshida was born in 1964 in the city of Hiroshima, and worked for Platinum Co. from 1991 until 1998. On request from Mr. Nakata, he joined the Nakaya company shortly after. He is one of the most important employees within the company, designing the pens and coming up with new artwork designs for Wajima craftsmen to create. On top of that, Yoshida-San ensures that every Nakaya nib leaves the factory in absolute perfect writing condition.

Yoshida-San is a praised nib meister, a profession that leaves many fountain pen enthusiasts in awe. With incredible sleight of hand and certainty (mastered through decades of experience), he makes each nib dance across his small grinding stones: left, right, up, down, and figures of eight. The final result is meticulously checked with his loupe and adjusted where needed. The benefit of the Nakaya Event is that each customer (and even long-time Nakaya owners) can have their pen’s nib changed in real-time. Yoshida-san carefully observes the writing style of the owner and the performance of the nib. Only when the nib meister is happy, the new pen can join its owner on its adventure!


Mrs. Yoshiko Kato, kind as ever, translates where necessary and keeps a close eye on the paperwork. Kato-san handled all nib or pen requests calm and diligently, and helped with translating these questions between the customers and Yoshida-san. 


Of course, Mrs. Kato and Mr. Yoshida didn’t travel alone. They brought a large selection of Nakaya fountain pens along for the customers to gaze at, try, and purchase. The ‘standard’ line of Tamenuri and Roiro urushi lacquer pens was well-represented, and they even brought a unique, show-exclusive product: the Ryogiri. The body of the Ryogiri is the base model of the widely popular Dorsal Fin but does not have the distinct fin-shaped structure made from many layers of urushi lacquer. It is a beautiful pen, and something well-worth traveling to a nearby Nakaya event – because this pen can not be ordered!

Ryogiri Kuro-tamenuri


Among the decorated Maki-E and Raden fountain pens, you could find a couple of highly exclusive gems, such as the Gunyu-Zu, in a remarkably elaborate Chinkin finish. The imagery is based on two paintings by Jakuchu Ito, a renowned artist from the early 18th century. A giant octopus dominates the scene in the middle of the pen. Many colorful sea creatures surround it. The Chinkin technique is elevated to a new level by the independent artist that created this pen. It’s refined and delicate and shows incredible amounts of texture on a closer look. Gold and silver dust are combined with colorful lacquers to create an intricate interplay not often seen in Chinkin techniques. This pen is an absolute work of art. Only one piece currently exists, but it can be ordered on special demand.




The Kawasemi (Kingfisher) Maki-e is depicted in M-A-R-V-E-L-L-O-U-S colors under an arch of Momiji autumn leaves. A small fish swims across the grip section of the pen, staying out of sight from the all-seeing eye of the Kingfisher bird. A quirky and fun detail that brings extra value to the spectacular.


Other pens that impressed:
The Moon


String-rolled Itomaki


Maki-e Kaguya-hime




‘Scary Eye’  and ‘White Rose’

Shu Nurippanashi exists of a black (Kuro) urushi base layer, on which only two top layers of red (Shu) coatings are painted. The black base color is slightly visible. It creates a finish that resembles Negoro-Nuri lacquerware. The Shu top coat is not polished (Nurippanashi) to give a subtle satin finish. It’s feasible that with heavy use, the red topcoat will wear slightly, revealing some parts of the black base creating a genuine ‘Wabi-Sabi’ product, unique to the user. Negoro Nuri is a lacquer technique from the 14th century, and artifacts made from this technique are highly coveted amongst collectors.


Bamboo by silver powder


My Dream Team,  Marleen, Anny, Silke, and Jitse made sure that all customers were treated with delicious soup, appetizers, sparkling wine, homemade lemonade, coffee, tea, and of course, biscuits and chocolates from the best Pattisier in Diest! Dries from The Pencilcase Blog ( and Kathy kept the event going smoothly with their expert advice and helping hand to aid customers in finding their beautiful, next pen!


After the event, Yoshida-san helped in drawing a lucky winner of the beautiful Ladon pen case. This black wooden collector’s case with leather-covered lid went home with A. Ludicello from Tongerlo! Congratulations!


My sincere thank you goes out to Nakaya, Mr. Yoshida, Mrs. Kato, all customers who visited, the Dream Team of SFPG helpers, and all other supporters! No event would be possible without all these people. THANK YOU, Catherine

                                Kathy, Catherine, Marleen




Say hello to the new Pelikan M205 Star Ruby!

Written by Catherine on Thursday 19 September 2019 in Writing instruments

Look at life through rose-colored glasses … or through the new Special Edition Pelikan M205 Star Ruby! This special edition is sure to bring a smile on your face, with a beautiful shimmering burgundy-pink translucent finish. Pair it up with Pelikan’s Ink Of The Year 2019 Star Ruby for a bold touch of color!


The Long-awaited Pelikan M1005 Stresemann Special Edition is finally here!

Written by Catherine on Saturday 7 September 2019 in Writing instruments

After some production delays, Pelikan finally introduces their next special edition release. The Souverän M1005 Stresemann is the third Souverän pen to receive the Stresemann finish (after the immensely popular M805 and M405 releases), and pays homage to German Politician Gustav Stresemann and his iconic pinstripe suits! The stately ‘flagship’ M1005 size is coveted amongst collectors and those who wish to enjoy the fabulous soft 18k gold nib.


Namiki Emperor Mandarin Duck last pen for Europe!

Written by Catherine on Wednesday 10 July 2019 in Japanese pens

Namiki released The Emperor Mandarin Duck in 2007. It is kept a secret how many pieces are made since then. Namiki decided to end the theme with the mandarin ducks. This Namiki Emperor Mandarin Duck is the very last to appear in Europe. It is in stock. It can be yours tomorrow!

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