Often cited as examples of trees that change color because their leaves turn to gold with the onset of autumn, Ginkgo trees, together with the red leaves of maples and other varieties add splashes of vivid color to the autumn season.
As Ginkgo trees are tremendously hardy and can survive for more than 1000 years, they are also considered to be auspicious symbols of longevity. In Japan, ginkgo trees have been planted in many locations, including Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples as well as on roadsides.
As their bark is thick and contains a large volume of water, Ginkgo trees are resistant to fire and will survive even the most intense of conflagrations, therefore, planting them carries the wish that nearby buildings will likewise not be consumed by fire.
As their leaves are fan-shaped, Ginkgo trees carry the meaning of increasing prosperity as time passes. Used for Kimono designs and family crests since time immemorial, they make magnificently elegant patterns.
Also there are male and female Ginkgo trees. The seeds for which the tree is known fordevelop only on female trees, and are used to signify trouble-free childbirth and the perpetuation of descendants when attached in large numbers to belles.
Namiki has sprinkled gold dust all over the Namiki Yukari Ginkgo fountain pen, which has been finished using the togidashi (burnished) polishing technique. Ginkgo leaves are depicted on the cap and barrel using hira (flat) maki-e techniques, and kakiwari techniques have been used on the golden leaves to clearly render their veins.
This fountain pen is limited to just 300 pieces worldwide. One by one, Namiki has incorporated and depicted the wish that they will bring happiness to each and every person that holds one in his or her hands.
Namiki Yukari Maki-e Ginkgo fountain pen is equipped by a 18 KT gold nib adorned with a two-tones Mt. Fuji. It fills via cartridge/converter and comes with a Pilot CON-70 converter.