Lovely and charming Tanuki figurines are said to be auspicious and beneficial to those who own them. Namiki Yukari Maki-e 2021 Limited Edition fountain pen is a homage to this Japanese tradition.
If you write the word Tanuki in phonetic-equivalent characters, it means "to outdo the others", and thus the figurines are placed in shopfront and carry with them wishes for business prosperity.
Every Tanuki has eight attributes that are hand made on this beautiful fountain pen from the Japanese maki-e artists:
- Straw hat (protects from hard times)
- Big eyes (attention to the customers)
- Happy face (the importance of smiling so that people are able to spend their lives happily even in difficult times)
- Round belly (sense of sicurity)
- Flask of sake (you should eat and drink in moderation)
- Accounting ledger (relationship of trust with the customer)
- Impressive tail (balance & strength)
- Large scrotum (financial luck)
Namiki Yukari Tanuki also shows 4 from the most famouse Maki-e techniques: Hiva Maki-e for the moon on cap, Miscanthus Maki-e for Tanuki, Raden on body to make brilliant the scene and Togidashi Maki-e (gold powder) on cap and body bottom.
The fountain pen comes with a Namiki 18 KT gold nib with a bicolor Mt. Fuji. It fills via cartridge/converter and comes with a Pilot CON-70 converter and a precious wood box with some cartridges.
Limited to only 300 pieces worldwide.