Dream Pen Echizen Urushi
With the beauty of changing seasons, our mission is to bring out the beauty of each region's lacquerware with unique artistic techniques and designs. The first release, for the spring of 2023 model, will feature an early bloom among the cherry blossoms, namely, Kawazu-zakura.View Product
The First Design - Sakura
The Kawazu-zakura cherry blossom tree is known for its early blooming flowers, which are native to the Izu Peninsula in Japan. These flowers, which are typically a dark pink color, stand out from other cherry blossoms that are often pale white or light pink and bloom in the middle of spring. The Kawazu-zakura trees are not only beautiful but also hold cultural and historical importance, as they have been revered in Japan for centuries.
CHERRY BLOSSOMS FESTIVAL
The Kawazu-zakura cherry blossoms have become famous for being one of the earliest-blooming cherry blossoms. Typically, cherry trees bloom between late February and late April. Since there are 8,000 cherry trees in the city of Kawazu on the Izu peninsula, the Kawazu-zakura Cherry Blossom Festival, or Kawazuzakura Matsuri is held during the blooming season (around late February and early March).
We want to treasure the touching moment when Kawazu-zakura is at its peak of blooming through the fountain pen design of Echizen Urushi-Sakura.
Echizen Urushi is made in the Echizen region of Fukui Prefecture, Japan. The lacquer used to make Echizen Urushi is produced from the sap of the urushi tree, which is native to Japan and has been used in lacquerware production for over 9000 years. Echizen Urushi is known for its high quality and durability, as well as its beautiful, lustrous finish. The lacquer is applied in thin layers, and each layer must be allowed to dry completely before the next one is applied. This process can take several months to complete.
Long Preserved Tradition
One of the unique features of Echizen Urushi is that it is made using traditional techniques that have been passed down through the generations. Many of the artisans who produce Echizen Urushi are members of families that have been making lacquerware for hundreds of years. In addition to its beauty and craftsmanship, Echizen Urushi is also known for its practicality and durability. The lacquer itself is resistant to water, heat, and most types of acids, making it unique and long-lasting.
Uniqueness of the lacquer of each region
The hardening of lacquer is not due to the evaporation of water but to natural chemical reactions, so it is affected by temperature and humidity. Each region's lacquerware brings with it its own uniqueness and flavor.
The Technique - Oshita Maki-e
Kawazu cherry blossoms in full bloom are drawn on the cap of the fountain pen has been lacquered by Echizen lacquer craftsman. This is finished by craftsmen at the Makie Studio in Ishikawa Prefecture. By using maki-e, it became a more three-dimensional and gorgeous cherry blossom.
Moved by the long-treasured Urushi lacquerware from Echizen and captivated by the scene of Kawazuzakura, we put together those aspirations into the Echizen Sakura fountain pen. Aside from introducing the fountain pen, our goal is to make people feel the spirit of the artisans through it.