With the help of nature, Wancher is proud to present to you
The concept of Kiei 季映
Inspired by the beauty of nature in Japan through four seasons, our artists depict the scenes of nature with the combination of Japanese natural leaves, flowers, and natural Urushi (Shizen Urushi 自然漆). Hence the name of the technique 季映塗り、with 季 (“ki”) means seasons, 映 (“ei”) means reflection, and 塗り (“nuri”) means lacquering.
The concept of Kiei nuri Urushi technique is enclosed with the message towards the beauty of nature and the brightness of life. While seasons change, the leaves change from pale color to green, then reddish-brown of autumn leaves and falling leaves. Looking at this transition, we feel the breath of our life with strength and freshness. Each tree grows and blooms at its peak, as we need to live our life to the fullest.
With Kiei nuri technique, after the lifetime of each tree ends, its strength will not disappear but will continue to live in the art and deliver a meaningful message to the receiver of the art.
季映塗り Kiei nuri Technique
The whole process is done by hand. Each pen and each piece of leaf or flower petal is carefully selected and treated one by one by our artisans, only the qualified ones will be chosen for the Kiei nuri.
5 steps in the process
of Kiei nuri
・Nature elements preliminary preparation
・Base Urushi coating
・Gold powder sprinkling
・Matt Urushi coating
*However, depending on the elements that are used for the design, this process might be a little different each time.
In order to honor the purest beauty of Japanese nature which has both smoothness and roughness, our artists keep the arts as natural as they are by applying Matt Urushi with Nurippanashi technique (the technique which does not require polishing step). The Matt Urushi also has the job of protecting the leaf and flower as well. When you touch the body of each pen, you will feel the leaf, flower as well as a naturally rough surface of Japanese Matt Urushi with some uneven dots.
*Please do not mistake this artistic purpose with defects.
Note: Due to the unexpected changes of the nature, the designs of the Kiei Nuri Series may change every season and every year. You may not see the same designs in the next season or even in the same season next year."
Kiei Urushi fountain pen collections
This edition is inspired by the beautiful scenery of Sakura at night, in Japanese it is called 夜桜 (Yozakura) or night cherry blossom. Under the illumination, Sakura just sparkles like magic and if you are amazed by the Sakura scenery during the daytime, the Yozakura is something even more spectacular than that. With Yozakura Kiei Nuri, a combination of Urushi lacquer, gold power, and real Sakura petals is used to illustrate the festive atmosphere delivered by the dazzling Yozakura event.More details
We look at various trees while seasons change. The leaves change from pale color to green, then reddish-brown of autumn leaves and falling leaves. Looking at the transition of each leaf during four seasons, we feel the breath of our life with strength and power. Each leaf blooms and grows on the tree, as we need to live our life to the fullest.More details