Danitrio Monkeys Trying to Get to the Moon Maki-E on Mikado Fountain Pen

SKU: MK-107

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 100% Genuine Urushi

 Contains the Maki-E Red Seal (Highest Quality of Maki-E Art)

 Hand-painted by highly-trained Japanese Artisans

This pen is based on a Buddhist Parable called Enkou Sokugetsu. In the parable, a monkey leader believes that the moon has fallen into the water when in reality the water just contains the reflection of the moon. The monkey leader fears that the moon fallen from the sky will result in the world succumbing into darkness and so he rallies up other monkey minions to join forces to try to pull the moon back out of the water with a mission to send it back into the sky. They use a tree branch to hang in a daisy-chain fashion with each monkey holding the other up so that they can reach the water's surface. But in their attempt to reach the moon (reflection), their weight is too much for the branch to bear and the branch snaps, causing all of the monkeys to fall into the water where they all drowned. This story is referenced often as a proverb for one to avoid attempting illogical tasks.

About Danitrio Mikado Fountain Pen Series:

The Mikado is a Danitrio series. Mikado means "Emperor" in Japanese.

 Nib Details:

This pen is furnished with an 18k Gold, two-toned #8 nib.  An UrushiPen.com representative will contact you to confirm nib tip size preference (fine, medium, broad, or stub) following the placement of the order.

 Technical Specification:

Cap Length 73 mm (2.87")
Cap Diameter 20 mm (0.79")
Barrel Length 140 mm (5.51")
Barrel Diameter 19 mm (0.75")
Pen Length (Closed) 163 mm (6.42")
Pen Length (Posted) Cap does not post
Net Weight 42.5 g (1.25 oz)
Net Weight (w/ink full) 50 g (1.3 oz)
Filling System Eye Dropper

 About the Artisan:

This pen was hand-painted by Koichiro Okazaki (Kogaku). Born in 1959. He is a renown Maki-E artisan in Japan and considers himself wholeheartedly traditional when it comes to Maki-E. He is recognized by the Japanese Government as a Dento Kogei-shi, which an honorary title meaning "master of traditional crafts" and is given only to a select few artisans who have a significant contribution to their craft. Many of his Maki-E works have been accepted and rewarded at national art exhibitions. He had learned Maki-E from a master and became an independent artisan 5 years later. He was recognized with Kao (authorized monogram) by Kuda Munenori of Sado Omote school in 1991. He performs Maki-E on many traditional accessories, hair pins, combs, jewelry, and fine writing instruments.