Danitrio Nebuta Maki-E on Hyotan Fountain Pen

SKU: N-996

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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 was inspired by the Aomori Nebuta Festival, one of the largest summer festivals held in Japan. The "Oni" (God) and the "Ryu" (Dragon) featured in this pen are among the common figures featured on the floats at the festival. The eyes are in-lays of raden and the images are intricately hand-painted to exude the intense emotions of the figures.

About the Aomora Nebuta Festival:

Cropped image of "Aomori" by HerryLawford is licensed under CC BY 2.0 .

The Aomori Nebuta Festival is held each summer in the Aomori prefecture of Japan and attracts millions of visitors each year. The exact origin of the event is unclear. The most common explanation is that the festival was inspired by the Tanabata (Star) Festival, celebrating the meeting of the deities Orihime and Hikoboshi. 
Over 20 floats are brought to the festival each year, each carrying enormous colorful lantern figures that illuminate brightly especially at night. These floats, called nebuta, average 29.5 ft (3 meters) wide, 16.4 ft (5 meters) high, and a massive 4 tons in weight. 
The colorful imagery on the nebuta are all carefully hand-drawn by nebuta-shi (nebuta artists), often taking months to complete. These figures are typically based on characters from Japanese plays or mythical stories. The artists skillfully integrate electricity throughout the nebuta to allow light to shine through the painted figures.

About Danitrio Hyotan Fountain Pen Series:

The Hyotan in Japanese means "Gourd" or "Calabash", which is a fruit that can sometimes come in an hourglass shape. This series of pen does come in the hourglass shape; in the US, collectors of Danitrio pens have coined it the Mae West, one of the biggest Hollywood stars in the twentieth century known for her hourglass figure.

Nib Details:

This pen is furnished with an 18k Gold, two-toned #6 nib. What has been described by many Danitrio collectors as the fireball nib is an image of “Kaen-Kohai” which is a flame-shaped halo of “Fudo Myoo” (Acala, the God of Fire). This halo is commonly painted on the back of Japanese Buddhist statues. 

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Technical Specification:

Cap Length 65 mm (2.56")
Cap Diameter 21 mm (0.83")
Barrel Length 110 mm (4.33")
Barrel Diameter 19 mm (0.75")
Pen Length (Closed) 147 mm (5.79")
Pen Length (Posted) Cap does not post
Net Weight 35.5 g (1.25 oz)
Net Weight (w/ink) 37.2 g (1.31 oz)
Filling System Cartridge/Converter


About the Artisan: 

This pen was hand-painted by Masanori Omote (Masanori). Born in 1938. Masanori was awarded the "Dento-Kogei-shi" title in 1994, 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. He learned Maki-E on commonly used items and often showcases his work at art exhibitions in Japan such as Dento Kogeiten, art-and-craft exhibition established in the 1950's to help foster and pass down the skills of Japanese traditional crafts. In addition to practicing Maki-E, he has also has been a teacher at the Yamanaka Urushi Technical Center. He likes to use different lacquering techniques on the same piece and is inspired by the four seasons. He states that he works very hard on his pieces in hopes that his customers will continue to love his work.