Kyo-no-oto Fountain Pen Ink / Hisoku
In some of those famous Japanese novels, such as The Tale of Genji (Genji Monogatari) or The Tale of the Hollow Tree (Utsubo Monogatari) there is a mysterious sounding word, Hisoku, which means “the secret color!”
Hisoku is a pale green color like the color of a celadon, and this color name is attached because the blue green color with a gray unique ash is a mysterious beauty.
Kyo-No-Oto and Kyo-Iro fountain pen inks are made in Kyoto, Japan using traditional dyeing techniques. The colours are inspired by famous and fascinating places in Kyoto which are the expression of its rich history and profound culture for a long time.
Kyo-No-Oto (京の音) 40ml Bottle Ink
NO.1 濡羽色 – Nurebairo
‘Nurebairo’ has been used to represent women’s glossy black hair, which is like the crow’s feather.
NO.2 今様色 – Imayouiro
‘Imayouiro’ is a safflower red that is popular during the Heian era. According to Japanese ancestors, it was a ‘modern colour’ and had been preferred by women.
NO.3 苔色 – Kokeiro
‘Kokeiro’ is a colour that is inspired by one of the Japanese aesthetics ‘Wabisabi’. It can be seen in the garden of Kyoto where you can catch a glimpse of Kyoto’s profound culture.
NO.4 山吹色 – Yamabukiiro
‘Yamabuki’ is the plant, Rosaceae, from the rose family. This is a gold tinged brilliant colour and has been used since ancient times.
NO.5 青鈍 – Aonibi
Moon floating in the dark sky, the Kyoto city with silent moonlight. ‘Aonibi’ is the combined colour between pale black and indigo. It represents the sacred atmosphere.
Kyo-Iro (京彩) 40ml Bottle Ink
NO.1 祇園の石畳 – Stone Road of Gion
‘Gion’ is the city where the aesthetics are inherited from Japanese ancestors. There are Kyoto-style houses lining up, flow of river, stone roads, and sometimes you can see ‘Maiko-san’. This is Japan.
NO.2 東山の月影 – Moon Light of Higashiyama
‘Higashiyama’ is the city of tradition, creation, culture and comfort. There are not only scenic spots and famous places, but there are also Kyoto-style houses called ‘Machiya’, and the place is full of humaneness.
NO.3 伏見の朱塗 – Flaming Red of Fushimi
‘Fushimi-Inari’ is the headquarter of ‘Oinari-san’ that exist in 3000 places across Japan. It’s been widely worshiped by the people with deep devotion for harvest, prosperity, safety and fulfilment of their dreams.
NO.4 蹴上の桜襲 – Cherry Blossom of Keage
As spring season approaches, breath-taking landscape with cherry blossoms fill everything around ‘Keage’ area, particularly the ‘Somei Yoshino’ (Yoshino cherry tree). There is no doubt that the scene is remarkable, just like falling stars on the ground.
NO.5 大原の餅雪 – Soft Snow of Ohara
In the winter of Kyoto, when the calm arrives after the autumn season has ended, you can feel the sacred atmosphere if you fold your hands in front of ‘Amitabha’ statue standing in cedar grove when the snow is falling.