Aritayaki Yoshida Japanese Calligraphy Set

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Taking the traditional and bringing it into the modern age! A small compact shodō set that lets you practice anywhere

Studio Shikumi

2021.8.26

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Taking the traditional and bringing it into the modern age! A small compact shodō set that lets you practice anywhere

Studio Shikumi

2021.8.26

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The world has been changing for the past few years, and for the most part many have been moving towards a completely digital way of living. If you need to make a note you get out your phone or laptop, and type away. 

So when was the last time you picked up a pen to make a physical note? 

Maybe you have felt that you just want to pick up a pen and draft a note or letter. 

Maybe you’ve seen Asian calligraphy, be it Japanese or Chinese, and always wished to be able to write your name in that style! 

Well we’re here to help fill that hole and bring you back from a digital medium to the analogue, to give you the chance to pick up a Japanese style Calligraphy brush and learn how to write your name in Japanese characters! 

With the compact Aritayaki Yoshida Calligraphy Set, you can take it anywhere, with clean up also being extremely easy, making you be able to pull out and show off to all your friends, or even just take it to a cafe or on a trip and practice to your heart’s content! 

With the help of makers in Aritayaki, one of Japan’s most famous porcelain producing areas, we have been able to make this amazing compact portable set unique! This set is actually 9 years in the making and we are proud to finally be able to present it to you! 

On each of the inkstones, we will also be including Japanese inspired patterns for you to enjoy and find inspiration! We want you to think of these images when you let your imagination flow! We also know that for many Westerners, Japanese is an unfamiliar language and the writing style can look daunting, so we will be including a special thin traditional Japanese towel, a tenugui, that includes a rough transliteration of english phonics to certain Japanese Kanji(Japanese Characters that hold meaning).

 

 

When it comes to traditional Japanese culture, be it kimonos, tea ceremonies, flower arranging and of course calligraphy, they are known to be rather time consuming, however even though this was so, it was during this time you could relax and take time for yourself. 

Now though, finding the time to do these activities is incredibly difficult, as well as the time needed is a large wall for beginners. With that in mind, we looked at how we could get more people to enjoy traditional Japanese calligraphy, and our first thought was to make the tools used more accessible. Taking our cue from modern day life, we looked to make a set that was simple and easy to carry around, while also being easy to use, durable and practical without compromising the unique and beautiful design on Japanese calligraphy tools. We looked to change the traditional pillars to holds Japanese calligraphy up, by helping the Bunboushihou to evolve. 

New For Kickstarter: A Japanese Character Conversion Sheet to open Japanese Calligraphy to the West!

Being compact isn’t enough for Western Users! We realized that in order for users all over the world to really enjoy their time doing Japanese Calligraphy, we knew that it would be better for them to try to understand a little about what they are writing!


★So what is the Japanese Character Conversion Sheet

We are creating a Japanese Character Conversion Sheet in the form of a traditional Japanese towel, or tenugui. On this towel, you can find various Japanese Characters that have a specific reading that will allow you to try to transliterate words. While this isn’t the same as writing actual Japanese, it is a doorway to learning more about the language! 

 

1.Take the sponge that has been soaked in water, and let 2-3 drops fall on to the middle of the inkstone.

2.Taking the ink stick between your thumb and fore finger and middle finger, put it into the water on the inkstone, and make “e” shape against the inkstone.

3.Take the cap of the brush, and pushing the cap down on the body of the brush will bring the brush tip down. Dip the brush head fully in the ink.  

 

How to clean up and care for the set! Cleaning the ink away is super easy!

1.Wash the brush softly removing all the ink, shaping the brush tip into a straight point and then shut the cap. 

2.Add water to the inkstone from the sponge, and then wipe the inkstone directly with the sponge. The ink won’t permeate the sponge so you can remove it by washing the sponge.

 

Thanks to the work and techniques of the crafters in the Aritayaki region, we have been provided with amazing porcelain inkstones which are pure white clay, meaning that you can easily see the beautiful inks on the surface.

 

The ink stick that we provide is a traditionally made ink stick, that we source from Mr. Kamedo Ito, a traditional ink making artisan located in Suzuka City, Mie Prefecture. 

 

The ink that is included in this set, is an ink that lets you see only a slight amount of colour when used. When looking at ink created in Suzuka City, a city that is well known for creating ink for Japanese Calligraphy, this ink is some of the highest quality ink to be made through traditional methods that we’ve seen and on top of that is used by a variety of master calligraphy artists. By changing the concentration of ink used, the richness and quality of the ink truly shows through, making the brush feel lighter in your hand, and when you write the characters become brighter and more beautiful. 

Coral, Red-purple, Light Blue, Dark Green, Black. In Japanese, Sangoshoku(珊瑚色), Kodaimurasaki(古代紫), Mizuasagi(水浅葱), Matubashoku(松葉色), Sennin(仙人). These five colours are what we have prepared for Backers to choose from, all which when used in abundance creates an amazingly deep and rich colour. 

 

 When talking about the thickness, you can see the difference above. With a thin use of ink, it creates a fleeting stroke. When used over abundantly, you will get a colour closer to black. We want you to find the right colour for yourself, experimenting and falling in love with Japanese Calligraphy! If you want to make thick ink thinner, or if the ink is drying out, you can simply add a little bit of water! With the Aritayaki Yoshida Calligraphy Set, you don’t need much water to be able to draw with the ink, so you can feel safe in the fact that the ink will not jump around and create stains everywhere! 

  Coral / Red-purple /Light Blue / Dark Green / Black. 

The brush that we use is similar to a makeup brush, using stainless steel as a stem that folds away easily, and is order made in Kumano, Hiroshima Prefecture.

The material that we use to create the box that contains all the tools needed is made from Leathac, a leather like material. It has been made to be as compact as possible, so that you can take it anywhere!

 

Creating products that conveys the true spirit of Japanese culture, that can be used and loved for years!


Shimpei Kawachi Representative of studio shikumi「studio仕組」

With a history of selling Japanese swords as a business, I have been able to come into contact with an amazing assortment of Japanese crafters and artisans, collaborating on a variety of different projects. Through this I was able to meet Mr. Yoshida, and we were able to start this project together. 

I want to make a product that takes the skills and talents of these crafters and makers, and when the customer receives it, it fills their heart with joy. When I think of what a good product is, it’s a product that can last, that can be passed down. Creating products that have an interesting or intricate design is all well and good, but making a product that you pass down to your kids or even your grandchildren in 50 years time is extremely difficult. As well as this, I want to make sure that the product that we create also has the spirit of the original culture or item instilled into it. It may lead to a product that is a little more expensive, but it will also, we hope, light a fire in you just having it on your table. 

 

Shirō Yoshida [Yoshida Shodō Goods] Representative

Yoshida Shodō Goods was originally a shop that sold Aritayaki tableware for professionals. Mr. Yoshida, as well as his father and his grandfather and his brother became involved in ceramic painting, and with that environment became familiar with using painting brushes, and from there became rather handy when it came to painting characters with a brush. After talking with a client that was saying that they weren’t able to paint characters, while teaching them how to paint, we came up with the idea of an inkstone that you could use to change the ink to your own desire, and eventually came up with the inkstone that is made using porcelain. 

It took about 9 years to create a porcelain inkstone that was both light, as well as making it so that the ink doesn’t remain on the stone when lightly cleaned. Using the experience of Shodō classrooms, we had them test a whole variety of inkstones, taking on their advice each time. As we were a company that didn’t own our fabrication units, we needed to create a way of making and processing the inkstone that would be the same each time, no matter the kiln that was used. From there we were able to create a product that not only contains the spirit of Shodō but also allows us to shine a light on the amazing kilns of Aritayaki. 

 

 

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Creating products that conveys the true spirit of Japanese culture, that can be used and loved for years! With a history of selling Japanese swords as a business, I have been able to come into contact with an amazing assortment of Japanese crafters and artisans, collaborating on a variety of different projects!

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¥10,170 | $93 |Early Bird Japanese Calligraphy Set

Receive a complete Aritayaki Yoshida Japanese Calligraphy Set, as well as the Japanese Character Conversion Sheet on the tenugui. You can get this set for 18% off the RRP!
Choose from the following patterns for the Inkstone:
Mount Fuji -名峰富士-
Cherry Blossoms -桜-
Goldfish -金魚-
Rabbit and the Moon -月とうさぎ-
Pine Trees -松-
Bamboo -竹-
Japanese Plum -梅-
Choose from the following colours for your ink:
Coral/ Red-purple/ Light Blue/ Dark Green/ Black

INCLUDES:
Aritayaki Yoshida Japanese Calligraphy Set
Japanese Character Conversion Sheet

¥11,160 | $102 | Japanese Calligraphy Set

Receive a complete Aritayaki Yoshida Japanese Calligraphy Set, as well as the Japanese Character Conversion Sheet on the tenugui. You can get this set for 10% off the RRP!
Choose from the following patterns for the Inkstone:
Mount Fuji -名峰富士-
Cherry Blossoms -桜-
Goldfish -金魚-
Rabbit and the Moon -月とうさぎ-
Pine Trees -松-
Bamboo -竹-
Japanese Plum -梅-
Choose from the following colours for your ink:
Coral/ Red-purple/ Light Blue/ Dark Green/ Black

INCLUDES:
Aritayaki Yoshida Japanese Calligraphy Set
Japanese Character Conversion Sheet

¥19,345 | $177 | Early Bird Calligraphy Set x2

Receive two complete Aritayaki Yoshida Japanese Calligraphy Sets, as well as two Japanese Character Conversion Sheets on tenuguis. This is perfect for you and a friend or partner to start your Calligraphy Journey together! You can get this set for 22% off the RRP!
Choose two from the following patterns for the Inkstone:
Mount Fuji -名峰富士-
Cherry Blossoms -桜-
Goldfish -金魚-
Rabbit and the Moon -月とうさぎ-
Pine Trees -松-
Bamboo -竹-
Japanese Plum -梅-
Choose from the following colours for your ink:
Coral/ Red-purple/ Light Blue/ Dark Green/ Black

INCLUDES:
2× Aritayaki Yoshida Japanese Calligraphy Set
2× Japanese Character Conversion Sheet

¥20,340 | $185 | KS Special Calligraphy Set x2

Receive two complete Aritayaki Yoshida Japanese Calligraphy Sets, as well as two Japanese Character Conversion Sheets on tenuguis. This is perfect for you and a friend or partner to start your Calligraphy Journey together! You can get this set for 18% off the RRP!
Choose two from the following patterns for the Inkstone:
Mount Fuji -名峰富士-
Cherry Blossoms -桜-
Goldfish -金魚-
Rabbit and the Moon -月とうさぎ-
Pine Trees -松-
Bamboo -竹-
Japanese Plum -梅-
Choose from the following colours for your ink:
Coral/ Red-purple/ Light Blue/ Dark Green/ Black

INCLUDES:
2× Aritayaki Yoshida Japanese Calligraphy Set
2× Japanese Character Conversion Sheet

¥25,270 | $230 | Early Bird Calligraphy Set + Case

Receive a complete Aritayaki Yoshida Japanese Calligraphy Set, as well as the Japanese Character Conversion Sheet on the tenugui. What's more is that you will get the beautifully designed leather carry case! You can get this set for 22% off the RRP!
Choose from the following patterns for the Inkstone:
Mount Fuji -名峰富士-
Cherry Blossoms -桜-
Goldfish -金魚-
Rabbit and the Moon -月とうさぎ-
Pine Trees -松-
Bamboo -竹-
Japanese Plum -梅-
Choose from the following colours for your ink:
Coral/ Red-purple/ Light Blue/ Dark Green/ Black

INCLUDES:
Aritayaki Yoshida Japanese Calligraphy Set
Japanese Character Conversion Sheet
Leather Carry Case

¥27,540 | $251 | Calligraphy Set + Case

Receive a complete Aritayaki Yoshida Japanese Calligraphy Set, as well as the Japanese Character Conversion Sheet on the tenugui. What's more is that you will get the beautifully designed leather carry case! You can get this set for 15% off the RRP!
Choose from the following patterns for the Inkstone:
Mount Fuji -名峰富士-
Cherry Blossoms -桜-
Goldfish -金魚-
Rabbit and the Moon -月とうさぎ-
Pine Trees -松-
Bamboo -竹-
Japanese Plum -梅-
Choose from the following colours for your ink:
Coral/ Red-purple/ Light Blue/ Dark Green/ Black

INCLUDES:
Aritayaki Yoshida Japanese Calligraphy Set
Japanese Character Conversion Sheet
Leather Carry Case
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