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The Setsugekka is one of ancient Japan’s classic expressions and is a symbolic word for the natural beauty of seasonal features: snow in Winter, moon in Autumn and flowers in Spring. Ever since the Heian Period (8th-12th), the word has been the preferred expression for the elegance of Japan’s seasons.
This theme has been recognized and incorporated in Waka poems as a combination of the three seasonal symbols. It is also referenced in Makura no Soshi, The Pillow Book, by Sei Shonagon. The ‘Setsugekka’ is not only a representation of the change of seasons, but a literary allusion as well.
Only 99 limited edition pens have been produced worldwide. The pen body of the Emperor Vest type has been decorated by the skilled artisan Michifumi employing refined Maki-e techniques.
The Setsugekka limited edition fountain pen is mainly decorated using Togidashi Taka (Burnished-Raised) Maki-e technique. The winter snow crystals and Japanese traditional snowflake designs give depth to the pen through Togidashi (Burnished) Maki-e and Hira (Flat) Maki-e techniques. Silver Tsuyu-dama (Dewdrop) is also enchased as snow. The autumn moon image is depicted on the top of the cap as a full moon along with the moonlight expressed by gradated sprinkled silver coloured powder at each end of the pen. Spring flowers are represented by the image of Sakura cherry blossoms in full bloom, Japan’s national flower, created by Taka Maki-e and Hira Maki-e techniques.
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99 pens have been produced on a pen body Empereur flat top
Technique : Togidashi taka- maki-e, Togidashi-Hira-maki-e
Gold nib 18 cts
Full size : 150 mm