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Shinseido Suzuka-Sumi Ink Sticks: True Colors, Real Elegance –Value of Freshly Ground Sumi Ink Stick-

Suzuka-sumi is the only Japanese sumi ink stick designated as Japanese Traditional Craft by the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry. Kindoh Ito, the master craftsman at Shinseido, is the only honored Suzuka-sumi Traditional Craftsman actively producing these top level ink sticks today. Shinseido’s mission is the continuation of Suzuka-sumi using traditional production method and for modern people to revisit the value of Japanese sumi ink sticks.

Each production step of Suzuka-sumi calls for vigilant eyes of craftsmen and can only be worked on from October to April so that the adhesive agent does not rot. Therefore, production during the summer is out of the question. At Shinseido, the names of sumi ink stick are handwritten as well. Once one sumi ink stick is formed, it takes three years for it to become a product; for those using higher quality ingredients, the sumi must rest for five years until it is on the market.

Shinseido’s workshop is in Suzuka, Mie Prefecture, home of quality pines and superb water source, weak alkali water, suitable for excellent sumi ink stick production. It is said that its production started at the beginning of Heian Era (710-784) and developed for calligraphy. By Edo Era (1603-1867), sumi ink cloth dyes became popular for samurais who wore family crests on their black kimonos. Also with the rising literacy rate, the demand for sumi ink increased. Although Suzuka-sumi was originally famous for its rich, flowing black sumi color, it is now also known for its creative multi colors. Artists find these colors fascinating and use them to fulfill their creative needs.

The value of Suzuka-sumi ink sticks is strikingly obvious once it is ground into ink form: it is elegant and the colors are deep. The drawn lines and slight ink bleed around it is seamless and perfect.

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[Sumi Ink Stick] SOUSUI
[Sumi Ink Stick] SOUSUI
$46.00
[Sumi Ink Stick] TSUKI (MOON)
[Sumi Ink Stick] TSUKI (MOON)
$46.00
[Sumi Ink Stick] CHI (EARTH)
[Sumi Ink Stick] CHI (EARTH)
$46.00
[Sumi Ink Stick] HANA (FLOWER)
[Sumi Ink Stick] HANA (FLOWER)
$46.00
[Sumi Ink Stick] MIYABI (GRACEFULNESS)
[Sumi Ink Stick] MIYABI (GRACEFULNESS)
$46.00
[Sumi Ink Stick] YO (SUNLIGHT)
[Sumi Ink Stick] YO (SUNLIGHT)
$46.00
[Sumi Ink Stick] KI (TREE)
[Sumi Ink Stick] KI (TREE)
$46.00
[Sumi Ink Stick] TEN (SKY)
[Sumi Ink Stick] TEN (SKY)
$46.00
[Sumi Ink Stick] YUKI (SNOW)
[Sumi Ink Stick] YUKI (SNOW)
$46.00
[Sumi Ink Stick] SEIFU-SHOKA-MEIGETSU
[Sumi Ink Stick] SEIFU-SHOKA-MEIGETSU
$58.00
[Sumi Ink Stick] SUZUKA
[Sumi Ink Stick] SUZUKA
$58.00
[Sumi Ink Stick] KOFU
[Sumi Ink Stick] KOFU
$58.00
[Sumi Ink Stick] FUKA
[Sumi Ink Stick] FUKA
$70.00
[Sumi Ink Stick] ISE
[Sumi Ink Stick] ISE
$70.00
[Sumi Ink Stick] FUSEI
[Sumi Ink Stick] FUSEI
$70.00
[Sumi Ink Stick] SHOYOFU
[Sumi Ink Stick] SHOYOFU
$70.00
[Sumi Ink Stick] SUZUKA
[Sumi Ink Stick] SUZUKA
$82.00
[Sumi Ink Stick] AKO
[Sumi Ink Stick] AKO
$82.00
[Sumi Ink Stick] BAIKA
[Sumi Ink Stick] BAIKA
$82.00
[Sumi Ink Stick] ANNEI
[Sumi Ink Stick] ANNEI
$82.00
[Sumi Ink Stick] HOUBOKU
[Sumi Ink Stick] HOUBOKU
$82.00
[Sumi Ink Stick] KINSHISHI
[Sumi Ink Stick] KINSHISHI
$82.00
[Sumi Ink Stick] TENTSUSHIKU
[Sumi Ink Stick] TENTSUSHIKU
$82.00
[Sumi Ink Stick] SEIJIN (SMOKED OIL SOOT)
[Sumi Ink Stick] SEIJIN (SMOKED OIL SOOT)
$94.00
[Sumi Ink Stick] MENKA
[Sumi Ink Stick] MENKA
$94.00
[Sumi Ink Stick] HAKUGEN
[Sumi Ink Stick] HAKUGEN
$94.00
[Sumi Ink Stick] OURIBOKU
[Sumi Ink Stick] OURIBOKU
$118.00
[Sumi Ink Stick] KYOSHIN
[Sumi Ink Stick] KYOSHIN
$118.00
[Sumi Ink Stick] KIRA
[Sumi Ink Stick] KIRA
$130.00
[Sumi Ink Stick] TENKU
[Sumi Ink Stick] TENKU
$142.00
[Sumi Ink Stick] TSUUTEN
[Sumi Ink Stick] TSUUTEN
$142.00
[Sumi Ink Stick] KIRA-NO-IRODORI 5 PIECE SET
[Sumi Ink Stick] KIRA-NO-IRODORI 5 PIECE SET
$142.00
[Sumi Ink Stick] ZOUKI
[Sumi Ink Stick] ZOUKI
$166.00
[Sumi Ink Stick] KISSUISHOEN
[Sumi Ink Stick] KISSUISHOEN
$166.00
[Sumi Ink Stick] SEIJIN (SMOKED CANOLA OIL SOOT)
[Sumi Ink Stick] SEIJIN (SMOKED CANOLA OIL SOOT)
$166.00
[Sumi Ink Stick] HOUBU
[Sumi Ink Stick] HOUBU
$202.00
[Sumi Ink Stick] ZUIUN
[Sumi Ink Stick] ZUIUN
$202.00
[Sumi Ink Stick] MATSUSAKA
[Sumi Ink Stick] MATSUSAKA
$202.00
[Sumi Ink Stick] SETSUGETSUFUUKA (SNOW MOON WIND FLOWER) 8 P...
[Sumi Ink Stick] SETSUGETSUFUUKA (SNOW MOON WIND FLOWER) 8 P...
$233.00
[Sumi Ink Stick] OUGOGINSHUCHIKU
[Sumi Ink Stick] OUGOGINSHUCHIKU
$264.00
[Sumi Ink Stick] UNYU
[Sumi Ink Stick] UNYU
$322.00
[Sumi Ink Stick] ZUITEN
[Sumi Ink Stick] ZUITEN
$382.00
[Sumi Ink Stick] MYOONTEN NI KIKU
[Sumi Ink Stick] MYOONTEN NI KIKU
$382.00
 
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