Ink is a vital part of Japanese culture; learn how to prepare and use ink - Kinkouen
Since ancient times, sumi (ink) has been a vital ingredient in the cultural arts of calligraphy and poetry writing, and in Nara the production of Nara-sumi is a craft that traces its lineage back to the fabled Silk Road. Kinkouen produces consistently high quality Nara-sumi using age-old manufacturing methods for an opulent ink that meets the needs of today’s cultural practitioners and artists.
Visitors can experience nigiri-sumi, a hand-squeeze method of making sumi using raw materials. In the traditional atmosphere of the workshop, visitors can listen to explanations about ink and feel the organic warmth, tenderness, and fragrance of Nara-sumi.
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