Around the Nara, Heian and Kamakura periods, shoen (pine soot) was used. This was obtained by chopping pine wood, which has a high resin content, into small pieces and burning it in a stove.


  • Title: Shoen (pine soot), Nara ink
  • Location Created: Nara prefecture
  • Subject Keywords: soot, monochrome, penmanship, ink painting, calligraphy
  • Type: stationery
  • Rights: © Nara Ink Organization

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