Ink is indispensable for those responsible for administration and culture and, in the past, it was produced all over Japan. Circumstances changed, however, and there is a reason that Nara became famous for ink production. Nara, with its early adoption of lamp-soot ink production, became known as place where high-quality ink was produced, a reputation which continues to this day.


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

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