Having reached the major milestone of their 100th anniversary, Namiki planned “the Japanese Seven Gods of Good Fortune”, which gathered together the comprehensive master skills of the KOKKOKAI Maki-e artisans’ group.
KOKKOKAI is an artisans’ group that formed in 1931, around a “Living National Treasure,” the late Gonroku Matsuda (1896–1986 A.D.), who was the highest authority on Maki-e. Coming from inside and outside the company, Maki-e artisans who inherited Matsuda’s intentions are even now producing lacquer-based artworks as members of Kokkokai.
Each known as a god, Ebisu, Daikoku-ten, Bishamon-ten, Benzai-ten, Fuku-roku-ju, Juro-jin and Hotei-son are each depicted in Taka-Maki-e (Raised Maki-e).
In ancient times, Ebisu was worshipped as the god of plentiful fishing, and is now regarded as the god of happiness and prosperity who makes everything from businesses to crops plentiful.
Daikoku-ten is believed to be the god of treasure as well as happiness, prosperity and better fortune that rules food and wealth.
Bishamon-ten is believed to be the god of financial good fortune and competition.
Benzai-ten is unique amongst the Japanese Seven Gods of Good Fortune, in that she is the only goddess. Today, she is worshipped as the god of wisdom, and is said to represent the virtue that exists in a marriage bond.
Taoism’s three virtues which are the perpetuation of one’s descendants, health and longevity, are known as Fuku-roku-ju, which in written form is represented with three Chinese characters that make up the god’s name. Today, Fuku-roku-ju is worshipped as the god of personal virtue.
Juro-jin is worshipped as the god of longevity and prolonged life as well as wealth and longevity.
Hotei-son is widely regarded as a god of good fortune and matrimonial happiness, believed to impart riches, status and prosperity.
As these pens are truly one-of-a-kind pieces of art, they are warrantied for life by Namiki.
Note: We cannot accept a return of this pen once used with ink.
- Type: Fountain Pen
- Body Material: Lacquered Metal
- Cap Type: Screw
- Filling Mechanism: Cartridge / Converter
- Nib Material: 18K Gold
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