Izumo Taisha is one of the holiest shrines of Shinto in Japan. Regarded as a national treasure, the name of this shrine can be found in many Japanese ancient myths and legends. One such myth is that every lunar October all gods in Japan get together in this shrine. Restoration or SENGU to the shrine’s roof is done every 60 years for this occasion. This highly regarded sacred ritual will be held this year in May 2013. This pen is limited to 200 pieces.

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The Izumo fountain pen is made to commemorate this event. Using a special painting technique called Yagumo-Nuri, Platinum craftsmen layer bright colored lacquer, Maki-e and run coats of transparent lacquer onto the surface of this pen. This process is time-consuming and tedious.The motif is that of the roof of the Izumo shrine. The sea of clouds is a symbol of the shrine. Welcome to the ancient and mythical world of Izumo.

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The Platinum Izumo Yagumo-Nuri fountain pen is available as of May 2013. For more information, see Platinum. The MSRP is 84,000¥. See Platinum Japan for more information.


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