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ink-café MEIJI NO IRO

Updated: May 25, 2023

The "MEIJI NO IRO" series is a beautiful selection of colored inks

which were inspired by popular colors from the Meiji era of Japan.

Each color has a history that originates from that era. Please enjoy

using this ink, and be reminded of the old days of Japan.

It can be used with fountain pens, glass pens, dip pens,



In the Meiji era, Purple

had been considered a

noble color used by the

aristocracy. Since

people were afraid of

using Purple, "EBICHA" was often used instead of

traditional Purple. EBICHA had become a popular

color for Hakama (Japanese traditional pants)

intended for female students.



In the latter half of the

Meiji era, cherishing

Japanese culture and


Japanese-style colors

will be a new development. One of those colors is


"Araishu" is a bright vermillion color that looks slightly

washed, or a light vermillion color.



In the late Meiji era, new colors were born with the creation of chemical dyes.

"Shimbashi" is the name of a place found in Tokyo. The bright,

bluish-green color was popular among "Geisha" in

Shimbashi as it was fashionable and trendy.




became popular

during the middle of

the Meiji era into the

Taisho era.

The color is characterized by a dark, dull, bluish

green color, and was used often as the color for store

clerk aprons.




been introduced by the

West during the Meiji

era. It is a bright,

bluish-green, like the

beautiful feathers found in peacock wings.

Peacocks have been loved in Japan since ancient

times, and it is said that the recognition of the

common people increased during the Edo period.



Meiji era is also called

"the purple era"

because "purple" or

"light purple" was often

used in women's

clothing as a chic or cool color. "Purple" has been one

of the trendy colors since the Meiji era.

Kuretake Co., Ltd. was founded during the Meiji era (1902).

Now, in 2022, in commemoration of the 120th anniversary of our founding,

we carefully chose 6 colors of ink, reflecting on the Meiji era 120 years ago.

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