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As the weather gets colder, Kobaien starts making inksticks.

As the weather gets colder, Kobaien starts making inksticks.

As the weather gets colder, Kobaien starts making ink.

As the weather gets colder, Kobaien starts making ink.


The soot is collected by burning rapeseed oil and other materials.
The soot is collected by burning rapeseed oil and other materials.

This is where the glue used to make inksticks is boiled.
boiling glue
This is where the glue used to make the ink is boiled.

Very old glues.
Very old glues.

These are inkstick molds made of pear wood.
This is an ink mold made of pear wood.

Mix the glue and soot well, and make the ink in a mold.
Mix the glue and soot well, and make the ink in a mold.Mix the glue and soot well, and make the ink in a mold.

Place the inksticks in ashes to dry.
Place the ink in ashes to dry.
Drying inksticks

Using clam shells, polish the ink to make it shiny.
Using clam shells, polish the ink to make it shiny.

One by one, the inksticks are colored by hand.
One by one, the ink is colored by hand.

If you want to know more about kobaien, please visit the following website.

https://worlds-oldest-inksticks.jp

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