Kobaien in Kyoto and Nara, Japan
The headquarters of Kobaien is located in Nara. There is a branch in Kyoto.
This is the Kobaien headquarters in Nara.
There is a Kobaien branch in Kyoto. In addition to inksticks, they also sell a variety of brushes, paper, and mineral pigments.
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We have never thought of that old native American people used ink dishes like ours! How interesting and wonderful!
As for the use of big brush, calligraphy performances combined with dance and costumes have also been popular these days in Japan.
I am amazed! I love these photographs of a place and still – instruments, far away. How much we do not know is revealed clearly. Function determines form. The ink dishes for instance. These are exactly like paint pallets used by early native American people ages ago. The Arizona desert occasionally gives one up. Their use was the same; mixing a medium to paint. Here it is ink. A wonderful lesson here. Time, form and function. The giant brushes are equally amazing. I would love to see such a brush, in the hand of an artisan, applying ink to paper.