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Pensinasia is a collection of more than a decade of pens, fine writing instruments, and limited edition collectables. Over the past years, I have painstakingly detailed and photographed each pen I have owned, recording down every minute detail within this website. If you are a pen lover like me, you will find Pensinasia to be your definite source of knowledge to fountain pens.

Namiki 2020 Yukari Limited Edition Daruma Fountain Pen

The Daruma is a type of Japanese doll which is modeled after Bodhidharma, the founder of Zen Buddhism who proselytized his teaching from India to China. There is a legend surrounding Bodhidharma referred to as "Menpeki Kunen" (Nine Years Facing the Wall). This legend states that Bodhidharma, through sheer indomitable willpower, was able to maintain a meditative state facing the wall for a period of nine years.

The modern iteration of the Daruma was conceived in the Edo Period when a pre-existing doll is known as "Okiagari Koboshi (Self Rising Monk)" was remodeled to depict a meditating Bodhidharma. The Daruma doll serves as a physical representation of Bodhidharma’s unyielding willpower to always rise no matter how many attempts here may be to knock it over. Due to its self-rising nature, the doll similarly embodies the Japanese proverb Nana Korobi Ya Oki (Fall Seven, Rise Eight) and has thus become a common good luck charm in Japan for those who have ambitions they are determined to see to fruition.

“Me Ire-Daruma” (Daruma in which eyes are inserted) is a tradition that began in the Edo Period and continues to the modern age. While in pursuit of ambitions or wishes, owners of the Daruma doll without eyes drawn on can insert a single eye into their doll.  This is known as "Kai Gen" (Open The Eye), and is repeated following the actualization of the first wish. The second time is referred to as "Man-Gan" (Full Wish).

Red which conjures images of blood and fire, has come to signify protection from evil spirits and has become the most common colour for Daruma dolls. However, different colours are said to invite different types of luck or protection as follows:

Yellow: Monetary fortune, Fame, Good luck
Blue: Success, Independence, Promotion
Red: Family Safety, Victories, Good luck
Green: Health, Unlocking one’s potential, Increasing athletic potential
Black: Protection against bad luck and natural disasters, economic surplus

Daruma is the physical manifestation of patience and willpower. We hope that our 300 limited edition fountain pens bring the core Daruma attributes to their owner. Inspiring the resilience to weather challenges and the commitment to bring their dreams to fruition. The artists who have maki-e these pens by hand are part of the Kokokai group. The Kokokai group consists of exceptionally trained Maki-e artisans. The fountain pen is individually numbered and comes with beautiful Inden Pouch (deerskin) fitted with an exquisite 18kt gold nib available in Fine, Medium and Broad nib and converter Con-70.  

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