JAPAN TRADITIONAL CRAFT AOYAMA SQUARE
Western Honshu, Shikoku > Western Honshu Others
Records show that Akama inkstones were offered at the Tsuruoka Hachimangu Shrine in Kamakura at the beginning of the Kamakura era (1185-1333), and by the middle of the Edo era (1600-1868) these inkstones were being sold all over the country.
By the time Mori was leading the Choshu clan, unauthorized people were prohibited from mining the stone from which the inkstones were made. Permission to mine the stones was granted only when the feudal lords traveled to live in Edo and needed inkstones as gifts. This restriction made it difficult to obtain one of these highly prized inkstones.
Akama inkstones are characterized by their balance between hardness and softness. The beautifully patterned bed has a tight grain, which helps to quickly produce high-quality ink of excellent color and luster.