The Nippon Art Collection portrays classic Japanese ideas and beliefs using the beauty of the Hira-maki-e technique against rich black lacquer backgrounds. The Crane & Turtle design represents good fortune and longevity and the Dragon with Cumulus design exhibits good fortune and power. The Golden Pheasant design accurately portrays the beauty of this exotic bird while the Chinese Phoenix pen features the mythical bird symbolic of a virtuous ruler. These designs are available as a fountain pen with 14 karat gold fine and medium nibs, and as a rolling ball pen with black ink and a fine point. Stylishly merchandised, each pen comes in a traditional oriental wood gift box.
Ukiyo-e is valued around the world as a unique form of Japanese art. In the late 19th and 20th centuries, Japanese culture, and particularly Ukiyo-e fascinated the artists and writers of Europe and U.S.A. and has had as a vast impact on Western culture. There were many different artists and many deferent genders: attractive ladies, actors, scenery, flowers and birds. This is perhaps the only example in history of wood block prints developing into popular works of art.