GENKAI


As soon as we made Mikado, we made another big pen with straight down shape and tried to make with size biggest possible for a hand to hold, and we call it Genkai, the limited. This pen is also uses Eye dropper system. The nib is size #8 with Mikado.

 


GENKAI > KOICHIRO OKAZAKI (KOGAKU)


GK-1001, Shuten-doji (Drunkard Devil)

GK-1001

Shuten-doji is one of three famous stories related with Minamoto-no Yorimitsu (944-1021) commonly called Minamoto-no Raiko, a general of Gen-ke (Minamoto clan).
Japanese have many Oni (demon) stories, and one of the most famous stories is Shuten-doji, the drunkard red faced kid, who abducted women, robbed treasures and ate humans at Mt. Oe of Tamba. When he abducted Ikeda Chunagon’s daughter, Ikeda asked Mikado for help. Minamoto-no Raiko was ordered to kill the Oni, and the Oni was beheaded by Raiko and his followers, the Shitenno (Four Devas), Watanabe-no Tsuna, Sakata-no Kintoki, Urabe-no Suetake, and Usui-no Sadamitsu.

In day time Shuten-doji disguised himself as a drunkard kids, but he would appear with his true aspect,15 feet tall, with red head and red body, left leg in black right leg in white, left arm in blue and right arm in yellow with spots in five colors all over, and he had 15 eyes and five horns. When the Oni was beheaded, the head fell and bit Raiko’s helmet. Fortunately, Raiko’s head was protected by three helmets as he knew beforehand and borrowed the helmets from Sakata-no Kintoki as well as Watanabe-no Tsuna.

The Oni’s head were raised and Urushi was painted on it. The dimension was effectively done with different sizes, #6 and #8 of gold foils, and then #10 gold powders were heavily sprinkled followed by red Urushi painted. Two different shells were used on the eyes, and the hairs were Tsukegaki (drawing with more gold and make lines look raised) with #6 gold powder and Keuchi(Additional gold lines were drawn on the surface) with #4 gold powder.

The details on Raiko are amazing. To begin with many times of raised silver mixed powders and gold powders were used before hundreds of Kirigane (rectangular gold foils setting), colored Urushi painted, and Raden were used on the sword, the eyes. And #8 gold powders were used for Tsukegaki all over. The ground use gradation technique and lots of Kirigane. The little Oni on the pole was done by Tsukegaki.

GK-1003
, Sakura- Bijin (Sakura and the Beauties)

GK-1003

GK-1005
, Kawanakujima-no Kassen (The Fight at Kawanakujima)
The duals at Kawanakajima are the most famous fights in Japanese history. The duals between Uesugi Kenshin and Takeda Shingen and the most famous part of the duals was the fifth time when Uesugi Kenshin rushed at Shingenís camp alone on his horse and swung down his atana at his head, but the Katana was stopped by Shingenís iron ribbed fan. The design was drown by Kogakku has become one of our best sellers in recent years.

GK-1005

GK-1011
, Horaisan
Horaisan is an imaginary island of Buddhism. After the death if anyone lived his or her life loved and helped all people, they will be living peacefully on Horaisan in heaven forever.

GK-1011

GK-1012-15, Shiki by Kogaku
This Four Seasons are painted with 4 pens, spring with Sakura, summer with firecracker, autumn with a Deer and Tancho (crane) in Winter mountains. Sakura, Hanabi (firecracker), Deer and Tancho are all Kigo, symbolized seasons in Haiku, the Japanese short poems, a very special Four Season Design by our mater Kogaku (real name Koichiro Okazaki).

GK-1012, Dawn
(Spring of Four Seasons)

GK-1012

GK-1013, Fireworks 
(Summer of Four Seasons)

GK-1013

GK-1014, Deer
(Autumn of Four Seasons)

GK-1014

GK-1015, Cold Mountain and Sacred Cranes
(Winter of Four Seasons)

GK-1015

GK-1042  Admired Phoenix
There was a Phoenix helped millions of birds when they were in disaster of famine and plagues and finally the birds were saved and feel so grateful and admire the Phoenix as their angel.

GK-1042
GK-1042
 
Model
MSRP In U.S.
Artist
GK-1001, Shuten-doji (Drunkard Devil)
$24,000.00
Kogaku
GK-1003, Sakura- Bijin (Sakura and the Beauties)
$25,000.00
Kogaku
GK-1005, Kawanakujima-no Kassen
$25,000.00
Kogaku
GK-1011, Horaisan $22,000.00 Kogaku
GK-1012, Dawn (Spring of Four Seasons) $20,000.00 Kogaku
GK-1013, Horaisan (Summer of Four Seasons) $20,000.00 Kogaku
GK-1014, Horaisan (Autumn of Four Seasons) $20,000.00 Kogaku
GK-1015, Horaisan (Winter of Four Seasons) $20,000.00 Kogaku
GK-1042, Admired Phoenix $20,000.00 Kogaku


GENKAI > HIRONOBU OKAZAKI (HIRONOBU)


GK-1019, Komori (Bats)
Some likes the birds, some not. In asia they like the birds because the part of Kanji and sound show good luck or happiess.

GK-1019
 
Model
MSRP In U.S.
Artist
GK-1019, Komori (Bats)
$9,600.00
Hironobu



GENKAI > MASANORI OMOTE


There are four Maki-e artists, who are now major Maki-e artists in the circle working on our Maki-e at present, were his students before they became free lancers. His most recent works are the Maki-e on the walls in the main hall of well known Kissho-in temple in Chita City of Aichi prefecture. Omote san work Maki-e for us for more than 5 years, and his masterpieces such as Tokaido series were very well accepted. His recent remarkable works include “Fixed Stars”, “Miyama Enreiso”, “Four Seasons from Ise Monogatari” and of course “Kirin”, he will appear at the coming Washington DC Pen Show with these works. After more than 50 years on Maki-e, he is now one of the very few whose works reach to “collectible level” today.

GK-1002, Kinkakuji & Ginkakuji
(The Pavillions)

GK-1002

Kinkakuji, the Golden Pavilion was built by the third Shogun of Ashikaga clan, Ashikaga Yoshimitsu in 1397 in the northeast of Kyoto. The temple was burnt down a couple of times, and the worst one was happened in 1950 when a young monk set fire on the building and reduced it to ashes. The building we see today was rebuilt in 1955 and renovated in 1987. And the story was fictionalized by Mishima Yukio in later years. The pavilion, a 3-storied temple represents three different architectural styles, Heian, Kamakura and Muromachi era. Kinkakuji is actually gilded on the second and third story with around 100 lbs of pure gold. Ginkakuji, Silver Pavilion was built by Ashikaga Yoshimasa (1436-1490), the 8th Ashikaga Shogun and grandson of Ahikaga Yoshimitsu in the late 15th century inspired by the Golden Pavilion. Yoshimasa lived in the temple and enjoyed his life holding Noh plays, tea ceremonies until he died in 1490. The temple was mostly renovated and the original look left very little after that. And yet, the temple is still very impressive with its landscaping and architecture.

GK-1020
, Sumo

GK-1020

GK-1023, Shoki-ni Oni (Shoki and the Devil)

GK-1023

GK-1024, Banri-no Chojo (The Great Wall)
The Great Wall is well known one of the wonders in the world (New 7 Wonder Foundation) the original part were built by the first Chinese emperor Qin Shi Huan more than 2000 years ago. Then added by Ming and other regimes, the Wall has 13,171 miles long , longer than the name Wanri Changchen, Ten Thousand Miles Wall in Chinese. The author, Mr. Masanori Omote worked for more than 5 months on this one, really a very good piece.

GK-1024

GK-1025, Toen-no Chikai (The Oath at Toen)

GK-1025

GK-1028, Shunju Soka (Flowers in Spring & Autumn)
Japanese live in mountainous island country, high mountains between the Pacific Ocean and Japan Sea give the country full of colorful four seasons. And Japanese have full of imagination to sing for every different season, every major rivers, mountains, lakes, all different flowers and many things else, given by the nature. This design by Masanori this Ryusui Shunju Soka, Stream in spring and autumn with flowers. His work just makes me feel so cool in my heart.

GK-1028
 

GK-1029, Chikurin & Tori (Bamboo Bush and Birds)

GK-1029
 
Model
MSRP In U.S.
Artist
GK-1002, Kinkakuji & Ginkakuji (The Pavillions)
$25,000.00
Masanori
GK-1020, Sumo $20,000.00 Masanori
GK-1023, Shoki-ni Oni (Shoki and the Devil) $28,000.00 Masanori
GK-1024, Banri-no Chojo (The Great Wall) $28,000.00 Masanori
GK-1025, Toen-no Chikai (The Oath at Toen) $20,000.00 Masanori
GK-1028, Shunju Soka (Flowers in Spring & Autumn) $22,000.00 Masanori
GK-1029, Chikurin & Tori (Bamboo Bush and Birds) $18,000.00 Masanori



GENKAI > TATSUYA TODO (KOSETSU)


GK-1026, Rokkaku Monyo
(Hexagon Pattern)

GK-1026

GK-1035, Kuzunoha Kitsune (Fox named Kuzunoha)
Kuzunoha is a name of a white fox. The fox was saved by a noble man Abe No Yasuna who fought the hunter and got hurt with some wounds. In a little while there was a beautiful woman called Kuzunoha come and help him go back to his home. The noble man didnít know that she was the white fox and they married and Kuzunoha bore him a child. Kuzunoha was noticed by her son that she was indeed a fox and believed that she should go back her home, Shinoda. There is a shrine in Shinoda forest called Shinoda Shrine today. She farewell with Yasuna and her son and told him that he can find her in the forest. Later they went there and saw a beautiful white fox and found that she was the spirit of Shinoda shrine. This story is also played in Kabuki, but the main thing is still just a story of On-Gaeshi, to repay for her narrow escape helped by him, the noble man.

GK-1035

GK-1036, 100 Kids

GK-1036
   
 
Model
MSRP In U.S.
Artist
GK-1026, Rokkaku Monyo (Hexagon Pattern)
$16,000.00
Kosetsu
GK-1035, Kuzunoha Kitsune (Fox named Kuzunoha) $18,000.00 Kosetsu
GK-1036, 100 Kids $22,000.00 Kosetsu
GK-1036, 100 Kids pen box $6,000.00 Kosetsu


GK-1037, Hokusai's Koi

GK-1037

GK-1038, Kinko Sennin

GK-1038

GK-1039, Nishiki-Goi

GK-1039

GK-1040, Koi Ascension

GK-1040

GK-1041, Karasu (Crow)
Unlike Chinese, Japanese like Karasu, crows and very friendly to the birds in their history and the birds are also loved in the western world, are also loved by western world. There is national treasure Maki-e box with crows painted by Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891), one of the greatest Maki-e shi in Japanese history. I saw the box and immediately ask our Maki-e shi, Kosetsu (Tatsuya Todo) to Maki-e on pens for me as the ones we have now. There are 40 Karasu in total on each pen, one of my most favorite Maki-e in my collections.

GK-1041

GK-1046, Sakura Rose

GK-1046

GK-1047, Sakura Meets Rose

GK-1047
   
Model
MSRP In U.S.
Artist
GK-1037, Hokusai's Koi $18,000.00 Kosetsu
GK-1038, Kinko Sennin $18,000.00 Kosetsu
GK-1039, Nishiki-Goi $18,000.00 Kosetsu
GK-1040, Koi Ascension $18,000.00 Kosetsu
GK-1041, Karasu (Crow) $20,000.00 Kosetsu
GK-1046, Sakura Rose
$38,000.00
Kosetsu
GK-1047, Sakura Meets Rose $38,000.00 Kosetsu


GENKAI > YUJI OOKADO (YUJI)


GK-1006, Tsuru-Kame, Crane & Tortoise

GK-1006

GK-1007, Ni-O, Door Gods

GK-1007

GK-1018, Saiyuki (The Journey to the West)

GK-1018
 
Model
MSRP In U.S.
Artist
GK-1006, Tsuru-Kame, Crane & Tortoise
$15,600.00
Yuji
GK-1007, Ni-O, Door Gods $18,800.00 Yuji
GK-1018, Saiyuki (The Journey to the West) $16,000.00 Yuji



GENKAI > MAYUMI KUMANO


GK-1021, Katamigawari
(Spring & Winter)

GK-1021

GK-1027, Beauty in the Snow

GK-1027

GK-1034, Four Seasons

GK-1034

GK-1048, Tsuru-no Ongaeshi (Repay by the Crane)
This has a similar story about “Ongaeshi” with GK-1035, Kuzunoha Kitsune. The main difference is that this one is talking about a Crane, while the other is about a white Fox. When the crane was trapped and saved by a farmer, the crane disappeared and there was a beautiful girl came to his home and voluntarily offer her help. The farmer’s couple were delighted to let her stay with them. One day the girl ask the farmer to buy some cloth for her to make some wears for the couple because the weathers are changing. However, the girl ask them never to open her room to see her during she was working. The couple did receive very high quality heavy clothing from her and very happy with her. One day, the couple were out of curiosity and could not but open the door and tried to how she make such good wears, but they were so surprised to see a crane using its feathers to make the cloth. The crane said that since they saw that she was the crane they saved, but she has to leave them and go back to their place. Such a little story like this one about Ongaeshi is so popular and has long history in Japan because they believe these are very good for moral education.

GK-1048
   
Model
MSRP In U.S.
Artist
GK-1021, Katamigawari (Spring & Winter)
$14,000.00
Mayumi
GK-1027, Beauty in the Snow $16,000.00 Mayumi
GK-1034, Four Season $8,000.00 Mayumi
GK-1048, Tsuru-no Ongaeshi $9,000.00 Mayumi



GENKAI >MASAYUKI HARIA (YUHAKU)


GK-1010, Uraraka (Mild and Beautiful)

GK-1010
   
Model
MSRP In U.S.
Artist
GK-1010, Uraraka (Mild and Beautiful) $8,600.00 Yuhaku



GENKAI > KATSUHIRO (KATSUHIRO NISHI)


GK-1031, Toki (Japanese Crested Ibis)


GK-1031
   
Model
MSRP In U.S.
Limited
GK-1031, Toki (Japanese Crested Ibis) $9,500.00 18



GENKAI > KENJI YAMAMOTO (KENJI)


GK-1032, Totetsu

GK-1032

GK-1033, Totetsu

GK-1033
   
Model
MSRP In U.S.
Limited
GK-1032, Totetsu
$7,000.00
18
GK-1033, Totetsu $12,000.00 18


GK-1043, Crimson Sunbird

GK-1042
GK-1042

GK-1044, Nihon Sankei
Nihon Sankei, the three most famous sceneries in Japan, Amano (from top) Miyajima, Matsushima and Ama-no Hashidate.

GK-1044


GK-1045, Nanten Yukeizu (Nandin and Rooster)


This painting of Rooster is originated by Ito Jakuchu (1716-1800) regarded as a unique fantastic artist even today. His works influenced by Ogata Korin in the beginning and eventually created his own style with Doshoku Sai-e, paintings with animals and flowers. His more than 30 master pieces of Doshoku Sai-e helps the Japanese earn abundant in this field of Kachoga, birds and flowers designs.

The author, Kosetsu gave me some design ideas with Jakuchu’s original paintings and we decided to work with ideas about 3 years ago, we finally finished just “Nanten Yukeizu”, Nandin and Rooster today, while we expect a few more this year. The work is very complicated but great!

This design mainly uses Shishiai Togidashi Maki-e by raising with Urushi, sprinkled with powders of pure gold, gold mixed with silver, and gold Hirame, foils. And colored Uruhi were painted for Kona-Gatame, protect the surface. Kona-Gatame is to sprinkle the powders and, and paint Urushi on it after the powders are completely dried to harden the powders to be locked to the Uruhi. Kona-Gatame has to be done on the parts of quality Maki-e. The fine works are also on the surface, which we need to burnish and finish beautifully.

The parts of the birds are raised with charcoal powders and finish with Urushi. The feathers on the birds were taken cared piece by piece by raising the feather clearly separate. Gold powder was sprinkled on the hen and Wakogin (silver) on the rooster. The gold sheet metal were pasted for their eyes. The faces of the birds were carefully painted with colorful Urushi around the eyes.

The leaves and branches of nandin and birds were painted, gold powders were sprinkled with separated by different colors of Uruhi and finished with Kona-Gatame to protect the surface. The red berries used the red part from Turban shells and pasted on and ties on them. The birds and carefully burnished and finish them. The author admitted that he has been tried his best to faithfully followed Jakuchu’s ideas.

GK-1045, Nanten Yukeizu. MSRP US$22,000.00

GK-1045
Model
MSRP In U.S.
Artist
GK-1043, Crimson Sunbird) $9,600.00 Yuhaku
GK-1044, Nihon Sankei $18,000.00 Masanori
GK-1045, Nanten Yukeizu (Nandin and Rooster) $22,000.00 Kosetsu