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Iroshizuku inks are made by Pilot. "iroshizuku" means droplets of colour.The folours are said to be inspired by the colours of nature. From the moment this line of ink came onto the market it has been a signficent success. Some may have thought its hefty price, especially at the time it was launched, would prevent the ink being so popular. But no so. And over time, Pilot has brought down the price so now it ranks on par with what would be called premium inks.

The bottles are something to admire and appreciate. The oblonge shaped bottles are taller than the width so they are a very well designed. As a pulse there is a small indent in the bottom of the bottle for the tip of the nib to rest, and this facilitates maximizes the fill of a pen.

Colours include:


Amo Iro (Sky Blue)
Asa Gao (Morning Glory)
Chikurin (Bamboo Forest)
Fuyu Gaki (Winter Peersimmon)
Fuyu Syogun (Old Man Winter) a cool grey with maybe a hint of blue
Ina-ho (Rice Ear) light brown
Kiri-Same (Autumn Shower) a warm grey
Kon Peki (Deep Cerulean Blue)
Kosumosu (Autumn Cherry Blossom)
Ku Jaku (Peacock)
Momiji (Autumn Leaves)
Muraski Shi Kibu (Japanese Beautyberry)
Shin Kai (Deep Sea)
Shin Ryoku (Forest Green)
Take-sumi (Bamboo Charcoal) a rich black
Tsuki Yo (Moonlight)
Tsukuski (Horsetail) described as a medium brown, this is a dark colour
Tsukuji (Azalea)

Yama Budo (Crimson Glory Vine)
Yama Guri (Wild Chestnut) a dark sepia brown
Yu Yake (Sunset)


Asa Gao


Asa-Goa means morning glory blue. Here colour represented on the the packaging is not the colour of the ink. There is no purple tone byt rather a beautiful rich blue. Good performance, reasonable dry time, no feathering or bleeding.



There are two greys in the iroshizuku line of inks. fuyu-syogun is the cool grey colour. I like the ink for short notes, and it looks great on cream toned paper, but it is too pale for an full written page. Performance is good, very consistent performance with the other colours in the line.



This is the second grey in the iroshizuku line of inks. In English the name is Scotch Mist and there are hints of brown and warm tones in this grey. The other popular grey in the line is fuju-soygun which is a lighter and cooler grey. For awhile fuju-soygun was my grey of choice, but I must say that now that I have been using kiri-same, I like the darker tone for larger area of text. The iroshizuku line of inks are known for their superior writing properties. This colour is no exception to that overall experience with the line.


momiji - iroshizuku

When I acquired my Namiki Nikon Wave fountain pen I wanted a stunning ink to go along with the pen. I selected momiji - a bright, bold red with a touch of pink. I love writing with this ink. It has a bold presence on the page. Even full pages of written text look good with this colour. Like the other colours in the iroshizuku line of ink, expect and you will get excellent writing performance.






I find that I use this ink a fair bit for my travel journal. I find brown a calming colour and the colour is easy to take with pages and pages of written text. This is a good solid dark brown. Like the other colours in the iroshizuku line, excellent writing characteristics. Good flow, Quick dry time, and it drys to a nice flat, non-sticky finish. That is very important with projects like a travel journal. Some of the inks with a sheen smudge and causes pages of a journal to stick together. Not with this colour.



The english name for this ink is hydrangia, and the colour is like the beautiful blues I see in hydrangea here on the West Coast of Canada. The blue is bold enough to have a presence on the page. Excellent writing characteristics - as found with the other colours of this excellent line of ink. Good flow, quick dry time, and a good flat, non-smearing finish.