Signature Fountain Pens as Unique as your Handwriting


148_01.jpgNihombashi Mitsukoshi is once again home to our annual Fountain Pens of the World Fair, a festival of penmanship that celebrates the craft and culture embodied by fine fountain pens. Even as the digital age has made pens in general less of a necessity, fountain pens have always existed as a luxury for those who appreciate them, a medium for beauty in the pen itself but also in the owner's unique hand when in use. It is this legacy that this fair honors, uniting a world of pen brands from around the world with domestic brands, showcasing the latest innovations as well as fountain pens that transcend to art.


Now in its eighteenth year the fair is an institution amongst fountain pen connoisseurs, and it is the store's ongoing history in penmanship culture that is the theme of this year's fair. Some of the brands who have participated over the years looked to the Nihombashi Mitsukoshi Main Building itself for inspiration for their limited edition designs. As you may know last year the Nihombashi Mitsukoshi Main Store was awarded the honor that it would take status as an Important Cultural Property by the Japanese government, and thus the participating brands where spoiled for choice in deciding which historic details to incorporate in their work.


Among the many participating brands Pilot looked to the Central Hall and selected an Art Deco embellishment from the decorative stained glass that adorns the upper portion of the hall for their capless design, and was joined by Nakaya who took their calls from the fossils the observant can spot in the marble of the Main Building. Conversely Sailor looked outside the store inspired by the sakura bloom trees that flank the store along its northern side for their delicate pink Edo Sakura themed design with limited edition ink to match.

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The 18th Fountain Pens of the World Fair


Nihombashi Mitsukoshi Main Building 7F, Exhibition Space

Floor guide


March 15th - 20th, 2017

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