Ogatsu SuzuriOgatsu Inkstones
The history of Ogatsu Suzuri is very old, and it is said that we sail up early in the Muromachi era.
It gives both sides, and it has a pain, and inkstone is praised, and, at the beginning of the Edo era, it is informed by Masamune Date who came for deer hunting to deportation (toojima) of Oshika Peninsula to have been given reward.
In addition, nidaimokuchushu of the Dates admires the good skill, and we employ, and it is said to Date feudal clan that raw materials of inkstone did not permit that person general as "stopping mountain" (protected mountain) adopts stone in produced mountain in masters of inkstone.
The origins of the Ogatsu Suzuri can be traced back to the Muromachi period (1392-1573). Then, at the beginning of the 17th century, two inkstones were presented to the military commander, Date Masamune, who was on a deer hunt on Toojima, an island off the Ojika Peninsular. It seems that he was highly delighted with the stones and reciprocated generously.
Date's son, Tadamune, also recognized the skill with which these inkstones were fashioned and engaged craftsmen to make inkstones for the clan. It then seems that he placed the mine from which the stone was sourced under a monopoly and did not allow outsiders to mine there.
The most important part of an inkstone is the houbou, or bed on which an ink stick is rubbed in a little water. It is the texture and perfect degree of hardness of this surface which is a particular feature of the Ogatsu Suzuri. The stones are made from a type of slate and are either black or a deep indigo in color, have a rich luster and a smooth surface. Some highly fashioned, others are almost as they were mined.
|Industrial art object name
|Classification of industrial art object
||Writing tools and Abacus
||Native rock inkstone, inkstone with natural Container and lid are of the same material, special inkstone
|Main production area
||Miyagi / Sendai-shi, Ishinomaki-shi Ogachimachi, Mono-gun
|The designation date
||May 22, 1985
■local production associations
Ogatsu Suzuri production sale cooperative association
2-25, Ogatsuchokamiogatsu, Ogachimachi, Ishinomaki-shi, Miyagi
ogatsu shop ko okugai
■Associated exhibit space, facility
Part which is the most important for inkstone is edged point (gurnard) which plays a role as tooth when we grind sumi. Roughness, thinness, hardness, the softness of this sharp temper are just right for characteristic of Ogatsu Suzuri; is that is balanced. Color is rich with black or dark indigo blue; is shiny, and the surface of a stone is smooth.
The most important part of an ink stone is the griding bed of the stone, which serves as the teeth which grind the ink stone. Ogatsu Suzuri ink stones are renowned for the perfect balance of roughness, fineness, hardness and even softness found in the grinding bed of their stones. The stones are either black or dark indigo, and have a rich, glossy luster and a smooth finish.
How to make
Ogatsu Suzuri is praised as superior inkstone from old days of the Muromachi era and thereafter is proud of the history and tradition of 600 years. By the traditional handmade manufacturing method, we carve in relief with one arm of craftsman made with inkstone carefully.
Ogatsu Suzuri ink stones have been renowned since the Muromachi period, and boast a history and tradition going back over 600 years. The stones are still hand-crafted in the same painstaking traditional methods, and the diligence and passion of a single craftsman is responsible for bringing each individual ink stone to completion.
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Nature of a rock comprises characteristic of signature inkstone "quality ink stone of tuanshi stone stone" (tankeiseki) and "floating pattern stone" (ramonseki) of Chugoku in black hard slate (we release), and Ogachi stone becoming uncut stone of Ogatsu Suzuri has the smooth surface of a stone of black or gloomy indigo blue, and-colored person from sumi is good and is special dish to give elegant feeling.