70 episodes

Two Tokyoites’ insider views on the Japanese fountain pen world!

Tokyo Inklings CY and Jacob

    • Leisure
    • 4.8 • 104 Ratings

Two Tokyoites’ insider views on the Japanese fountain pen world!

    (Cosmo Air) Light at the end of the tunnel

    (Cosmo Air) Light at the end of the tunnel

    CY and Jacob talk about bankruptcies, biomass, nib-shaped factory buildings, and new releases from Sailor, PenBBS, and Majohn.

     

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    • 59 min
    Are They Padawan If They Are Sith?

    Are They Padawan If They Are Sith?

    CY and Jacob talk about Shishikura pens, Toyooka trays, Hobonichi paper testing results, nib padawans, and anime inks.

     

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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Sweet Pink Purple Whatever

    Sweet Pink Purple Whatever

    CY and Jacob talk about Bungujoshi's annual ink show in Tokyo, paper theories, new pen releases, lemons, factory calligraphy nibs, and the business of nib grinding.

     

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    • 1 hr 21 min
    Counterfeit Urushi

    Counterfeit Urushi

    CY and Jacob talk about CY's pen adventures in the US, pocket pens, Sailor's new dip pen, upcoming retail events in Tokyo, maki-e stickers, and Japan's commercial transactions law.

     

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    • 1 hr 12 min
    Eyjafjallajökull

    Eyjafjallajökull

    CY and Jacob talk about differences between pen shows in US and Japan, Shishikura and Wagner pen news, how Sanzen intentionally tweaked Tomoegawa's paper formula, Icelandic volcanoes, and more.

     

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    • 1 hr 16 min
    10 Things Scalpers Don’t Want You to Know

    10 Things Scalpers Don’t Want You to Know

    CY, Jacob, and guest Alesa talk about Itoya’s ink show, prison-made glass pens, unpopular opinions, and how to buy pens from Japan.

     

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    • 1 hr 6 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
104 Ratings

104 Ratings

Andrew in Honolulu ,

Very informative window on the world of Japanese fountain pens

I only recently found this podcast, but am quite enjoying catching up on the backlist with Fudefan and CY as they discuss the world of Fountain Pen enthusiasts in Japan. They are relaxed in delivery, but are very well informed on happenings in the business — from retail to manufacturing. They also share their own passions, whether it is inks or nibs or grinds. I also appreciate that they consider ethical aspects of the hobby. They also seem to have fun — networking and reporting on pen shows. Highly recommend this fresh podcast.

Um. ,

I love this show!

The podcasters discuss Japanese fountain (and dip) pens, inks, and paper, sometimes also discussing Korean ink and The occasional Chinese pen and ink.

The podcasters know that many of their listeners are not in Asia, and often offer information about where to purchase some of the items they discuss—and they also often share information about which sellers and makers speak English. Shoutout too to Alsea’s YouTube channel, and Jacob’s blog for some beautiful and relaxing eye-candy to complement Tokyo Inklings audio content.

It’s not all just about buying—it’s a great ‘stationery appreciation’ course with no exams or papers to write. It *has* made me want to study Japanese.

Kat<3sdogs ,

Rare Find

Started this podcast at the beginning of the year and haven’t missed any episodes since! Love hearing about what’s been going on in the fountain pen world, and especially in Japan. But CY and Jacob also tackle topics globally, so I always come away with new insights (and a growing wishlist!). Working backwards through this amazing library!

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