Pilot Iroshizuku 100th Anniversary Fountain Pen Ink
Pilot’s 100th Anniversary is upon us, and they have released some stunning limited edition inks. These limited editions draw their inspiration from The Seven Gods of Good Fortune. Ebisu, Daikoku-ten, Bishamon-ten, Benzai-ten, Fuku-roku-ju, Juro-jin and Hotei-Son.
Ebisu (Light Blue)
In ancient times, Ebisu was worshiped as the god of plentiful fishing. Now, however, he is regarded as the god of happiness and prosperity who makes everything from businesses to crops plentiful. This light blue ink reflects the color of the sparkling sea, also depicted on the fountain pen, around the rock on which Ebisu is sitting.
Daikoku-ten is believed to be the god of treasure as well as happiness, prosperity and better fortune that rules food and wealth. The yellow ink echoes the color of the straw rice-bag, also depicted on the fountain pen, upon which Daikoku-ten is sitting.
Bishamon-ten is believed to be the god of financial good fortune and competition. The red ink echoes the color of the flames, also depicted on the fountain pen, emanating from the halo that is floating behind him.
Benzai-ten (Coral Pink)
Benzai-ten is unique among the Japanese Seven Gods of Good Fortune, in that she is the only goddess. Today, she is worshiped as the god of wisdom, and is said to represent the virtue that exists in a marriage bond. The coral pink-colored ink echoes the color of the Benzai-ten’s Kimono, also depicted on the fountain pen.
Taoism’s three virtues which are the perpetuation of one’s descendants, health and longevity, are known as Fuku-roku-ju. Today, Fuku-roku-ju is worshiped as the god of personal virtue. The green ink echoes the color of the turtle, also depicted on the fountain pen, on which Fuku-roku-ju is riding.
Juro-jin is worshipped as the god of longevity and prolonged life as well as wealth and longevity. The purple ink echoes the color of the Juro-jin’s Kimono, also depicted on the fountain pen.
Hotei-son is widely regarded as a god of good fortune and matrimonial happiness, believed to impart riches, status and prosperity. The black-green ink echoes the color of Hotei-son’s necklace, also depicted on the fountain pen.