Kokeiro – Kyo No Oto

To be honest I don’t know much about the company. Some time ago Algester posted topic about Tag Kyoto branch inks. The bottles and colors presented on their site looked nice so I’ve decided to try some of these inks. I’ve managed to buy two on Rakuten and I’ll review them. The inks are made by or for Takeda Jimuki company and are available in two lines: Kyo No Oto and Kyo-Iro. Kyo no Oto inks are said to be traditional japanese colors that has been used since heian era (roughly 1000 years ago),and expressing a tinges that have been nurtured in long history and profound culture for long time.

Kyonooto inks are:

  1. Aonibi
  2. Imayouiro
  3. Kokeiro
  4. Nurebairo
  5. Yamabukiiro

Kyo-iro inks are:

Cherry Blossom of Keage

  1. Flaming Red of Fushimi
  2. Moonlight of Higashiyama
  3. Soft Snow of Ohara
  4. Stone Road of Gion

@Aelie has sent me a sample of Kokeiro. Thank you James! Not only for the sample but also for allowing me to post the scan of the note you’ve written with Kokeiro.


The color isn’t really saturated and the inks feel watery, the way some J. Herbin inks do. And I like it – J. Herbin is my favourite ink maker (ex-aequo with Sailor) and I enjoy subtler inks from time to time. Kokeiro can be discribed as yellowish green, not unique but still intriguing enough to capture attention. The flow is very good and I haven’t observed feathering or bleedthrough. I’ve used 2 ml of the ik (sample from Aelie) and I want more :)

Drops of ink on kitchen towel


Software ID


Tomoe River, Kaweco Classic Sport, B




Leuchtturm 1917, Kaweco Classic Sport, B




Oxford, Parker 45, Medium 14 ct nib

(for those of you interested in what this can possibly mean – it’s a recipe for cabbage cooked according to five elements cuisine)



Note from Aelie, Neenah Classic Linen Writing Paper, classic natural white color, Pilot Lucina, fine nib 


Mini – comparison



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  1. Pingback: Stone Road of Gion – Kyo-iro ink review | Wondernaut in the world of stationery wonders

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