This is a bottle of Pilot Iroshizuku ink in the Yama-Budo colourway. Yama-Budo is Japanese for Crimson Glory Vine, which is what we call the plant in English. It is a vigorous climbing plant with leaves that measure nine to twelve inches across, and they have small bluish purple grapes. The leaves turn a fantastic crimson/violet colour in the autumn. It is unbelievably beautiful.
So naturally I had to order a bottle for my fountain pens. It came all the way from Japan to Canada and took three weeks. I’ve tried various red and pink or magenta inks and they weren’t just right, but this one was. The bottles for these inks are highly respected as they are made of heavy glass and the well for the ink doesn’t go quite to the bottom so there are all kinds of reflections in the glass. It feels special and this was my first bottle of this brand of ink, so that will be a memory I treasure.
While waiting for this I kept approaching the spouse and shouting “Yama-Budo!!” or “Crimson Glory Vine!!” because the anticipation was so great. One of my pen pals got a bottle too so we were saying “Yama-Budo!” to each other in letters. What could be more expansive than that?
Materials I used:
Staedtler 2H pencil
Faber-Castell Polychromos coloured pencils
Van Gogh watercolours