Japan’s highest peak, Mt. Fuji, is an enduring and revered symbol of Japanese culture. Its majestic, picturesque beauty has captivated so many people both within Japan, and around the world. Mt. Fuji was registered as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site in 2013. When written with different Kanji or Chinese character the word “Fuji” can have various auspicious meanings, including “immortality,” “eternal longevity,” or even “unparalleled”. These associations, along with its status as Japan’s highest peak, have helped to make Mt. Fuji an important cultural icon, as well as a symbol of high goals, strong ideals and success.
Thinking nostalgically about the kinds of aspirations Namiki's founder had at the time of the original company’s foundation, that his brand would one day be to to the world of fountain pens what Mt. Fuji is to the world's mountains, the company has adopted a Mt. Fuji motif for the fountain pens commemorating their 100th anniversary.
The “Meiji-Maru” was a real sailing ship that had counted the Emperor Meiji (1852–1912 A.D.) among her passengers before becoming a training vessel. The Meiji-Maru was also the ship on which the company’s founders, Ryosuke Namiki and Masao Wada, both sailed for training during their time at merchant marine school. The first ship designated as a national important cultural property, the Meiji-Maru is now on display at the Etchujima Campus of the Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology (the founders’ former merchant marine school), from where she watches over the young sailors of today.
This flat top Yukari-sized pen has an 18k gold nib in size #10, fills via cartridge/converter (a CON-70 is included), and comes packaged in a wooden box with a bottle of ink. Each pen takes months to create. Only 800 of these Fuji and Meiji-Maru pens are available worldwide.
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