Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
Our 4th anniversary month has started with a wonderful photo and wonderful responses on the photo. So I think this really will become a celebration month. As you (maybe) have read in the prompt-list all the regular prompts this month are tools used for all kinds of arts and ways of creativity. Today I have a nice one for you pen and inkstone and these are the classical tools writers in Japan used as did Matsuo Basho for example.
Let me tell you a little bit more about pen and inkstone, maybe I had titled this episode "the four treasures of the study", because next to the pen and inkstone, they used an inkstick and paper, and instead of "pen" I could have used "brush", but that prompt is coming later this month.
Traditional East Asian ink is solidified into inksticks. Usually, some water is applied onto the inkstone (by means of a dropper to control the amount of water) before the bottom end of the inkstick is placed on the grinding surface and then gradually ground to produce the ink. More water is gradually added during the grinding process to increase the amount of ink produced, the excess flowing down into the reservoir of the inkstone where it will not evaporate as quickly as on the flat grinding surface, until enough ink has been produced for the purpose in question. The Chinese grind their ink in a circular motion with the end flat on the surface whilst the Japanese push one edge of the end of the inkstick back and forth.
Water can be stored in a water-holding cavity on the inkstone itself, as was the case for many Song Dynasty (960-1279) inkstones. The water-holding cavity or water reservoir in time became an ink reservoir on later inkstones. Water was usually kept in a ceramic container and sprinkled on the inkstone. The inkstone, together with the ink brush, inkstick and Xuan paper, are the four writing implements traditionally known as the Four Treasures of the Study.
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