Legacy Meets Future

Kobaien in Nara, Japan has been making handmade inks  since 1577.
Kobaien inkstick, Nara, Japan

Over 400 years of quality ink production

It is said that ink making began in Japan around 610 CE. After that, ink was made in various dynasties and temples.

In 1577, Kobaien was founded. For more than 400 years, Kobaien has pursued the production of higher quality ink in collaboration with Chinese ink craftsmen.

We, ICHI Inc., are the authorized distributor of Kobaien ink for the international market since 2015.

If you would like to purchase Kobaien ink for personal or professional use and sale, please contact us anytime.

Kobaien inkstick, Nara, Japan

About Kobaien

Location, Ink making, Trivia, Lineage

Kobaien inkstick, Nara, Japan

Kobaien Inksticks

Kobaien has over 200 varieties of sumi inks.

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