Akama Ink Stones

Akama Ink Stones
The town of Kusunoki-cho in Yamaguchi Prefecture is one of Japan's three major producers of ink stones, the home of Akama Suzuri. Ink stones have apparently been made in Kusunoki-cho since the Kamakura-era (11-12th centuries), but it was in the Edo-era (1600-1868) that town became famous for them.

In the world of calligraphy accoutrements, the soft-textured, dark brown Akama ink stones shine with an unrivalled elegance. The very fine grain and excellent viscosity of the stone make Akama Suzuri ideal for executing the intricate decorative carvings for which these ink stone is especially well known.