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Friday, August 18, 2017

Ink Stand, Tokyo, Japan

So you got your custom notebook from Kakimori. What next?

How about some custom ink? No I'm not talking about getting tattoos. Rather, a custom shade of ink for use in fountain pens or glass dip pens. 

First of all, you will need an appointment. To do so, visit their website and look here. For those of you who do not read/understand japanese, here is a basic sort of guide.

If there is an orange square next to the slot, it is not available. So in the example above, you can see that 8/25 has an available slot at 12:00. They are only able to take on 4 participants in each time slot but two have already been taken so there are only 2 slots remaining. [Versus 8/22 where there are 4 slots remaining.]

You click on the slot and you will be taken to the next page where you can enter number of participants before entering your contact details on the next page.

Each session is 2500yen and will take around 1.5hrs. Do not worry as the mixing time is just 45mins [u might be done even quicker!] and then you return later to retrieve your custom ink.

On the day of your appointment, arrive around 5mins ahead of time so as to get ready. Some basic english instructions will be available for those who do not speak Japanese. You will be told to choose a base ink and add droplets of ink color you like from the array in front of you to create a custom ink that you like. Take note how many drops of each color you use. If you are unhappy with the result, simply wash out your cup and start again. A glass dip pen is also present for you to test your ink out. 

When you are satisfied, present the ink you have made alongside its "recipe" to the staff member. They will attempt to recreate it and if its correct, you will be told to return in 45mins or so to get your bottle of ink!

For those who do not wish to create a custom ink but are interested to buy a bottle ready made, simply pop into Kakimori next door! 



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