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Interview with Mr. Takashi Aoyagi. The owner of Houkendo, a renowned calligraphy ink stone shop in Asakusa, Tokyo
Ink stones have a long history just as does calligraphy. Their material, style and design have been developed in various ways.

Among all the components of ink stone, material is one of the most important keys since it defines its value practically and appreciatively. Also, the touch and feeling created by both an ink stone and sumi inkstick is the first fact that users will notice of the stone’s quality.

It seems the ink stones made of stone have been appreciated more than those of other materials like earthenware. It is said that earthenware is inferior to stone in quality. The difficulties of making a proper roughness on the landing of ink stone and changes on it afterwards are the reasons. Stone is not only practical but also easy to use for artistic process.

I’m an ink stone craftsman and the ink stones I produce are literally made of stone.
However, the day when I encountered Hanatoken, I was surprised by its ink stone landing. There was nothing I was aware of relating to other earthen ware ink stones. The Hanatoken has a smoother touch that I could have ever imagined and even reminds me of Chodeiken, one of the three most famous ink stone masterpieces in history. I am sure that quality like this cannot be produced overnight. I respect all the energy and effort Mr. Yoshida has put in to create such a stone. It may change the way earthenware ink stones are recognized on a wide scale.
I recommend Hanatoken to all shodo lovers and beginners and hope they can enjoy the exquisite feeling of grinding sumi.
製硯師 青栁貴史
Takashi Aoyagi
The owner of Houkendo, a renowned calligraphy ink stone shop in Asakusa, Tokyo