In autumn, both the ginko and maple leaves changes their colors. The ginko leaves turn a bright yellow, then fall, sometimes within a short space of time from one to 15 days. The maple will turn orangish red.
While the design is all about leaves, maki-e artisan Yamazaki-san using his skillful hand bring the autumn motifs of Japan alive. The glittering leaves look as if they have just twirled from the tree in the first autumn wind, with golden splashes of color that show this magnificent season and its warm sunlight at its best.
One particular maple leaf catches our attention (above below). It uses Kiri-gane with Taka maki-e technique to give 3D and form pattern. A technique which the artisan slice the gold leaf into tiny desired shape like a square or thin stripe as narrow as a 1/1000mm.
The art of using gold leaft to decorate ornament was not born in Japan but back to 3 BC from ancient Egypt. The use of gold leaf later make it to Japan during the 700 AD together with Buddhism. It florish as the Buddhism became wide spread in 1300, but slowly die off in the early 1800 during the modernization of Japan.
It is currently available locally in Singapore.
The following is a youtube clip from Pelikan about the art of creating a Maki-e fountain pen using this beautiful Pelikan Ginko and Maple Leaves Limited Edition as The Pen.