Maki-e is the art of Japanese lacquer painting and is renowned for its beauty and artistry. The Pelikan “Japanese Umbrella” Maki-e fountain pen uses Togidashi-Taka-Maki-e that combines Taka-Maki-e and Togidashi-Maki-e. The umbrella was introduced from China to Japan during the Heian period (AD 794-1185). At that time, the umbrella did not have the shape of today’s umbrella, but it looked like a canopy.It was only during the Azuchi Momoyama period (AD 1573-1603) that it became possible to close the umbrella.
The traditional Japanese umbrella is made of natural material such as Japanese paper, bamboo and wood. Thirty to Seventy bamboo bones are used to open and fairly spread the umbrella made of Japanese paper. When the umbrella is closed, it looks like a single rod with the paper folded inside the bones.