Ainu Design Oakwood Pen
About the Product
Based on an ancient Ainu (indigenous people of Hokkaido) design, this ballpoint pen is an inspiring collaboration between Shiraoi's Ainu community, the whiskey history of Hokkaido and a local disability employment organization.
The engraved Ainu pattern is based on the matanpushi, a ceremonial headdress which was traditionally gifted by Ainu women to their menfolk prior to hunting expeditions. Each Ainu community had unique headdress designs, and this pen's design is connected to the Shiraoi Ainu, located an hour south of Sapporo.
The pen casing - produced by the Mitsubishi Pencil Co. - is made from recycled whiskey barrels that reached the end of their lifespans after 50-60 years of use. The whiskey barrels were constructed from century-old oaks and have a special historical significance in Hokkaido owing to the Nikka Whiskey Distillery, one of our island's most famous brands.
A classy gift for any professional, the quality workmanship and ageless design ensure that this pen can be used for a lifetime.
Ball diameter: 0.7mm
Ink color: Black
Packaged in a gift box
* miniature whiskey barrels in image not included
About the producer
MVP Creative Japan is a small design company based in Shiraoi, Hokkaido. The founder - Ms. Emi Oumi - is a champion of disability employment through her collaborations with Travis Co., a local employment association supporting people with disabilities.
Through her digital designs, Oumi-san is proving that it is possible to create high-quality products using digital technology to overcome the limitations of various disabilities. Herself a sufferer of rheumatoid arthritis, she is driven in entrepreneurship to inspire others to overcome their handicaps.
Through her commitment at every stage of her business - planning, development, production, sales and communication - Oumi-san is a wonderful example of creative entrepreneurship right here in Hokkaido.