Nara inksticks

About Nara inksticks

The origin of Nara inksticks dates back to the beginning of the Nara period (710-794). Nara inksticks were derived from Yuenboku, inksticks made from lampblack mixed with animal glue. The lampblack was made at Nitaibo, Kofuku-Ji Temple to offer light to the altar. As the practice of sutra copying and woodblock printed Buddhist scriptures increased in demand for inksticks, inkstick production also flourished. High-quality inksticks made in Nara were called Nanto Yuenboku and became known all over the country. Nanto was an alternative name of Nara at that time.
●Designated as a Traditional Craft of Japan in 2018

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