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  1. This is another review for an ink in the Gunma Joyful 2 shop special series by Sailor. 四万ライラック Shima Lilac. It is a bright purple with lots of shading. Text (spelling corrected) starting on Graphilo A5 notebook paper: Shima Lilac Sailor Joyful 2, Gunma series This is a nice, bright, summer purple that certainly lives up to its lilac name. It is a Sailor "Jentle" ink and as such has good flow and lubrication. It is easy to clean out of pens. There is no feathering on any paper quality and only some ghosting on thin paper. No bleed-through has been observed. It is not very saturated. This leads to a lighter base color with lots of shading, especially with wet pens. It is not very water resistant. Text is still legible after a spill, barely, but the paper will be purple. It drys in around 5 to 10 seconds dependent on the paper absorbency. Final thoughts, on Tomoe River cream. This is a fun ink. It is much too light to be used professionally, at least for me. But the shading makes it wonderful for letters. Some may be turned off by its light color, especially if you use it in a dry pen on non-absorbent paper. But in a wet pen, it is a blast to use. -Kanayama P.S. If you write in print or in Japanese (or any pen lifting script) the shading is much more prevalent. 群馬から世界へ Here are some other inks for color comparison on Graphilo A5 notebook paper. I apologize that I don't really have access to many purple inks. To compensate I tried to include some inks that others might have access to for reference. My scanning situation is such that I can't really set any color correction. You may have noticed that "Tomoe River cream" comes out as white. The scanner I have access to automatically white balances and I haven't found a way to stop it yet. The name for this ink, Shima, comes from Shima Onsen. Shima onsen is a small hotsprings town in the mountains of Gunma. It is a very small town and as such has avoided the large block-concrete hotels that dominate most other hot-springs towns. It is a very beautiful place and is my favorite hot spring in Gunma. if you have a chance I highly recommend visiting. It is not so popular recently so you should be able to find a good rate at a hot spring hotel there. Once again, this ink is available at the Nitta Joyful Honda 2 store in Ota-shi, Gunm-ken, Japan. It is also available on the Joyful 2 Rakuten website. I welcome any questions or comments. Thanks you!





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