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Shima Lilac Review, Sailor Joyful 2 Series


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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.


P.S. If you write in print or in Japanese (or any pen lifting script) the shading is much more prevalent.




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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I like Ikaho magenta as well. But I don't find much opportunity to use it as it is rather bright.

Shima lilac gets a lot more use in correspondence, especially since its color goes well with the season.

Unfortunately Shima lilac doesn't have the sheen that Ikaho magenta does.

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Pretty ink. But I suspect it's not easy to get outside Japan. Reminds me a bit of Lamy Dark Lilac (which I gather is also now in the category of "unobtanium").

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What is that Pilot Hoshi Gakki ink though?

I belive that is me forgetting that the name of the ink is actually "Fuyu-gaki."

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I belive that is me forgetting that the name of the ink is actually "Fuyu-gaki."

Thank you for "fessing up;" you have saved the few orange ink freaks who reside here from going mad searching for that NEW orange ink we had never heard of! I admit I was going to search a few forums to see if I could find a reference to it somewhere later tonite. I can relax now........

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Thank you for "fessing up;" you have saved the few orange ink freaks who reside here from going mad searching for that NEW orange ink we had never heard of! I admit I was going to search a few forums to see if I could find a reference to it somewhere later tonite. I can relax now........

I actually did google it.

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Much, much nicer than than the shop swab, however, not for me. I tend to lean away from purples with pink undertones. Reminds me of a lighter BB L'Amant, which I deplored.


Also a Ikaho Magenta fan. So bright and refreshing--reminds me of a large patch of spring flowers that was the same magenta hue. I'd pass it every weekday to go to high school when it was in season and before I came up on it, I'd close my eyes in anticipation, then I'd take it all in. 15 years later, I can still visualize it and it's what I think of when my world gets a little overwhelming.


Thanks for the review!

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I actually did google it.

AND thank YOU for "fessing up" because I would have done same tonite; I cannot stand to think an ORANGE is slipping by me!

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Thank you for this review of a hard to get ink. It reminds me of Bung Box L'Amant.

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