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Sailor (Tsukuyo-No-Minamo) Yonaga



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Last year Sailor revamped their four season ink line, changed them into a smaller bottle thus raising steeply the per unit price, and added four more colours. (More details see here. On a side note, they seem to have changed the name of Fuji-musume into Fuji-sugata.)



These four new colours make up a series called “Tsukuyo-no-minamo” meaning moonlight water. Sailor claims to capture the different colours of a moonlit water surface during the four seasons. If Google Translate is to be trusted, along with my understanding of the Chinese characters used in Japanese, these four colours are (my imprecise interpretations should be taken with a grain of salt):
Spring: Yozakura (night cherry blossom), capturing the colours of cherry blossoms on defrosting snow.
Summer: Yodaki (night fire), capturing the colours of reflections of camp fire on the river.
Autumn: Yonaga (long night), birds on the river in a full moon night.
Winter: Shimoyo (frosted night), frosted river in moonlight.

 

It took me a long time but here it is, the last of the quartet: Yonaga. Yonaga is a pretty dark blue that writes very wet and smooth. It has some kind of water resistance. It sheens quite easily but the sheen itself is quite subtle. It's usually green, but it can also be red sometimes. When you make a splash of it there's a double sheen of red and green.

 

Splash

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Sample

(photo taken in mild sunlight)

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(Close up shot. If you look closely you can notice the green sheen.)

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(on Tomoe River, with the other three)

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Comparison

(You're not mistaken if you think this ink looks familiar. To my eyes this ink is basically the same as another much rarer Sailor ink: Sailor Shosaikan Seiran: see reviews from Visvamitra and White_Lotus. Both these inks have that same kind of subtle sheen of red and green. If you love Seiran but find it hard to get, Yonaga is a much more accessible replacement.

Compared to Diamine Oxford Blue, Yonaga/Seiran has a bit more green.)

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PS.: Visvamitra seems to find that Seiran dries out quickly on the nib. I can't say about Seiran but Yonaga doesn't have this problem for me.

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:) :) I thought you were more of a "Shimoyo" kind of guy?

 

:blush: I am :blush:

 

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Thanks for the review, LG. While the color seems similar to the van Gogh Blue, I'm a sucker for green sheen so I'll probably end up getting this one, too.

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Been using this for about 2 months and only just now finally observed the green sheen - it's *very* subtle and hard to see over the red sheen, not at all like the more obvious bright green on Kana-cho Midnight. Still, the color is quite nice, a very dark blue, almost blue-black yet still definitely blue.

 

What I'm most impressed with is that it doesn't dry out in the not-very-airtight JIFs when left for a day or two like other Sailors (and I used it to do sudokus with virtually no problems from having it uncapped at length) and discovered when moving it from the initial JIF I tested it in to another one that it flushed easier and faster than any other Sailor ink I have.

 

p.s. - Just realized I've been mis-spelling it Yanada this whole time. :o

 

eta: Just noticed that the green sheen is actually more apparent in the JIF it's now in than the one I tested it in, line is more like an M, too, even though it's an F nib, so probably a bit wetter line as well. :thumbup:

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Thanks for the review! I've got a recent bottle of Sailor Shikiori Yonaga, which appears to be very similar. Is it the same?

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Honeybadgers

Sailor keeps taking their great inks and making them dumber and worse. Bungubox got nightmarishly expensive and switched to the awful bottle, the normal jentle inks have almost doubled in price, now this for the seaons?

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crahptacular

At this rate I'll have to drop sailor sei boku from my bucket list, if that explodes too.

If you're talking about the price, I don't believe Sailor has changed pricing for the Nano inks. They were more expensive than the standard inks to begin with (as I recall, ~$24/50mL) and as far as I know that price hasn't changed. The price hike on the Four Seasons/Jentle inks though... yikes! Well, now you can tell yourself that it's a good deal to buy a bottle of Nano ink for "only" the cost of a standard ink :lol:

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I find Yonaga to be a unique ink. If you can't get a (too) dry pen to write pleasantly with this ink, then either toss it in the bin or send it in for repair. Nibs that are just a little bit (too) toothy suddenly feel great with this ink. It has outstanding lubrication properties and a stately, dark, saturated colour. This ink and Kiwa-Guru black are two very special inks. I don't use them very much, though. They're not in all my pens. One pen each and those are in rotation with other pens. A bottle of each lasts me years so price is not really an issue.

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Very pretty and I am glad I got to see it.

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Thank you for another great review. How would you compare the lubrication of this ink with the one Sailor Doyou provides? Thank you.

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Thank you for another great review. How would you compare the lubrication of this ink with the one Sailor Doyou provides? Thank you.

 

I don't have them for a side-by-side comparison, but I'd say Doyou is more lubricating. But they are both very lubricating in the first place, just that Doyou is even more.

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I don't have them for a side-by-side comparison, but I'd say Doyou is more lubricating. But they are both very lubricating in the first place, just that Doyou is even more.

Thank you very much. Perhaps the same goes as for wetness, doesn't it? Edited by aurore
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