The past few weeks, I’ve had the pleasure of trying out all the different colors of Kyo Iro and Kyo No Oto. It was really a lot of fun, and while I enjoyed trying all of them out, a few of them really stood out for me as my favorites.
Kyo Iro Soft Snow of Ohara
I really love this blue. I don’t think I have a similar shade of it in my ink collection. It’s a mellow kind of blue that has purple tones. It really pops out of the page for me, I love seeing an entire page written with this ink. Simply lovely.
Kyo Iro Moonlight of Higashiyama
This one’s really easy to like. It’s a beautiful shade of terracotta, and it stays so vibrant on the page. The shading is so expressive too.
Kyo No Oto Kokeiro
No surprises here, I guess? It’s a light olive green ink that has beautiful shading. It flows a bit on the dry side, but works beautifully with the right pen.
Kyo No Oto Yamabukiiro
I am quite surprised that I ended up liking this ink so much. I’m not big on yellow inks at all. In fact, I don’t think I have any yellow inks. This one’s a beautiful, earthy yellow though. You need to see this in person, on paper, to fully appreciate how beautiful it is.
Overall, both lines have really interesting colors. The collection is quite varied and the inks have their own personalities, so to speak. I had such a great time reviewing them, thanks to the wonderful people at Everything Calligraphy for the samples.
Kyoto inks are available at Everything Calligraphy.
Here’s a roundup of all the Kyoto Inks I have reviewed:
- Kyo-Iro Moonlight of Higashiyama
- Kyo-Iro Soft Snow of Ohara
- Kyo-Iro Stone Road of Gion
- Kyo-Iro Cherry Blossoms of Keage
- Kyo-Iro Flaming Red of Fushimi
- Kyo No Oto Aonibi
- Kyo No Oto Kokeiro
- Kyo No Oto Yamabukiiro
- Kyo No Oto Nurebairo
- Kyo No Oto Imayouiro