This set features Hakuji white, Gin Shu light red, Tou Ou yellow, Ai Iro dark blue, Matsuba Iro dark green, and Kodai Shu dark red. Each ink is specifically named to reflect the significant culture that inspired it. The meaning of “Yūkyū” is “to continue endlessly over many years.” With that in mind world-renowned artist, Kensho, was inspired to create colors that could withstand the test of time. These classic colors featured in the set have been used in Japan throughout history and remain essential today.
In Japan, the color white was a sacred, purity, and contraindication color. This white ink doesn’t fade like normal white ink, it stays strong and bright. It’s also great to mix with other colors.
Gin Shu, Kodai Shu
Shu is said to represent the color of burning fire, the setting sun, and blood, and is said to have been used as protection from evil spirits.
This color name has been widely used as a paint for Japanese painting since the Meiji period.
Matsuba Iro is a deep, astringent blue-green color like Matsu (pine) needles. The literal translation of Matsuba Irois “Pine leaf color”. Matsuba Iro is a symbol of immortality and longevity because it stays green even in winter, and it was a symbol of auspiciousness.
Ai Iro is one of the oldest dyes used as a blue dye. During the Kamakura period, the custom of samurai wearing a kind of Ai Iro “Kachiiro” under their armor became established.
- 1/2 oz bottles
- Contains zero animal products
- Never tested on animals
- Better for immunity and overall health
- More reliable and safer on skin
- Longer lasting ink and better vibrancy
This ink set is especially good with Japanese-style tattoos & Asian-style tattoos. All colors can be mix with Hakuji to make different levels of tones.
I started tattooing as a specialized traditional Japanese tattoo artist in 2003, then I became the successor of my master Takeshisa Muramatsu in 2018. I use the traditional Japanese hand poke tattoo method Tebori which developed in Edo Period in Japan.