This is a beautiful rendition of Ryusui-ni Sakura (Sakura on a stream), a common theme found on tea pots and accessories in Japan. Sakura, or cherry blossom, is a national symbol in Japan.
They symbolize renewal and the ephemeral nature of life. In the springtime, the Japanese celebrate the blooming of the blossoms with their friends and family under Sakura trees. The base was finished with black Urushi Roiro‑migaki.
The design was drawn and sprinkled with gold powder. Uwa‑nuri (added drawing on design) was used for the leaves and Sakura was completed with Raden. The white part is set with rankaku (quail's eggshell).
This pen is furnished with an 18k Gold, two-toned #6 nib. What has been described by many Danitrio collectors as the fireball nib is an image of “Kaen-Kohai” which is a flame-shaped halo of “Fudo Myoo” (Acala, the God of Fire). This halo is commonly painted on the back of Japanese Buddhist statues.