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Sailor Kingdom Note Tanna JaponensisSailor Kingdom Note Tanna Japonensis

Sailor is well-known for producing exclusive inks for fountain pen shops in Japan. Kingdom Note in Tokyo has a “Biological” ink series that focuses on different types of biological life. Tanna Japonensis is a part of the first series: “Insects.” As a Sailor exclusive ink, it comes in a beautiful ink bottle that Sailor only uses for it’s Japan-exclusive inks. This ink itself is a lovely, warm tone with a soft, mossy green feel to it. I was pleasantly surprised by how much shading is possible with this ink ranging between that light, mossy green to a deeper color reminiscent of the light tapering off as you venture further into the woods. The ink flows wonderfully and goes down on the page wet, but drys very quickly. No bleeding on Rhodia paper unless pushed to the limit with flex or multiple passes. Unfortunately, this ink has zero water resistance properties and is easily washed away with brief exposure. Overall, this is a very nice shade of green that I happily recommend if you can get your hands on a bottle.


Sailor Kingdom Note Tanna Japonensis


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  • Ted

    October 12, 2014 at 4:51 am | Reply

    A beautiful ink. Reminds me of my Epinard.

  • Mike

    October 13, 2014 at 3:10 am | Reply

    Ugh, every time I see one of these limited edition inks from Sailor I want every Sailor ink. Great review (as always).

  • Robert

    October 16, 2014 at 7:59 am | Reply

    Again, the color is not quite my cup of tea, but you photography and the review are wonderful!

  • Amanda

    October 25, 2014 at 10:28 pm | Reply

    I have a few bottles of this ink in my ebay watch list. Not gonna lie, I’m totally just obsessed with the bottle, and a few of the ink colors. 🙂 Thanks for the great review!

  • Peter Buergin-Witt

    November 14, 2014 at 11:49 pm | Reply

    Hello! wonderful review of an ink that probably will remain a rarity in North America… A friend recently sent me a sample of Stipula “Musk Green” and I fell in love with it – this seems in the same vein of color and shading, though perhaps not comparable in other qualities, especially packaging! “Musk Green” shows a little bit of water resistance. Also: admirable penmanship!

    • Adam (inklode)

      November 15, 2014 at 12:26 am | Reply

      Thank you for your kind comments. I’m a huge fan of the Sailor exclusive inks, so I hope to be able to review more in the future. I have not yet tried the Stipula Musk Green, I’ll be sure to add it to my list of inks to try out, thanks!

      • Mike

        November 15, 2014 at 12:32 am | Reply

        Oh yeah, Musk Green is really good. It’s lighter than this one, but it’s an ink that I had to force myself to stop using (only so that I could review other inks in that pen).

        • Peter Buergin-Witt

          November 25, 2014 at 7:19 pm | Reply


  • Charles Skinner

    February 16, 2017 at 3:59 am | Reply

    How does a “home boy” in the United States buy this ink?

    • Adam (Inklode)

      February 20, 2017 at 8:45 am | Reply

      Charles– I’m not sure if Kingdom Note is willing to ship to the US, but if you have a friend who can speak Japanese, it might be worth it to contact them and see. Barring that, you could use a package forwarding service like White Rabbit. I know a lot of people have been happy with their service. For reference, HERE is the product page (bottle is different as they’ve discontinued the previous special edition ink bottles). I hope this helps!

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