Japan has a rich appreciation for flowers like sakura (cherry blossoms) and kiku (chrysanthemums), which are practically national symbols. Deeply ingrained in the culture as part of the country’s appreciation for the 4 seasons, Japan even has a language of flowers (花言葉) that associates different emotions with plants. Now, a Japanese designer has adopted 5 of the most symbolic flowers and turned them into a set of colored pencils, recreating each color but also the shape of the flower.
Designed by Toshihiro Otomo and produced by Trinus, hanairo enpitsu (literally, flower-colored-pencils) are a set of 5 pencils that are shaped and colored like 5 of Japan’s traditional flowers and leaves. When sharpened, the shavings mimic the flower petals as they gently fall to the ground. The adorable cross sections – bellflower, evergreen, dandelion, plum and cherry – also make them easy to grip.
They’re available in the Spoon & Tamago shop.
And just in time for winter, a snowflake-themed set of colored pencils was also just released. When sharpened, the accumulated shavings mimic the shape of snowflakes. The 3 colors – white, silver and gold – are mixed with small particles that glisten and shine.
These are also available in the Spoon & Tamago shop.