“Turning Japanese, I think I’m turning Japanese, I really think so.” This lyric from the one-hit wonder Turning Japanese by the English band The Vapors keeps going through my head lately.
I may not be turning Japanese, but my calligraphy and fountain pen collection may be. I have been using Pilot’s gel pens for years and recently I started using their fountain pens from the Metropolitan Retro Pop collection.
Then, for my birthday this year, my daughter gave me four Pilot Parallel calligraphy pens to which I also added a Pilot Plumix Fountain Pen with a medium italic nib. I hadn’t done calligraphy since I was a teen, but the Pilot pens make it easy and enjoyable to get back into it again without too much trouble. I was never really good at calligraphy as a teen and I don’t know if I’ll ever really get the hang of it now at my age, but I’m going to try.
I also added a brush pen to my collection. It’s made by another Japanese company: Pentel. I’d like to try to learn to use a brush pen in my calligraphy practice too. The only problem with the pen is that the ink does tend to smear even after it has dried. I just have to learn to be careful.