Bungubox Hatsuyume Aofuji
This airy, vibrant turquoise is a little ray of sunshine in a bottle!
Bungubox Hatsuyume Aofuji is a pop-off-the-page vibrant turquoise inspired by clear skies above Mt Fuji! The color exudes energy and optimism, which makes sense for a color that was originally released in celebration of the new year.
Aofuji is available in the new Bungubox 30ml bottle, a sort of rounded triangular glass bottle with a graceful divet in the bottom that makes it easy to fill your pen when the ink level starts to get low. Bungubox did a wonderful job of incorporating that practical feature into a lovely design and all those graceful swooping lines really show off the thick, high-quality glass. The cap is translucent so you can see a little bit of the ink color showing though! This review was done with a Sailor ProGear F, a Pilot Custom 74 B, and on Rhodia blank No.18 paper.
In Japanese culture, the word “hatsuyume” refers to the first dream a person has in the New Year. That dream is supposed to set to tone for their year, and a dream about Mt. Fuji signifies a year of good luck! It’s no wonder then, that Hatsuyume Aofuji is such a happy shade of blue! It’s more vibrant than many other shades of turquoise, which makes it a positively brilliant color for a rainy day. The ink showed a good range of shades in both a fine and a broad nib, starting as a clear and confidant sky blue before moving into rich azure and, finally, a bold cerulean.
Unsurprisingly, Bungubox Hatsuyume Aofuji was a very well-behaved ink. The ink had good flow with no feathering or bleedthrough on Rhodia paper. Dry times were great at 15 to 25 seconds. I didn’t notice much sheen coming off the page, but it did leave a lovely halo effect in areas where the ink pooled more heavily! Water caused the ink to smudge and fade, but the letters were still semi-legible afterwards and it was very easy to clean up.
Bungubox Hatsuyume Aofuji is an extremely pure turquoise. The color has a little bit of green, but not much, and its incredible vibrance makes it really stand out on a page. It’s lighter than many turquoise inks, but Aofuji is still highly legible and would be perfectly acceptable in most work environments. That lightness adds a sense of airiness to the color that really ties in with its name. This year is still young, so grab a bottle of this optimistic ink and start manifesting good luck!
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