Sakura pencil

sakura pencils from japan

Time to upgrade your desk! After the magic sakura tree you might already have the Japanese spring in your office or home all year long, buy hey, why not do more? A sakura pencil is a great addition to any desk and it makes cherry blossom petals fall all year round.

Photo credits: Hiroaki Doi 

The sakura pencil is a great design from Hiroaki Doi, who designed this product for the stationary company Sun-Star back in 2015. His motivation for this special design of a pencil:

These pencils reflect the ephermal nature of sakura trees. Just like the revered trees the pencil had a short lifespan, in which they bloom and leave their mark, before fleeting away with the wind… 

If you sharpen the sakura pencil, it releases shaving which are very similar to cherry blossom petals. Seriously, why aren’t these in stationary shops worldwide… (deep sigh).

sakura pencil japan, cherry blossom pencil

Photo credits: Hiroaki Doi 

Sakura pencil design and creation

Apparently it was quite a challenge to create these strangely shaped pencils. While ordinary pencils are shaped into a hexagonal, these pencils needed to bend slightly inwards between the corners to create the petals. And to create this shape without crushing the graphite was not easy. A decades-old factory in Tokyo took up the challenge to create this special sakura pencil, and they came through.

Where to buy sakura pencils

Where can you buy these beautiful pencils which give you a feeling of eternal Japanese spring? The pencils are available for 394 yen (around 4 dollar) per pencil.  This might seem like a steep price for one pencil, but they are beautifully packaged and well, they’re cherry blossom pencils! You can buy the sakura pencils on Sun-star-st.

Would you like to see more Japanese design and amazing products? Vist my design-page and see functional and crazy items from my favorite country.

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