Find your own personal calligraphy brush at Kousetsuken – the definitive Kyoto brush maker.
Established in Japan’s Edo Period, Kousetsuken have been the cherished brush maker of celebrated Kyoto writers and literary masters for over 150 years.
The brushes used at famous Kyoto temples, such as Sanjusangendo and Ryōan-ji Temple, for their seal books are from Kousetsuken as well.
The high-quality brushes that fill the shelves of Kousetsuken are each handcrafted by skilled brush makers. The innumerable types of brushes are all masterpieces made with real animal fur and of specific sizes and shapes.
In Japan, when one hears the word brush, usually the first thing to come to mind is calligraphy. However, at Kousetsuken, you can purchase brushes for not only calligraphy and ink painting but stencil making, watercolour, and acrylic painting as well.
Also, the brushes here are a steal compared to those sold at art supply stores.
For those overwhelmed by the selection, Kousetsuken lets you test out brushes in water so each and every customer can find their perfect brush. For those who speak Japanese, owner Nagaoka also offers advice for choosing the right brush as well.
Kousetsuken may look expensive at first glance, but when inside you’ll find a store that, even if you’re a newcomer, introduces you to how fun brushes can be.
When you’re out shopping around Kyoto, make sure to have Kousetsuken on your list.