Photo Album: 2004 Pen Trading Show in Tokyo
Photos by Russ Stutler
Tokyo has two fountain pen shows featuring vintage pens each year. One is the event sponsored by the club "Fuente" in October, and the other is the "Pen Trading Show in Tokyo" and is sponsored by the Pen Collectors of Japan. This is held every March in a building near Shirokanedai station. This year's Show was held from March 20 to March 21.
This year I went on the second day instead of the first, which was probably a mistake. Many of the pens had already been bought, and the crowd was thinner. A comparison with Eizo Fujji's photos of the same event on his Eurobox Web site will bear this out. Also I missed out on meeting Pentracer David Thompson. The next day several people asked me if I knew this huge foreigner who apparently lives in Tokyo and loves pens. I did meet Pentracer Lou Caccamo, and snapped his photo.
Although the goodies were not as plentiful as the first day, I bought 12 pens, all new old stock eyedropper pens, plus 6 more journals, made exclusively for the Pen Collectors of Japan, and illustrated by artist and pen collector Mr. Furuyama (pictured below). There was also free coffee, tea and senbei (rice crackers -- hey, this is Japan after all!), and lots of good conversation. There were probably no more than 20 people in the room at any given time, but this is still the big event in the small pen collecting community in Japan.
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