"If someone were to bring up the topic of Japanese antiques, what images would
come to your mind? Kimono? Swords? Armor? Possibly netsuke? A few might
even know what an inro is. How about the yatate? I have conducted
informal surveys among my Japanese acquaintances (I live in Tokyo), and was
surprised that the average Japanese does not even know what a yatate is!
A yatate (pronounced yah-tah-teh) is a Japanese portable
writing set. The yatate has been around since the Kamakura period
(1185-1333). It contains a traditional Japanese bamboo brush and an
inkwell filled with cotton that has been soaked in liquid sumi
Yatate literally means "arrow stand."
"The Japanese Yatate"
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