The Fall weather does not seem any unusual time for Ms. Yoko Namiki browsing for daily items along Orchard Road to replenish her new home in Singapore. As a housewife who had just followed her husband’s new posting as a visiting teaching staff in the local university; everything starts new and fresh.
Along the mall walkways, a wide opened book caught her eyes, something warm and familiar. It was not so much the theme of the book but a portrait illustrated on the book – a picture similar to one she had at her home in Japan since she was small.
It was a pen shop, Elephant & Coral, with so many maki-e pens and other unique items decorated at the carefully decorated front window. The book was Namiki ~The Art of Japanese Lacquer Pens by Julia Hutt & Stephen Overbury.
As she asked within the boutique more about the book, she realized that it was a book written about the history and tradition of Namiki fountain pens. The portrait in the book, Mr. Ryosuke Namiki, the late founder of Namiki Manufacturing Co.Ltd., was her grandfather!
Though, her grandfather had sold the company many years ago, it never ceased to excite her so much as having a book that honours the wisdom and vision of such beautiful pens!
Ms. Yoko Namiki bought the book for S$380 and she was excited to show her husband and relatives back home in Japan. The autumn rain in tropical Singapore follows the day Ms. Yoko left the shop.
7 months later, Ms. Yoko returned to Elephant & Coral. Apparently, she was gracious and glad to share with everyone a photo she had taken with all her relatives, with the book she had purchased, at the shrine of the late Mr. Ryosuke Namiki during the memorial day of her grandfather.
As a form of remembrance of this chance encounter at Elephant & Coral, Ms. Yoko Namiki, gives a Japanese ceramic cup as a gift to Elephant & Coral with good blessings. She also autographed against the portrait of his grandfather, the late Mr. Ryosuke Namiki, Founder of Namiki Manufacturing Co. Ltd, “His Grandchild ~Yoko Namiki Oct.4.2000”