Japanese nibs: Japanese Fountain Pens | Nibs

Japanese Fountain Pens | Nibs

Japanese fountain pens have become internationally known for combining style, value, and exceptional writing qualities. While those new to the world of quality fountain pens may be more familiar with European names such as Montblanc or Pelikan, or with classic American legacy companies such as Parker and Waterman, Japanese pen manufacturers, many in business for a hundred years or more, have along established themselves as every bit the equal of their overseas counterparts.

This attention to quality begins with the nib. With a centuries-long tradition of calligraphy and scribal art, Japanese manufacturers pay particular attention to the nib as the most important element of any fountain pen. And while almost all European manufacturers now source their nibs from outside their own company, the Japanese brands we carry -Nakaya, Platinum, Pilot-Namiki, and Sailor – all take pride in the in-house creation of their solid gold nibs.

Nakaya Portable in Shu

Pens produced include affordable entry-level models such as the Platinum 3776, Sailor Sapporo and 1911 Mid-Size, and Pilot Custom 74, Falcon Resin, and Stargazer series pens. Dependable mid-line series pens, featuring larger sizes and sometimes greater ink capacities, include the Platinum President, Sailor Pro Gear and 1911 Full-Size, and Pilot Metal Falcon. Beyond this point, precious materials and hand-painted finishes begin to take precedence. Nakaya’s extraordinary hand-finished Urushi pens are made from durable hand-turned ebonite hard rubber – offerings range from solid colors to layered tame-nuri finishes to intricate Maki-e designs. Utilizing artisanal production techniques and available through only a handful of retailers worldwide, these Nakaya fountain pens offer tremendous value, as well as an exceptional focus on combining unique design with superb writing qualities.

Sailor Pro Gear in Black with Gold Trim

Urushi painting and Maki-e designs are also available in the Platinum Maki-e, Namiki Yukari, Yukari Royale, and Emperor series pens, as well as in Sailor’s Limited Edition and King of Pen series writing instruments. Urushi and Maki-e are also the main focus of California-based Danitrio, a unique fusion of Asian, American, and European influences – Danitrio pens are designed in America, hand-finished in Japan, and feature high-quality European nibs.

Danitrio Genkai Bats by Hironobu

Innovation and excellence in Japanese pen manufacturing produces everything from the Pilot Vanishing Point, which matches the ease of ballpoint pens by featuring a one-click retractable nib unit, to Nakaya’s natural wood Briarwood pens, to Sailor’s extraordinary specialty nibs, which emulate the brush strokes of Japanese calligraphy through unique hand-crafted 21k nib units which can be seen as works of art in their own right.

Platinum Maki-e President

Whether you’re looking for an everyday writing instrument, an exceptional gift item, or an elaborate hand-painted Maki-e pen, the Japanese brands we carry offer a wide variety of choices. And when you purchase from us here at nibs.com, you know that the pen you receive will not just be beautiful to look at, but will also be tested and tuned and ready to provide you with the best writing experience possible.

Pilot Custom 74 in Blue Tint

Feel free to browse our product pages, where you will find in-depth information and images for the many Japanese fountain pens we carry.

When you’re ready to order, you can order online, call us,  or order by e-mail. If you still have questions, or would simply like to be guided through the process of choosing a pen, just contact us by e-mail at [email protected] or by phone at (323) 655-2641. We’ll be looking forward to hearing from you…

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Fountain Pen Nib Size & Replacement Guide

Every fountain pen uses a nib to write with and it is made up of three parts which are the nib, ink feed, and the nib housing. When these three parts are assembled, they are fitted to the bottom end of the pen in what’s known as the nib section.

Many fountain pen nib units are manufacturer specific and cannot be interchanged with other manufacturers fountain pens. However, there are some nib manufacturers whose nibs are interchangeable with different makes of fountain pens. In this guide, we will cover all the main manufacturer’s nibs and nib sizes as well as how to replace the nibs.

1. Nib Manufacturers

In the early days, a lot of the fountain pen brands made their own nibs in house but today that is not the case. The two powerhouses in nib manufacturing are Japan and Germany. Other countries do make nibs such as France and India and it could be argued that China could be considered a powerhouse purely from a volume of manufactured nibs’ point of view.

1.1. Japanese Nib Manufacturers

The three main Japanese companies that manufacture nibs are Pilot, Platinum, and Sailor. Although there may are some smaller independent companies such as Nakaya whose craftsmen all previously worked for Platinum.

The Japanese nibs are made in house by each brand which makes them have different characteristics than other brands. It is worth noting that a Japanese medium & broad nib line width is roughly equivalent to a western nib. However, a fine and extra-fine are narrower by about one size. So, a Japanese fine nib line width is more closely related to a western extra fine and their extra-fine nib is a size down from that.


German Nib Manufacturers

This is where nib manufacturing starts to get interesting like Japan there are German pen brands that make their own fountain pen nibs in house such as Lamy and Pelikan. However, there are two main specialist nib manufacturers who produce nibs that are a standardized size that is used by many different pen brands. Although they also produce custom sizes as well.

These are Bock and Jowo and are usually known as #5 and #6 nibs. Bock uses a three-digit code to denote size. 250 is their standard size which is equivalent to a Jowo #6 and 180 is their standard size which is equivalent to a Jowo #5. Generally speaking, it is possible if the fountain pen has a friction fit nib then you can swap #5 nibs with other #5 nibs and #6 nibs with other #6 nibs. However, you cannot swap a #5 nib with a #6 nib or vice versa as a #5 nib and feed is a lot slimmer and shorter than a #6 nib.

There is one caveat here “generally speaking” there are some nibs that cannot be swapped even if they are both a #5 or a #6. You can permanently damage your fountain pen if you get it wrong our advice would be to do an internet search for how to swap the nib on your brand and model of pen. Then search a forum such as The Fountain Pen Network. If you cannot find the answer, then ask a question on the Fountain Pen Network and somebody will be able to help you. Alternatively, you can ask a question on the fountain pen sub edit r/fountainpens.

Speaking of Reddit there is a very good subreddit on swapping Jowo #6 nibs that is well worth taking a look at.

2. Chinese Nibs

The fun really starts when it comes to Chinese fountain pen nibs it is a minefield trying to determine who the manufacturer of a nib on most Chinese fountain pens really is. When you throw into the mix that when some German nib manufacturers went out of business their equipment was bought up by Asian companies. So, you will find some Chinese nibs stamped with Iridium point Germany as they have not changed the dies and lets face it it’s not bad from a marketing point of view even though the nib has never seen Germany in its life.

On the plus side #5 nibs are quite common on Chinese pens and usually can be swapped out for a different no 5 nib. However, you will need to do some research first before trying to swap a nib as not every #5 nib will work in every #5 nib pen.

An example of this is a Delike fountain pen nib uses a number 5 nib but the nib is shorter and slimmer so the feed would not work properly if you swapped out the nib. Another example is the Wing Sung 659 & 698 can take a number 5 nib but it is Pilot style nib and feed, so it is not compatible with Bock & Jowo #5 Nibs.

There are also some Chinese pens that take a #6 nib The Jinaho X750 is a very popular inexpensive Chinese fountain pen with a #6 nib. This is often swapped for a German Bock or Jowo replacement nib. Also, a lot of people swap the nib for a Japanese Zebra G Super Flex steel nib which is also a #6 nib and only costs a few dollars.

3. Replacing a Fountain Pen Nib

So how do you replace a fountain pen nib and fit something different to it. Before you go diving in a quick disclaimer removing a fountain pen nib can permanently damage your nib and pen. If you choose to do so it as at your own risk and I cannot be held responsible.

My advice would be to practice on cheaper Chinese fountain pens first and if in any doubt don’t try it out on more expensive pens. Now that’s out of the way nearly all fountain pen nibs can be removed and replaced.

It may be a few years old but Kevin over at Fountain Pen Revolution does a good job of showing how to replace a nib and feed in this video.

3.1. Friction Nibs

You may have already seen people on YouTube simply pulling the nib and feed out of the end of the pen. These are what’s known as friction fit and the best type for swapping your own nib but there are other types that we will go into more detail.

Things to bear in mind is when replacing friction fit nib and feed is that the nib housing may have a small locating groove cut into it so you will need to make sure that the feed is sat in the center of the nib and orientated correctly so that its locating lug will fit in the locating groove of the feed.

It sounds complicated but isn’t too bad when you have the nib and feed out of the nib housing. Hold the nib housing up to the light and you will see if there is a locating groove cut into the wall of the housing.

3.2. Threaded Nibs

Some fountain pens such as Kaweco have a nib and feed that it is pre-assembled in a housing with a threaded end that screws into the barrel. With these types of pens, it is best to swap the complete nib unit as you may not be able to take it further apart without damaging it.

Japanese hat-maker turned pen nib leader ponders its next chapter

HAMAMATSU, Japan — Teibow, a Japanese manufacturer of marker nibs, has a history of diversification. And although the company has built up a commanding presence in the writing instruments business, it is on the lookout for new ways to leverage its molding and polishing technologies.

Teibow made roughly 2,500 varieties of pen tips in 2013.

     The company, headquartered in the Shizuoka Prefecture city of Hamamatsu, controls more than 50% of the global marker nib market. This year, it expects to turn out 4.5 billion tips, which it supplies to major pen producers. Its nibs for felt-tipped pens, highlighters and markers use capillary action — meaning the ink permeates spaces between fibers, regardless of gravity and the angle at which the pen is held.

     Every month, Teibow develops 300 prototypes. Dozens are turned into new products.

     Yet Teibow did not start out making parts for writing tools. It was founded in 1896, under the name Teikoku Seibo, as a maker of high-quality men’s hats. At the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, Japanese athletes wore its products. As hats became less of a fashion staple over the years, however, the company shifted its focus to pen tips, which just happened to require the same material as its hats — felt.  

     Teibow was the world’s first company to launch mass production of acrylic and plastic pen tips. It scored a hit with a plastic tip for a pen with an extremely fine point.

     President Kenji Takahara, who took the post in 2011 after working for Toyota Motor, said Teibow’s early start in producing acrylic pen tips — roughly four decades ahead of rivals — has allowed it to dominate the global market. Its active pursuit of patents in various countries, and development cooperation with customers, have helped as well. 

     The company did stumble due to a failed investment in real estate by a member of the owning family. This made a significant dent in Teibow’s bottom line. In 2006, Goldman Sachs Group bought a stake in the company. And in 2010, Teibow ended up under the control of investment fund Wise Partners and the Development Bank of Japan; both are now major shareholders.

     Still, demand for pen nibs is expected to remain robust, especially in emerging markets. Teibow also aims to continue its tradition of branching out, since the nib business accounts for roughly 80% of sales. It is pinning hopes on its cosmetics and metal component processing operations, both of which use technology from pen nib production.

Are Modern Japanese Flex Nibs Created Equal?

Japanese pens are known not only for extra-fine nibs but also for variety. There aren’t many flexible nibs manufactured in the west so if flex sounds interesting, here are a few options.

The pen most often mentioned at online communities is the Namiki Falcon made by Pilot. It comes in three nib sizes, soft fine (SF), soft medium (SM), and soft broad (SB) and is readily available in the U.S. The Pilot Custom 742 Falcon (FA) is more flexible but can have an erratic flow resulting in inconsistent flex writing. The Platinum #3776 Century comes in several nib sizes including a fine flexible (FF) model that is easily the most narrow nib of the lot.

Three Japanese Flex Nibs

The flex nib pens in my collection have had enough use to be all they can be except the Platinum Century. It will need more time in my hand to reach its full potential. With a light touch it shouldn’t change dramatically through it should get a little softer. With a heavier hand, the nib would flex a bit more. Since I have the other pens, I’m inclined to let the Century remain the pen with less flex and a finer line.

Japanese Flexible Nibs Writing Sample

The inks are Iroshizuku fuyu-syogun, Diamine China Blue, Diamine Violet, and Noodler’s Black Swan in Australian Roses. None of the colors are particularly accurate but the relative line widths are portrayed well except the Century. That one can make even finer lines than depicted but that takes a bit of practice and control.

Each of the nibs has its positive attributes. Though the line widths appear quite similar, there are some differences. The degree of softness or flexibility dictates the amount of pressure needed to achieve the widest line. The Century requires the most effort and the 742FA the least. For those who prefer extra-fine to fine nibs, the Century is more than capable of filling that niche. The Namiki falls somewhere between the two. It will never be as soft as the 742FA and it is quite rigid when new. Give it time and it will soften producing nice variation.

Again, I will attach a caveat to the Pilot Custom 742FA. While the build quality is very good and the nib well-suited to flex writing, the flow cannot keep up. I doubt this is an issue with other 742 nib models but the Falcon nib needs a more consistent flow. Even after a professional adjustment, my 742 requires slow writing to avoid unfilled spaces. The problem might be the converter. It needs frequent priming as in twisting the knob to push the ink closer to the feed. The nib deposits so much ink when asked to fully flex, that priming must be done all too often. Pilot makes two other converter models, but in my tests these produced no improvement in performance.

Leigh Reyes thinks Pilot should offer the 742FA as an eyedropper so there would be no flow restriction. Another benefit is that it would maximize the amount of ink per fill. That might be the best solution though my Waterman 54 Pink Nib, one of the best flex nibs ever made, is a lever-filler without flow problems. Converters are convenient but not suited to all situations.

Using flex nibs requires some adjustment to achieve good results. Writing slowly and applying more or less pressure correctly is key. Upstroke = no pressure. Downstroke = more pressure. Practice up-down strokes with /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\. Many pens that aren’t flex will produce a bit of flair with that sort of exercise. Try it with your signature once you’ve gotten the way of it.

Should you become totally enamored with flex writing, vintage fountain pens will become a necessity. There just is no modern nib that compares unless you get it modified by a nibmeister. Oh, and there are many dip nibs that flex beautifully but that’s another subject entirely.

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The most popular vintage nibs weren’t much different from the nibs made today—steel, sometimes gold-plated, rigid, in fine or medium. Specialty nibs, however, were easier to find back when fountain pens were the standard pen, and some of these nibs require some explanation.

Extra-fine nibs:
Extra fine nibs were made, but “extra fine” was not a common designation. Instead, “fine” nibs covered a wide range, from extra-fine to medium, depending on the manufacturer and sometimes it seems the individual nib. Of course, today, “fine” doesn’t mean the same thing in a Japanese-made nib as it does in a German-made nib, so this variability isn’t unique to vintage pens.

Stub and italic nibs:
Rare in vintage pens as today, these nibs provide some line variation for everyday writing—they are less wide than nibs used for calligraphy.

Spoon-tip nibs:
Some nibs were given spoon-shaped writing surfaces rather than using tipping material, such as iridium. This was especially common during the Depression to make pens more affordable. Spoon nibs can be very nice, smooth writers, but they have a smaller “sweet spot” than regular tipped nibs—it’s easier to angle or rotate the pen enough to become scratchy or to result in poor ink flow.

Gold and silver nibs:
Nibs made in solid gold (usually 14K) and palladium silver were more common in the past. They usually have a “softness” their feel on the page even when they are rigid rather than flex nibs.

Flex nibs:
They don’t make flex nibs like they used to—they can’t. Flex nibs today are far more stiff than they once were, and it seems like the technique of making vintage-level flex nibs has been lost. Today, you can get steel flex nibs that are fun, but aren’t really like vintage flex nibs, or you can get expensive ($100+) gold flex nibs which still only approximate vintage flex. For this reason solid-gold vintage flex and semi-flex nibs are valuable and sought-after.
Writing with a flex nib requires some practice. Pressing down gently produces line variation as the tines spread, but the nib should only be flexed on the down stroke, and should not be flexed to its full breadth in regular writing, else risking that the nib be sprung. Getting flex nibs to write well may also require the right ink and paper. Ink that’s too dry won’t keep up with the flow rate demanded by a flexed flex nib, resulting in railroading, but a wet ink may lay down so much ink through a flex nib that it causes writing to feather and show through even high-quality paper. I test flex nibs with a variety of inks and papers, and when I list a pen as having a flex or semi-flex nib, you can expect that—unless otherwise noted—I have adjusted the flow to produce good flex writing on high-quality paper with a range of inks. Nonetheless, you may still need to experiment with different inks and papers to find the write match for the pen and how it performs in your hand.

Oblique nibs:
These nibs are cut at an angle to accommodate writers who prefer to rotate their pens a bit—often, left-handed writers. Richard Binder has a nice explanation with great diagrams, so I’ll just refer you there.

comic tools

“Those Japanese Nibs”

Liz Baillie & Matt Bernier both mentioned these nibs in their surveys, and I’ve been eyeing Liz’s nibs everytime we get together & are drawing, because they’re really eye catching (read: shiny) and nifty looking. So I did a little investigating. I stopped by New York Central, (which, to my knowledge, is the only place to get them in person) and asked for the Japanese pen nibs. You have to ask, because the display is kept in a side room. Ask for Joe Flood, he makes comics and knows what you need. The sign on the display says, “Manga Comic Pro,” and they’ll be in the package in the picture above. They’re about $5 a package for three nibs, mostly. The T-99 mapping pen was two to a pack for the same price, I recommend getting the little holder with it, because unlike the cheap Speedball Hunt pen holder, there’s a little metal deal that sticks out into the nib & holds the pen from the inside, instead of surrounding it on the outside. It’s the blueish thing in the picture here:

From left to right, the nibs are the T-99, the T-3, and the NG-3. The pens are divided into two types, Nikko & Tachikawa, and I have no idea for sure what the difference is. If anyone does, please comment & correct me, I’m dying to know. The best I can tell is that they’re brand differences, but the packaging is absolutely identical except for the logo:

So I’m absolutely confused. They look pretty much like the exact same thing, and are packaged almost exactly alike down to the same fonts, but they’re completely different companies? Google turned up Wet Paint, which sells G pens by Nikko, Tachikawa & Zebra, and you can get Deleter G pens (from the source) which Liz tells me are pretty much the same thing.

Anyhow, I got home, broke out my old Hunt nibs & some W&N creepy spider guy india ink, and tested how well they each worked for lettering, crosshatching, and sketching. Each one was done freehand, not tracing, and this is how each one turned out.

All I really have to say is that if the bunny I drew with the Hunt 102 were real, it would be the bunny kids point to and ask, “Mommy, what’s wrong with that bunny?” I officially hate the 102 nib. I don’t even think the 102 ever got much use back when I still used my nibs, so I’d hope that maybe I got one of the busted ones or something. About 4 years have passed while the box was sealed & left alone in a drawer, so age could be a factor, but the one I used the most often was the 513, (which I believe Alec Longstreth mentioned in his post) so that one ought to have had the most wear. I’m not that great with nibs, I’ve been using brushes for years now, so if anyone with more practice wants to have a go, I’d be glad to see what other people can do. Anyhow, I hope this was remotely interesting/educational for someone.

Mike It Work – Nib Repair and Adjustment

Mike It Work – Nib Repair and Adjustment

Mike It

Nib Repair and Adjustment

Welcome to Mike It Work!

I am proud to offer my nib repair and adjustment services to all fountain pen lovers. I have 23 years of experience with Sailor. I have been blessed with the opportunity to work extensively with “the god of fountain pens” Mr. Nagahara and his son. I learned from them the various subtle causes for a pen to lose its true smooth writing. As for the nib adjustment techniques, I learned directly from one of the most respected Japanese “pen-doctors,” Mr. Kawaguchi. In recent years, I have worked as a distributor for companies such as Ancora, Conway Stewart, Sailor, and Stipula. I have extensive experience making repairs and adjustments for any brand fountain pens both modern and vintage, especially those by the aforementioned companies and also those by Conklin, Delta, Ferrari da Varese, Platinum, and Visconti. I hope that my experiences and skills with fountain pens will be able to benefit you.

General Adjustment

Adjust the nib, tines, and feeder, and fix the pen point so as to bring out the pen’s true potential. Any adjustment will require a combination of the above. An estimate will be provided if more extensive work than described is deemed necessary.

Nib Modification

Grind down

Grind existing point down to any desired point size: B to M, Medium Fine, F, Extra Fine.


Grind existing 3B, 2B, B, or M point to square shape point for great line variation with great smoothness for daily use.


Oblique (left-footed, right-footed), cursive, or formal. Grind existing 3B, 2B, B, M, or F point to square point with sharper edge for crispy line variation.


Rounded Nose Cursive Italic – this is an extreme version of cursive italic. Requires starting from M or B. Often produces 0.5mm wide up/down stroke with fair amount of line variation. Consider this as a very forgiving Fine Italic point.

Special Grind

Japanese Fine (0.3mm), Japanese Extra Fine/Needlepoint (0.2mm), Architect/Hebrew point, Naginata-Togi point (requires at least B), Saibi-Togi point (requires M or B). Adding flex – normally needlepoint + added flex for Spencerian script writing (14kt gold nibs only).

Other services

Ink bladder replacement for lever, button, Vacumatic filler pens.

Price Guide

Service Price
Non-refundable service charge* $20/batch ($10 for local dropoff + pickup)
Shipping insurance Available separately
General adjustment $30
Straightening $40~ (quote upon examination)
Nib modification $40 ($50~70 for “special grinds”)

NOTE: Please limit single orders to a maximum of five pens. Additional pens can be sent as a new order after the first batch is returned.

Customers have had good results shipping their pens to Mike-It-Work with USPS Priority Mail with Signature Confirmation. For valuable pens, please consider insurance. If sending by FedEx or UPS, please send as “Signature Required” – Mike-It-Work is run out of a private home, but I cannot guarantee boxes that are left at my door during my absence.

Payment: Paypal request will be sent once the work has been completed. If you prefer not to use online payment for security reasons, sending a check/postal money order in mail is accepted. Do not send a check with your order – please wait until the total amount is finalized.

Contact Information:

*Please drop me an email before sending in any pens to avoid your package being left outside. There are times that I am not here to receive the package.

Michael Masuyama
12012 Rose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90066
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90,000 Crane feathers. Japanese folk tales

Of course, Japanese fairy tales, like those of other peoples of the world, primarily glorify good deeds and ingenuity. Most of them tell about conscientious and hard-working people, for which they are often awarded with the spirits of the forest and other forces. So, little Wakamitsu, thanks to his loving sister Sekihime, more than once defeated the envious Jiro, the son of a rich man. And after all the competitions, he received a magical gift from Tengu (Japanese goblin).

These tales condemn greed, cowardice and stupidity. That only is the classic Japanese story about a turtle and a monkey. When the latter, in order to avoid inevitable death, wove the first about leaving her liver to dry on a branch.

But at the same time, there is much that is beautiful and unusual in these stories. One might even say alien to our perception. For example, the fairy tales “The Fire Tarot”, “The Nightingale’s House” and “The Wanderings of Young Yurivak” are not only rooted in the past, but familiarize readers with the customs and oddities of Japanese traditions. They allow you to learn about the peculiarities of the holidays and the exclusivity of Japanese morality and wisdom.

But at the same time, some plots have something in common with European ones. So, the tale about Yurivak, according to some literary scholars, is similar to the well-known story about the Greek Ulysses.

Separately, it is worth noting the design of the book, which in this case is akin to art. Some pages are painted in shoji style (Japanese latticework sliding dividers), others imitate rice paper patterns.But most importantly, the collection contains prints from the Edo period (1603–1868). And the readers had the opportunity, albeit fluently, to get acquainted with the works of the masters: Harunobu Suzuki, Utamaro Katagawa, Sharaku Tosyusai and others. All this, taken together, makes it possible not only to read fairy tales, but also to see the past Japanese life of approximately those times to which the fairy tales relate. I think this book will beautify any library.

90,000 Flexible nib from Japan – penmania.ru

This experiment-study began with a seemingly simple question from PenMania readers, which I periodically received: “You write about vintage pens with flexible nibs, it’s very interesting to try, but the prices for these pens are not encouraging. Maybe there is a lower cost option? Where? Where to run?”

Yes, I agree, the prices for vintage feathers, with a flexible nib, and not with a flexible one either, go up with a confident pace. Either there are fewer pens, or more and more interest in them.So the price followed the interest, but everyone strives to climb the hill.

Where can you find an inexpensive flexible pen? Variants with Noodler’s flex are considered and their Indian variation is also. A good nib is installed there, but still – it is different from the vintage flex …

Well, let’s look …

A recent story with an obscure Sailor suggested turning the search locator beam from West to East. In general, I haven’t heard much about flexible nibs from Japan (modern Pilot Falcon and Elabo do not count, there are interesting nibs, but they write in a modern way, vintage nibs are more interesting).Anyway, buying a separate pen for a pen is not a trivial task. For “Chinese” on ebay are available. Feathers from Germany can also be found on ebay or specialized sites. But all this is not that: ordinary modern harsh feathers.

And then somehow in Japan I discovered a bunch of Japanese feathers. And really a bunch, that is, the feathers are different, without a description, clearly vintage. Even in a box of obvious vintage shapes and designs, probably from the 1930s.

I apologize to the reader, the photo of the “handful” and the box will be published later, here.

The box has arrived. Began to consider – wow, but the feathers are unused, new (NOS, of course)! The letters are very different in nature. And some of them are flexible !!!

I am trying to install on the handles I have. And – nothing happens 🙁

That is, the pen is installed, yes, I fill the pen with ink, but the pen does not write. More precisely, he writes, but not for long, literally one or two lines, and, often, writes only if you touch the paper with a pen very lightly … And when you press (lightly), the line is interrupted.

In general, I fiddled with these nibs a lot, combining nibs and pens, modifying the feeders … Something happened. Here’s what happened, and I will tell you a little.

Mumbai Ebonite flex

The body was taken from an unnamed Indian-made pouring handle, made of ebonite, and, what is important, with an ebony feeder. And installed a Japanese vintage nib called Platon.

What kind of Platon company, there is practically no information, somewhere I saw that yes, there was such a company in Japan, it produced feathers that were quite decent for those times.And that’s it!

Well, okay, there is no information, but there is a pen. And the pen turned out to be quite flexible, even unexpectedly.

I could not help but record a video of how it writes.

And about the peculiarities of the pen and writing with such a pen

(and other found “masterpieces”) – later, next week. Come on in!

90,000 Crane feathers, based on a Japanese fairy tale – theater in Ulyanovsk

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An old man and an old woman lived in a mountain village. They had no children. One day the old man went for brushwood and saw a crane caught in the snare. He freed the bird and a real miracle came to the old people’s house.

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The fairy sings, and in the cloudy spheres
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Cymbal and sweet-sounding silver flutes merge in harmony.
And the song flies from the sky, shining with purple
Just like the western slope of Someiro,
When it is colored by the rays of the setting sun,
while the azure waves
Waste the pine-covered shores of the islands.
Beautiful wind from the slopes of Yukishima
Plucks flowers.And this magical view,
These snow-white wings fluttering in the radiance of light,
Fill the soul with amazement and delight.

The Heavenly Gates are open to me,
From the feathers of birds I put on a dress;
Having bridled the dragon, I rush for a reason
There, where my brothers are waiting for me.
I litchi * ditch on the east side,
In the land of the immortals at the borders of Penglai;
You take the drug, they told me,
And you will live forever without dying.

Cao Zhi. Per. L. Cherkassky

* – Lichzhi – tropical fruits that were highly valued at the court of the Chinese emperors.To deliver them fresh from the far south, special messengers galloped day and night, often dying on the road.

It was spring, and birds chirping along the pine-covered bank of Mio. The blue sea rolled slowly in waves, sparkling in the spring sun, and fisherman Hayiruko sat down on the shore to admire the seascape. Looking around, he accidentally noticed a beautiful dress and snow-white bird feathers hanging on the branches of a pine tree.

But no sooner had he Khairuko removed it from the tree, when he saw a beautiful Maiden walking towards him from the side of the sea, who asked the fisherman to return her dress.

Hairuko looked at Virgo with undisguised admiration.

“I have found this dress,” he said, “and intend to keep it for myself, because such a miracle is worthy of the treasury of Japan. No, I can’t give you this dress.

– Oh! – the Virgo exclaimed plaintively. “I cannot go up into the sky without a bird feather dress, and if you don’t agree to give it to me, I can never return home to heaven. Oh, good fisherman, I beg you, return my dress!

But Hairuko , who was apparently a hard-hearted man, refused to comply.

“The more you ask,” he said, “the more I am affirmed in my decision to keep for myself what I have found.

This is how Khairuko answered Virgo:

– Oh, do not say that, my good fisherman! You do not know that I, like an unfortunate bird with a broken wing, seek, but my searches are in vain. I seek my stolen wings to climb into the blue expanses of heaven.

After further arguments, Hayiruko ‘s heart softened a little.

“I’ll return your bird feather dress,” he said, “if you dance for me right now.

Then Virgo answered:

– I will dance for you right here, a dance that makes the Moon Palace rotate, so that even a poor mortal can comprehend its secret. But I can’t dance without my bird feather dress.

– No, – said the suspicious Khairuko , – if I give you the dress, you will immediately fly away and will not dance in front of me!

Such words greatly angered Virgo.

“The word of mortal men can be broken,” she said.- But the inhabitants of heaven do not know deception.

Such words embarrassed Hairuko , and without further ado, he gave the Virgin her bird feather dress.

Putting on her snow-white dress, the Virgo struck the strings and began to dance.

Dancing and accompanying herself, Virgo sang about strange and beautiful things, about her distant home on the moon.

She sang about the huge Moon Palace, where thirty kings rule: fifteen in white robes reign on the full moon, and fifteen kings in black robes take their turn to rule when the moon wanes.

With her dance and song, the Virgo praised Japan, whose land had not yet reached its full potential and could give even greater harvest.

Fisherman Hairuko briefly enjoyed the demonstration of the Moon Maiden’s miraculous talents, because soon her graceful feet stopped touching the coastal sand. She took to the air, her white dress shimmering against the green pine trees and blue sky.

She rose higher and higher above the tops of the mountains, continuing to play and sing, rushing into the high sky, to the place where the wonderful Lunar Palace stands, until finally her magic song died down.

“Traditional holidays in Japan Toyohi-Wake ” 90,000 El Gouna Film Festival: The Evolution of Arab Cinema

The 5th El Gouna Film Festival hosted an incredible two-week program of film screenings, workshops and seminars. The culmination of the film festival was a sumptuous red carpet awards ceremony. As an important platform for Arab cinema, the annual event also attracts talented international filmmakers.

This year’s event was in jeopardy.Just 24 hours before the opening of the festival, a massive fire broke out in the Plaza’s main conference hall. The best representatives of Arab cinema came to El Gouna to show how it has progressed in recent years.

Mohamed Hefzi is the producer of Feathers, which won the Best Arabic Narrative Film at the Closing Ceremony. According to him, the world of Arab cinema is developing rapidly in terms of both feature films and documentaries.

“We now feel a lot of support for Arab cinema through new festivals and new foundations.We are also seeing a new industry emerging in Saudi Arabia and an audience that is quite huge, not only in terms of population, but also in terms of film passion and the ability to invest in art. ”

In an interview with Euronews, he also mentioned that it opens the market to a larger audience.

“So now is the time to be a director or content creator from the Middle East,” he said.

According to Egyptian actress Sarah Abdulrahman, Arab cinema has taken off in the last 10 years.

“There are a lot of smaller, shorter formats being created now, which is great for the industry because it means there are more products and more stories to tell.

Arab cinema has an enduring reputation for breaking down barriers and stereotypes, and sometimes for making political statements. Many countries have also experienced a surge in filmmaking since independence.

The family drama Costa Brava, Lebanon, set against the backdrop of the climate crisis, won the El Gouna Green Star and the FIPRESCI Prize.

Lebanese actress Yumna Marwan, playing the role of Alia, said that filming the film was a catharsis for her, as she had previously left Lebanon due to the instability in the country.

“I came to star in the film and it was literally my return to my country and the need to face the reality of the hero,” she added,

“So this whole trip after the explosion was necessary to return to Lebanon and be with It was the most important thing. I think the film sheds light on a lot of the things that are happening in the country, but it is also very global in what it is trying to say. “

Captains Zaatari is a story about two friends, Syrian refugees in a camp who dream of becoming football players. After receiving the award for Best Arab Documentary, Egyptian filmmaker Ali El Arabi said it caused a storm of emotions for the entire team.

“This award is not only for me, but for many thousands and thousands of refugees around the world. And I am happy because I am in my home country, and all people have watched and loved the film and left me amazing reviews.”

Festival participants agreed that there is a lot of work going on in the Arab film industry, but more local support is needed.

British-Egyptian actor Amir al-Masri said he would like to see more platforms that help budding filmmakers and screenwriters and nurture new talents.

“They do it, but I wish there was more of it. Not only in the Middle East, but all over the world.”

“Feathers” producer Mohamed Hefzi told Euronews that in the future he would like to see more support for Arab cinema and independent filmmakers from their governments.He noted that he would like the films to be successful outside of the festivals as well.

“From a commercial point of view, from the point of view that viewers accept it, for example what happened with” Parasites “, this wonderful film from South Korea. I mean, we would like to have another film, who will do something like this. ”

He also added that he would like to build on his recent success and move Arab cinema further.

“I think this is the next step. And I hope that with more films and higher quality films, this will happen soon.”

90,000 16 main trends in women’s fashion Spring-Summer 2022 “, “articleBody”: “Despite the long winter ahead of us, immediately after the end of the month of the main fashion weeks, fans of designer brands are already starting to think about what they will wear next spring. After two seasons spent locked up, during which fashion houses presented collections in the form of short films, lookbooks and online broadcasts, Fashion Week has revived in its traditional form.However, industry sentiment has changed markedly since early 2020, with previous collections filled with lots of comfortable, oversized clothing designed to be spent at home most of the time, Spring / Summer 2022 is literally screaming its willingness to end it. with a pandemic and visit all the parties on the planet. Festive sequins and fringes, sheer dresses and all kinds of cutouts are combined with equally suitable for evening outings trends that revive the style of zero, such as low-waisted trousers, miniskirts and gigantic platforms.In this article, we take a closer look at these and other key women’s trends for Spring / Summer 2022. Women’s Spring / Summer 2022 Trends Micro Mini Bikinis Holiday Gladiator Sandals Large Crochet Bags Tiny Cardigan Low Rise Fancy Accessories Floral Print Bracelets Naked Dress Platform Still Cutouts Oversized glasses Dress with trousers Spring / Summer 2022 colors White Yellow and orange Light green and green Blue Micro mini From left to right: Miu Miu, Emilio Pucci, Prada, Versace Designers are confident that after so many months of home and sportswear, ladies are looking forward waiting for the opportunity to change into something more open.When asked, the brands offer a solution in the form of ultra-short mini-skirts, which in their length resemble those worn by supermodels in the 90s. Mini so short that they can be called belts, appeared at the presentation of Emilio Pucci. Variants in both formal and looser styles can be found in the Christian Dior collection. Practical skirts with pockets can be seen at the Max Mara runway. And Christopher Kane has futuristic iterations from experiments with 3D modeling.Also in collections: Tod’s, Moschino, Kim Shui, Brandon Maxwell, Roberto Cavalli, Fendi, Saint Laurent, Balmain, Chanel Bikinis From left to right: David Koma, JW Anderson, Brandon Maxwell, Balmain The lingerie trend as outerwear appeared on the catwalk for several more seasons back, and next spring we will see its further development. Now brands have turned to swimwear and bikinis that can be worn on their own or paired with an open shirt. The sexy item goes well with both casual style (loose cargo pants, jeans and miniskirts) and business looks (pencil skirt or palazzo trousers).Elegant options to match suits in a relaxed style and even fur coats are presented in the Fendi collection. Missoni offers to borrow a pinch of style from the exhibitionists by hiding a revealing swimsuit under a long cloak. Models Isabel Marant and Anna Sui wear triangular bras with ties over T-shirts or cropped vests, and JW Anderson over sheer dresses (another trend we’ll talk about later) Also in the collections: LaQuan Smith, Staud, Etro, Alberta Ferretti , Supriya Lele, Coperni Celebration From left to right: Loewe, Louis Vuitton, Dries Van Noten, No.21 Expressing the hope that the world will soon return to its former life, fashion designers have filled the catwalks with looks for parties and other outings. In 2022, fashionistas’ wardrobes will once again be reintroduced with garish, eye-catching outfits, with all the key elements of a sparkly look on the menu. Metallic sequins and fabrics (most impressively iridescent on pleated dresses and skirts) sparkled in the collections of Altuzarra, Brandon Maxwell and Tom Ford. Long dancing fringes adorned the presentations of Marni, Proenza Schouler and Courrèges.Luxurious feathers complement looks from brands such as Staud, No. 21 and Prabal Gurung. Also in the collections: Peter Do, Versace, Rodarte, Burberry, Kenneth Ize, Fendi, Christian Cowan, Balmain, Lanvin, Louis Vuitton, Chloé, Balenciaga, Emporio Armani, David Koma, Staud, Valentino, Roberto Cavalli, Undercover Gladiator sandals From left to right: Paco Rabanne, Alberta Ferretti, Valentino, Tory Burch Gladiator sandals are a shoe that never really goes out of style. But they were last included in the number of current trends only at the end of the 2000s.Now, the Roman-inspired open-toe sandals are back on the runway, with classic designs reminiscent of antiquity shoes seen on Etro, Altuzarra and Tory Burch. Knee-length versions appeared in the Paco Rabanne and Roger Vivier collections. And for Christian Dior, Maria Grazia Chiuri equipped classic square-heeled shoes with gladiator lacing.Also in collections: Bronx Banco, Louis Vuitton, Ottolinger Big bags From left to right: Tom Ford, The Row, Peter Do, Lacoste Good news for those who like to carry a thousand and one little thing just in case: tiny mini-bags in the style of Jacquemus Le Chiquito are replaced by large and roomy bags.As the world returns to office life, we need more practical options for everyday wear, and the designers have taken this into account. For those who prefer shoulder bags, accessories from the Lacoste and Chopova Lowena collections are suitable, and for shopper lovers, we suggest paying attention to the elegant versions from Tom Ford, Lemaire and Chanel. Also in the collections: Miu Miu, Isabel Marant, Marine Serre, Etro, Marni Crochet From left to right: Helmut Lang, Marine Serre, Jil Sander, No. 21 In recent years, handicraft has become more and more popular and valuable, and therefore it is not surprising that crochet products will come into fashion next spring.Today, this method of crocheting is no longer associated exclusively with the favorite pastime of grandmothers, and is a way to create modern and stylish garments. In the vision of designers (many of whom decided to pay tribute to traditions, collaborating with real crochet masters), openwork patterns are worn over dresses and jackets (Altuzarra, Gabriela Hearst), create airy looks on the naked body (Alberta Ferretti, No. 21), and accentuate the silhouette with chunky and contrasting knits (Jil Sander).Also in collections: Matty Bovan, Stella McCartney, Ulla Johnson, Ann Demeulemeester A tiny cardigan https://www.instagram.com/p/CQ__JyDsEom/ this time we got an evolved version of it – a tiny cardigan that serves an aesthetic rather than a practical function. Who knew they could be so sexy? (Apparently, Simon-Port Jacquemus, who managed to release miniature cardigans with a button in the form of the Jacquemus logo a season earlier than the others).An open wardrobe piece can be worn both on the naked body, exposing the torso (Sandy Liang, Vaquera), and as an accent layer (Brandon Maxwell, Coperni) Also in the collections: Altuzarra, Maryam Nassir Zadeh, Prabal Gurung, Michael Kors Collection Right: Staud, Balmain, Knwls, Miu Miu If you’ve been praying that the predictions of a return to the aesthetic of the 2000s would be a lie, we have to disappoint you. The style of pop icons of the 2000s, such as Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Paris Hilton, found its development during the past Fashion Weeks.Yes, hipster jeans disappeared from our wardrobes more than a decade ago, but it’s time to remember the old days. Extremely low-rise has dominated the design of trousers and miniskirts in the Miu Miu collection. At the Collina Strada show, bright loose trousers appeared with no less colorful peeking underwear. Donatella Versace released low-rise scarf skirts on the catwalk. Olivier Rousteing included asymmetrical trousers in his anniversary show for Balmain.Also in the collections: Brandon Maxwell, Coperni, Sandy Liang, Tom FordUnusual accessories From left to right: Loewe, Undercover, Givenchy, LanvinIf you are tired of basic details, black and white classics and minimalism, try to add zest to the image with a bright accent in the form of an unusual accessory.Fortunately, the designers have been generous with them this season. For example, Jonathan Anderson has filled the new Loewe collection with sandals with unusual heels in the form of a rose, nail polish or a broken egg. And the Lanvin show featured Batman-inspired items – in addition to the traditional shirts and T-shirts with superhero prints, the runway also featured Batmobile bags and sneakers with a Bruce Wayne face. , Collina Strada Of course, what a spring without flowers? The collections of the upcoming season were also not without them.Perhaps the most obvious choice would be garden or wildflower patterns (as in the collections of Simone Rocha, MSGM and Molly Goddard), but designers also have much brighter and more luxurious bouquets in stock. The king of flora, Richard Quinn, covered with an abundance of blossoming buds not only the usual dresses, but also puffy vests and tight overalls, complemented by huge bags with the same pattern. And Rei Kawakubo has released real portable sculptures with huge stylized daisies on the Comme des Garçons catwalk.Also in collections: Roberto Cavalli, Lanvin, Erdem, Marni, Missoni, Rodarte, Michael Kors Collection, Marine Serre, Dries Van Noten, Patou Bracelets From left to right: Prada, Tory Burch, Blumarine, Fendi Prepare to complement every look with bracelets this spring. Of particular relevance will be shoulder accessories, as in the collections of Tory Burch, Ludovic de Saint Sernin and Etro, as well as bag bracelets, as in Prada and Fendi. The combination of several bracelets on one hand looks no less impressive: you can take inspiration from Chanel, Mossi and Maryam Nassir Zadeh.Also in collections: Preen by Thornton Bregazzi, Emilio Pucci, Rodarte, Y / Project, Courrèges Naked dress From left to right: Staud, LaQuan Smith, Rick Owens, Saint Laurent Another trend for evening outings is a transparent dress. Thin weightless layers of fabric that expose the body will definitely appeal to those who are tired of months spent in sports and home suits. Sexy and at the same time elegant outfits made of mesh, lace, tulle, organza, chiffon and tulle appeared on fashion shows. Maxi dresses graced the catwalks of Rodarte and Christian Siriano.Rick Owens and Staud have included unusual knits in their collections. Simone Rocha and Emilio Pucci propose to wear bright underwear under a transparent dress that complements the image.Also in the collections: Christopher Kane, Givenchy, Rejina Pyo, Yuhan Wang, Olivier Theyskens, Vaquera, JW Anderson, David Koma, Chopova Lowena, Dsquared2, Proenza Schoulerform Right: ERL, Acne Studios, Junya Watanabe, Versace Continuing the fall platform shoe trend, fashion brands have outfitted high soles and more warm-season options.For Spring / Summer 2022, sandals, flip flops and, in the case of Balenciaga, even Crocs with chunky bottoms, platform lovers like Rick Owens and Christian Louboutin have been joined by a variety of other designers. Comfortable couples appeared at the shows of Simone Rocha and Coperni. Colorful sandals were unmissable on the Marni, Moschino and Anna Sui catwalks. And for those who want to turn the world into an extreme sport, you should pay attention to the shoes of Acne Studios, Saint Laurent, Del Core and Versace.Also in collections: Dries Van Noten, Dsquared2, Lanvin, Isabel Marant, Del Core, Peter Do Still cutouts From left to right: Stella McCartney, Ottolinger, Marni, David Koma Yes, the fact that cutouts are now in vogue is no longer news. But this trend has turned out to be much more long-lasting than anyone would have thought. Designers continue to focus on emphasizing sexuality, and cutouts are the best way to do this. In the coming season, several necklines, vertically following one after another, as in the collections of Burberry, Christian Siriano and Courrèges, gained particular popularity.The asymmetric cutouts of Stella McCartney, David Koma, Balmain and LaQuan Smith look no less exciting, as well as Prabal Gurung, Richard Malone, Supriya Lele, Staud, Saint Laurent, Nensi Dojaka, Mark Fast, Victoria Beckham, Rick Owens, Etro, Kiko Kostadinov, Roberto Cavalli Oversized Sunglasses From Left to Right: Louis Vuitton, Balenciaga, Acne Studios, Saint Laurent Oversized sunglasses add a touch of mystery, glamor and an extra sense of security to any look, which is why they are so loved by celebrities.And it looks like the accessory will make its way into the wardrobe of every fashionista in the spring of 2022. Schiaparelli suggests matching sunglasses to the jewelry (in the case of the Parisian brand, of course, gold), Rick Owens effectively complement their alien looks with futuristic reflective options, and in the Louis Vuitton collection, large size is achieved not through lenses, but through frames of an unusual shape. in collections: Chanel, Fendi, Moschino, Marques’Almeida, Dries Van Noten Dress with trousers From left to right: Alberta Ferretti, Louis Vuitton, Molly Goddard, Proenza Schouler Can’t decide whether to wear a dress or trousers? Next year, you won’t have to choose one thing.Designers indulged in nostalgia, remembering the trend that took the catwalks for the last time in the 2000s. In the performance of brands, this combination of incongruous can add lightness (as is the case with Cynthia Rowley and Molly Goddard), irony and deliberate negligence (Louis Vuitton, Chopova Lowena) or make it even more complex and sophisticated (like Richard Malone and Richard Quinn Also in collections: Collina Strada, Kenneth Ize, Jil Sander, Rodarte, Ulla Johnson, Vaquera Spring / Summer 2022 Colors White Left to right: Ann Demeulemeester, Prabal Gurung, Chloe, Balmain The lightest and most refreshing color, symbolizing purity and a fresh start, captured Fashion weeks.White is used both in monochromatic bows (Fendi, Altuzarra, Chloé), and in a classic union with black (Balmain, Ann Demeulemeester) or in combination with beige (Alberta Ferretti, Boss). Also in collections: Burberry, Alexander McQueen, Junya Watanabe , Chanel, Giambattista Valli, Issey Miyake, Valentino, LaQuan Smith, Brandon Maxwell, No. 21 Yellow and orange From left to right: Collina Strada, Proenza Schouler, MM6 Maison Margiela, Versace Yellow and orange shades will be a ray of light for fashionistas at the end of a dark winter tunnel.From pastels at Loewe, Victoria Beckham and MSGM to rich colors at Richard Malone, Alejandra Alonso Rojas and Stella McCartney, the vibrant color palette will make the next spring even warmer. Also in the collections: Oscar de la Renta, MM6 Maison Margiela, Roberto Cavalli, COS, Richard Quinn, Tod’s Light green and green Left to right: Emilio Pucci, Bottega Veneta, MSGM, Acne Studios Two more vibrant colors for Spring / Summer 2022, lime green and green appeared on the catwalks as often as the opposite shade of orange.Following the men’s collections of this winter, the designers did not stop at a specific tone and breathed life into clothes with the help of a palette from light green (Christian Siriano, Prabal Gurung) to deep dark green (Anna Sui, Valentino). Also in collections: Dries Van Noten. , Bottega Veneta, Erdem, Roksanda, Tom Ford, Prada, Tory Burch, Christian Dior, David Koma, Vaquera, Stella McCartney Blue From left to right: Kiko Kostadinov, Valentino, Loewe, Saint Laurent The current tone of blue, close to blue, evokes associations with the color of the sky.In the new collections, the shade is found mainly in monochrome looks (Nina Ricci, Stella McCartney, Balenciaga) and looks especially impressive on iridescent materials (Alexandre Vauthier, Nanushka, Erdem). Also in the collections: Bora Aksu, Ganni, La Double J, Undercover, Maryam Nassir Zadeh, Richard Malone, Marni, Rokhttps: //mcmag.ru/muzhskie-trendy-vesna-leto-2022/ ” } 90,000 Voice actress Evgeniya Igumnova: “Being a voice is just a craft”

In November, a new series “Love Magic” with Evgenia Igumnova in the title role will be released.There are dozens of roles on the account of the St. Petersburg actress, but there is another hypostasis of her – the girl is the official voice of Keira Knightley. “MK in St. Petersburg” talked with the artist about which of the Hollywood actors it is easier to voice than working with a voice differs from acting in the frame, and learned why directing is a man’s vocation.

– The series “Love Magic” is coming soon with you in the lead role. In it, you play a specialist in love magic. Tell me, have you ever had to use love charms yourself?

– God forbid! You know, I haven’t lived alone since I was 16.I should have turned to other specialists to give me a little opportunity to live and think about myself.

I began to live with a young man quite early, so I had no reason to apply. Although, you know, when I look at my girlfriends, at some absolute beauties – it’s just that all my friends are one more beautiful than the other, and so, I have almost all my friends – they are single. Today, it seems to me, there is such a problem – beautiful independent women are alone. Either they don’t need a man, or they don’t succeed.

The actress admits that she does not need the services of love consultants in her life. PHOTO: courtesy of the press service of TV-Z

– In addition to playing in films and TV series, you are engaged in dubbing. And you are the official voice of Keira Knightley in Russia. Have you ever communicated with Kira in real life?

– No. I’ve dated famous artists, but not the ones I voiced. In Venice, I somehow accidentally met Jeremy Irons, we even chatted a little.We met at a restaurant. In London, I spent the whole day with Nick Cooper, we hung out in bookstores. Unfortunately, I haven’t had any professional meetings yet.

– What other Hollywood stars speak in your voice? And which of them is closest to you in spirit?

– Voicing different actresses is difficult or easy in different ways. There are actresses who are absolutely suitable for me in their psychophysics. For example, Kate Winslet. I voiced her in the film “The Pen of the Marquis de Sade”.It’s easy for me to voice it. It was very difficult for me to voice Cameron Diaz. She has a very mobile facial expression, into which it is very difficult to “get”, it is difficult to count and put some necessary emotion into this facial expression.

– What is closer to you: to be in the frame or behind the frame?

– Of course, I’m closer to being an actress. Being a voice is just a craft. I’m not there at all, I just give my voice to some actress.

– This year you also tried your hand at directing and created a short film “Orchestra”.How did you feel in the director’s chair?

– This is a very interesting experience and very difficult. Very difficult and unusual for me. But at some point, I developed the habit of meeting something new, and this is always very stressful. About the director’s work, I understood only one thing – that it is a morally difficult thing. I worked with artists whom I know very well, and who trusted me and did not resist, whom I myself approved, behind whom were tough producers.It was much easier for me than many directors who fulfill the will of the producers and meet with some unfamiliar capricious artists, or maybe not with those whom they claimed. These are, of course, very big difficulties.

In addition to all this, I realized that this work is also physically very hard. She really is a job for men. The women who work in this are great heroes.

What magic without special paraphernalia! PHOTO: courtesy of the press service of TV-Z

– Should we expect your full-length film in the directing field? If so, what would you like to tell the world about in your work?

– No, I would have made another film, probably with pleasure.I would like to shoot something, but you need to seriously prepare for this, have a full-fledged team that will help you. This is a very big job. It is not just “like it or not.” It is necessary to prepare for this both mentally and physically. Get enough sleep, go to a sanatorium, and then shoot a movie.

– Could you advise our readers about your favorite films or, perhaps, TV shows that are especially good to watch in the fall?

– I love beautiful movies.I love Sorrentino’s film The Great Beauty. And I also enjoyed watching his “Young Dad” – if we talk about the series. They are absolutely aesthetic, pleasing to the eye. And I can endlessly look at the image he takes, creates. Of my favorite TV series, and probably the most outstanding ones in recent years, this is the series “Chernobyl”. I do not recommend watching it in a pandemic, but this, in my opinion, is an absolutely flawless movie. A series that made a very big impression on me. There are a lot of Russian films coming out now.I have dubbed a new film by Alexei Chadov “My War”. I was advised to watch the Russian film “The Petrovs in the Flu” – they said that it was a very good movie.

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