Yasutomo

Yasutomo and Company was established in June, 1954 by Mr. Ben Yasutomo. A man of vision, Mr. Yasutomo believed that "global marketing" was possible back in the 1950’s because he recognized that consumers in both the USA and Japan wanted products from the other’s country. He decided to set up an office in San Francisco, strategically located to develop commerce between the two countries. The initial goal was to supply stationery and artist materials from Japan to the USA and to distribute American candy and snack food products to Japan. In the early stages, Yasutomo imported gift and paper products from Japan, and soon expanded into asian art supplies. In the 1960’s, Yasutomo introduced the Pentel Sign Pen to the USA market. The world’s first fiber-tipped pen was well received and was even used by then President Lyndon B. Johnson in the White House. After achieving success in the art supply and office products markets, Yasutomo added several innovative writing instruments and stationery products under the NIJI and Y & C brand names. These products include the GRIP pens and pencils; Stylist pens for designers; PermaWriters for artists and crafters; FabricMate markers for wearable art enthusiasts; Silverado brushes for painting; Fold'ems origami paper; and recently the Gel Xtreme roller pens have been taking the market by storm. These products mentioned are only a few of the 1500 items currently offered by Yasutomo. After fifty years of experience, Yasutomo continues to source quality art supplies, writing instruments and craft materials from all over the world. Their goal remains to supply unique, affordable, and safe products. If you don't see the Yasutomo product that you would like to purchase, please contact us via our contact page for special orders
  • Liquid Sumi Ink NZD $18.80 - $28.30
    This convenient liquid sumi ink is made of high-quality vegetable oil soot. Eliminating the need for grinding an ink stick, as with traditional sumi ink, it conveniently saves time and is economical. 12ounce... more »
    2 items
  • Nori Paste NZD $5.00 - $19.95
    Nori is an excellent glue for all paper projects. It's great for use on delicate papers and adheres well to most porous materials. Nori paste is an ideal choice for kids as it is non-toxic, acid-free and washes off easily. It dries slowly to allow repositioning, will not discolor paper and is invisible when completely dry.... more »
    2 items
  • Yasutomo Calligraphy Pens NZD $3.00
    These unique mini-chiseled markers have a generous ink flow and are perfect for scrolls, serifs, flourishes and alphabetic finery. The make a great finish to scrapbooks.... more »
    2 items
  • Unryo Sumi Roll NZD $47.80
    Beautiful Japanese imported oriental paper. Used for ink & brush work, watercolor, sketching, etc. 11" x 60 feet.... more »
  • Bamboo Brush Vases NZD $6.10 - $13.00
    These attractive all natural bamboo brush vases are waterproof and can be used to hold brushes or other items in the home, office or studio.... more »
    4 items
  • Niji Pencil Roll NZD $10.60
    This durable pencil roll is made of water-resistant canvas and holds 36 pencils, pens, brushes or drawing supplies. It has a secure strap with a snap closure and measures 19" long and 7 3/4" wide. art supplies not included.... more »
  • Calli-Sumi Brushes NZD $7.80 - $10.70
    Calli-Sumi brushes are made with coarse, stiff horse hair which gives a crisp touch. Each brush has been made to suit the demands of various styles of brush calligraphy and Sumi-e, an ancient syle of painting renowned for is simplicity, grace and beauty.... more »
    6 items
  • Yasutomo Combination Bamboo Pen & Brush NZD $18.60
    This bamboo sketching pen has two useful ends- one end is used as a pen for ink drawing and painting, the other is a brush for Sumi or color sketching.... more »
  • Yasutomo Hake Sheep Hair Brushes BH3 Hake NZD $2.50 - $8.30
    Yasutomo Hake brushes are unique, flat wide brushes ideal for applying media over large areas, or wash, sizing, glue and more. The flat handle and soft sheep hair give you excellent brush control. They are indispensable tools when working with delicate and absorbent Oriental papers and on art and craft projects.... more »
    5 items

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Delivery Rates

Our delivery rates are:

  • Prepaid A4 Satchel (nationwide): $5 per order
  • Local (North Shore): $5.50 per order *
  • Shorthaul (within 150kms): $7.50 per order *
  • Rest of North Island: $9.30 per order *
  • South Island: $10.40 per order *

Prepaid Satchel is available for some smaller items that will fit into an A4 envelope. Please do not select the satchel option if your goods are breakable, easily damaged or flammable.
* Oversized items may be charged an additional amount - once you have selected the items you need proceed to checkout to see the exact costs.

Rural delivery fee $3.30

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