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Koyomo brushes – Introduction and group order

by Sonia G.

I am planning a detailed review on the very unique Koyomo brushes, it will even feature an interview with the creators and it will be published as soon as I receive my brushes, I hope you will enjoy!  That review isn’t for today though as my brushes will arrive next week or so but the reason why I am writing this little post is because there is a group order going on at the moment for some of their special Limited Edition -made on request- brushes that is being organized by my dear beloved friends right now and I don’t want you to miss this opportunity.

Koyomo are based in Hiroshima, in Kure, approx 20mn from Kumano, they won several awards for their brushes including the Good Design Award.  For these series, their bristles were collected from goats before 1970, when hair was at its peak quality and their bristles are of much higher value. My friends already have some of their brushes and love them dearly.

In their current line they have 3 type of brushes:

  1. the Yuki, Goat Saikoho hair (extremely soft),
  2. the Tsuki, Goat Saikoho hair (extremely soft), the difference is in the design of the handle
  3. the Hana, Goat Sokoho hair (softer than the usual Sokoho)


koyomoPWhen they use Saikoho goat hair, you have to keep in mind that it is even softer than the very soft Chikuhodo Takumi series so you can easily imagine how unique this hair can be.

Their handles are based on the traditional technique of Aizu paint, and coated with Tamamushi lacquer, here is a description that I quote from the Japan Arts and Crafts website:

Tamamushi lacquer ware was developed in 1932 by Koiwa Shun (artist name: Komei), who taught at National Tohoku Craftworks Institute established in Sendai by the old Ministry of Commerce and Industry in 1928. Traditional lacquering techniques and some innovative techniques were combined together to create a product with styles favored by foreign people.

The origin of the name Tamamushi comes from the fact that it glitters just like a Tamamushi (jewel beetle). After a base coating with lacquer, silver power is sprinkled on the surface, over which lacquer is applied 10 times, or in special cases 40-50 times. Because of this silver coating and repeated lacquering processes, its color is iridescent and mysteriously beautiful. In the final stage, patterns are drawn and decorated with the techniques of Chinkin (gold-inlay carving) or Makie (gold and silver powdering).

In the post-war period, it became very popular in foreign countries and became the major lacquer ware item for export. Today, it enjoys a good reputation domestically and overseas as the lacquer ware that fits both Japanese and Western lifestyles.

To order any of these brushes, you can contact @FudeJapan, Toshiya will be pleased help you with your order. He also has an amazing Instagram account @Fudejapan that will make any brush lover drool uncontrollably.

Now, about this GROUP ORDER, it is for special brushes, the special brushes will have the Hana design – or shall I say round sexy butt – (please have a look at the above picture), but with a black/red glossy finish like the picture below (I understood the red accent will be stronger than here), and instead of Sokoho, they will be made with SAIKOHO hair, which in my opinion is the very best combination they could ever make. For example, the face brush will look something like this:


sarahhanaI have borrowed some pics from my friends as I don’t have my brushes yet 🙂 I link their pics to their Instagram profile.

By the way, please hop to Sarah’s Instagram account for more pictures of her current Koyomo brushes and please follow her because we are a few crazy brush lovers out there and Sarah has certainly won a few insane awards in this category!

The specs of the brushes for the group order are as follows (to be confirmed by Koyomo):

  • FACE : Length: 114mm, price approx. 45’000 JPY excl. tax (8%) ~373 USD
  • CHEEK: Length: 108mm, price approx. 30’000 JPY excl. tax (8%) ~250 USD
  • EYESHADOW: Length: 97mm, price approx. 15’000 JPY excl. tax (8%) ~125 USD

So far, I don’t know how long the manufacturing will take, they need at least 20 orders for each brush to launch it, they will launch the manufacturing of the brush that has reached 20 orders or more. I suggest that you leave a comment below if you are interested, you mention what type of brush(es) you would like to take (face, cheek or eyeshadow) and also send a message to Toshiya so that he can take note because he will be the one coordinating closely with Koyomo. He does take a fee for his services, about that I will give you more info later but I believe it depends on the total amount you order, the higher the amount, the fewer the commission, you will find details on his website www.fudejapan.com.

The design will be similar as the two brushes on the right of this picture:


Here is the cheek in 4th position from the left, the second brush is a Tsuki brush (the cheek):

sarahhana2Here is the face in 4th position from the left, the second brush is a Tsuki brush (the face):

koyomosarah3Again, thank you Sarah for your pics!

Below some pictures from my friend Novy, her Instagram account is @NovyNovyNovy, and once more, I beg you to follow her because she is quite a brush detective and she discovered these amazing brushes, don’t freak out, we are all kind of insane about brushes, if you love brushes, you are in good hands with us 😀



NovyKoyomo1I hope I gave you enough details for you to decide if you want to go ahead with one or several of these brushes, leave me a comment below and don’t forget to send your details to Fudejapan.

This is how to order:

  1. Send an email to fudejapan@hotmail.com (Toshiya san) with your details and what you wish to order
  2. Leave a comment below if you wish me to follow up the process and ensure you have been taken into account

If we manage to get 20 eyeshadow, cheek or face from the black Hana with Saikoho, then they will start manufacturing them for us. For any other of their current designs that you find on their website, there is no need to reach 20 and you can place an order directly with Fudejapan.

I do not get a commission for the sales.

I hope this is clear enough but if you have any question, please let me know below! There is also a thread in the Forum where you will find even more details on this brand.

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Karla 7 March, 2015 - 6:20 pm

Ke brochas tan hermosas, por lo pronto están fuera de mi presupuesto pero estoy consciente ke la calidad vale su precio 🙂 oye de casualidad sabes si cdjapan volverá a tener las brochas como la fupa LMPG disponibles este año? Yo les mande un email preguntándoles hace unos días y me dijeron ke no 🙁 Si de plano no las van a sacar este año a lo mejor me convendría comprar la Houkudou BZ 1, le mande un email a Ms Ihara preguntándole cuanto me saldría la brocha con todos los gastos incluidos y me dijo ke en total serían 7700 yen, no me saldria tan cara como yo pensaba..

Sweet Make-Up Temptations 7 March, 2015 - 8:52 pm

Hola Karla, pues sabes, coge la BZ1 que yo la prefiero 🙂
No sé por la otra, si te han dicho que no es porque saben que fué solo temporareo.. que pena!

Monica Howard 7 March, 2015 - 6:29 pm

Hi Sonya,

Please include me in the Koyomo brush group and put in an order for the Black Hana with Saikoho face, cheek, and eye brush.

Your generous postings have exposed and influenced my purchasing the Serge Lutens Cosmetics line, Evengy brushes, and the Hakahodo brush line.

Thank you and best regards,


Sweet Make-Up Temptations 7 March, 2015 - 8:50 pm

Hi Monica, Ok I count you in, but you should also send an email to Toshiya at fudejapan@hotmail.com to make sure he counts you in the first ones 🙂
What’s important is that you are enjoying your items 🙂 I am happy for you.

Katara 7 March, 2015 - 8:30 pm

Do these brushes use animal hair?
Sorry if it states it somewhere and I missed reading it.

Sweet Make-Up Temptations 7 March, 2015 - 8:46 pm

Hello Katara, no problem, yes it’s animal hair, it’s goat.

Ariadne Osborne 7 March, 2015 - 9:22 pm

Hi Sonya,
I would like to be included in the Kokomo Brush Group, I would love to put in an order for the Red Hana with the Saikoho hair, I would like a face and eyeshadow brush.
Thank you for opening up a whole new world for me, I started with my set of Chikuhodo Z series for Christmas. I am just beginning,but loving it!!!

Sweet Make-Up Temptations 7 March, 2015 - 10:12 pm

Hi Arie, ok! in that case welcome sweetie, it’s just the beginning of a fun adventure, wishing you all the very best <3

Jeanette 7 March, 2015 - 10:08 pm

I am in for the cheek and eyeshadow. So we need 20 orders on each brush, I hoped it was in total.

Sweet Make-Up Temptations 7 March, 2015 - 10:10 pm

Hmm well I am not sure 100%, maybe 20 in total would be enough regardless of each type… I will check with Toshiya san by email 🙂 thank you Jeanette!

midnitedesire 7 March, 2015 - 10:12 pm

So glad you’re finally getting them ,Sonia:) Best boyfriend of the year goes to Richard lol you have a wonderful BF,please let him know that from me.;)

They’re all breathtaking and super aaaaasmazing ! I still swoon over my Koyomo babies whenever I pull them out petting or applying some makeup on.
I’m certain you will love it 
Hugs and cheers! 😀

Cat 7 March, 2015 - 10:27 pm

Love that they are willing to do these custom orders for us, very nice!!!

I also wanted to add that the black Hana I have is miles softer than my Takumi. Huuugeee difference, even though it is supposed to be Sokoho. It is also softer than my Koyudo Urushi mushroom, and all of my Hakuhodo J series brushes. It is the closest I have to my Saibikoho cheek brush, and mind you this is their Sokoho! Sarah has also mentioned that she doesn’t feel much difference between the two types of Koyomo hair, so I encourage everyone to choose based more on the handle that speaks to them most. Unless of course you can get BOTH! In that case, go crazy my friends 😀

Ariadne Osborne 7 March, 2015 - 10:44 pm

Ok, I would like the black handles, that’s the group order color right???

Melissa 7 March, 2015 - 11:44 pm

Yes we need at least 20 of each type of brush. I confirmed that earlier today with Toshiya.
So at least 20 cheek or face or eye. Not in total sadly. FREAKIN EXCITED!!!!!

Jeanette 8 March, 2015 - 12:04 am

Cat, you make me wonder if I need to pay extra to get the Saikoho hair in the custom order now !!!

buggsiebee 8 March, 2015 - 8:19 am

Great post Sonia, as always!! I’m in for the face & eye (already mailed Toshiya ). I hope that the handles will be customised too, so that they are more red than black. I had been really good on my brush ‘no buy’ until that pesky Sarah 😉 posted all those amazeball pics. Oh well, you & I both have birthdays coming up so I guess a little splurge is ok 🙂

Tara 9 March, 2015 - 1:20 pm

Girls, I think we might have reached the 20! – fingers crossed – I hope we have! I am drooling for the Saikoho round butts!!!

Sweet Make-Up Temptations 24 March, 2015 - 1:22 pm

I am checking that 😀 and will give you an update soon…

Cavalla 14 March, 2015 - 7:39 am

Hi Sonia,

Sorry to bother you. How was your experience with Toshiya San to place orders? I have tried twice to place order with him (I prefer the Tsuki set), but I just don’t hear any response from him. I don’t know what happened. How long did it take for him to respond from your experience? Did you always pay with paypal or have you ever paid with credit card? I wonder if it could be that I told him I would like to pay with credit card that I didn’t hear any response from him. After reading that the hair is even softer than the Chikuhodo Takumi, I really can’t resist these and am really worried that I might miss them simply because I can’t place an order. Or do you know if there’s any other source that I can place the order with? I would really appreciate it if you could share your experience.

Sara 14 March, 2015 - 10:01 pm

Hola Sonia! Perdona que te moleste pero ¿sabes algo del pedido? Escribí a @fudejapan hace días con el formulario pertinente pero todavía no me ha contestado. Agradecería mucho cualquier información. ¡¡Gracias!!

Carlyn 17 March, 2015 - 6:14 am

Hi Cavalla, I would suggest you try to email him again. He gets so many emails that sometimes I think they get missed. He is also fairly new to this, a few months now I think. He has helped me with 4 shipments and he is very trustworthy. I have found that his response time has become longer since he has many more clients now, but if you keep emailing him, he will respond. I have 2 cheek brushes and he has ordered another one for me, so I know how you feel about missing out on these. Good luck dear.

Cavalla 18 March, 2015 - 5:07 am

Hi Carlyn,

I really appreciate your response! I actually just heard from him today and finalized my order. Whew~~~ What a big relief!! I know it sounds crazy, but it really feels like decades when you’re trying to hunt down the desired brushes, even though it’s only been days… I think that’s some obsession that only you guys can understand.. (I hope) :D:D

Thank you for your reply in any case.

Jillian 20 March, 2015 - 2:36 am

Loved reading this, Sonia! I haven’t actually used my Tsuki cheek or Hana eye brushes yet other than using it to stroke all over my face.

Holly 20 March, 2015 - 6:45 am

Hi Sonia,

I’d love to get in on a group order for the black Hana Saikoho! I see that Fude Japan has some Tsukis with sexy butts posted already, but those are labelled as Sokoho. I assume there’s still a Saikoho order in the works! I would love dearly if Koyomo would make the groovy Yuki brushes with sexy butts too. That would be gorgeous, but I imagine the smooth ones may actually be more pleasant to hold.

I’m in for a face, cheek, and eye brush assuming that curvy Yukis are out of the question for the foreseeable future. I emailed Toshiya yesterday and am eagerly awaiting a reply.

Thank you for sharing your love for treasures with us!

Katrina Brown 24 March, 2015 - 7:08 am

Hi Sonia, I have been stalking your blogs for a couple of weeks now. I just purchased my fist set of Chikahudo z series and Koyudo fa-pa and BP Series. I can already see the addiction taking place. I would also like to order with the group as well. Face, cheek and possibly eye brush. I will email Toshiya as well. I hope I’m not too late. Thanks. Katrina.

Christine 4 July, 2015 - 7:41 pm

Hi Sonia-do you know if the handles on the Yuki are textured or are they smooth like the Tsuki? In pictures, it’s hard to tell.


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