Brand: Tombow Pencil Co.
Made in: Japan
Rare Special Edition shown with older logo(top) and new logo(bottom)...both have the Shrine symbol on the reverse. These Tombow Mark Sheet pencils were specially sold at a Shinto shrine, so that the students taking exams would be powered up by their prayers all the more.
The 6-character name printed right below the red flower on the outermost part of the package is the name of the shrine, Dazaifu Tenman-gu.
This Japanese company was founded in 1913 and is still manufacturing fine writing instruments nearly 110 years later.
According to their website, “Tombow (tonbo) means “dragonfly” in Japanese and was often referred to as akizu/akitsu in ancient times. Since Japan was called Akitsu shima (dragonfly island in English) in the past, the name of the company also represents our desire to represent Japan's stationery industry.”