The Milky Way Yukari Maki-e Fountain Pen was released by Pilot in 2016. Using the traditional Maki-e techniques, Togidashi Maki-e, or burnished-raised maki-e, and Raden, the Yukari collection within Pilot Namiki pens are inspired by the beauty of the four seasons. The making of a Maki-e piece is an extremely labor- and time-intensive process involving a repetitive series of applying layers of lacquer, drawing the design outline, sprinkling gold and silver powders to fill in the designs, and polishing to achieve a lustrous surface. The lacquered main design is filled in with the carefully sprinkled gold and silver powders, and then several additional layers of lacquer are applied. Once these layers harden, the surface is polished many times. A finished product can take up to 3 months, and some of the pieces go through the repetitive lacquer-drawing-sprinkling-polishing process up to 130 times.