Every year the Japanese send postcards to family, friends and business associates for the New Year. Called "nengajo", the postcard greetings are bedecked with beautiful Japanese handwriting. Many companies outsource to agencies where professional people (usually retired individuals with beautiful brush handwriting) write names and addresses. The tradition results in a wide variety of high-quality brush pens and markers available in the Japanese stationery market.
The Ohto Fude Ball pens are actually ball pens made to write like brush pens. It has broad lines great for writing names and addresses on postcards but writes smoothly and lusciously like a brush. The ball tip makes it easier to control and use the pen for writing compared to a brush pen.