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They are a good shape. It does say "mini" but didn't give actual dimensions. The palette is 3 1/4 inches wide. Nice shape, but if I had known the actual size, they would have been too "mini" for me.
Akashiya Co., Ltd. was founded in 1624 in Nara, Japan, and is famous for its calligraphy brushes. A famous Japanese monk, Kobo Daishi (弘法大師), taught Chinese brush calligraphy to Kiyokawa Sakanai in Nara around 800. This period marks the beginning of Japanese brush calligraphy. The type of brush pen from that period is also known as "Nara Fude (brush)".