Paper

The Paper Series: Uzumaki Letter Pads

In the United States, we tend to equate cheap price with poor quality. Doubly so when it comes to stationery. Big box stores like Staples and Office Depot are stuffed to the gills with bad paper, crumbly pencils, and gummy pens, all sold at cheap prices. So when I saw that the Uzumaki Letter Pads that my sister picked up for me in Japan sold for just 270JPY each, I didn't expect much. Two letter pads for less than $5? How good could it be? It turns out that the…

Keep reading

The Paper Series: Midori Polar Bear Notebook

Like I mentioned in the last post, it can be hard to get a hold of good spiral ring notebooks, especially ones that have good paper. The Midori "Polar Bear" Spiral Ring Notebook is one of the exceptions to that rule, but a few things hold it back from being truly great. This is another one of those notebooks that my sister picked up for me from the Ito-ya in Haneda Airport, but unlike some of the other stuff that she brought me, this one was fairly easy to track…

Keep reading

The Paper Series: Maruman Mnemosyne Notebooks

As a general rule, I tend to steer clear of notebooks that are built for specific purposes. Planners stress me out (it's all those confining little boxes) and "subject" notebooks make me break out in a cold sweat of remembering college classes and deadlines. So, by all accounts, I shouldn't have liked Maruman Mnemosyne notebooks as much as I do. But sometimes a product is so good it overshadows my dislikes, and that's what has happened here. Another one of my purchases from my trip out to Maido in San…

Keep reading

The Paper Series: Midori Letter Pad

During InCoWriMo this year, I got bit by the letter writing bug. There's something great about both sending and receiving mail, and as a bonus, you get to play with a ton of fun stationery. So this May, when my wife and I went to San Francisco, we stopped in to Maido in Japantown so that I could look for more fun stuff. One of the things that I found was this pad of Midori letter paper. Maido had a tester out, so I grabbed the pen I was carrying…

Keep reading