In any store you will find an endless flood of Japanese stationery. There are so many colors, designs, and sizes to choose from! You could spend the whole day just deciding which pen to buy, it's that crazy! Japanese really do love all things kawaii so you can definitely expect to find some crazy, unique designs on literally every piece of stationery.
So, why is everyone so crazy about Japanese stationery? Well, it’s cute first and foremost. It is different. It is affordable. And using it is fun. Also, because the quality of Japanese stationery has always been very consistent. The products are given extra attention to detail. So you know that it is reliable and won’t break down during your final exam, an important meeting, or if you’re lending your pen to someone.
Here are our top 10 Japanese stationery picks to help you make writing more fun and be more organised!
1. Midori D-Clips
Midori is known for their unique clips of paper and filing items. They produce beautiful products like notebooks, sticky notes, etc. These items will make your day better and cheer you up! Their original character “ojisan” items are must-have and you will definitely fall for his one-of-a-kind look and lovable behaviour. We'd recommend the animal paper clips though, you can create your own zoo of organised paper!
2. Sakura Gelly Roll Gel Pen
Sakura first marketed its new invention of gel inks in 1984. Since then, it has continued to master gel ink technology; they offer an amazing variety of colors, opaqueness and special effects. Decorate your journals, organize your notes with these incredible, smooth-rolling gel pens!
3. Lihit Lab Teffa Pen Case
The Lihit Lab Teffa Pen Case is a book-style pencil case that features a three-sided zipper opening, and an internal section divider. This sleek design has more than enough pockets to contain all your necessary stationery. It’s not too big, nor is it too small, it’s just right! And sits perfectly inside a bag, purse, etc.
4. Japanese Totoro Pens
Totoro is a character based on My Neighbor Totoro, the 1988 Japanese animated fantasy film. Since then, Totoro, along with the film, have become cultural icons. From cute teddies to pens, you’ll find all things Totoro! Also, all stationery stores in Japan sell separately pen/ pencil caps to kawaii your regular stationery items! (Range of designs and colors) Don’t miss checking them out!
5. Japanese Shaker Pencils – Pilot Dr. Grip
Pilot was founded in 1918 as a Japanese Pen Manufacturer. The Dr. Grip Pilot is ergonomically weighted with an excessive grip that makes it fit perfectly between your hands. In particular, the mechanical pencil “Skytime” has a unique ribbed grip that allows more air into the grip (heat conduction). But do you hate having to click down on the cap every time you run out of lead? Well, just shaking this pencil up and down will extend it instead! How cool is that! Perfect for stressful situations like examinations. *Note: It does also work by clicking on the cap too, don't worry.
6. Sun-Star Stickyle Scissors
Founded in 1952, Sun-Star is very famous for its Stickyle Scissors! They are compact and foldable, so you can store them just about anywhere! They come in various designs and colors, and in general are very convenient to have. It is safe and creates clean finishes as you use them. Never be without a handy pair of scissors again!
7. Kawaii Japanese Erasers
I'm not lying when I say there are endless eraser options too! From professional use to cute puzzle rubber erasers, you’ll definitely want to check them out! There are kawaii erasers in the form of fruits and vegetables that are very well known among teenagers. There are scented erasers as well; the Cola scented ones are especially famous!
8. Kuretake Clean Color Real Brush Watercolour Brush Pens
These pens come with a range of colors in 12, 24, 36, 48, and 60 sets! The design is very minimalistic and attractive, which makes them popular with both beginner and professional artists alike. The ink is pigmented and the tip of the brush is faded! These are great if you love painting/ drawing and don’t want to go through the trouble of carrying watercolors and water with you! Best for you anime lovers out there who love to create new characters!
9. Kokuyo Stapleless Stapler Harinacs Compact Alpha
This stapler is unique looking and compact! Even more it is stapleless!! No more trouble buying new staples, forgetting to bring staples, or hurting your fingers trying to take out staples! It comes in several colors and can easily be stored away somewhere convenient! Also, very eco-friendly! Who knew a stapler could be so exciting?!
10. Kokuyo Beetle Tip Dual Color Highlighter
This is a very unique highlighter! It has an interesting design, made for your convenience in particular! No more switching pens to highlight different sections with different colors. The tip is very carefully divided into two, made to look just like a beetle’s horn, so you can easily rotate and switch colors fast!
What do you think of our list? Are there any stationary items you wish you had? How about anything similar you already have back home? Or do you know an item that we should have had on the list? Let us know in the comments below what you think as always!
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