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What Stationery Do Japanese Students Use To Stay Organized?

By Alana Juric
August 17, 2021

With Japan’s competitive school systems, Japanese students have to study hard. Fortunately, stores like Daiso, Tokyu Hands, and Japanese stationery stores have them covered with whole toolkits of awesome Japanese stationery to make their studies more efficient. 

If you are a student, an organized office worker, or just love kawaii stationery, these 8 products are game changers when it comes to writing, organizing, and filing!

Daiso's Correction Tape

If you make a mistake, don’t worry! Correction tape can cover it right up! Simply roll the tip of the tape across the error to cover it with a blank white canvas, ready for you to rewrite. It’s like white-out, but no need to wait for it to dry. 

This tape is a must-have in the arsenal of any Japanese student, especially if you make a mistake during a test. You can pick these tapes up at almost any stationery shop, but the 100 yen shop Daiso wins when it comes to price!

A hand applying correction tape to a list that is lying on a white paper next to a pink pen

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Kokuyo's Harinacs Stapleless Stapler

Of all office supplies, the stapler is one of the most annoying. The staples always get messed up on your paper sheets. When you need to throw stacks of paper out, you need to remove the tiny metal staples before you can recycle or shred the paper. Plus, the staplers themselves require constant refilling, and can be dangerous for children, despite them being one of the most useful items in a classroom. 

That’s where Kokuyo’s stapleless stapler comes in! These staplers were first invented in Japan about a decade ago, but only really took off with Kokuyo’s Harinacs line. The stapleless staplers make two incisions in the paper sheets, then folds a tab back and inserts it into one of the incisions. If your home or office doesn’t have one of these yet, it’s time to get one!

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Lihit Lab's Teffa Pen Case

This book-type pen case is perfect for organizing all your pens and pencils. The pen case has elastic loops to hold your pens and pencils, so that they are all laid out in neat rows as soon as you open it. Now you will no longer need to rummage through your case looking for the exact pen you need. Lihit Lab is also one of the best Japanese stationery brands for cute pencil cases.

Muji's Colored Pencils

True to Muji’s usual style, the pencils have simple packaging and design. But don’t be fooled, despite their outer monochrome look, Muji’s colored pencils come in a huge variety of colors. 

The pencil has an exterior made from high-quality cedar wood, and has a 3.2mm colored core. The core is soft without being crumbly, delivering vibrant colors with precision. Muji’s colored pencils are a great option for artists on a budget.

A photo of a large Muji store with people walking by it during the day time

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Sun Star Stationery's Sticky Notes

Sticky notes might not be the first thing you think of when it comes to student stationery, but Sun Star’s sticky notes are tailor-made to help you study. These sticky notes aren’t for taking notes. Instead, they are used to mark important pages in books and make memos on calendars. 

The sticky notes come with all kinds of kawaii designs, including cute Nintendo characters and teddy bears, to add some cuteness to your pencil case or go with your favorite Japanese kawaii plushies

Kokuyo's Campus Notebook

This is the most popular notebook amongst Japanese students. In fact, it’s so recognizable that the Campus Notebook can be spotted in a number of anime!  It’s extremely functional, with a simple layout, efficient design, and cheap price that make it a must-have. The paper is silky smooth and acid-free, so your notes won’t fade. 

Kuretake's Fountain Brush Pen

Japanese brush pens are designed to imitate the strokes of a real Japanese calligraphy brush. Even if you don’t intend to write kanji (Chinese writing used in Japanese), these pens will elevate your handwriting, and are perfect for when you are writing letters or signing documents that need that extra flourish. 

Kuretake’s pen tips are made from high quality nylon fibers, rather than the animal fur that traditional Japanese brushes are made from. Kuretake’s pen is classified as a n°8 fountain pen, so it is designed with everyday handwriting in mind, much like a regular fountain pen. However, the font it produces is very different from that of a normal fountain pen.

A woman sits and practices English calligraphy with a fountain brush pen.

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Delo Paper Clips

These are not the metal paper clips you are thinking of. These paper clips are literally made of paper! They are colorful little triangles that can be slotted over your stack of papers, binding up to 15 sheets of copy paper. 

Even better, they are far more eco-friendly than regular paper clips, since they are made from 100% environmentally friendly materials. The clips’ vast array of colors also makes them great for organizing study materials, with some even having encouraging messages!

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