Inspiring Japanese books, stationery and stores

I've have always been obsessed with Japanese design as far back as I can remember!  It reflects a lot in my work since I'm attracted, not only to the Japanese Kawaii style but also, to the whimsical, graphic patterns which can be seen in Japanese fabric and stationery.  I thought I'd share with you a list of my favorite Japan-centric goodies that may inspire your creativity:

Self-made Stationery by Kazumi Udagawa -  This clever book will encourage you to turn packaging, ephemera, bus tickets, junk mail envelopes into amazingly useful items such as memo pads, notebooks, folders, bookmarks etc.  A real treat for the paper crafter!

Kokka Fabric - I really wish I could sew.  If I could, I would definitely be hunting out Japanese fabric and Kokka has one of the most beautiful range I've seen!

Uni Jetstream 0.5 Ball Point Pen - I have a decade-long online friend, Jacqui who lives in Japan. Her instagram account gives you a wonderful local perspective on Japanese life (particularly in Osaka.)   She makes and sells cute children's bags using beautiful Japanese fabric and, is also a very experienced marketing expert.  We met in real life for the first time this week and, it made me so grateful that the internet made it possible for our paths to cross.  Not only did she introduce me to Uni Jetstream pens (which are really lovely to write with!) but also to Loft (another good reason why I would want to visit Japan!)  Thanks so much Jacqui!

Handmade Bookmaking by Yo Yamazaki - Although the book is in Japanese, illustrations there are many illustrations to help guide you in making your own journals and notebooks.  It is an old publication now but you may be lucky enough to find a second copy on Ebay.

Hobonichi - After trying many types of planners, this is the one I've settled on.  It is the perfect size for putting in your handbag yet the pages are so spacious (one day per page!)  The added bonus is the Tomoe River paper which is not bulky yet very pen friendly.

MT Washi Tape - Authentic Japanese washi tape is in a league of its own.  The transluscent and light but strong quality of rice paper is really special as compared to the shiny, plastic-like nature of the non-Japanese washi tapes, which are freely available today.

Paumes books - I wish I could buy every book published by this company!  Although most of their books focuses on Scandinavian and European interior and garden aesthetics, the subjects, tone and styling of the photographs give you an insight of what the Japanese consider desirable.




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