Work: Goodies from the Mail Room by 3.1

Got to the office this evening for a night shift to find it not only blissfully empty, but one of my lovely colleagues had retrieved a small package for me from the mail room downstairs and it turned out to be a load of lovely goodies from the lovely people from The Journal Shop.

I was after a new Tombow eraser for my Japanese writing practise (which is mostly done in pencil, especially when I’m practising kanji) and the Iconic sticker pads for vocabulary lists are in preparation for getting back into the swing of things for uni. The Midori Traveler’s Notebook refills are for the upcoming trips, though partly to avoid splurging on more stationery than I have the luggage space for when I get to Japan.

I’ve been a regular customer of The Journal Shop for over 7 years now. My very first purchase from them back in 2012 was my Midori Traveler’s Notebook: I bought both sizes as I needed the passport size for work (to use as a train driver’s notebook) and wanted the regular size for journaling/travelling. It’s always so nice to receive stuff from them every now and again.

Stationery, not stationary by 3.1

If you can’t tell the difference between ‘STATIONERY’ and ‘STATIONARY’ you shouldn’t be allowed to own a ballpoint pen, never mind a fountain pen.

Pilot Iroshizuku take-sum ink with ystudio portable fountain pen with medium Schmidt nib.

MUJI loose leaf A4 graph paper. Slightly off-white and very lightweight, but with zero bleed through, even with thinner fountain pen inks and felt-tips and brush pens. At £2.95 for 100 sheets, it’s great quality and value for money.

The paper quality is like-for-like in smoothness with Midori’s MD paper pad, though at £9.95 for 90 sheets, MUJI is definitely the cheaper option.

The satin-smooth surface of both papers means that even with a really scratchy dip pen nib or fine pencil (I normally use a rotring 600 0.35mm Japan spec drafting pencil), the paper fibres do not catch the tips of whatever writing instrument you’re using.

Both papers are great for general writing, but with the 5mm grid size, they’re also great for kanji drills and JLPT revision.