Japan is well known for its stationery. We’ve been collecting the best of Tokyo, Kyoto and Nara stationery items from unique japanese washi paper shops, traditional calligraphy brush makers and designers. It comes in a very special kiribako box from Hiroshima prefecture that translates the best of Japanese craftsmanship.
Kiribako x1 from Hiroshima (23cm x 18cm x 5cm)
Kiribako, or paulownia wood boxes, were used to contain betrothal gifts in the Japanese imperial family as well as to protect various goods of values such as shamisen. Nowadays, it is still used, of course, to protect precious items. But it is also an art craft itself. Everything is thought out down to the millimeter. The lid of the box fits perfectly into the lower part. Once closed, you can barely see the separation between the two. The less visible the separation, the greater the craftsman’s dexterity. This kiribako was made in Hiroshima prefecture, in the city of Fuchu by Mr Moriyama, whose family founded the company in 1945.
Notepad x1 and bookmarks x4 from Kyoto
Uragu is a tiny shop, hidden in the back streets of Miyagawacho, one of Kyoto’s geisha districts. There, you can find beautiful stationeries with clean designs carefully thought out by Manabito Sasaki, the designer of the store. We have included two products from this shop. The first is a small notepad with a crane design. The crane is a symbol of longevity and good fortune in Japanese culture. The crane is hiding, and Ms. Manabito tells us that it’s up to the person using the notepad to imagine the reason. Also included, four bookmarks. Japanese people often find unfinished things beautiful, because that allows you to use your imagination. You will notice a lot of empty spaces in the design of these bookmarks. You can imagine what is hidden behind those unfinished designs.
Fude pen x1 from Nara (colors and patterns will be randomly chosen)
Akashiya, in the city of Nara, is an institution with more than 380 years of history. The company opened in the middle of the Edo period. It produces approximately 2 million brushes per year. It aims to transmit the tradition and elegance of Japanese calligraphy to the world. Today, the company manufactures of course traditional brushes for sumi (ink) calligraphy. But also more modern tools such as fude pens which are a mix between brush and pen. In Peko Peko’s Stationery box you will find a fude pen, wrapped in a beautiful origami paper with traditional patterns. Perfect for practicing calligraphy without needing all the materials.
Hand made washi Notebook x1 from Kyoto
For this beautiful notebook, we went to the Kami to Wa store in Kyoto and met with Miwako. The store was founded by her grandparents 88 years ago. Washi is a traditional Japanese paper which was conveyed from China 1400 years ago. The notebook pages are handmade washi paper and binded together by hand. Washi is made with a local ingredient called kozo tree which is a Japanese mulberry. Japanese farmers have been making washi paper after harvesting the rice, so it was considered as a side job for the farmers for a long time. The cover of the notebook is made with yuzen paper. Yuzen paper is a japanese traditional paper made in Kyoto and is all hand painted. The patterns come from kimono clothes. The cover paper of this notebook depicts cranes which are a symbol of longevity and good fortune in Japan.
Washi tape x1 from Tokyo
MT is a japanese company established in the beginning of 1920. It is the first masking tape company having made japanese paper washi tape. For this tape, Japanese traditional patterns are used. They are inspired by chrysanthemum flowers. Masking tape made of washi paper is strong while being extremely thin compared with others and it can be removed easily without leaving a trace. Use your imagination and make beautiful patterns with the tape.
Washi stickers x30 from Tokyo
To decorate your notebooks, letters or any other objects, we have included these stickers with rabbits, cherry blossoms and plum flower patterns. In Japan, the rabbit is a symbol associated with luck and longevity. Sakura flowers symbolise the transience of life. Indeed, cherry blossoms are gorgeous, but have a brief lifespan. It reminds us that life is beautiful but short. Plum flowers are associated with good health, strong endurance, and overcoming adversity.