Midori MD Cotton, the 5th anniversary notebook.

Even a humble notebook can carry a sense of history. Midori recently released the 5th anniversary edition of its signature notebook, the MD. Called “MD Cotton,” it comes in 4 sizes, with a white cover and sheets, unlike the usual MD Paper in pale cream.


The silky bookmark is white.


In front, the embossed logo says “MD Cotton” instead of “MD Paper.”


The paper has a little more texture compared to the regular run, and the fibers are more obvious to the eye. My torture test for premium paper is my Waterman Pink nib. Fine vintage nibs can drag the fiber out of place, and the gush of ink that comes with added pressure on the downstroke can’t be handled by ordinary paper. Both MD notebooks perform wonderfully. The MD Cotton has a touch more “give” during writing.


Upping the crave factor for notebook junkies, Midori also issued a canvas MD Notebook bag.


There’s a main compartment, plus two pen slots and a pocket on the outside.


The A5 MD notebook is a perfect fit.


A pen, pencil and your smartphone would be a good combination if you want to step out and have a think at a nearby café.


If you want to go full-on gadget, an iPad mini fits neatly inside with some wiggle room, and you can tuck in a stylus instead of a pen. The paper can take light watercolor washes, so I’ve decided to slot in a waterbrush, a Midori brass pencil, and a super-compact Daler-Rowney watercolor travel kit.


Several years ago, Midori released a 5th anniversary edition of their Traveler’s Notebook, which I was lucky enough to snag. Those of us who value our notebooks for the moments they hold can’t help but be drawn to a company that values its time on earth and celebrates it for our continued enjoyment. After all, an anniversary, more than a date, is the first page of the future.


  • Margana

    Your photos are fantastic! Love the peek at your watercolor palette. Your kit looks like a great travel companion.

  • artbybernadette

    Please, please share where you got that bag! And the notebooks! They look like a “must-have” item

  • Don

    I had to google “Simplicity is ultimately a matter of…” to see what the last word and attribution were. Nice one!

  • Johanna

    I love your blog! I’ll be in Manila in a few days; can you recommend any good fountain pen stores? Thanks!

  • leighpod

    Bundoki has the notebooks! But the bag is already out of stock. 🙁

  • leighpod

    Definitely Scribe. They have branches in Shangrila Plaza, Eastwood and Glorietta. 🙂

  • Den Lim

    HTC One! How is it?

  • Pingback: Link Love: The Two Weeks Late Edition | The Well-Appointed Desk()

  • http://leighreyes.com Leigh Reyes

    I like it very much, especially after the 4.2 update that improved power management. Camera is exceptional. Hoping we get 4.3 soon.

  • Kevin Joric Apolonio

    Haha, as a fellow who’s had (a) One (sorry for the bad joke :P) for a few months now, I must say it’s a rather excellent phone. It’s just that there’s a bit of a software issue with the camera that makes it struggle with low light photography, which is rather ironic since HTC ostensibly designed this to be an excellent low-light camera replacement.

    Anyway, this was an informative article; I knew about the Eastwood and Shang branches of Scribe, but only just found out about the Glorietta branch. I’m wondering about my memory, haha.

    Another excellent post, thanks!

  • Ceci

    Just came upon your blog and post, admiring the wonderful photos. Almost fell over with envy when I spotted the lovely 5th anniversary midori. It’s so lovely! One of these days, I hope to track down one of these rare beauties! Thanks for sharing!

  • David Munson

    Arriving to the comments section a year plus too late, but with a question. Anyone know if these are a temporary addition to the Midori lineup or if they’ll continue? I picked up two on a trip to Tokyo in November and now I want more. Really fantastic, I already loved the notebooks, and this version makes them just about perfect.