The Japanese notebook megapost.

Because they sure come up with the happiest ones.

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This A5 “Edge Title” notebook by Kokuyo leaves space for indexing and annotating your notes.

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Maruman’s Septcouleur has extremely smooth ruled paper and is now available in National Bookstore. The stiff plastic cover means you can just dump it into a tote without worrying about creased edges.

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Life’s Noble Note is right up there with Midori MD in my all-time favorite notebook list. It’s not the only kind of notebook Life makes. Their “Bible-size” Premium notebook has white laid paper with good wet strength. It is also fountain pen-friendly.

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Midori has an animal-coded line of notebooks with kraft paper covers. They used to be available at Scribe, although I haven’t seen new stock in a while. This is a small polar bear notebook with feather-resistant white paper.

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Liscio-l is for fountain pens and it says so right on the cover. (Which does not come ink-splattered, that was my unintentional intervention.) The paper isn’t glassy-smooth. It has a touch of texture that can help guide a smooth Japanese nib along.

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Kokuyo designed the Paracuno to be easy to roll up. Bug swatter? Self-defense aid? Airport pillow? Surely this will come in handy for more than just boring old note-taking.

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First skinny jeans, then slim notebooks. When will the madness end?

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For the undecided or the easily bored, Life also has the Duet Notebook. This version has both grid and blank sheets. The paper is cream more than white, and the grid lines are faint green.

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What’s happening? I feel dizzy. Is this benign positional vertigo? No, it’s a notebook with diagonal lines and a tiny corner reserved for straight lines. Why? I’m not sure I want to know.

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Be happy. Get yourself a Japanese notebook today.

  • Margana

    Such variety, but how can you tell they are happy?

  • leighpod

    Um, from the little shrieks they make when I doodle in them? 😀

  • Margana

    Well, that’s one way to respond to torture. 😛

  • Evie

    I am a Filipina in Tokyo at the moment and have been checking out notebooks and fountain pens. I love Maruman and Kokuyo notebooks but yesterday I saw a Noble Notes notebook at Tsutaya bookstore in Daikanyama and it is amazing. Thanks for the post. I plan to go to Ito-ya in Ginza tomorrow to check out your suggestions.

  • leighpod

    Bwahahahahaha!

  • leighpod

    Life Noble Note, Apica. C.D., Midori MD. 🙂

  • http://estilofilos.blogspot.jp/ Bruno Taut

    I hate to be the carrier of bad news, but you are missing something VERY good–the Premium C.D. NOTEBOOK (written with that strange capitalization) by Apica: http://www.apica.co.jp/cd_notebook/

    Oh, is it smooth? Its only drawback might by the drying time. On the good points, there is a square format that could be wonderful on the right hands.

    For Evie in Tokyo–there are cheaper places to buy in Tokyo other than Itoya and Daikanyama. Of course, both places are a treat, but you can get 20% off in other places.

    Thanks, Leigh, for keeping your blog active and appealing!

    BT

  • leighpod

    I have an Apica C. D. here somewhere… You are right about the drying time! So where are these mysterious “other places”? Spill!

  • Guest

    (We have) no secrets, as Carly Simon said. All I know about pens is written on my blog. Re shops, here you have the link: http://estilofilos.blogspot.jp/p/tokyo-pen-shops.html

    My first choice to buy notebooks would be Sekaido in Shinjuku (two branches). 20% discount is by default in there, and there is a WIDE selection. After that, some shops at the street market in Ameyoko also carry some stationeries, and at Yodobashi Camera you can also find some goods. Among the, those Apica C.D. notebooks.

    But you know you would be my guest should you come to Tokyo, right?

    BT

  • http://estilofilos.blogspot.jp/ Bruno Taut

    There are no secrets, as Carly Simon said. All I know about pens is written on my blog. Re shops, here you have the link: http://estilofilos.blogspot.jp/p/tokyo-pen-shops.html

    My first choice to buy notebooks would be Sekaido in Shinjuku (two branches). 20% discount is by default in there, and there is a WIDE selection. After that, some shops at the street market in Ameyoko also carry some stationeries, and at Yodobashi Camera you can also find some goods. Among the, those Apica C.D. notebooks.

    But you know you would be my guest should you come to Tokyo, right?

    BT

  • Shirley Furby

    Beautiful hand regardless of paper but such dark pictures from the same penman/woman?

  • Jon Buller

    One of my primary requirements for a shirt-pocket notebook is that it have a blank, sketchable cover. Only the Midori seems suitable for this, but this model no longer seems available in Benighted States. Will have to stick with Moleskine.

  • Christian le Comte

    No idiot’s were harmed in the making of
    this stuff 🙂

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  • shedoesmathstoo

    Leigh, about that “vertiginous” notebook (I don’t see a given name), do you find more of the page lies flat in actual use compared to a normal notebook?

  • http://leighreyes.com Leigh Reyes

    Yes! 😀 We will bug you! 😀

  • http://be.net/georgianul Georgian Constantin

    These remind me so much of Gentian’s 🙂