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  • About the store: We carry mainly writing paper - pads, notebooks, letter sets, and accessories - from Japan. If you have any questions or are not sure what you need, please feel free to contact us via the "About" link.



  • ANNOUNCEMENT: We are testing USPS "Parcel Post" rates for a few weeks, starting September 17, 2014. While the transit time is much longer than Priority Mail, the cost will be 10-20% lower, depending on where you are. If this shipping method works well, we will continue to offer it.

  • INTRODUCING "Samples by Mail" - If you want to try any of the papers we sell, you can request a sample! All you have to do is complete this form, send it to us along with a self-addressed, stamped envelope, and we will mail back your sample. This low-tech method will be replacing the "sample" items that were in our product list. Note: please limit your request to three samples.

  • The Seven Seas Writer is sold out! The second edition is scheduled to arrive late October 2014. Please stay tuned!

  • Please check out the new Japanese Binder System (J-Binder) page!

  • Writing in thick notebooks can be uncomfortable - as you get to the bottom of the page, your hand has no where to rest, and the pen becomes unstable. Here is are some tips that may help you avoid that situation.

  • Have you ever wondered whether that expensive notebook or paper pad you need is a good value relative to other choices out there? If so, please try this Notebook Value Calculator!

  • If you are concerned about "show through" of reverse-side writing on thin papers, please read this.


  • Check out these pictures of vintage handwriting samples on old paper from the "Golden Age" of handwriting. The lines on the handwritten letters are spaced 9.5mm apart; the lines on most of my correspondence papers are 10mm apart. Line spacing on note-taking paper (for example, steno/legal pads) and journals is typically 6-8mm.