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

  • 4/15/2018 - Just quick announcement: I wanted to let everyone know that over the next few months we are paring back our already minimal product offerings in favor of the Seven Seas and Cafe Note notebooks. We are also looking into manufacturing other "original" offerings of non-Tomoe River notebooks. We will continue to offer and expand upon notebook accessories. This will allow us to divert our resources, time and attention to the most popular products as well as improve/expand the information on our site.

  • 4/29/2018 - Quick update about the A5 Writer. The notebooks are ready in Japan, but shipping will be delayed due to the Golden Week holiday that takes place in Japan from 4/29-5/5. During Golden Week, much of the Japanese population takes a much-needed break from work, and I would say that my partners there are especially deserving. Our notebooks should be loaded on a boat the following week and will begin their 3-4 week journey at sea and through US customs. This puts the ETA to our store around June 9th at the earliest.



  • 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 check out our Notebook Value Comparison!

  • 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.