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Midori MD A5 Section Notebook

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This is a beautiful notebook from Midori, a very well-known high end stationery company in Japan. Itoya in Ginza has a large center display devoted to Midori products.

It has 176 pages (88 sheets) divided into 11 signatures, each stitched and bound into a book that stays flat when opened. The spine's cheesecloth reinforcement tape is exposed as a statement of fine craftsmanship. The paperboard cover is sturdy, thick and of the highest quality, debossed with the MD logo, and wrapped in a glassine sheet reminiscent of delicate rice paper.

The MD (“Midori Diary") paper was developed in the 1960s, and is very resistant to feathering and bleeding - making it a good choice for fountain pens, and of course ball points and gels. The paper is thin, allowing the notebook to be only 1cm thick. 

Each page has top, bottom and edge margins surrounding a soft blue 5mm grid.

Overall, this is very simple, well-executed design employing pure, natural colors and robust materials, perfectly capturing the Japanese aesthetic. If there were an Academy Award for beautiful notebooks, this one would surely be a nominee.

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  1. Impressed by the quality! 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 23rd May 2013

    In an email about paper Dave mentioned the Midori notebook. Having just recently discovered the LIFE products I was open to looking at more Japanese papers. First rate notebook. From the packaging to the cover to the color and weight of the paper, I felt this was a higher quality product than the Life Noble Note A5 notebook. Great price point! Great service from Dave! Hard to go wrong here. I have a hard time giving 5 stars to almost any product but I would give this one a 4 1/2 easy.