If you're a fan of the Midori MD notebook and wished they had pads of the same paper with matching envelopes...well here it is, in size A5! From this page you can purchase a pad, matching envelopes, or a set of both.
The A5 (148x210mm, about 5.8x 8.3 inches) pad has 40 sheets with fifteen 10mm lines. It comes in a streamlined, minimalist, elegant paper folder, so there's no need to purchase a separate padfolio to carry this on your next voyage. In fact, this set reminds of a modern version of something you would have seen long ago on a steamship or in a fancy hotel. Printed at the bottom of each sheet is a tiny light-gray "MIDORI". About one-third of the way down from the top of the sheet, on either edge, are a pair of tiny arrows which are actually folding marks for folding the paper in just the right way for insertion into the matching envelope.
The paper has no folding marks because you just fold it in half and put it in the envelope.
The envelopes come with inner sleeves, similar to what you would see in a wedding invitation. There are 6 envelopes in a pack.
The folder has a letter writing guide and a calendar of Japanese holidays by month. It's all in Japanese but the paper and envelopes have no writing (except for the tiny "MIDORI" on the pad, mentiond above).
Overall this is a really nice set, and to top it off, both the paper and envelopes are fountain-pen friendly. Midori's approach to most things is simple, minimalist design taken to the limits of functionality and quality. This letter set is a great example of that.
Posted by Aaron on 25th Jul 2016
This stationary with envelopes is excellent. It has a very premium feel, and works great with a fountain pen. Envelopes are just like the stationary, and the liners are a nice touch as well.
Posted by Luke on 16th Dec 2015
I have used this A5 pad and the recommended envelopes to send quite a few letters now. A wonderful product. The paper is creamy and a delight in the hand. Just a hint of tooth, which I enjoy. The spacing, as other reviewers have noted, is wider than we may be used to, but it is similar to the spacing that historically would have been used for correspondence. For me, it gives letters a breezy, uncramped, friendly quality. And, if anything, encourages me to be less long-winded, and takes the pressure off to write a tome for every letter.
Posted by Michael Sebastian on 26th Dec 2014
I essentially agree with review #2 ("All the benefits of Tomoe River, but better"). Ideally I'd have slightly smaller line spacing, but this is a small concern.
Great paper; haven't regretted buying it.
Posted by Brian Slater on 12th Nov 2014
I have come to expect that Midori products will be well-made, simple, and designed to be both aesthetically and functionally delightful. If you purchase this stationery, you will most likely be tempted to save it for your most important correspondence. The paper works well with all kinds of ink, but you will want to use your finest fountain pens because that is what it is designed for. There is nothing really special or superfluous here - a simple package of cream-colored medium weight paper with traditional Japanese wide line spacing (faint gray), neatly packaged in a protective folder, together with equally simple lined envelopes.
Posted by Douglas Johnson on 21st Sep 2014
This paper has the feel of regular paper as opposed to the dictionary or Bible-like feel of Tomoe River paper, and yet I find that my inks dry just as fast and don't bleed.
My only compliant is that the spacing between the lines is too great. I write small to begin with and so having the lines that far apart doesn't look great if you are a "small" writer like myself. This really is a small complaint however. Overall I prefer this paper to Tomoe River paper, but I knock off star just because of the line spacing.