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Writing Mats - Soft Green


This is the listing for the translucent green soft mat. It is flexible and has a matte finish.


A writing mat goes under the paper you are writing on and enhances the pen- or pencil-to-surface connection. Mats, or "underlay mats", are very popular in Japan, where penmanship is still part of their rigorous educational system.

You can also use a writing mat as an extension of the end of a page in a thick notebook so that your palm always has a place to rest.

They come in three sizes*: A5, B5 and A4. If you work with various paper sizes, A4 is largest and will cover all your needs, although larger usually also means it is harder to transport.


Mats come in four different surfaces: smooth, matte, smooth-soft and matte-soft. You may have to experiment a bit before your find your preference. You might like one surface in particular, or one for pens and a different one for pencils. You be the judge - there is no right or wrong.

Please see the other listings for pictures and more information.


Made in Japan.


* Actual sizes are slightly larger than ISO sizes as are as follows:


A5: 155x215

B5: 178x248


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  1. best! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 16th Jul 2021

    I love this and the other writing items I’ve been receiving. I’m a customer for life!

  2. This is the best soft one, because it's reversible 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 13th Apr 2021

    And one side gives you grip, but its also good to write on. The only problem? Nanami NEVER has any in stock, so I just spend elsewhere....

  3. Nicest writing mat I own 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 31st Mar 2021

    It is surprisingly supple and thin, great for a heavy hand and for bold lines with inky pens. This is a necessary purchase for the ultra thin pages of Seven Seas or similar.

  4. A Very Handy Item For Writing 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 27th Mar 2021

    This thin A5 size journal or pad of paper comes in very handy when writing and not wanting to leave any imprint on the next sheet of paper.
    The mat is thin enough that is does not get in the way when writing.

  5. If you're a fountain pen lover, this product is a must 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 23rd Mar 2021

    If you write with a fountain pen on any of the fountain pen friendly papers such as Tomoe River, Apica, Rhodia, or any of the other myriad of choices, this pad is a must. The quality is excellent and provides a nice smooth writing surface under the thinner papers. Your pen will transform into the writer you always wanted it to be. I will be buying the A4 when it is back in stock. I'm very pleased.

  6. A Terrific Addition To Your Journal Writing 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 18th Mar 2021

    I thought these matts would be a good addition to journal writing.
    I just did not across them before.
    I would recommend these matts with my highest approval.

  7. When you just need something to make writing nicer 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 10th Mar 2021

    I've been writing without a mat for almost 3 decades. I like fine pens and have generally written on thin papers. I splurged on the Seven Seas notebook with TR paper and wanted to prevent imprints from one page to the next...enter the soft mat. This mat really helps to cushion pointy, extra fine pens so that they actually write better. I have several .25 to .4 pens that are now a pleasure to write with because of this mat.

  8. Surprisingly satisfying to use 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 1st Nov 2020

    As an object, I didn't think this would be particularly appealing to me. I don't tend to care for the feel of this typer of material and so I held off getting one. This was absurd because it is placed behind the paper you write on so you only feel it as a writing surface. I use it in my Hobonichi and it does a wonderful job of making it feel like you are writing on a pad of paper. I have arthritis in my thumbs and it also makes it much easier to have good penmenship with my gel pens. I love it!

  9. A low cost essential purchase 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 13th Oct 2020

    These mats are superb. When placed underneath a page in an a5 Writer they create a surface that is neither too firm, nor too soft. It is just right. I don't press hard when I'm using a fountain pen, but when I use a pencil (even a Blackwing 602) the reqiured pressure leaves an indent a page or two deep.

    The mat is a nice shade of green and looks somehow much more expensive than it is. A very worthwhile purchase to accompany any a5 Tomoe River notebook.

  10. I like it! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 2nd Aug 2020

    Originally when I received it I was disappointed because I had apparently neglected to look at the size (was it listed?) and it's kind of small BUT when I went to use it in my classic sized Happy Planner I realized it's (almost) perfectly sized to use behind each sheet! So I'm happy and will use regularly. Thank you!

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