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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. Totally game-changing with 52 gsm Tomoe River 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 21st Jun 2020

    These writing mats feature a textured side and a smooth side, and fit in the notebook with about a half inch of overhang on the long side.

    These writing pads are a necessity not only because they make the writing experience so much smoother and more tactile, but they also prevent imprinting in 52 gsm Tomoe River Paper, which may be the only issue with the paper.

    Because it is so light, 52 gsm Tomoe River paper can imprint as you write, and the indentions in the paper from your writing can be visible five to ten pages below where you wrote. These mats eliminate that issue, and ensure that each new page is clean and free from indentations from your previous writing.

    Highly recommended!

  2. Never used one before 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 28th May 2020

    I've never used a writing mat before but so far I like it. The texture prevents the paper from sliding around, and one side is slightly rougher than the other, giving a different "feel" when writing. I've been using it in a Clairefontaine french ruled practice notebook with a flex nib dip pen, and it is much sturdier for the pen than writing on layers of paper. In the future I'll purchase one of the hard mats to compare.

  3. Turns out "soft, matte" writing mats are my favorite 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 4th May 2020

    Yes, it's a little thicker than the average mat, but to me it is well worth it. I find it stays in my book better and makes writing for long periods easier. I intended to cut the A5 mat in half to use in my A6 book, but I tried it in an A5 notebook first and liked it so much, I've ordered another so I can use them in various size books. Great product!

  4. Makes writing a breeze 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 29th Apr 2020

    I picked this up just to see what the difference would be from not using anything under the page I'm writing on. It's a flexible, textured on one side, and smooth on the other. I found that it made my pens contact with the page and my penmanship so much better. I also love that it makes it so you can't really see any ghosting from the back of the page. And, if you use a lot of pressure when writing, this mat prevents you from leaving indentations on the pages below it that eventually get in the way of a smooth writing experience when you finally write on the next page. The only drawback, and it's not a big deal for me, is that it is a bit thick. I use this all the time now.

  5. well made 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 14th Jan 2020

    Product has excellent construction smooth on one side textured on the other. You can use with the seven seas journals but you will sacrifice 1/2 inch of the page due to the thickness of the mat.

  6. Love it 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 4th Jan 2020

    Great quality and pleasing green color. Use it on my Seven Seas notebooks and A5 Hobonichi Cousin. It is a little thicker so it took a little getting used to, but I do not put it all the way into the notebook binding and it works well. Now I prefer it to my other thin shitajiki boards.

  7. The best 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 14th Oct 2019

    Excellent quality. The mat is thick, flexible and comfortable to write on. It’s made in Japan.

  8. Don't buy this if you intend to use with Seven Seas notebooks 1 Star Review

    Posted by on 26th Sep 2019

    Very disappointed that Dave sells this mat since it was WAY, WAY too thick to use with Seven Seas notebooks.

    Let me explain further:

    this mat is from Kyoei-Orions, a well known brand for japanese writing mats. They produce dozens of variants in different sizes, colors and most important to this review, THICKNESSES. This particular product sold here is 1.2MM thick which unfortunately quickly causes the pages to pull AWAY from the notebook binding, revealing the actual threading and making it way too easy to have the page rip. It makes the notebook look and perform terribly (think heavy wrinkles, visible uneven writing surface).

    With that out of the way, you should look for the variant that is <0.8MM thick, which is (correct me if I am wrong), the thinnest variant Orions produces. Unfortunately, you have to look elsewhere to buy this version. Good luck!

    Note from Dave:
    I agree that this mat is thick! However, I use it all the time in the Cafe Note. I just don't shove it all the way towards the binding, and for me it works fine.

  9. Found a different way to use these mats 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 20th Jul 2019

    I use the Seven Seas Writer notebook. I like writing just on the stack of paper in the book; I don't like the feel of a writing mat directly under the page I'm writing on. I also don't like using my cell phone as a hand heel rest because it tends to move around. I write on a lap desk, but it sits with a little bit of slant in my lap, and my phone tends to slide downward. So I bought about 5 of these green writing mats. Left the bottom one full sized. Cut the others in half crossways and glued them on top of each other on the bottom half of the full mat. The top half of the bottom full-sized A5 mat slips under the last page of the notebook. The bottom half has the half pieces glued on to almost the level of the pages near the beginning of the notebook. It gives me plenty of lift for my hand to feel comfortable writing in thick notebooks.

  10. Great for thin Tomoe river paper. 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 28th May 2019

    Love using this mat and prefer it over the hard ones. The sea green color is also very pleasing.

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