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Fresh for 2018! Japan’s Newest Stationery Goods are Just Too Fun & Kawaii

Fresh for 2018! Japan’s Newest Stationery Goods are Just Too Fun & Kawaii

Update: 21 May 2018

Japan is obsessed with stationery – and the rest of the world is obsessed with stationery from Japan! Everything is just so cute and whimsical, fancy and functional, the tiniest memo is sure to brighten up your everyday life. Indeed, the fandom is so big, Japanese stationery now get their very own events! An example of that is the “Bungu Joshihaku ("Girls' Stationery Convention") an event that took place from December 15 to 17, 2017. It drew not only large crowds of enthusiasts, hobbyists, and the curious but also made big waves all over Japanese media.
So, what are the current trends? Stationery freaks, here are the highlights and must-haves, from masking tape for every surface to cute hedgehog memos!

Masking Tape – Everything Looks Fancier with a Splash of Color!

Masking Tape – Everything Looks Fancier with a Splash of Color!

Japan’s masking tape, also often called washi tape, has already conquered the heart of many a DIY enthusiast. Use the patterned tape to decorate virtually everything, from making a boring notebook unique to giving a personal touch to a standard wrapping paper. Even furniture and walls aren’t safe from Japan’s masking tape revolution, shining in a new, colorful look!

The best thing about Japanese masking tape is that it is incredibly easy to use. Like plain tape, you simply tear or cut it wherever you want. Creating patterns and cool looks becomes child’s play! Use a single, broad strip down the spine of a folder to make it look special in an instant, mix thinner masking tapes with similar colors to decorate a picture frame, notebook, or pencil box. The possibilities are endless. We even found masking tape especially made for interior decoration, perfect to give a plain drawer a fresh look!

Memos and Greeting Cards – Make Every Message Special

Memos and Greeting Cards – Make Every Message Special
▲Fruits Block (Melon/ Pineapple/ Apple/ Orange/Water-melon) /peperableフルーツブロック 450 yen (+tax.)
▲Musubin Hedgehog/kamiterior むすびん ハリネズミ【ボックスタイプ】 300 yen (+tax.)

What’s so special about memos, you ask? Everything, says Japan! Even small words can mean the world to someone dear to you, so why not give them the appropriately adorable shape? The latest trend is memos and greeting cards that are folded and wrapped, like the little hedgehog you see in the picture. Once you’re able to resist those beady eyes and manage to unfold the little guy, you’ll find plenty of space to write a message!

▲kamiterior fuji-san(left), ukiyo-e 2(right)  800 yen (+tax.)

Traditional motifs like Mount Fuji or dancing ukiyo-e animals are perfect to accompany a souvenir from Japan. Unlike a regular greeting card or memo, they make an excellent decoration for any desk while keeping the words inside a secret.

▲kamiterior monoii 450 yen (+tax.)

Traditional motifs like Mount Fuji or dancing ukiyo-e animals are perfect to accompany a souvenir from Japan. Unlike a regular greeting card or memo, they make an excellent decoration for any desk while keeping the words inside a secret.

Sticky Notes – The Cutest, Funniest Reminders You’ve Ever Seen

Sticky Notes – The Cutest, Funniest Reminders You’ve Ever Seen
▲Stick Notes of mustache men/株式会社日本ホールマーク イメチェンあんぐりパパ付箋 410 yen

Fancy up your workspace with Japan’s fun, interactive sticky notes! Long gone are the days of a simple colored strip to remind you of important things. Now, quirky characters and beautiful boys are here to do the job. Pull on the dude’s mighty mustache to reveal the actual note and stick it back up to protect it from curious glances.

▲kamiterior Pull+Push 410 yen

Especially awesome is the type of sticky note that you can pull in and out – grab on to the doggie’s bum and reveal the secret message hidden inside! Whether you want to use this creatives sticky notes to surprise people or to keep your passwords secured in a colorful, tiny envelope, the possibilities of these whimsical memory aids are endless!

Olyester Origami – Step Up Your Folding Game!

Olyester Origami – Step Up Your Folding Game!
▲Olyster Origami/TOYOBO オリエステルおりがみ 400 yen

Origami is a beloved pastime in Japan and thus a classic souvenir. But who wants classic if you can have fancy? Olyester Origami uses special sheets of ultra-thin polyester that are just as foldable as regular paper, but look way cooler, are waterproof, and sturdier. On top of that, the glossy sheets come in numerous prints and colors, even featuring anime motifs such as Neon Genesis Evangelion shown above. Traditional prints are just as beautiful, of course, and even not-so-talented people will find the Olyester Origami sheets to make for excellent decoration.

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Learning and studying instantly becomes a lot more fun if you fancy it up with Japan’s latest stationery trends. You don’t have to be a creative genius to make these little goodies work – everything is as functional as it’s cute. Whether you want to surprise a DYI-loving friend at home or stock up your own stationery arsenal, there’s no need to hold back!

*This information is from the time of this article's publication.

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