Japanese stationery is well-loved, and for good reason.
Japanese stationery is renowned for quality and innovation, thoughtful design, and for consistently exceeding the high expectations of stationery lovers around the world.
How did Japanese stationery earn this reputation?
Calligraphy is a firmly held Japanese tradition that is still widely taught and seen as a valued skill today. The intricate characters of calligraphy often require fine-tipped pens or brush pens in order to be readable and neat on paper.
With such a presence and appreciation for handwriting and calligraphy, customers demand a high-quality product, and this burgeoning industry of Japanese stationery remains revered.
This strong stationery manufacturing base means manufacturers continuously seek ways to innovate on existing products, often leading to the creation of new and novel ones.
These reasons and those that follow show why there is such love for Japanese stationery and how the country's manufacturers created this cult-like following:
Japanese stationery aims to please and deliver products that work. For example, the richness of fountain pen ink doesn't necessarily require thick paper; resilient, thin paper is the answer that Stalogy answers in spades. Japanese products deliver results in pure, often underestimated packages.
2. Creative, innovative approaches to stationery problems.
If there's a stationery product or invention you ever wondered was out there, look to the world of Japanese stationery, where they've likely worked out a solution you will love.
Mechanical pencils have many advantages over a standard pencil, but Pilot took this one step further with
Still has all the advantage of a mechanical, Precision writing, no blurry lines and refillable. And then the innovation Pilot brings in additional due to the moveable weight inside when you shake - the motion of writing is often enough this propels the pencil lead down so no need to press the end of the pencil as usual! Genius!
3 Timeless sophistication.
Products that last and don't go out of style are the signature of Japanese stationery companies.
Stalogy is one such company that offers an aesthetically pleasing, beautiful yet simple, and top of the line paper product. Paper that is as smooth as silk, it makes writing by hand a pleasure. Quality at a fair price,
4. High quality, made-to-last products.
While Stalogy is not cheap, that doesn't mean Inexpensive Japanese stationery equates to cheap, poorly made products either. With customers who have such a high-quality bar, Japanese stationery manufacturers don't cut corners.
5. Respect for the process and attention to details.
Japanese stationery manufacturers are respectful of the writing process, small details, and what their customers want. The writing experience is interactive and creative, and these products are meant to engage and excite customers through all elements of writing (paper, pen, pencil, highlighter, eraser, pencil sharpeners, decorative tape, etc.)
6. An eye for and attention to detail.
Small details are what make similar products stand out from each other, and make a product functional, fun, and beautiful all at the same time. When we think functional, we are thinking Ohto again as well as Pentel and Pilot.