Japan Stationery Haul

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Okay, so I went to Japan and South Korea right after my final exams and I seriously dropped loads of cash on stationery. Not going to lie, stationery was probably the main thing I wanted to buy while on vacation. Japan is a stationery wonderland after all. Since I bought so much, I thought I’d do a haul! I haven’t used all of the items yet so I can’t say much but I might do a review on some of my favourite products later.


MUJI is seriously a dream. I love very simple and minimalistic things and that’s everything that MUJI embraces with its no-brand policy. Aside from their delicious snacks and stylish household goods, they are also known for their quality but reasonably priced stationery.

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From top to bottom: Hexagonal 6-colour Ballpoint Pen, Hexagonal Polycarbonate Gel Ink Ballpoint Pen Needle Type, Erasable Needle Ball Point Pen, Gel Ink Ballpoint Pen Hexagonal, Plastic Eraser Black

So far, I’ve only used the Gel Ink Ballpoint Pen Hexagonal and I really enjoy it. I got it in 0.25mm which is the thinnest pen I’ve got but it allows me to write smaller without smudging on my Hobonichi.

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From left to right: Gel-Ink Ballpoint Pen in Sky Blue & Green, Smooth Writing Gel Pen in Gray/Yellow Green/Sky Blue/Black

These are pens that I know and love so I just stocked up on some of my favourite colours and the essential black of course.

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Loft was by far my favourite store in Japan because of how stylish and cute everything was. The stationery section was amazing and even managed to overwhelm me, being the big pen freak that I am.

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From top to bottom: Zebra Colour Flight in 0.5mm in two different colours, Zebra Airfit LT in 0.5mm, Kokuyo Uno Onde Coloree in 0.5mm

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From top to bottom: Zebra Sarasa Push Clip Gel Pen in black/milk blue-green/milk green/blue-green, Zebra Sarasa Rapid Dry Ink

I’m a huge fan of Sarasa gel pens so I stocked up on my favourite colours! The Sarasa pens with rapid dry ink are absolutely amazing because they don’t smudge at all with my highlighters! It’s a shame I didn’t buy refills for them because I can see them becoming my go to note-taking pens.

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From top to bottom: Pilot-Hi-Tec-C Maica Gel Pen, Pilot Hi-Tec-C, Zebra Surari, Pilot FriXion highlighter, Raymay Penpass, Black Mono Eraser

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The numbered clips are Midori Brass Clips and the tabbed sticky notes are from Film Fusen. The Magnet Markers are by Hightide.

There wasn’t any packaging on the copper and big silver clips so I’m not sure where you could get those, sorry! I’ve been so obsessed with magnetic bookmarks that I’m slowly but surely gathering up a collection. They are just so cute and useful for textbooks and study notes. The Midori Brass clips were on my wish list for the longest time and I finally got them! I think those will be super helpful for indicating chapters in textbooks or notes.

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From left to right: Snoopy pencil case, Craig pencil case by Delfonics, pencil case from Artbox

Surprisingly, the pencil case is the only stationery item I bought from South Korea. Since I went to Japan first, I felt like I bought everything already so I really didn’t buy that much in Korea. Nevertheless I still went a bit crazy with pencil pouches. In fact, I actually bought  8 pouches in total on this entire trip, but the other ones were for toiletries and such. Crazy, right?!

Anyways! That concludes my Japan trip stationery haul! I bought a ton so I don’t think I’ll be buying new stationery anytime soon. Let me know if you have questions on any of the products or where I got them specifically. There were so many items that I must have left out some important information. See you in the next post!

 

Hobonichi Haul

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Hi there! For my first post of 2016 I showed you guys my new Hobonichi Techo planner. I also made a few purchases from the Hobonichi Web Shop. Let’s get into it!

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From left to right: Pilot Kakuno Fine Nip, Uni Jetstream Ink Refills, Pilot Namiki Ink, Staedtler Textsurfer Gel, Tsukineko Momento Dual Markers (Blue)

I bought another Pilot Kakuno because my first one had some leaking problems. Despite that, I still love the pen so I decided to buy another one. I wrote a post on it here, check it out!

And then I just bought some refill ink for my pens. The Staedtler Textsurfer is something I’ve been wanting to try. My friend got me the wax highlighter from Muji last year and I absolutely love it. It’s the only highlighter that doesn’t smudge for me when I go over text written with gel ink pens.

Lastly, I bought these dual markers that I’ve never heard of before. They looked sort of interesting and the weren’t expensive so I just bought them (this is what happens when you are an online shopping addict).

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Sorry for the bad lighting because I always seem to take pictures at night lol. Anyhow, they are quite nice but nothing spectacular. And I have absolutely no idea where I’m going to use them so maybe this specific purchase was a miscalculation on my part.

Next, I got a bunch of planner accessories for my new planner!

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Clockwise from the top: See-Through Dot Stickers, Frixion Stamps, Hobonichi Stencils, Hobonichi Sticky Notes

The see through stickers, stencils and sticky notes are all made by Hobonichi to fit perfectly in the Techo planners.

The stamps are by Frixion and are of course erasable. I bought a meal design, a clover design, and one with the kanji for day off/vacation.

Hope you enjoyed this haul!

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New Gel Ink Pens: Pilot Juice, Uni-ball Signo UM-120 & UM-153

Hi! I recently went on a crazy gel ink pen buying spree on JetPens and I thought I’d show you all what I got and what I think about each of the products!


Pilot Juice Pens – Pastel – 6-Colour Set (0.5mm)

I’ve been dying to try Pilot Juice pens for the looooongest time now since I only hear good things about them. Since I already have a ton of gel ink pens, I decided to go for the pastel collection. These pastel pens are great for writing on darker paper kraft paper because they really pop against the background.

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They are very pigmented but they definitely won’t show up well on white paper so just keep that in mind before planning to purchase. The purple is probably the only dark-ish pen of the bunch and it’s definitely my favourite. To me, it’s the second best shade of purple (you will see the first in just a second!)

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Anyhow, I totally get the hype around these pens. They are consistent and smooth writers with excellent ink quality. They are also very lightweight, comfortable to hold, and have a super convenient clipping mechanism on the pen body. One of my friends told me that she likes to clip her hair with her pen when she can’t find a hairpin around. Hey, you might look a little bit weirdl but at least your hair is out of your face, right?


Uni-ball Signo Angelic UM-120AC Gel Ink Pen – Green & Purple (0.7 mm)

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Next up is the Uni Signo! The iconic Uni Signo pens have done it again! I am super impressed with these pens. The colours are vibrant and the tip is very nice and soft. This shade of purple is my favourite out of all the purple pens I have used thus far.

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I only bought two pens because their prices were a little bit steeper than most with $2 a pen and no sets available. I also just wanted to try them out so I only purchased my two favourite colours. I can say I will for sure be purchasing the rest of the colours the next time I order from JetPens. The ink is very pigmented and thick, thus it takes a little longer to dry than usual, which is the only flaw of this pen. I also do wish there were finer tips available but I’m an all tip-size type of gal so I’m not complaining.


Uni-ball Signo Broad UM-153 Gel Ink Pen – White Ink

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Last but definitely not the least and perhaps even the best is the Uni Signo UM 153 in white ink. I bought this pen because I wanted to do some mix media with watercolour and I heard it was the best white ink pen around. This is possibly the most opaque white gel ink pen I’ve ever tried and it shows up fully opaque even on black paper. Unfortunately, I didn’t have any black paper around to test these pens with, but I did draw some hearts on the back of one of my notebooks for fun lol.

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As you can see above, the Uni-ball Signo pens really do go above and beyond compared the Pilot Juice pens in terms of opaqueness on white paper. Of course, it’s a given that the Pilot Juice pens might not have been designed for this purpose.

Cult Pens Haul + Review

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Believe it or not it’s quite hard to find online stationery stores that ship to Canada for a reasonable price. There has been so many times where I’ve put $10 worth of items in my cart and the shipping would come out to be $20. StationeryArt is quite good but pretty much everything I want is out of stock all the time. So this time, I decided to try out Cult Pens as an alternative to Stationery Art and JetPens. They have a nice selection but not as extensive as JetPens and some things are overpriced by almost 200% when you take into account currency conversion. Anyhow, I decided to splurge and order some pens that had been on my wishlist for ages.

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The first two things I got were Kuretake Zig CocoIro Letter Pen Bodies. I got the colours kiwi and strawberry. Since these were only the pen bodies, I also got two of the Letter Pen refills in black and mint green. I know it’s a little bit weird that I didn’t get a blue pen body to match the mint green ink but the kiwi was just so eye-catching I had to get it. As you can see the refill is sticking out of the pen body. I found that kind of weird at first but it doesn’t bother me at all really. The tip is hard but soft and flexible at the same time. As described on the website, you can’t write too fast with these pens because the ink flow can’t keep up.20150521_154417

20150521_154604All in all I find these pens aesthetically pleasing and nice to write with at the same time. I wouldn’t use them for note taking in class though since they kind of lag in the ink department. I’ll probably be using these pens to write cards or draw simple diagrams. And I’ll definitely be purchasing more pen barrels because they have a lot more cute colours!

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Ahem, excuse my bad handwriting. I’ve been wanting to try a fountain pen with a wider nib for some time now. I love my Lamy Safari fountain pen so I thought I’d try out the Lamy Joy Fountain Pen. Isn’t this pen just so beautiful? I love the bold red colour in contrast with the black barrel. Now, I’m no calligraphist but the wider nib just makes my writing look a lot fancier than it is, which I enjoy very much. Personally, I think this pen would make a great gift because of how stylish it looks and its quality.

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Lastly, I got the Pentel Brush Pen (sorry I forgot to take an individual picture but you can see it in the first picture above). It came with 4 cartridges of ink which was a bit of a surprise since I didn’t read the item details before ordering. I saw Kristina from K Werner Design use this in one of her youtube videos and I loved how it wrote. I honestly don’t know how she can write so prettily with this pen because I just fail at using this pen (as you can see). It certainly will take a long time to get used to so I don’t have anything to say about it quite yet.

I ordered all of these pens from Cult Pens and I have to say the service was really good. I didn’t have any problems with the order and they came quite fast (exactly one week!) even though I live overseas.