Stationery

Vintage Japanese & Chinese bookmarks

Posted on August 12, 2013 by Toothpicker

This month, I would like to 'show-off' some of my vintage stationery collection from both my childhood and travels. Even though I have loved stationery since I was a child, I never thought that I would be selling stationery one day, so life is really full of surprises sometimes!
Recently I found a [...]

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Souvenir from Asia

Posted on June 13, 2013 by Toothpicker

A long-overdue entry on some interesting finds I bought while I was traveling around Asia...
Japan
 

Fun 3-dimensional cards from Japan
 
In my previous entries on Kyoto and Tokyo ( click here to read), I have included some stationery and cards that I bought from specific shops, but here are some others including a washi [...]

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Design & stationery shopping in Tokyo

Posted on March 1, 2013 by Toothpicker

Main: Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku; bottom left: Yuse's sandwich tags; bottom right: fun fish pencil cases
 
With so many cool and unique design shops all over Tokyo, it is almost impossible to give a comprehensive list, so here is an overview of just some of them:
Omotesando
Tokyo's Tokyo ( 4-30-3 Jingumae) - Located on [...]

This post was posted in Japanese design, Tokyo, Stationery, Shopping, Shopping guide, Travel, Japanese stationery, Anything Japanese, Design, Visual merchandising, Japan and was tagged with Tokyo, Japanese designs, stationery, shopping, Muji, Japan, visual merchandising


Yanesen: step back in time

Posted on February 24, 2013 by Toothpicker

Top left: Scai the bathhouse; top right: a temples in Yanaka; main: the nostalgic Yanaka
 
There are so many cool and interesting neighbourhoods in Tokyo, but my favourite is the area known as Yanesen ( including three neighbourhoods: Yanaka, Nezu and Sendagi). In a metropolis where everything changes faster than the blink of [...]

This post was posted in Coffee, Tokyo, Photography, Stationery, Shopping, Shopping guide, Travel, Japanese stationery, Anything Japanese, Street life, Japan and was tagged with Coffee, Tokyo, stationery, shopping, Japan, street life


Shopping in Kyoto

Posted on February 20, 2013 by Toothpicker

My last Kyoto blog entry is on shopping...
Since I spent much of the time in the rural area exploring temples and gardens, there was barely time for shopping. The day before I left for Tokyo, I went into the city centre during the late afternoon and spent a few hours exploring the [...]

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Souvenir from Thailand

Posted on June 10, 2012 by Toothpicker

Delicious, functional or junk? It's time to review the items I bought from Thailand, starting from the edibles:
Lemongrass tea - I love lemongrass tea, not only does it smell good, it also tastes very refreshing. It is natural and full of antioxidants: it is detoxifying, good for digestion and can lower high [...]

This post was posted in Stationery, Shopping, Shopping guide, Travel, Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Thai designs, Design and was tagged with stationery, shopping, greeting cards, Bangkok, Thai design


Ttable office & Korean stationery

Posted on April 13, 2012 by Toothpicker

As a huge fan of Japanese design and stationery, I was quite oblivious to Korean stationery until my first visit to Seoul two years ago. What I did not expect was to see so many independent stationery shops, occupying prime locations and in big shopping malls. This is quite rare to see [...]

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The joy (and pain) of origami

Posted on March 24, 2012 by Toothpicker

One of the perks of my job involves sourcing unusual and interesting products from different designers or companies. But sometimes, it is not easy placing orders without seeing the actual products, esp. if they require self-assembly. I love origami and so I requested some Japanese origami product samples from Tokyo Shiki, a [...]

This post was posted in Japanese design, Stationery, Greeting cards, Paper art & craft, Japanese stationery, Anything Japanese, Design and was tagged with Japanese designs, stationery, greeting cards, origami


My greeting card collection

Posted on March 16, 2012 by Toothpicker

Some people like to collect silverware or vintage cars or even Louis Vuitton handbags, I, on the otherhand, have been collecting stationery (esp. Snoopy ones) since I was a child. I started collecting mini erasers given to me at the doctor's clinic ( I wonder if doctors still do that now?), followed [...]

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Souvenir from Hong Kong (stationery)

Posted on December 20, 2011 by Toothpicker

Although I didn't buy very much in Hong Kong, I did make a few interesting purchases...
Greeting card
I think the illustration of this greeting card shows the Hong Kong that I am familiar with: chaotic, colourful, cramped but full of character. Sadly, in recent years the city's unique buildings and street scenes are [...]

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