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The Notebooks of Japan

February 19, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

As many of you who live in Japan know, they have some great notebooks here! Wonderfully beautiful, infinitely varied, and often times in English that should not have the right to call itself English. Sure the letters are there, but really, if I just took a bunch of kanji and put them together I would not make a comprehensible sentence. That memo never made it to the notebook makers of Japan about English, apparently. The following are some of the notebooks I have collected so far in Japan. Most of them were bought at the Daiso, a 100 yen store in town.



How wonderfully appropriate for the 1970s. Oh wait.

“Le miroir. Meme dans le miroir. J’ai des oreilles.” Frapanese??

Translation, as far as I can make it out: “The mirror. It’s the same in the mirror. I have ears.” Maybe it’s referring to the way the book is bound? Maybe a rabbit wrote this. Who knows.

Note book.

That is such a deep statement to be on a notebook. What’s even more surprising is that it makes (mostly) sense!

This notebook must have had a copy editor, though perhaps this copy editor still lacked the insight to understand that there is NO reason for putting such a profound sentiment on a 100 yen notebook.


“This can be strongly taken anywhere.” I wouldn’t want to take it meekly somewhere…


“Creative correspondence designed for all occasions. Inter-sensory.” Is there a meaning of the word “inter-sensory” I don’t know? Is that even a word? And if it is, what does it have to do with creative correspondence?

The business card is put and the note is managed. Quite.


Welcome to the country of fruit. What do you see in this fruit? Don’t mind my little doodles there.

Sweet days. We love carrot. Those bears in rabbit costumes are unbearable cute.

Just a close up of the wonderful English mastery.

I will be absolutely sure to keep you all abreast as to the notebook situation in Japan, and will continue to update when I find more.

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