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Crafted Comfort: Hacoa Brings the Warmth of Wood to the Digital AgeMitamura Fukiko

A small band of artisans in Sabae, Fukui Prefecture, are the force behind Hacoa, a brand built on the local lacquerware and woodworking traditions. With its diverse product line, Hacoa has earned accolades for its uniquely designed wooden renderings of everyday items.
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A Longtime Writing Companion: Japan’s Tsubame NotebookMitamura Fukiko

The Tsubame notebook first appeared seven decades ago and has become an iconic fixture in Japan. Since its debut it has garnered many fans, including the likes of film director Kurosawa Akira and French fashion designer Agnès B. The company that makes the sturdy, easy-to-use item has begun to branch out with new product series, but continues to insist on the quality that has been the bedrock of its success.
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Japanese Firm Brightens Work and Study with Adorable Collectable ErasersMitamura Fukiko

Japanese stationery maker Iwakō has tapped into the playful spirit of students and office workers alike with its series of collectable novelty erasers. The small firm offers a wide range of designs, including cuddly animals, vehicles, popular foods, and dinosaurs. The erasers have won droves of fans in Japan, an achievement the company hopes to replicate overseas.
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The Attractive, All-Purpose Masking Tape of Kamoi KakōshiMitamura Fukiko

In Japan, lovers of do-it-yourself crafts have lifted masking tape from its mundane industrial beginnings and transformed it into an eye-catching item that can add a touch of color to almost any project. We visited Japanese firm Kamoi Kakōshi in Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture, to learn more about its popular MT brand.
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Hit the Road in Japan and Abroad with the Traveler’s NotebookMitamura Fukiko

It has been 11 years since the debut of the Traveler’s Notebook. Created by Japanese design firm Designphil, the customizable notepad offers a wide variety of unique features and accessories, including a leather cover hand-crafted in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Since its launch, it has grown to become a favorite among globe-trotters in Japan and abroad.
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The Science Behind Frixion Erasable Pens

Pilot’s Frixion series of groundbreaking erasable-ink pens became international bestsellers following their launch in 2006. Frixion products have now sold a total of 1.5 billion units worldwide.
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Japanese Stationery

A host of stylish and inventive stationery products made in Japan have achieved success in both the domestic and global marketplace.
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“Shodō” (Japanese Calligraphy)

Practitioners of the traditional art of shodō use brush and ink to shape Japanese kanji and kana. Recently, the contemporary twist of performance in front of an audience has gained the calligraphic art new fans.
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