[Gadget] My top 10 stationery items from Japan

1) Twist Ring [ツイストノート] by Lihit Lab [リヒトラブ]

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These are binders for loose-leaf paper of various sizes (A4, A5, A6, A7, Filofax Personal etc). These binders allow you to customize your own “double-ring notebooks” with covers and notepaper you like, and also allow you to change the page order of your notepaper anytime.

TwistRing2I own dozens of these in various sizes, but A5 is the size I like most. For covers, I usually buy WH Smith’s A5 Kraft Notebooks which have hardcovers with elastic closure, or Sedia’s Add One Notebooks which come with a plastic pocket and an elastic closure. For plain notepaper, I usually buy Muji A5 Double Ring Notebooks, or Kyokuto’s A5 F.O.B. COOP A5 Notebooks. I like to customize my own square dots graph paper with this online tool here and print them on plain notepaper.

I also like to customize my own agenda by choosing from a vast and free selection of agenda pages from an amazing Japanese site called pdf de calendar. Using Lihib Lab’s Twist Ring binders allow you to remove pages of days that have already gone by or switch to another agenda design halfway through the year etc. You can also print out pages of particular use to you (train schedules, tube maps of whatever cities you appear in often, etc) and store them there. Continue reading