5 Ingenious Stationery Items from Japan you should know about.


We not only often see great inventions coming out of Japan. They also excel in rethinking and improving items that already existed. Below we give you a brief list of 5 neat items that although previously invented by someone else, were tremendously improved for the Japanese market.

1. Kokuyo Kadokeshi 28 corner eraser

Especially useful for drafters but not limited to, these erasers were designed to offer a clean, sharp corner ready to reach the tightest of the spaces on the paper every time. Simple idea, cleverly executed Kokuyo Kadokeshi has won several design prizes and today is present in many pencil cases of Japanese stationery lovers.

2. Zebra DelGuard Mechanical Pencil

Another ingenious invention from Japan. You probably have been through this before: jotting down something in a hurry the lead on your mechanical pencil point breaks forcing you to stop to push out more lead. Zebra delGuard mechanical pencils count with a mechanism that protects the graphite lead against excessive pressure from the user. When extreme force is applied the metal feeder on the pencil comes out to protect the graphite lead and avoid breakage receding once the pressure stops.

3. Uni Kuru Toga Mechanical Pencils

One more mechanical pencil for this list. Users often choose mechanical pencils as writing tool due to the cleanliness and precision they inherently offer. What if to these qualities, you add an everlasting and consistent, defined lines. Enter Kuru Toga Mechanical Pencil. The core of Kuru Toga Mechanical Pencils is an "engine" divided into three different parts. These components interact with each other rotating the graphite lead as you write, creating a conical shape, perfect for writing sharp and crisp characters continuously and every time you use it.

4. Waterbrush

An item you probably took for granted, but its invention meant a huge leap forward in terms of practicality especially for on the go artists. A simple idea: A brush, generally made of synthetic bristles attached to a handle that also plays the part of water reservoir which is released when pressure is applied. Minimalist sketchers carrying water brushes can even ditch the palette and opt for watercolour pencils instead, keeping everything neat and tidy in a single pencil case.

5. Washi Tape

Invented as such more than a decade ago, masking tape from Japan has turned into an essential tool for those that have journaling as a daily routine. With all advantages of regular adhesive tape,  you can also easily reposition washi tape as it does not leave any residue when taken off. Made mainly of rice paper, washi tape has gained a spot on shelves in many studios around the world thanks to its never-ending number of designs and sizes.