Whether you’re heading back to the office after a few months off, or you want to make your new working from home set-up more exciting, we have the answer for you
. Japan is known for its kitsch clothing, accessories and toys but when it comes to stationery offerings everyone is interested in their innovative designs. Japanese stationery is all about attention to detail and great quality while also being practical and attractive. Thinking outside of the box, they’ve got everything you could ever wish for – from sleek organisation stations to memo bracelets to remind you of that upcoming zoom meeting.
If diaries and notebooks are important to your everyday working routines then it’s all about going for simplicity to keep them aesthetically pleasing, and fuss-free. From gel pens to stapleless staplers (yes, really), here’s our pick of the best Japanese stationery:
We hope your desk space is upgraded with this sleek and affordable stationary from Japan
Sticky cat memo cats, £3.95, Muji
One for the animal lovers – you’ll never forget your to-do list when it’s on these cat sticky notes. Stick them around your laptop to remind you to sign into your meeting, put the washing on and even to feed your pets!
Academic monthly diary, £5.95, Muji
If your diary is getting jam packed once again then a monthly diary might be the solution. With so much space for each day, this one will be easy to carry in your handbag and you’ll be able to organise your day by hours in the day.
Harinacs Japanese stapleless stapler, £11.52, Kokuyo
How many times have you run out of staples? Got staples jammed in the stapler? Or, just given up on them entirely? Well, this is where this clever stapleless staple comes in. Instead of staples it punches a U-shaped hole into up to eight to ten pages at a time. This clever stapler is coming home with us, ASAP.
ABT dual brush pens pack, £42, Tombow
Making our diaries and notepads is something we’ve been used to working on since the school days. Now, you can update your pages in gorgeous pastel hues by Japanese pen brand, Tombow. Who needs a highlighter when you have these?
Pulp pasco pen case, £8.95, Midori
Keep your favourite pens safe in one place with this minimalistic case. Made from recycled materials including paper – it’s water-resistant, sleek and lightweight to carry around.
Wearable memo, £19, Wemo
The times of having to jot down something you need to remember on your hand is over. This waterproof, erasable memo bracelet-strap is the clever invention we wish we had thought of. Scribble down your ideas, notes, to-do list and simply rub it all off at the end of the day – amazing. They also come in four different colours.
Rose gold black ballpoint pens, £3, Zebra
You may recognise this brand, Zebra has been in our stationary stores from Paperchase to WHSmith for years. A go-to for great pens, this sophisticated rose gold pack of 3 pens will make any desk complete.
Desktop organiser, £28, Katazukemasu
If you love a tidy space then this handy organiser is the dream. It’s time to take some tips from tidy queen Maria Kondo and get your stationary kits in order – from scissors and pens to post-its. The design is completely customisable so you just lay down all your items and use the building blocks to create the gaps you need for your office.
Harriet Davey is a freelance fashion editor, writing and styling for titles including Vogue, Stylist, Grazia, Who What Wear, and woman&home. With over 10 years of experience in the industry, Harriet has a love for shopping but also a newfound interest in trying to be more sustainable. With a love for Scandi brands and an eye for key designer pieces to mix in with high street hero buys, Harriet specialises in shopping stories and buying guides that’ll make you feel excited about updating your wardrobe.
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