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Life-Enhancing Stationery (& More) from Muji!

For many, Muji stationery sets the bar. Compact and cool, it's perfect for gifts and personal use. And if you're not sure what to set your sights on, here are our nine best recommendations!

Budgeting for a Weekend Away from Tokyo

Tokyo’s great, but it’s nice to get away from time to time. Fortunately, from the capital, the short-trip traveler has access to some great weekend-away spots. We've selected some of the classics, and assess their travel budgets.

Pin Your Hair Up with Mini Japanese Weapons

These gorgeous hairpins will have you ready to turn heads and defeat foes.

4 Ingenious Office Supplies from Japan

Make quick work of your office tasks with these modern and ergonomic tools—great for scrapbooking fans!

Dustless Chalk & Erasable Window Crayons

Make playtime a little cleaner with dustless chalk made from scallop shells, and crayons that can draw on windows and then wash off like the art was never there!

Goodbye Nail Polish, Hello Stockings!

Why spend time painting your nails when you can just throw on these stockings that have pre-painted on designs for your toes!

Kappabashi: Home of Japanese Knives

Kappabashi is an awesome spot to find cool Japanese kitchenware, especially the beautiful blades beloved by chefs around the world.

7 More Things to Do on Rainy Days in Tokyo

Visiting Tokyo during the rainy season? Have your plans for the following day been cancelled due to rain? Not to worry! Check out a list of indoors activities and experiences that will make you forget the dark clouds!

¥100 Shop Stationery

From basic writing tools to adorable character goods, ¥100 shops are the choice for getting papered in style—without breaking the bank!

10 Things to Buy at This Tokyo Pokémon Center

If you’re saving up your yennies for a trip to the the Pokémon Center Mega Tokyo store, here are some of the awesome items available to purchase.

7+ Kinds of Calligraphy Brushes

The kind of calligraphy brush you need depends on the kind of lines you want to draw. Here are seven-plus options from a historic shop in Toyohashi that you can order from anywhere!

4 Useful Supplies for Summer Festivals

You've got your 'yukata' on and you're ready to roll—but don't leave the house before you've grabbed these useful festival items too!

Looking for a Next-Level Sharpener?

Made in Osaka, these next-level pencil and makeup sharpeners boast of being 'light as an apple peel, sharp as a samurai sword.' Try them out to be sure!

5 Outdoor Autumn Activities in Karuizawa

Easily accessible from Tokyo and home to luxury resorts, shops and restaurants, Karuizawa is a gorgeous year-round getaway. But autumn is when the town shows its true colors!

Dress Up Your Dreary Office

Tired of staring at dreary, drab walls and your boring, messy desk? Let these items transform your cubicle into a lawn or a library!

Learning to Love 'Sumi' Ink Sticks

Ink sticks, or 'sumi,' were a practical way of conserving and transporting ink. They're the classic tool for writing Japanese calligraphy—and using them has an almost Zen-like quality.

Seek Shelter Under this 'Foliage Umbrella'

Rain or shine, this is the perfect umbrella for whatever the weather.

Luxurious Stationery from Itoya

Itoya is an historic brand that that offers luxurious stationery in one of Japan's most fashionable districts.

Traditional Shopping in Ise

Oharai-machi and Okage-yokocho are two fantastic places that transport you back in time along the bustling shopping streets of Ise Grand Shrine.

Andy Warhol 'Randoseru'

With Japanese kids' backpacks becoming fashion icons in their own right, why not up the ante with a splash of Andy?