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Secret Japan Series: Suo Oshima 周防大島 Holiday hideaway

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Secret Japan Series: Suo Oshima 周防大島 Holiday hideaway

Suo = Old Place Oshima = Big Island 周防大島 is known as the Hawaii of Japan and the secret is still not out on this stunning beach lined island, popular with Japanese. Suo Oshima isn't going to be top of your list for a luxury escape.  But if you enjoy the great outdoors and want to relax like a local, with plenty of beaches, walks and cycling, then this is a great place to stop off on our journey through Japan.  We would highly recommend it as a secret place, not many tourists from abroad visit.  It will require a little more...

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Secret Japan Series: Danchi 団地 buildings

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Secret Japan Series: Danchi 団地 buildings

Danchi 団地 Live like a Japanese city dweller.   Every country has post war, modernist building stock and Japan is no exception. Built in economically booming Japan in the 1950s, through to the 1970s, danchi were a new way of living for Japanese. Modernist flats sprung up in urban areas across Japan, as the population of their cities rapidly grew. Danchi were aimed at young professionals and families that needs affordable accommodation and were wildly popular.   The only way you can secure a danchi flat is by lottery, with buildings in popular areas often having waiting lists running years.  Today...

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HOW ITS MADE. THE KUNISAWA NOTEBOOK

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HOW ITS MADE. THE KUNISAWA NOTEBOOK

Kunisawa notebooks are the luxury Japanese stationery item. Being made with the best materials & lots of hand processes, they protect your precious memories and notes. We don’t go anywhere without our notebook, it keeps our business on track. With the grid paper inside its perfect fro writing, numbers and drawing, with anything you can get your hands on from a calligraphy pen to a pencil. Enjoy the photo gallery below of how these beautiful notebooks are made. Stage One It always starts with the covers, whether made of thick textured card or a hard wearing textured covering each one...

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Washi 和紙

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Washi 和紙
Washi is an authentic Japanese handmade paper. It was introduced to Japan more than 1,300 years ago from China.  Washi making is one of the most labour intensive paper making processes in the world.  It is revered and so important that the pronunciation of the word “paper” is the same as “god” in the Japanese language.  The Japanese love for Stationery means they have some of the highest qualtiy in the world. 

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HOSOKAWA-SHI ホソカワシ

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HOSOKAWA-SHI ホソカワシ
Hosokawa-shi is one of the oldest papers in the world to be still made in the same way for generations in Japan.  It is of such importance that both the Japanese government and UNESCO have recognised this paper as a cultural asses to Japan, with special designation.  This paper is the Queen of Japanese Stationery!

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