Tokyo Take-Homes: Stationery Souvenirs. Tokyo, Japan. Copyright © 2022 Terence Carter / Grantourismo. All Rights Reserved.

Tokyo Take-Homes: Stationery Souvenirs

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Stationery makes for terrific Tokyo souvenirs, especially for long-term travellers, because it’s not only pretty, but it’s practical, affordable, and weighs nothing at all.

I’m an incessant scribbler, so wherever I go, I’ll buy a few notebooks. Postcards also make a light souvenir for the kilo-conscious traveller. I also use postcards as ‘thank you’ cards and to send ‘home’ with gifts. Notepaper always comes in handy and gimmicky cards like the sumo wrestler cut-out card and the fan card, above, make presents in themselves. Stationery stores in Tokyo also sell calendars, address books, calligraphy sets, fans, boxes, knick-knacks, and these days even mouse pads.

Tokyo Take-Homes: Stationery Souvenirs. Tokyo, Japan. Copyright © 2022 Terence Carter / Grantourismo. All Rights Reserved.

The Japanese are masters at creating paper or washi – the finest paper of all that’s almost like fabric – and creating things with paper, and Kyukyodo are the specialists with a long tradition of producing exquisite paper products. They opened their first store in Kyoto in 1663 and their Tokyo shop in 1880 in the same location as the current Ginza store, where I bought most of the lovely things above. The same family still owns the business too! Kyukyodo is always busy with Japanese, including kimono-clad women stocking up on washi paper and seasonal cards. They also wrap beautifully so when they ask you if it’s a gift say it is even if it isn’t!

Tokyo Take-Homes: Stationery Souvenirs. Tokyo, Japan. Copyright © 2022 Terence Carter / Grantourismo. All Rights Reserved.

I bought some wonderful postcards of woodblock prints, also above, which you can find at Kyukyodo and Tokyu Hands, as well as museum gift shops. You’ll also find old and new prints at Hara Shobo in the booksellers’ district, and, if you’re after collector’s quality prints, from Ebisu-Do Gallery which also sells reproductions by the likes of Harunobu, Hiroshige and Hokusai.

Tokyo Take-Homes: Stationery Souvenirs. Tokyo, Japan. Copyright © 2022 Terence Carter / Grantourismo. All Rights Reserved.

You can also buy stationery at Tokyo department stores Mitsukoshi, Matsuzakaya, and Matsuya, as well as Tokyu Hands and Loft at Shibuya-ku.

Tokyo Take-Homes: Stationery Souvenirs. Tokyo, Japan. Copyright © 2022 Terence Carter / Grantourismo. All Rights Reserved.

Where do you like to buy stationery in Tokyo?

Looking for ideas for Tokyo souvenirs? Do take a look at my other posts on Tokyo take-homes, including Quintessential Keepsakes, Supermarket Snack Food Souvenirs, and Kitsch Keepsakes for Kids.

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2 thoughts on “Tokyo Take-Homes: Stationery Souvenirs”

  1. Hi Lara,
    Recently, a friend who lives in Tokyo and crazy for this kind of stuff told me that a big event specialized in stationery is programmed for July. I have just googled “stationery tokyo event” and it show me that apparently this event is called ISOT but I don’t know if it is open to the public. Did you know about that?

  2. Oh, sounds interesting. Didn’t know about that, but unfortunately we won’t be in Tokyo in July – we’ll be in New York. But thanks for the tip! Much appreciated!

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