Chikuho Stationery Store

Chikuho Takadanobaba
Chikuho in Takadanobaba.

There is nothing quite like the feeling of finding a new little stationery shop while on your travels. The excitement rush you get when you enter as you think about what kind of pens, paper and other things (not to mention Field Note Editions) may be waiting inside. I can never just browse a stationery store and not buy something. Especially when I am spoiled with all the Japanese pens and paper choices here in Tokyo which cost a lot less than in my home country.

There are the famous big brand stores here like Kinokuniya, Tokyu Hands and Ito-ya, the 11 floor stationery shop in Ginza that have a huge selection of pens, paper and pencils to choose from, but there is a store I pass every day on my way home from work called Chikuho I often go to which I love.

I often post about my little stationery store in my posts that I visit all the time and decided to post about it here.

Chikuho Notepads
Selection of Rhodias at Chikuho.

Chikuho is located at Takadanobaba on the Yamanote line in Shinjuku-ku. They stock the regulars like Moleskines, Rhodia, Campus notebooks, albeit not in all the sizes or selections of some of their bigger competition stores, but their selection is enough for any regular stationery user. Chikuho also have a lovely fountain pen area where you can even try out some pens and inks. Most of their stock is priced at recommended retail price with no mark up.

The area I can never leave without buying something is of course the pen section. They carry all the Pilots, Uni-Balls, SARASAs, Pentels, you could ever ask for and have all the sizes, colours, editions and styles you need.

Chikuho Point Card
Chikuho point card.

The staff noticed how often I visited them and offered me a point card which is filling up quickly, giving me some yen off when I reach a certain amount of stamps. 1 stamp per 200yen spent in store.

If ever you are passing in the area, be sure to check them out!


3feet Notepad by Maruman

3feet Notepad
5mm graph 3feet square notepad by Maruman.

I’ve been eyeing off these notepads for a while now but couldn’t come around to buying them as I already have enough paper coming out my ears. But, I did tonight, and wanted to share with you all about this notepad.

The 3feet notepads are made by Maruman, a Japanese paper/stationery company that specialise in sketch books, notepads, diaries, folders and other goodies. I was familiar with the Maruman sketch books as I use them as part of my job, but these new notepads caught my attention when I saw the sizes they come in.

They come in your regular A5, A7, B5, B7, A6 sizes but also have other sizes like the long cut (74mm X 200mm) and square size (148mm X 163mm). Not really knowing what I would use the long cut style for, I decided to buy the square size as I could find many uses for this notepad.

3Feet Notepad 2
Back cover.

The cover has a soft-touch coating like the Field Notes Unexposed Edition notebooks (my favourite edition at the moment). It feels soft and smooth to the touch. The back cover has a thick craft card stock, giving this notepad more strength. The card stock back cover stops it being able to bend and fold like the Rhodia notepads.

3Feet Notepad 3
3feet 5mm graph paper. Note that the paper is a cream colour, not yellowish like in this photo.

Inside are 80 pages of 5mm squared 60g/m2 paper, not regular paper, but that lovely Japanese thin paper that feels so smooth and soft to touch.  The graph is printed on one side only, blank on the other and each page is perforated allowing you to tear till your hearts content, or at least until you reach the last page. They have the same fold-over-top cover to reveal the brand at the top of each page as Rhodia have.

I will definitely be using this notepad for all my scribbles and calligraphy practice.