Midori Update

Months later I feel it necessary to give a quick update how I am currently using my Midori travellers notebook as seeing how other people used theirs was something I was always interested in when I first got mine.

I used to have the following set up.

– Plastic card wallet
With some cards and plastic stickies
– Craft folder
To place loose papers
– Filed notes ambitions planner
Used to note dates and stuff
– Field notes unexposed
Used as my anything notes
– Field notes two rivers
Used to jot down unknown words in the languages I learn
– Craft folder back
More loose paper
– Plastic zip wallet
Contained random bits

This was my set-up since I got my Midori and it worked well. 3 field notes fit nicely in it, the overhang is not annoying or that bad as some other people mention it. It never annoyed me and thats coming from a perfectionist.

Midori

Actually the overhang is barely noticeable. The wear, scratches and marks are starting to accumulate as I now throw this thing around, and it has been through snow, rain and squished in my back pack which is usually full of stuff.

My current set up is a lot more simple as I no longer really use the day planner or take notes in my language field notes book. I now only keep one field notes book in it which is my catch all notebook.

Midori Inside

Current set up.

– Plastic zip wallet
Random things
– Craft folder
To place loose papers
– Field notes unexposed
Used as my anything notes
– Craft folder back
More loose paper
– Plastic card wallet
Various cards

This set up is working well so far and my Midori is a lot skinnier.

Snail Mail #3

Finally I own my own Deadprint Fieldnotes notebook thanks to fieldnut and talented artist Ms Demars who did a swap with me. She also added a little surprise original art piece in the mail.

Deadprint

Deadprint 2

Another exciting successful swap thanks to the fieldnut community on Facebook! If you’re not a member, go there now and join! Everyone is friendly and happy to help you catch them all! Pokemon style.

Snail Mail #2

I am back! Where did I go? No where really. I have just been busy setting up life in Australia and settling into my new lifestyle here. Now that things are going back to normal, it is time to update with some snail mail I received.

Keith, a fellow Fieldnotes fieldnut, did a #killwinterwithorange giveaway a few weeks back and I was lucky enough to win one of his original orange notebooks.

Orange Book

Orange Book 2
Hand stitched with Tomoe River paper.

I love how hand stitched and bound books have that delicate feel. This books is bound with matching orange string, perfectly tied and aligned may I add.

Please check out Keith’s instagram account @randomthinks for more stationery goodness and orange overload.

Australia

Sydney Harbour Bridge

It’s been a few weeks since my last post and that is because I moved country. I moved out of Tokyo and into Sydney and have spent my last week settling in and setting up jobs, apartment and just trying to re-culture myself back to the Australian way.

The flight over to Australia was very smooth. It was also a bit of a special flight because not only was I relocating with my partner to Australia, but, it was also my birthday on the same day of us arriving in Sydney.

I wanted to share with you all what my partner got for me as a gift as I think you would all be interested.

Modern Calligraphy by Molly Suber Thorpe

I have recently just got into calligraphy and dip pens and inks so this book was perfect.

I can’t wait till all my pens and inks from Japan arrive in my mail now. I posted boxes and boxes of things back by boat so will have to wait a bit, but in the meantime it looks as if I have some reading to do.

Tachikawa T-25 Nib Holder/Dip Pen

 

Tachikawa T-25 nib holder with Zebra G nib.

Bought myself a small present while out shopping the other day. A Tachikawa T-25nib holder. I have been looking at buying a nib holderĀ for a while to get more into calligraphy and using my inks and paper. And since most of them are made here in Japan, I just had to buy one. There was also the Tachikawa T-36 for sale too. The difference being the T36 has a rubber grip for your hand but I liked the plain wooden look of the T-25 a lot more.


The Tachikawa T-25 is a nib holder that can hold various sized nibs. I purchased some Zebra G nibs to go with it after seeing reviews that these are pretty much the standard kind and best ones for beginners to dip pens. I have never used a dip pen and I was told there is a steep learning curve to learn writing with one. Being a leftie too brings a whole new bag of problems too, but, I tried it out and think I did pretty well with my first dip experience.

Paper: 3 Feet, Pen: Tachikawa T-25, Ink: Pilot Iroshizuku Shin-kai

I have been using my Iroshizuku Shinkai ink with it. Some Youtube videos say that using fountain pen ink is not reccomeneded because the ink drips off too quickly, so I will look into buying some proper dip pen ink and see what the difference is.

Moving to Australia

Boxes

After living in Tokyo for almost 10 years, it has come time for me to say goodbye to this wonderful city. My partner and I will be moving to Sydney in 2 weeks and we are very excited to be starting this new chapter in our life.

I am going to miss a lot of things about living in Tokyo, especially all the stationery. There is just so many cool items you can buy, and many of my favorite pens are made by companies from here.

The last few weeks have been filled with boxes and more boxes. Boxes within boxes. Big boxes. Small boxes. I have been sending all my stationery, books, pens, inks to Australia and hope that when we arrive they are all still in as perfect condition as when I sent them, and not an exploded inky mess. I can not even imagine how hardĀ it would be cleaning ink out of everything else I packed.

Although it is sad to say goodbye to Tokyo and all the memories I have here, I am very excited to start new ones in Sydney. I am also super excited about exploring some new stationery shops there and see what I find.

Before I leave, I have been making sure to stock up on all my favorite pens and things as they are a lot cheaper here. Buying inks, pens, nibs, notebooks, etc. Oh, and of course eating my weight in Japanese food too.