Updated: Apr 3
Never in my life, I felt as stuck as during this past year. Used as I was to travel whenever I wanted, as I left my corporate career in London to do just that and turn into a digital nomad, the pandemic has affected my mood, energy and overall inspiration. It's been a tough year for all of us, but hopefully, we are near to closing this chapter once and for all.
In a desperate attempt to remember how gorgeous, varied and big is our planet, early this year I started one of the most ambitious projects for inchiostro and paper: the All-About Paper, around the world in 12 boxes.
Today, I want to take you to our first destination!
I wanted to start from Japan as I never been to this magical land but it'll probably be my first destination once these crazy times will be over. I've always been fascinated by the Sunrise land, where people are calm and cheerful, beautifully dressed and where Sakura is
I wanted to put all of this inside a box and so I did.
What was inside the first All-About Paper Box?
The first box dedicated and inspired by Japan included all the goodies below.
Handmade A6 Japanese Binding journal
Last year I managed to turn another dream of mine into reality as I finally attended a binding course at one of the most renowned editorial academies in Italy and so I refined my binding technique, including the typical Japanese binding.
For this box, I choose the Yotsume Toji or Four Eye Binding, which is also the most common variation of the four Japanese binding options (and my favourite).
If you missed the Japan box but want one of these notebooks, don't worry! You can still get them directly from the shop, through this link [please allow 3-5 working days as they are custom and hand made].
MT Official Washi Tape
A box dedicated to Japan couldn't be complete without some washi tapes and so, each box came with an official MT Japan-inspired washi tape. Not only MT - Masking Tape is the brand that invented this now essential tool for bullet journalists and creatives alike, but it's also the best quality on the market. You can grab yours on the shop!
Don't miss on these gorgeous MT washi tapes, get yours now!
To complete the box, I then bought a selection of kawaii erasers. In Japanese, the word kawaii means the juncture of "cute," "tiny," or "lovable." The cute aesthetic—with its bold, nearly cartoon-like lines and rounded forms—informs a large segment of Japanese popular culture.
Tombow Brush Pen
And, last but not least, the official Tombow brush pen is the perfect cherry on the cake of this Japanese box. Each box had one of various colour along with another kawaii fine liner pen. The mystery is solved and our Japanese adventure has now come to an end. Don't worry! We are already about to land at our second secret destination, make sure to add our mail address to your contact list and/or primary tab (if you use Googlemail). But don't forget that even if our first and second boxes are now sold out, you can still join us for our third secret destination!
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Here are some reviews about the first two boxes [THANK YOU ♥️ or, even better arigatou]