Thanks to my fellowship, I have more chances now to travel than before, though most of the time, I do not have choice of where I am going. This past June, I attended my very first library conference in Las Vegas. It is probably the last place I would associate with libraries in general, but it turned out to be better than my original assumption, mostly due to good company and dreamy dessert.
The traveling kit for this trip was different from the past, mainly because I had anticipated that I would be ambulating between hotel and convention center, as well as within convention center, I must make sure that the load was comfortable enough to carry out in my messenger bag. Given the main focus of this trip was the conference itself, I packed based on the assumption that I would not have much time playing with stationery in general, but I should have all the essentials for note-taking and possible calligraphy practice. Based on the above consideration, I had selected the following:
- Midori Traveler’s Notebook
- Rhodia Rhodiarama in Iris
- Pilot Vanishing Point
This is one of the two fountain pens I had brought with me. It was chosen because it was retractable. Instead of unscrewing the cap, I could simply click on the knocker and write. No chance for me to lose a cap.
- Uni-Ball Signo DX
Besides picking out a working travel kit, I also had an unexpected stationery gain while at the conference. My friend and I discovered a booth for Library Fair and Forum hosted in Yokohama, Japan. While she was chatting with the representative, my sight meandered and settled on one of the take-away goodies: a letter pad with flower motif from the scroll of The Tale of Genji. The other representative had noticed that my sight was fixated to notepad and asked whether I have any questions. I asked whether the notepad was fashioned after the flower motif from the famed novel. The representative first looked at me puzzled, then exclaimed, “you know about The Tale of Genji? Then you should really take a notepad with you.” At that moment I felt for once nerdiness worked to my advantage. 🙂
The letter pad turned out to be a sheer pleasure to use. The paper is on a thicker and toothier side, but it takes all media that I have tested, including a metallic silver Faber-Castell PITT Artist Pen. Even De Atramentis Magenta Purple plays well with the paper.
Design wise, the paper is simple yet exquisite. There are 4 varieties: maple leaves, morning glory,
bellflowers, and cherry blossom. The ethos and name very much coincided with Pilot Iroshizuku’s naming convention.