Even though this blog has been quiet, the pens in my rotation are ever increasing. Toward the end of the year, I took advantage of various promotions and purchased some fountain pen ink I have longed for. As you may have guessed, too many pens are inked! I have since then cleaned out several pens, but still have 7 of them in rotation.
cotBesides family and food, stationery store visits are one of the “must-do” while I am in Taipei. The revival of writing and paper culture worldwide has also reflected in the rise of specialty stationery stores in the City.
To me, the unboxing of a highly anticipated package can be exhilarating with a hint of magic. The downside to the heightened anticipation is checking that tracking number chronically. After about two weeks of waiting (I ordered mine on August 31, Pacific Standard Time), the signature yellow package from Hobonichi finally reached my door.
It is never too early/late to plan. My incessant debate over which planner to use for the following year begins as early as June, almost around the same time as when Hobonichi rolls out various announcements on its exciting offers for the coming year.
Check out the 2017 line up here. The webstore will open September 1, 2016 at 11AM Japan time (August 31 at 3PM UTC). Use this converter to calculate the release time in your time zone.
To see in-person photos of the 2017 planners, visit Hobonichi’s Facebook page.
Truth be told, I do not have a dedicated fountain pen carrying case. The one I have been using is a leather pen pouch that I have since I was in third grade. Perhaps this pen pouch has been formative in my pen case experience, I have wanted to look for something similar but with a bit more protection for my everyday carry. After using Nomad Easy Classification Pencil Case and roll pen case by Saki Collection for about 6 months each, the thought of “maybe there is a more suitable product” continuously surfaces. Alas, the quest of searching for a pen case continues.
I count myself extremely lucky that people around me appreciate my stationery obsession. Not only I can talk to them about it , but they also think of me whenever they see interesting stationery items. That is this Schreibblock (notepad) by Fr. Ant. (Franz Anton) Prantl, one of the oldest printing press in Munich, Germany, since 1797. Yes, a paper mill with history. Prantl reached its fame due to its popularity among artists and writers, such as Richard Strauss (composer) and Thomas Mann (writer). In fact, Prantl’s crest was the first Royal Warrant bestowed by King Ludwig I of Bavaria (His son had built the Neuschwanstein Castle, in case you are interested).