Stationery for creators - CIBI's Japanese stationery selection -
Pure nostalgia or true CIBI delights that have stood the test of time?! You can decide, but the choice of stationery items at CIBI seem to stand up to close examination under both criteria. All of them have been around for at least 30 years when Zenta first picked up pencil and paper and began to create. The timeless simplicity of their designs are superb functionality continue to see them in popular use in Japan today.
A pleasure to use, an inspiration for fun creativity and the working of head, hands and heart, everyone from primary school kids up can enjoy using them whenever the urge to make something takes hold.
These notebooks have probably been owned by every school age child in Japan for the last 60 years at one stage or another of their school lives. From the classic cover design to the hand-bound construction, it is a subtle crafted piece in its own right.
However, it is the quality of their paper which ensures their reputation. It uses neutral fools paper which gives a superior writing experience, and preserves the writing. Ink doesn't blot or show through on fools paper and pens slide easily over it, making it great for writing with a fountain pen. Among the many notable artists who have used Tsubame notebooks is director Akira Kurosawa, who used them for his film script notes.