Top five cool things to buy in Tokyo, Japan

Porter bags Japan

Tokyo is a shopper’s paradise. This is the place to buy things that are difficult or impossible to find outside Japan, for example, Japanese makeup and skin care products, fountain pens, exquisite paper goods (notebooks and agendas), and elegant, practical bags. Here is my list of the top 5 categories of things to buy in […]

Life Noble Notes: notebooks for fountain pen writing

life noble notebook japan

Tokyo is a great place to shop for notebooks, agendas (paper diaries), paper products and fountain pens. The Japanese make the best notebooks for fountain pen writing. They make smooth paper that shows no ink bleed-through. They also make the best ink (look for Iroshizuku inks). The selection of notebooks and agendas in Tokyo is […]

The Little Bookroom’s splendid travel books

Civilized Florence

Are you looking for exquisite art- and culture-related travel books that are out of the ordinary and contain secret addresses you’d never find in one of those mass-market guide books? Check out the Little Bookroom’s collection of wonderful books. Here’s a small sample: Among their other titles are The Brasseries of Paris, Markets of Paris, […]

Paperless Post: send elegant online invitations and holiday cards

paperless post

Just in time for the holidays, here’s Paperless Post, an online stationer that allows you to design your own invitations and holiday cards, send them via email, track responses and more. Unlike invitation sites like Evite, Paperless Post does charge for sending cards via what they call Paperless Stamps. The cost is pretty minimal, starting […]