Shopping at Shibuya Loft: 13 Must-Have Items for Stationery Lovers
Loft is a shop located in Tokyo, right in the heart of the bustling district of Shibuya. Here you'll find some 80,000 items spread over seven floors, everything from stationery to kitchen utensils to outdoor items. Partly because of its prime location and partly for the items' high quality and design, Shibuya Loft is one of the favorite shopping destinations for travelers and locals alike.
Stationery is without doubt one of the most popular sections at Loft. For this article we checked out some of the latest trends and put together our top picks, for you to discover the quality and beauty of made in Japan stationery.
1. The Magic Erasable Pens
Since their release in Japan in 2007, FriXion pens have been a must-have in everybody's writing tools. With their thermosensitive ink they can be erased just by rubbing with the special rubber tip (which doesn't get consumed!).
So many colors and versions have been added throughout the years. Lately the multicolor pens seem to be the favorite choice. You can find many interesting versions of these, including fancy ones with a birch wood grip or metallic finish.
2. Erasable Highlighters!
FriXion also offers a line of highlighters. Their light color version features a softer, pastel-like shade that makes reading the highlighted text easier. But the real draw is, of course, that you can erase them the same way you erase the pens.
3. Erasable Color Pencils (Without the Mess)
Yes, FriXion extended their technology to pencils, too. These special colored pencils won't make a mess when you try to erase them with the special rubber tip because of the thermosensitive color that comes off just by applying friction. They come in sets of 12 and 24 colors, and you can purchase single pencils too (one pencil is 162 yen).
4. Gel Pens of All Colors and Sizes Imaginable
Alongside FriXion pens, the gel pens are the by far the most popular and widely used, offering a variety of sizes. The tip comes as fine as 0.3mm! The colors also range from the classic blue, black and red to pastel and metallic colors, good for writing on black paper. There's a pen for every occasion!
5. A Fountain Pen That Smiles to You
For a different take on the serious and business-like fountain pen, this one called Kakuno comes with a very cute look and a beginner-friendly build. The hexagonal body keeps it from rolling away, and the smiley face on the nib helps make sure that you always have the right side up. The transparent body is also a cool feature.
6. A Standing Pen Case to Store All These Pens and Pencils
These minimalistic but adorable animals are actually standing pen cases. They are made of a soft silicone material that can be washed with water. Push their bottom part in and they will stand, becoming a handy pen holder. Inside the head is also an elastic band to hold an eraser.
7. Put Them Everywhere! Shiba Inu Stickers
A whole line of cute Shiba Inu stickers? Yes please! The Shibanban series portrays a little rascal Shiba Inu that will steal your heart.
8. Write Your Memos... on a Dog's Butt
A lot of people use regular, old, plain sticky notes. With these sitting on your desk you can up your sticky note game! They come in Corgi and Shiba Inu versions, with a space to take notes on their cute behind.
9. A Portable Masking Tape Holder
Masking tape was originally created as a protective tape to prevent paint from bleeding out of the edges when painting. Now it's mostly used as a decoration, featuring endless colors and patterns.
Maco is a pen-sized masking tape holder that lets you take up to four different types of tape with you wherever you go. Just load it with your favorite masking tape to use on the go!
10. Stickers and Masking Tape - Two in One?
Poking around the masking tape corner you'll find that one of the most popular items is bande's masking roll sticker. This tape is actually made of a series of stickers that you can also peel off one by one.
Our favorite were the two cherry blossom designs, made with such a great attention to detail. The first one we tried was made of 14 different sticker types, featuring all stages of a cherry blossom from bud to full bloom. The other one is made of cherry blossom petals, which upon a closer look they reveal to be all a slightly different color. Each bande tape is 432 yen.
In the picture above we asked the staff to show us how to use the tape. You can get very creative with it and brighten up your working or studying space!
11. Japanese Life Hacks: Two in One Scissors
These Hakoake 2Way Scissors will help you open your packages without stress. They work like normal scissors, but they are also equipped with a retractable blade that you can use to open boxes.
12. A Way to Print Pictures from Your Smartphone While Travelling
This little box lets you print out pictures directly from your smartphone in just 13 seconds, wherever you are. It uses a dedicated app and can be charged with a USB cable, so you can easily print on the go. The SP-3 model prints a cool, Instagram-like square format while the SP-2 model uses a rectangular card format.
Smartphone de cheki Instax SP-3 - 22,410 yen, SP-2 - 19,170 yen
13. A Customizable Travel Notebook
This line of customizable notebooks comes with a sturdy leather cover that ages beautifully with time and a variety of refills and accessories. You can construct your own personal travel notebook choosing among plain paper, planner paper and so on. You can also add accessories like card cases, zipper pouches, pockets and more!
These are just some of the things you can find at Shibuya Loft. Be it for souvenir shopping or to check out the latest trends, it's always fun to explore the shelves and see what's new. Make sure you check it out and find your own little treasures!
InformationShibuya Loft | 渋谷ロフト
Address: 21-1 Udagawa-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo (MAP)
Hours: 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Access: 3 min. walk from Shibuya Station on the JR Line, Tokyo Metro and Tokyu Toyoko Line
Website (Japanese-only): https://www.loft.co.jp/shop_list/detail.php?shop_id=189
About the author
Miho Shinohara is a writer and photographer that makes gourmet food, street food, and interviewing people her life work. She loves islands and animals and enjoys travelling cheap and adventurous. Some of her favorites places are Inujima island in Okayama Prefecture and Sanagishima island in Ehime Prefecture. She recommends island hopping in Japan!
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THIS ARTICLE IS BASED ON INFORMATION FROM 04 18,2019 Author：DiGJAPAN! Editorial Team