Due to an unforeseen change in schedule, I ended up having half a day to explore the environs near our hotel. I was told that Tokyu Hands, an eight-floor department store, had an excellent selection of stationery.
I should have mentioned in my previous post that, especially in such a manners-conscious country as Japan, I felt self-conscious about taking photos inside stores. In fact at Ito-ya it is discouraged, but my friend was able to explain to the employees what my intentions were and they kindly consented. With or without permission though I felt compelled to do it very quickly, resulting in some questionable quality.
It’s a good thing I don’t care much for pens:
An excellent selection of erasers, including my current favorite, the Pilot Foam. The gigantic erasers in the middle are by SEED:
Here, all in one place, were many varieties of Tombow and Mitsubishi pencils. Given how many pens there were, I thought there would be more:
A sample of Campus notebook offerings:
There was a separate display full of Midori Traveler notebooks and accessories:
Some spiral notebooks:
Frixion erasable pens are very popular, and I bought one out of curiosity. They really do work:
To give you a little better idea of the floor size—I’m standing approximately in the center, so this is about 1/4 of the floor:
Acting on a hunch I stopped by the arts and crafts section, which was one floor below the stationery section.
A handsome Staedtler display:
Even more erasers:
I wonder how you say “mmmmmmm” in Japanese:
Photos of bounty to follow.