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365notebook is a range of quality Japanese paper products, made by the Shinnippon Calendar Co. Japanese calendars are traditionally made from junpakushi paper - super-thin lightweight paper, so a full year's worth of sheets doesn’t take up too much space. These notebooks use the same traditional Japanese paper to make handy notebooks and notepads with far more pages than you'd expect, and with a unique feel to the paper. 380 sheets of this paper is just 18mm thick, while 380 sheets of standard 80gsm copy paper would be 40mm thick. There are 365 sheets of memo paper in the elegant block, incased in satogami paper, and made easy to access with a opening at the front.

Traditionally, in Japan, Kaishi is a small sheet of paper, kept in one's kimono to use during the tea ceremony, like a simple disposable plate for the sweets served with the tea. Along with the more obvious use, this memo block can be used the same way - giving a traditional Japanese twist to your mid-afternoon biscuits.

The maker says it was designed with the Japanese idea of 'osusowake' in mind - sharing of one's gifts. While you could use a sheet to give someone the gift of a Hobnob, a memo block is also ideal for passing on the gift of information.

The junpakushi paper is lovely - amazingly thin and translucent, soft and pure white, with a unique texture. It's perfect for use with a backing sheet, and lined or squared backing sheets will show through so you can use their markings as guides. While it works well with ballpoint pen and pencil, liquid and even gel inks don't work well. Fountain pen ink will soak through and feather, and even some gel inks could bleed through. It's best used with a backing sheet to absorb any excess, but in return, you get a huge number of sheets of really unusual Japanese junpakushi paper.

Available in three colours. Shibi is white, and Kibi is millet - the pale green colour. Toki is the Japanese Crested Ibis - a rare species of Ibis found in Japan. It has mainly white feathers, but with a hint of pink where its bright red skin shows through, and the pink Kaishi block takes its name. An endangered species, the Toki has successfully bred in the wild in recent years, after around 35 years of being kept in existence only through captive breeding. The Chinese and Japanese governments have worked together to save the species.

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