Guides To Kawaii Stationery & Journaling

Kawaii Stationery Guide

Posted on May 20, 2022 by

To finish off National Stationery Week, I’ve collected together some of our most helpful tips and resources in one place so you can bookmark it for later. If you’re new to buying and collecting stationery, or need new ideas, here’s some the best kawaii stationery shops online and in Japan, plus cute ways to use your stationery or display it.

the best kawaii shops worldwide

Kawaii Stationery Shops Online

Our guide to The Best Kawaii Shops Worldwide has been updated (thanks to Jen!) and is now organised by shipping location. We love all these sites so have a look for stationery shops in your country/region, or many will also ship internationally. We also have a guide to Our Favourite Kawaii Artists, Designers & Makers for unique designs on Etsy and beyond, plus our Stationery & Journaling section is packed full of posts with cute themed picks.

korean sticker shops

Buy Stationery From Japan or Korea

If you love Japanese kawaii characters or Korean brands, some products can be tricky to find internationally and it’s best to order straight from the source. Andi has a great guide for Cute Korean Sticker Shops while I wrote a step by step guide on How To Buy From Japanese Web Shops With Tenso.

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Stationery Shopping in Japan

Japan is finally starting to allow tourists in again so if you’re lucky enough to be planning a trip, it’s stationery heaven! Our Visiting Japan section includes some of my favourite Tokyo shops that I’ve visited, plus round-ups of videos, guide books and other helpful content. For the most up to date information, check out guides by people who live in Japan, like RainbowholicTV which has regular cute stationery store tours and interesting new products. Kaila also recently wrote A Guide to Tokyo’s Art Stores for Metropolis magazine that has some really unique places for stationery that you probably won’t find in the usual guides.

Getting Started With Kawaii Journaling

Kawaii Journaling

If you’re not quite sure what to use all your cute stationery for, may we suggest kawaii journaling? Popularised by Kaila of Rainbowholic, it’s a cute take on collage/scrapbooking where you mix up stationery (like stickers, memos, washi tape) with ephemera (tickets, packaging) and hand-written text, doodles and/or stamps. Check out Arlandyia’s Getting Started With Kawaii Journaling guide for lots of inspiration, resources and tips. Or have a browse in our Journaling & Planners section for more creative ideas & DIYs.

Kawaii Stationery Storage Ideas

Organising Your Stationery

If you can’t bear to use your kawaii stationery, you can at least store it in a cute and tidy way. As stationery hoarders ourselves, we have a lot of tips! Start with Andi’s Kawaii Stationery Storage Ideas (featuring her own huge collection above) and clever On-the-Go Stationery Storage Journal DIY. Or we also have tips for Washi Tape Storage Ideas, and Kawaii Storage & Organisation.

Hope that helps you out. If you’d like us to post more about any of these topics, or a particular type of stationery, do let us know!

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  • Reply
    May 26, 2022 at 3:55 pm

    hi!!! I don’t remember if I commented on this site before, but I love your posts! I’m an artist too but I don’t use social media and get inspired a lot by your posts, I would really like to find kawaii stores in turkey cuz this is where I live… I live in Istanbul but you can look for cute stuff all around turkey. from artists that sell to official stores and it would be awesome if you can find some that are cheap (like from 1 to 5tl for a pen, 30tl for a pillow)

    • Reply
      May 27, 2022 at 9:35 am

      Thank you! I don’t know any kawaii shops or artists in Turkey offhand but I will definitely keep it in mind for future posts.

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        June 11, 2022 at 10:39 pm

        thank you so much!!!

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