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posted by [personal profile] kchew at 09:08am on 31/05/2009
Yesterday, at the bazaar at my son's Japanese school, I found someone selling old magazines [ETA: in Japanese] and such (old to a value of published within the last year or two and in good condition). I picked up two children's magazines--one devoted to Miffy the Bunny (complete with Dick Bruna interviews at the back), and another a more literary magazine, with short stories and lovely illustrations. I also found two books on science at the grade three level, which I didn't realize were grade coded at the time (despite the big 3 on them; I was in a hurry), and a large board book by Gomi Taro, who is my favourite Japanese children's author right now for the 5 and under set.

The win for me, however, was finding a magazine entirely devoted to daytimers, called Minna no Techou. Yes: entirely devoted to daytimers. Not just brands or types, but containing discussions and examples of different list-keeping methods for use in your daytimer, at least 8 profiles of different people and the ways in which they use their daytimers, and so on. Some people use books designed for the purpose; some people repurpose other books or use blank books. There are PICTURES. Everything is lovingly detailed to the nth degree. The design, needless to say, is lovely.

This is stationery porn. Seriously. I love this issue. I can't even read most of it, but I love this issue. Somewhere in the house we have an issue of the same magazine (I think; I'll have to look) devoted to cucumbers (my husband bought it in New York, I think). When my husband wakes up, I'll get him to translate more of this issue for me and I'll share the good bits if I can.

It's so *cool*, people!

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