Of books, paper, maps & other wonders

A Paper Hunt in Tokyo

I recently went to Japan, to Tokyo this time. And there, I’ve been hunting for nice stationery or paper-related shops and places. Here are the nice addresses I found. You’ll find why I liked it below, district by district, and you can see where it is in the city thanks to a map, working with what3words addresses (starting with “///”). Hope you’ll like it!
 
A Paper Hunt in Tokyo
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A gift guide for map lovers

A gift guide for map lovers by Wapapum

It’s been a while I started this list of map-related products that could be nice gifts, and I was like “who cares if it’s not the Xmas season?”… Well, time has passed and it’s only now that I’m able to publish this article, so here it is!

Are you looking for a gift for that dear one who loves map? Here are some examples of articles they could like!

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A paper walk in Vienna

As I spent a few days in Vienna for the first time, I was delighted to find lots of nice shops and bars. The city has a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere. It exudes a sense of cool, and design is everywhere – at least in its 6th and 7th districts, where I spent most of my time. For the paper lovers you are, here is a selection of shops (= books and stationery) that I came across in the trendy Neubau district, that I’d like to share with you. Hope you’ll enjoy this walk as much as I did!

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Three iconic London bookshops

Foyles, iconic bookshop in London

London is one of the cities I keep coming back to, let’s say once a year. Every time I’m reminded how much I love the city, its bricks, its aerial train tracks, its bacon and of course, its bookshops.

I have this kind or ritual where I visit my favourite bookshops, one after the other, and I leave London with enough books to read for a year. I could buy these books online, or from English bookshops in Paris. I could. But I’d rather get lost in the aisles of these old and very well furnished establishments. I’ve rarely been disappointed. Either I stumble upon new editions I didn’t know about, or new exciting publishing houses. Or I finally find that title I’ve been looking for… it’s Christmas each time!

During my last trip I found out that some of the places I used to visit ten years ago are now gone. Happily for us, some are still in business, and well, as these are big names in the industry, let’s hope these iconic bookshops will stay here for a while!

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Bits of Korean Stationery from Seoul

Korean stationery

 

I recently spent a few days in Seoul, and the least I can say is that the stationery scene is thriving there! I couldn’t explore it all, but in a very short time I stumbled upon many nice shops and Korean brands…

Here is a short selection of notebooks and other stationery items I could gather: (more…)

From Russia with love – Loft Project Etagi

Postcard from St Petersburg, From Russia with love

 

I recently received this postcard from two friends visiting Saint Petersburg.
I fell in love with both the picture and the way the postcard looks like a polaroid photo. It’s perfect.

Besides the fact that I was thrilled to receive such a nice postcard (ha! the joys of analogue correspondence…), it managed to raise my enthusiasm for Saint Petersburg. I even started to wonder why I’ve never considered visiting Russia before! (more…)

Porto: pieces of stationery right from Portugal

Porto stationery and notebooks

While on a city escape in Porto, Portugal, I’ve been chasing nice bits of stationery. To my delight, I found some interesting articles and local brands. Porto is a lovely city (charming people, nice streets to stroll, lots of history and a great atmosphere), and arts & craft makers are quite active there.

Spoiler: This is about numbered notebooks, talented illustrators and mouth-watering sardines. Yes, sardines. You find it everywhere in Porto! (more…)