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365 notebook

Words / Jas Tse
Photography / Kimio Ng
Translation / Iris Heung

溫柔而帶有韌勁,無論是人或物,同樣會使人莫名喜愛。

365 notebook就是這樣的一本筆記本。由擁有近百年歷史的日本日曆老舖製作,內頁沿用傳統日曆「每日一撕」的紙材,如果你本身也對牛油紙的質感情有獨鍾,就不難喜歡上它。這種紙張呈半透明,表面光滑、背面粗糙,一紙兩面,個性迥異,還有個非常青澀的名字叫「純白紙」(Junpakushi)。在我們的生活裡半點不陌生,多用來包裝衣服、花束或在麵包店作托盤墊使用,被這種觸感簇擁著的物件,看起來都是被用心看待的寶物。

在多種尺寸選擇中,我特別喜歡眼前的A6與A7尺寸,其一手可握的口袋大小,帶在路上速寫記事,能隨時隨地享受愉快的書寫感,過足手癮。每本多達380張紙,卻因為厚度比感熱紙發票也還要薄,隨身攜帶也不會有太大負擔,尤其在夏天,包包愈輕便愈會減低酷熱而生的悶氣。而Premium版本內容一樣,但多了一塊硬皮作保護。

這種薄紙的光滑面適合鉛筆和原子筆書寫,粗糙面則專門為鋼筆而設,墨水不易化開,半透明的特性更是天生的描圖紙,每本附有一張硬卡墊供書寫時使用,防止下一頁留痕。封面採用有羊絨觸感的里纸(Satogami),每一種顏色都有其涵意,上面幾本就以「櫻」、「炭」、「生成」來命名,代表著日本的櫻花季節、在日本人生活中隨處可見的炭灰色調、以及如大自然般擁有原生能量未被污染的原色。

各種細節也恰好地呼應著「這是一本因日常而生,來陪你生活的筆記本。」在經已逝去與將要逝去的時間裡,把回憶點滴保存在筆記本裡,讓人感覺到要把日子好好的過。雖以傳統日曆為發想,卻以截然不同的方式來提示著時間的流動。

OKURA
香港中環善慶街1號

Gentle but sturdy is an admirable quality that can be seen in both human and objects.

365 notebook is a notebook that possesses such quality. Produced by a hundred-year-old calendar maker, the notebook features paper material used in the traditional “tear off daily” calendar, which easily appeals to people who are fond of wax paper. This paper material is called “Junpakushi”, which means paper of pure whiteness. The translucent “Junpakushi” has two distinctive characters, smooth on one side and rough on the other. It is commonly seen in our daily life to wrap clothes and flowers, or to be placed between bread and bakery trays. Apparently, the texture of “Junpakushi” is designated for encasing objects that are held dear to people.

The A6 and A7 size right here are my two favourites among many different sizes. Their pocket-sized design allows me to enjoy scribbling anytime anywhere unhindered. Every notebook has as many as 380 sheets thinner than the thermal paper used in receipts; thanks to the extreme thinness of the paper material, it would not be a burden to carry this notebook around, especially during summertime when a heavy bag can easily trigger grumpiness. The 365 notebook also offers a premium version which has an additional hardcover as protection.

The smooth side of the paper is a perfect surface for writing with pencil or ball pen; the rough side is on the other hand ideal for writing with fountain pen, for its texture can well prevent diffusion over the paper. The translucent paper can also be used as tracing paper; with the complimentary cardboard that comes with the notebook, one will not leave a dent on the next page when writing. “Satogami”, a paper material that has a velvet texture, is used on the notebook cover. Every colour has a unique meaning: the ones above are “Sakura” that representing the cherry blossom season, “Sumi”, which is the charcoal grey colour tone that is common in Japan, and “Kinari” that signifies the unpolluted original colour that has the power to generate like the Mother Nature.

Every single detail works together to make it a notebook that acts as your daily companion, and exists for ordinary daily life. Passing through the bygone times and times that will soon be history, one is reminded to live a good life when recording memories to minute detail. The notebook is inspired by the traditional calendar, but is a dissimilar keepsake of time.

OKURA
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