Tokyu Hands, Osaka


Due to an unforeseen change in schedule, I ended up having half a day to explore the environs near our hotel. I was told that Tokyu Hands, an eight-floor department store, had an excellent selection of stationery.

I should have mentioned in my previous post that, especially in such a manners-conscious country as Japan, I felt self-conscious about taking photos inside stores. In fact at Ito-ya it is discouraged, but my friend was able to explain to the employees what my intentions were and they kindly consented. With or without permission though I felt compelled to do it very quickly, resulting in some questionable quality.


It’s a good thing I don’t care much for pens:

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An excellent selection of erasers, including my current favorite, the Pilot Foam. The gigantic erasers in the middle are by SEED:


Here, all in one place, were many varieties of Tombow and Mitsubishi pencils. Given how many pens there were, I thought there would be more:

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A sample of Campus notebook offerings:


There was a separate display full of Midori Traveler notebooks and accessories:

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Some spiral notebooks:


Frixion erasable pens are very popular, and I bought one out of curiosity. They really do work:


To give you a little better idea of the floor size—I’m standing approximately in the center, so this is about 1/4 of the floor:

DSCF0024Acting on a hunch I stopped by the arts and crafts section, which was one floor below the stationery section.

A handsome Staedtler display:

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Even more erasers:


I wonder how you say “mmmmmmm” in Japanese:

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Photos of bounty to follow.

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8 Responses to Tokyu Hands, Osaka

  1. memm says:

    This looks like a dream come true…


  2. kdgoodenough says:

    The ink of the Frixion pens that I tried were way too light for my taste, up the point I actively looked for different pens to use. Quite a breakthrough for someone who knows so little about writing utensils, if I may so myself!


  3. Sola says:

    Strong showing by the Lumos alongside the local heavyweights there! And it’s really nice to see all the pencils neatly arranged, no misshelved or damaged ones 😉


  4. Yumiko says:

    Well, these displays are familiar to me here in Japan though,
    when I see through your “wonder finder”,
    those look like shiny rainbows or other something lovely…


  5. First time commenting here. I found this blog thanks to Lexikaliker.

    It’s nice to see many good erasers, hard to find in west, in one place: Hinodewashi Matomaru Kun (Gunther’s favorite), Tombow Dust Catch, Pilot Foam, W-Air In, Kokuyo Campus.

    Did you went to the Mechanical Pencil section? Tokyu Hands was the only place to sell the Staedtler Meister Edition (1000 units of the 925 35 in matte black).


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