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Japanese stationary

Japanese design and innovation is well known in various fields from vehicles to robotics. But you can also enjoy some cute and interesting designs closer to home.

Stationary is another area in which there are some unique products and advanced technology. The mechanical pencil is one such innovation but in this blog for Japanese learners, we explore the world of erasers.

Young people are often interested in eraser design, and especially for girls in Elementary school, they sometimes become collectable objects.

Please read this short and easy Japanese blog. Try to learn the Kanji in the essay and also learn new vocabulary too. If you watch the video, you can listen to fluent Japanese as well.



By SOMEYA Sachiko





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When I was an Elementary school student, I used to collect cute and interesting and scented erasers. I used to enjoy looking at the collection and swapping them with friends.

Recently, the chances for me to write something have decreased and when I do I only use basic erasers. However, I came across interesting erasers again recently. At the dentist that my children go to, when they finish treatment they give us an eraser as a reward; and these are in the shape of animals, food and vehicles. They are really well made and they have really improved compared to long ago. I find myself looking forward to getting them, along with the children every time.

And when I went to the stationary counter, I was even more surprised. I felt a nostalgic feeling and from looking at them I began to want to start a collection. They weren't very good in a usability sense, but it was fun just looking at them. I think they could create a little change of mood if you had them inside your desk drawer.

香付(かおりつ)き scented

眺(なが)める look、examine、see

交換(こうかん) exchange

標準的(ひょうじゅんてき)な standard、basic

ご褒美(ほうび) reward、 prize

文房具(ぶんぼうぐ) stationery

気分転換(きぶんてんかん) for a change


Konnichiwa, My name is Sachiko Someya. I live in Yokohama city in Kanagawa prefecture. Yokohama is an attractive city with a lot of tourist destinations. If you ever get the chance, please come and visit. Learning a new language can bring you a lot pleasure but can also be difficult. I would like to help you to enjoy learning Japanese. Let's try hard together ! I'm looking forward to meeting up with you online.

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