About WATOJI NOTE

About WATOJI NOTE

What is WATOJI NOTE?

Japanese-style bookbinding originated as Chinese bookbinding techniques, which spread to Japan and were further developed there. The history of such bookbinding dates back to the Heian period, and this tradition remains intact to this day. In 2018, we at DOHOSHA Printing will celebrate our 100th year. During our 100-year history, we have used the knowledge and experience we have cultivated to create Japanese-style bound notebooks in the hope of spreading this traditional Japanese product throughout the world.

Although the bookbinding method we use is of traditional Japanese origin, we use standard paper for our notebook pages and covers, and our notebooks incorporate modern designs. We specifically use b7 cream paper for the pages, which makes for an extremely smooth writing experience when using ballpoint pens or gel pens in particular. We also use kihoushi paper for our covers, which achieves a warmth and gentleness. We would be delighted if you could experience the quality of our notebooks for yourself.

What is WATOJI NOTE? What is WATOJI NOTE?

WATOJI NOTE Happy Animal Series

WATOJI NOTE Happy Animal Series

Discover for yourself.

Which of these best matches your feeling right now? Enjoy the various patterns, and select the one that’s best for you.

  • HAPPY ANIMALS [Owl]

    In Japanese, the word for owl is “fukuro,” which also means “no hardship.” Owls are happy birds that never suffer difficulties. Also, owls can move their heads around in a wide arc so that they can observe their surroundings. People think owls bring business prosperity and better study results.

    HAPPY ANIMALS [Owl]
  • HAPPY ANIMALS [Prawn]

    Prawns symbolize long life and good health because they have long “whiskers” and bent backs, and yet jump about in a lively manner. They also repeatedly shed their carapace, which suggests growth and rebirth. Their bulging eyes represent happy times.

    HAPPY ANIMALS [Prawn]
  • HAPPY ANIMALS [Swallow]

    In early spring, swallows build nests under the eaves of houses. If there are people near the nest, it is believed that predators like crows and cats won’t attack them. From long ago, people believe swallows bring good fortune, since the kind of house they instinctively choose is one that will not meet with disaster.

    HAPPY ANIMALS [Swallow]
  • HAPPY ANIMALS [Fox]

    Foxes have always been respected as guardian spirits by rice farmers because they kill vermin. Also their bushy, reddish-brown tails resemble mature rice stalks. Nowadays, foxes represent good luck for businesses and other endeavors.

    HAPPY ANIMALS [Fox]
  • HAPPY ANIMALS [Rabbit]

    To Japanese, patterns on the moon suggest the figure of a rabbit pounding rice into rice cakes. Rabbits bring good luck, because the word for moon, “tsuki,” also means good luck. And because rabbits jump, they symbolize the leap to success.

    HAPPY ANIMALS [Rabbit]
  • HAPPY ANIMALS [Whale]

    To fishermen at sea, whales are signs that there are large schools of bonito nearby. Whales have a status similar to that of Ebisu, the patron god of fishermen. And in the Japanese language the word for whale is “kujira,” which also means “trouble free.”

    HAPPY ANIMALS [Whale]
  • HAPPY ANIMALS [Bat]

    Imported from China, the character for bat means “happiness to come,” so the animal is a symbol of good fortune. A homonym for the Japanese word for bat, “komori,” means protecting happiness.

    HAPPY ANIMALS [Bat]
  • HAPPY ANIMALS [Red seabream]

    When commemorating a happy occasion, the first animal that comes into a Japanese person’s mind is the red seabream, whose Japanese name, “tai,” is the last sound in the word for congratulations, “omedetai.” Also, the red seabream’s coloring has the power to stave off evil. Since ancient times, the red seabream is indispensable for happy occasions.

    HAPPY ANIMALS [Red seabream]

How to use

How to use

Perforations make individualized use possible!

There are perforations in the bound side margin of our notebooks, so you can use them in various ways. For example, you can:

・Tear out pages after using them and save them as scraps
・Tear out one side of a sheet to use it as B5-size paper instead of B6
・Tear out only part of the top or bottom of a sheet to use it as a bookmark

In addition, because each sheet of a Japanese-style bound notebook is like a pocket, you can tape up the bottom, write a date in the notebook, and use it to store small, thin objects. You can essentially create your own personalized notebooks as long as you have ideas.

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For around 100 years, DOHOSHA Printing, which is located in Kyoto,
has been involved in many publications, including sutra books and other texts for shrines and temples.
Our slogan is to spend “another hundred years working with text”,
and we are committed to our ongoing pursuit of “usefulness” to customers.

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