I do love a lot of podcasts, one of my favourites these days is the Pen Addict Podcast, even though I do not collect pens, rather note books.
But since I live in Japan (and Japan makes the best pens) and there was a discussion about a flickr set recently, which did not have too much to show for it, I thought I show off what I can get in my suburban Book / Stationary shop (if you wonder, it is Hama Shobo!).
(These photos are only here, flickr is reserved for other stuff ^-^)
Fountain Pens (more below)
Some Japanese notebooks
Close up of the above
The Moleskine Corner (in other shops you can find much more, this is only a snapshot)
More Japanese notebooks (you can decorate them!!)
Traveler Notes books (also designed in Japan)
Decoration for notebooks (from stickers to pen clips and even brass pen cases that weight a kilo
(The photos follow the way you would take through the rows)
In Japan Art and Illustrations are the hobby of many, so here are some things you might want to use for these:
Now comes the main row of pens. All kinds of from Gel, to Ball Pen (incl. those with 3 to 5 different fills) and the fancy graphic pens.
The finest I have found here was 0.05 mm (millimeter), but apparently there are finer (down to 0.025 mm) pens…
I love this one! The set goes from 005 to 5 (mm) and costs about £6.5/$10!
Some more fancy pens in close up.
To come to a close, here are some close ups from the fountain pen area. In the left aisle there are 2 types of one way fountain pen: One with an M nib and one with an F nib. Both go for ~£3 / $4 I believe to remember…
These here start from £6.5/$10 and go up from there.
As a side note: I was in a fabric and handcraft shop yesterday. They too sell stationary and had some pens I have never seen before.
Buying Pens in Japan is like buying (japanese) Whiskey: It stays an adventure since one never knows what perl or strange thing might pop up in a small corner shop or huge department store!