The Tomoe River paper is a thin and light notebook paper. It has excellent writing aptitude for fountain pens, ballpoint pens, pencils, etc., and the soft paper quality makes it easy to open the notebook. It attracted attention from home and abroad because it was used in "Hobonichi Techo". In 2019, Tomoegawa Paper Co., Ltd. shut down the Shizuoka Plant No. 7 paper machine, which used to make Tomoe River. Since then, they have switched to the No. 9 paper machine and continued production, but in February 2021, it was announced that the No. 9 machine would be stopped at the end of September of the same year. It is undecided how Tomoe River will be produced after October 2021. (As of May 2021)
- Size: A5
- Blank Pages
- Paper: Tomoe River 52gsm ("New" from Shizuoka Plant No. 9 Machine)
- Sheets: 200
- Accessories: 12mm line and 6mm grid underlay sheet
- Made in Japan
Yamamoto Paper’s WRITING PAD series is a collection of writing pads that let you enjoy the textures and writing experiences of various types of paper. The outbreak of the global COVID-19 pandemic has brought about major changes in the social infrastructure across a wide spectrum of fields. The paper industry has also been greatly affected by this outbreak, with an accelerating trend to digitize traditional paper-based workflows to support remote workers hitting them particularly hard. Up until these times, Japanese paper manufacturers have strived to offer a wide variety of products to meet every customer’s specific needs, tweaking formulations based on regional needs or for very particular usage scenarios. As a result, Japanese paper manufacturers have managed to produce a vast breadth of paper varieties that are unmatched in any other part of the world. Unfortunately though, the pandemic has put these paper manufacturers in a severe financial strain, forcing them to find ways to cut costs for survival. The consolidation of product offerings has been accelerated and less profitable paper varieties are rapidly being phased out. In order to preserve the obscure gems of writing papers that are on the brink of possible extinction, Yamamoto Paper has curated our favorite writing papers and turned them into writing pads your enjoyment. We hope you will enjoy the wonderful feeling of writing on these papers as it may only be a matter of time before they disappear forever!