I recently got an opportunity to review a beautiful Japanese Journal with antique style binding on Amazon, and today, I am very excited to share my review with you guys! I also get to host an awesome giveaway for 5 Japanese Journals / Drawing Books (of your choice), so be sure to enter to win at the bottom of this post!
The Deer of Nara - Showing the life of deers in the traditional Japanese city, Nara. The spine of the book is bound by Archaic Style of Far East, Japanese Binding. The Advantage is that the book can be opened throughly and the spine will not obstruct your hand writing. Moreover, it is far more beautiful that conventional spiral binding books in exterior.My thoughts:
I really like this little sketchbook/journal. Unlike some of the other notebooks sold by this company, this one is more of a journal than just a sketchbook.
It's divided into a few section: about 40 pages of a typical journal-style agenda where you can mark the date and write down short daily entries, about 30 pages of dark brown paper that feels just a bit thinner than the other pages (not as thin as a copy paper, though, it's not see-through at all), a good amount of clear off-white pages that can be used for drawings or sketches, some pages for notes - some of them lined, some grid.
The quality of the paper is very nice. It's smooth and even if you use gel pens or markers, nothing bleeds through to the other side. I love the art on the cover, and the unique style of binding. It's beautiful and kind of vintage looking. Very pretty. I also love the size - it's perfect for carrying with you in your backpack or purse. And finally, thanks to the special binding, the notebook opens completely flat without breaking the spine, so it's really nice for writing long entries or sketching something.
Overall, I'm happy with the quality of this product and completely in love with the look of it!
Disclaimer: I received a free sample of the product in exchange for my honest review.
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There will be 5 winners, one journal/sketchbook each!