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Great Conversation Pieces!! Stationery with the Map of Nagoya Designed on Them

On February 10, 2017, unique stationery with the design of the city of Nagoya was released in Nagoya LoFt. This is a part of the "mati mati" stationery series made using residential map data of cities around Japan, and adding design elements unique to each city. The series was produced by a project team of female employees at the map-making company, ZENRIN CO., LTD.

The map stationery "mati mati" series includes four different types of stationery for each town. Each town has a different theme, such as "fashion" for Omotesando in Tokyo and "underground shopping district" for Umeda in Osaka. The Nagoya version, which is themed on the "morning" breakfast menus of kissaten cafes, is based on a map of the Sakae area, where there are many landmarks such as Nagoya Castle, Shirakawa Park and Oasis 21. The image color is warm yellow and brown, inspired by retro cafes and yellowish light bulbs hung in such shops.

3LAYER mati FILE (380 JPY) is an A4 size plastic folder with three convenient pockets with a coffee cup icon where kissaten cafes are. STREET MEMO TAPE (430 JPY) is a masking tape with a design of Hisaya Odori, on which you can write messages as if you are drawing graffiti. MAP WRAP NOTEPAD (380 JPY/20 sheets) is a notepad in a convenient square size with a B5 size width with detachable sheets that can be used as writing paper, origami paper, or wrapping paper. It comes in two versions, one that depicts the night scenery and one that shows the city during the day. TRAVEL TAG FUSEN (480 JPY) sticky notes that can be attached to notebooks and guidebooks to plan or record your travels is a practical set of "machi machi" (various) sizes and material. Use these house-shaped sticky notes in a book, and you may feel as if you're creating your very own town.

Meieki LoFt

5F Men’s Building, Meitetsu Department Store, 1-2-1 Meieki, Nakamura-ku, Nagoya-shi, Aichi

The "mati mati" series was developed with the desires to "spur conversations based on the patterns of familiar maps in the same manner as regional dialects simulate conversation." There are 48 types of stationery designed for 12 towns on sale now, so check to see if there are ones of any cities other than Nagoya you are interested in. [This article was originally published in Walkerplus on 02.13.2017]

*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.

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