By ayanonono / Special to The Yomiuri Chukosei ShimbunHi everyone, it’s ayanonono! This time I’ll talk about my stationery fetish, which I often talk about in my videos.
Let’s start with pens and pencils, which we all need for our studies. Cost-performance ratio matters most to me. Inside my pen case are just five writing tools: two ¥80 mechanical pencils, a blue pen, a green highlighter pen and Sharbo, a two-in-one ballpoint pen/mechanical pencil. Some people may think that’s surprisingly little, but that’s enough for me. I am the kind of person who likes simple tools with a good quality-price ratio that I can use for a long time until I totally wear them out.
I haven’t changed my view on this since my high school days. After becoming a university student, I started using blue pens a lot. I have always liked the color blue and heard that it helps in learning something by heart, so I now use a blue pen all the time (lol).
The thing I’m hooked on most right now is probably sticky label pads like Post-it. My favorites are not the simple ones but “Ikemen fusen,” a sticky label pad with illustrations of handsome men. The product has a wide variety of pictures, such as a police officer or a teacher. I own several types of them. If you use them in your textbooks, you’ll look forward to attending classes because every time you open the books, a handsome guy appears. It’s also nice that they can be conversation openers as my friends would surely be curious about the labels.
Recently, my stationery fever has reached such a point that I even look for new products on the internet. In December last year, I went to Bungu Joshi Haku in Tokyo for the first time. Targeted at women, it is one of the country’s largest stationery exhibitions. There were many rare products, and I dared to buy a tote bag with a pattern of notebooks!
One stationery item I’d like to use someday is a fountain pen. Since I like writing, I want to use the pen when writing a card to go with a birthday present. When I write a nice card, I will show it to you in my video. Please look forward to it.
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YouTuber ayanonono began posting videos during her first year of high school, quickly becoming popular. She uploads videos every day on a wide variety of content, such as makeup tutorials, new product introductions and food reports, looking at the subjects from the viewpoint of her generation.
This article is a translation of the YouTube column that appeared last Friday in The Yomiuri Chukosei Shimbun, a weekly paper for junior high and high school students. The original Japanese text of “Creators’ Video Diary” and its English translation appear alongside each other in that paper on the final Friday of every month.Speech