Our story

Located in Shimbashi, Kawachiya continues to give life to all expressions created from paper and ink, including special printing/processing and letterpress printing. Since its establishment in 1971, the company has stood alongside numerous creative clients such as advertising agencies, graphic designers, photographers, and artists to give form to a variety of inspirations.

A new stationery brand – KUNISAWA – was launched as another new expression in 2017.

Shimbashi craftsmanship enriches all facets of business.

The logo

Based in Shimbashi, Tokyo, Kawachiya – the company behind the design and manufacture of the KUNISAWA stationery brand – has been providing its craftsmanship to customers since Japan's Edo period (1603-1868). Shimbashi is recognized as the birthplace of Japan's railway and is now widely known as a district frequented by the business people of Ginza, Marunouchi, and Shinagawa.

The motif of the KUNISAWA brand logo is based on the mythical Japanese three-legged crow called "Yatagarasu."

Due to using a golden luminance to guide Emperor Jimmu on his journey through the dark roads of Kumano, Yatagarasu is celebrated as the "God of Guidance.” The three legs represent "heaven," "earth," and "humanity," indicating that all three are brothers born of the same sun.

We use Yatagarasu as a symbol of business people that are casting a bright light on the future and inspiring the world.

The product

These high-quality notebooks have been created in the pursuit of a superior paper feel and an unrivaled writing touch. Copper gilt edge processing ensures a remarkably long life. Give form to your inspiration using the invigorating fragrance of ink and paper as smooth as silk.

Britain's foolscap paper is relatively well known, having even made appearances in the English novelist Arthur Conan Doyle’s 19th Century Sherlock Holmes Series time and time again.This is said to be the origin of "Foolscap paper."

Foolscap paper is not used for printing. Because it is created specifically for writing, this extraordinary high-quality paper is meticulously manufactured through more processes than other wood-free papers specifically designed for printing.

Copper gilt edge foiling not only further enhances the high-class feel, it also extends the life of notebooks significantly by preventing the paper from discoloring and shrinking, thereby enabling long-term preservation.





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