Packing my mail supply bag for Japan was probably the most simple thing on my to-do list. There was no need to bring postage stamps, because they won’t work here. I didn’t really need to pack washi tape, because I’m sure I’ll be buying some here. I didn’t really need to bring a variety of pens, because, again, I’m sure I’ll be stocking up. I’m not a big vacation letter writer, so I didn’t need stationery (and again, if I change my mind…I’m in the country of stationery!) I did, however, need my address book (painstakingly updated with all of my pen pals!) and a pen or two to start with.
So, here’s what I have in my mail pouch:
a red StazOn ink pad
2 Japanese rubber stamps (the Japan Post Office icon & a drunk kitty, both acquired on previous trips)
1 “Today Is” stamp (from here)
2 MultiBall pens (they dry quickly on slick surfaces, perfect for postcards!)
1 grey LePen (for writing in my travel journal)
a tape runner for sticking things in my journal or on envelopes
my mini address book (vintage from Greer)
a few rolls of washi tape (for sticking things in my travel journal)
a few paperclips (for clipping things into my travel journal)
A visit to the Tokyo post Office is on the top of my list so I can stock up on Japanese postage and get to my postcard writing! Our morning Mister Donut visits will be the perfect time to write.
My favorite time.