I Am a Glutton
I have been a glutton for pencils, that’s for sure. With this blog, I pause to burp.
I have a soft spot for Japanese pencils. They are different from American pencils and quite interesting. You will see them here fairly often. I gathered many when I lived in Japan in 1992-3. I have fond memories of walking around different cities and towns, searching for stationery stores. Many neighborhoods, as well as the main shopping districts, had a store. Often they were little mom-and-pop (often grandmom-and-grandpop) shops that had been there forever, with some grimy old pencils as well as new ones in the displays. I imagined that these old pencils stood there, year after year, waiting patiently for… me to come from across the sea and rescue them. Also intriguing is the fact that Mom and Pop kept trying to sell them.