We have a few new calendar and dated products in this year, and since we’ve never carried these sort of daily wall calendars, so I thought I would share a few more photos.

There are three new daily calendars, where you tear off one page for each day. All come inside a sturdy metal bracket on top so you can securely hang it from a hook or nail on a wall.

The first two are more traditional Japanese daily calendars. one is an extra large one (Size 11) which would be good for larger offices, workspaces or even a classroom, and one that is closer to an A4 size (Size 9), which would be good for above a desk or in a kitchen. There is information along the sides, monthly calendars for reference, phases of the moon, and the colours change based on holidays and dates.

These standard ones both have space below for notes: daily menus, after school activities, to-do lists, office meetings, appointment reminders, doodles, break times, notes about where people went, plans for the day.

The third is a desk-sized calendar, just smaller than A5. The Sora 2020 Daily Calendar comes with a unique illustration and design for every day of the year, based on the phases of the moon. The graphics are sometimes astrology-inspired, sometimes about space travel, but they’re all in shades of grey and whimsical and lovely.

Our first shipment of these sold right out before we could even get them online. These are perfect for journalers or anyone who needs a bit of beauty on their desk everyday.

The Sora calendar next to the A4-ish one (size 9)

All of these are perfect for re-using. Whole sheets for gift wrapping, smaller bits, torn or neatly cut, for into your journal, planner or snail mail. Imagine jotting down a quick, casual note on the side of a page from the Sora calendar, and tearing it out to give to someone, or including a special date in a letter to someone.

The paper in all three are ultra thin, crinkly paper. Possibly my favourite sort of tactile experience, that delicious translucence that is characteristic of so many traditionally Japanese paper things.


In any case, these days, as we barrel forward and I struggle with trying to schedule shifts through cumbersome technology, and some apps don’t seem to work on my iPad, and Caleb seems to be spending a lot of time in his kindergarten classroom on screens, I appreciate more and more something simple and beautiful but also useful on the wall.

It’s not buzzing or flickering or zombie-inducing; it’s just something on the wall with pages you can physically turn, allowing the turning of the page to bring the next day. A tactile keepsake. The passage of time without a battery—what a treat.


Currently reading: The Art of Gathering by Priya Parker
Currently dreading: one last trip to Costco to stock up on freezer food before December
Currently looking forward to: working on all our Christmas cards
Currently procrastinating on: going into the scary basement to dig out the Christmas lights
Current internal turmoil: the debate between listening to audiobooks and podcasts in my limited listening time
Current number of people left on my Christmas gift list: 12

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Rosemary said:

Back in the day, like the 1970s and 80s, my grandparents would get something very similar from Chinatown here in Vancouver. These calendars hung on the kitchen wall and I always loved them with the beautiful calligraphy. As a child, I always wanted to be the one to flip or tear the page to the next day. I wonder if people are ordering them because of the nostalgia? These are beautiful.


Anonymous said:

Yes, I can imagine these calendars might be nostalgic for many! How lovely that these traditional calendars still retain so much beauty and simplicity to this day.


Robert said:

What I like best about these calendars is that they are, first and foremost, calendars, and the date is shown very prominently.
Even the huge moon phase graphics serve a calendar-related purpose: to verify that your calendar is showing the correct date, you need only look up at the night sky. (Of course, these days, you can just check the date on your smartphone, but where’s the fun in that?)

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