Some of my favourites!

A few days ago we got in our first shipment of MT washi tapes, and it was glorious. I came out of Jon’s dark office, lights off for Naomi’s nap, squinting like a mole in the daylight, and what should be waiting on the table just for me but those white MT boxes.

Jon really dislikes when I’m there when we get in these new exciting shipments because I need to sink my hands in and swish them all around and start digging about to see everything at once, holding them up to the light like a sacrifice and then creating piles based on how much I like them but there is no other way to do it.*

MT is the original masking tape, or washi masking tape as we know it. When we were in Japan last summer, we visited the MT Lab, which was a formative experience, to say the least. MT started out making industrial tapes for various non-decorative purposes, and then one day all the stars aligned and an entirely new segment of stationery was born.

Much as stationery is a different beast in Japan—the normalized use of high quality pens and notebooks, the enormous varieties of gel pens and correspondence papers in every corner store—washi or masking tape is also very easily found everywhere. It’s a bit harder to find here in Canada, so we are thrilled to have begun bringing it in.

Japanese washi tape, and MT tape in particular, is very good. There’s no other way to put it. I remember walking in a mall here in Toronto and (of course) walking through Staples, and discovering a new decorative tape from one of the big US companies. How could I resist? Far be it for me to slander another tape, we’re all just trying to get along here, but let’s just say that Japanese washi tapes are in a different category.

Japanese tapes, made from washi paper, are thinner but also stronger. Some of them are slightly translucent while still being a paper tape that is quite strong. It’s a weird and lovely life paradox that the adhesive also tends to be both stickier, and easier to remove. It doesn’t peel from the edges prematurely or leave a residue when you peel it off.

And then of course, there are the designs. Japanese tape designs. Pineapples, flowers, simple, detailed, words, illustrations, watercolour, graphics, lemons. You just can’t compare.

You can see all of our washi tapes here. Here are a few of my favourites, which is not even accurate because there are so many that I missed (I missed the book tape!).

For snail mail or travel journals: Postage stamp, snail mail Mikey, vintage travel, train tickets (perforated!)
New releases from MT, a collaboration with Bluebellgray. Perfect for spring.
The detail on these ones! Unicorns, koi fish and cats.

We’ve got a small selection of solids, which are great neutrals. I particularly like these against the kraft refill in my Traveler’s Notebook. There is something very simple and clean about using solid tapes.

Another one of my favourites: the mushrooms. Along with the florals. The green and white one on the top, herbs, I had made a note of as “Elaine’s herbs” when I was ordering because Elaine on our team had picked it out, and then Jon put it up on our website as “Elaine’s herbs” for a while there.

In any case, it was a marathon to take photos and get it all up online, but it’s all there now.

All the beautiful tapes! It will be another reason to visit the shop once we’re open again—browsing tapes in person is so much fun, and now we’ve got MT along with all the Classiky tapes. We still have no timeline yet, for our own shop, in terms of when we’re going to be opening back up, or what that will look like. We are watching and waiting.

*Other than Jon’s way which is to systematically unload boxes item by item, counting them twice and then checking lines off the packing list one at a time.

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May 25, 2020 — wonderpens


Pat D

Pat D said:

I remember how my university lab would use the solid colour washi tape to colour code beaker labels, and it was super handy to have a good variety of colours.


wonderpens said:

Yes! Washi tape is such a useful supply to have around.



MT washi is the BEST! And you have my favourite, Vintage Flowers! Woohoo! (An order may have just been placed … )


wonderpens said:

Yes, MT washi is really terrific. Hope you enjoy! I also love all of the floral ones! :)

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