A traditional Japanese craft was used for the front cover of this notebook.
The paper-cut maple leaves on the front cover, and the paper cut wave patterns are exactly that.
They are called, Ise-katagami.
Ise-katagami is the stencil paper used in the pattern dyeing of Kimono fabric.
Today, this traditional pattern paper has started to be used as a decoration, like this notebook, which differs from its original purpose.
I think that it is a wonderful and good idea.
Ise-katagami is such a precious paper craft, and its history spans over 1,000 years.
I’m clumsier than most, so Ise-katagami seems to be the work of God.
This notebook is called, “Gosyuin-cho”.
It is a notebook used for stamping the red seal of various Shinto shrines or temples in Japan.
That red seal is called, “Gosyuin”.
For example, visitors to a Shinto shrine can receive its Gosyuin to commemorate their worship.
Gosyuin is a sacred seal.
Most Shinto shrines and temples refuse to give Gosyuin on an ordinary notebook or memo pad as they are only allowed for the notebook that is called, Gosyuin-cho.
So, if you want Gosyuin when you go to a Shinto shrine or temple, you must buy Gosyuin-cho beforehand.
There are a wide range of prices charged for Gosyuin-cho.