Friday, February 21, 2014

The wonderful world of washi tapes

A few days ago, I had dinner with a good friend to catch up on what's been happening in our respective Travelife.

Then, sometime during our very delicious stone-cooked wagyu dinner, she leaned over to make a confession. She said: "Can I tell you something?"

I nodded. It was that time of the evening for true confessions, so I was preparing myself for anything and everything.

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"I'm now crazy about something," she said.

I sat back and caught my breath.

For a moment there, I thought she was going to say that she was crazy over someone.

But instead she continued: "I'm crazy over washi tapes."

From the MT website


Washi tapes?

Until then, I'd never actually even heard of washi tapes, even if these tapes originate in Japan.

She said: "I started buying them, and now I can't stop. I even follow the pop-up stores and expos all over the world, for limited edition washi tapes."

Limited edition washi tapes?

I then asked: "What exactly is a washi tape?"

She then proceeded to explain.


From the MT website

It's really a roll of sticky tape with designs on it. Many companies all over the world now make washi tape.

However, washi tape originated in Japan and the best maker is still a Japanese company called MT, which is based near Osaka.

Apparently there's a big craze all over the world for washi tape, and people use them for all sorts of unimaginable ways.

Including decorating houses and walls.

"What do you use all these tapes for?" I asked her. She's very stylish and also very organized as a person.

She says she has about 50 tapes, which is quite a lot if you don't own a gift-wrapping business.

"I use it for gifts and for just about anything," she replied. "And I told my husband: "You should be glad it's just washi tapes instead of handbags or jewelry."

Yes, indeed.


I wish I could relate here the amazing lengths she's gone to getting the rarest of washi tapes all over the world -- but I promised not to.

But if I did write about it here, it would certainly make another wondrous tale in my never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.

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