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vinceat852

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Hello!

I'm gonna be visiting Fukuoka (Kyushu) - has anyone got any ideas on old second hand pen shops? :rolleyes:

and first post too =P

I lurk :ninja:, but comment not... well, except for this time. :lol:

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We have not made it that far south. Can do a pen travelogue of Honshu and Shikoku if interested.

 

Here's what we do when planning a trip. There is a wonderful online telephone directory for Japan. In the search box we type in Fukuoka and mannenhitsu.

Most of the hits will be department stores and distributors. If you look closely you often find other small shops. Whether they sell fountain pens is anyones guess.

However, from first-hand experience, most do.

 

There is a caveat.

In Okayama we found a place in an old mall - had eight to ten 1960 short pens. That was it. And, they wanted obscene amounts of cash.

In Wakayama we found a shop that had hundreds of pens.

 

If you or a friend can speak Japanese, call and ask.

 

One of the benefits of the online phone book are links to maps, so there is no hunting for locations.

stan

Formerly Ryojusen Pens
The oldest and largest buyer and seller of vintage Japanese pens in America.


Member: Pen Collectors of America & Fuente, THE Japanese Pen Collectors Club

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vinceat852

Thanks guys!
I'm only doing Fukuoka city (Hakata/Tenjin etc) and Dazaifu, but I'll have a look at the directory, Stan. =]

and I tried googling a bit that but only found a few large stores- might drop by those.

if I find anything interesting, I'll be sure to update! :D :D :D

I lurk :ninja:, but comment not... well, except for this time. :lol:

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If you have the time, consider stationary stores.

 

Honestly, you are wasting precious time in a beautiful country looking for old pens. Do something more memorable. We go out into the country and see small cities and castles not in the common guidebooks. We ride old trains and buses to visit temples and scenic places. And, get to eat food and delicacies we never see in LA. Go visit Seki, Nikko, Hagi, and Fukue. Take the train up the west coast of Japan. Do an onsen in Aomori. Get the idea!!!

 

If/when you get back to Tokyo visit Itoya, Maruzen, etc., and buy a decent souvenir. I prefer Maruzen and larger department stores that may sell LEs. You can ask if sanyone knows of any special pens for sale on FPN

stan

Formerly Ryojusen Pens
The oldest and largest buyer and seller of vintage Japanese pens in America.


Member: Pen Collectors of America & Fuente, THE Japanese Pen Collectors Club

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Thanks Stan!
Just an update to save other people's time. Hope this isn't making a zombie outta the post.
Basically, if anyone's going to the city, I found that Maruzen in Fukuoka at the main JR station is the best bet.

And visit Dazaifu and look for a beautiful coffee bar called Coffee Ranken. =P

Thanks guys!

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There may be a few older shops scattered around Japan that may have a few vintage pens lying around. Given the time, cost, and effort to visit a shop that may have a couple of 1970s short pens, is it worth it? If you are looking for the latest greatest Sailor/Pilot/Platinum super special limited edition with the uber-flexi nib you are wasting your time. There is no holy grail in this quest.

stan

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The oldest and largest buyer and seller of vintage Japanese pens in America.


Member: Pen Collectors of America & Fuente, THE Japanese Pen Collectors Club

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