It wasn’t that long ago that Tomoe River was a niche thing, that you had to work hard to get hold of. Fortunately, that’s no longer the case, and you have plenty of choice, wherever in the world you live. I thought it would be worth quickly summarising those options. Here goes. Note that I’m leaving out planners like Hobonichi — this is for notebooks, notepads and loose sheets.
From the UK
Loose sheets. No longer available from Cult Pens. but still from various other places, eg here, here, or from The Journal Shop here. Generally only in the 52gsm weight. If you want heavier, you have to turn to eBay or Amazon Global and import from Japan.
Endless Recorder. A5 hardcover notebooks with elastic closure etc. I reached out to them to request a review sample but they never got back to me, so I’m in a grump and refuse to buy one. Available from Nero’s, again.
Chelsea Paper Company. Stocks some Tomoe River books, eg in Traveler’s Notebook size. Available here and on Amazon and Etsy.
Colorverse. The ink manufacturer does a notebook. Pure Pens sells it. I haven’t tried it.
Galen Leather. Based in Turkey. The leather and wood maestros have branched out into paper. Available direct.
From the US
Birmingham. A4, A3 (!), ringbound, pocket… great selection and prices. I have used many of them and can vouch for Birmingham as a company, too.
Elemental. Does the rather sexy Iodine notebook with Tomoe.
Hippo Noto (SquishyInk) ran a Kickstarter for a Tomoe notebook, and still has a few options in stock. Ships from the US.
Goulet. Does their own range of Tomoe notebooks in various sizes and finishes. Very nice.
Taroko Design do a range of different notebook sizes. The best way to get them is from Etsy, now that Bureau Direct is gone. They’re based in Taiwan.
Nanami Paper do a range of well-regarded Tomoe notebooks, available from their own shop. Based in Japan.
Musubi. Incredibly expensive artisanal journals. From Singapore. Here.