Reviews
There’s much to admire in this podcast. It is interesting to see the world of Japanese pens and stationery through the eyes of two genial experts. What is especially impressive is the balance between information, news, and new products: very hard to manage. A podcast not just driven by new...Read full review »
Memslott via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/24/21
I love this podcast for the latest updates and news about the fountain pen (and ink) scene in Japan! CY and Jacob always have new and exciting things to share which makes me want to get more pens and explore deeper down this rabbit hole. Other than news, I also learn more about the different...Read full review »
Yuni015 via Apple Podcasts · Philippines · 06/04/21
Alice followed a rabbit into wonderland. I followed CY down the fountain pen rabbit hole. My pockets are now considerably lighter but I have some sparkly fountain pens that bring me joy. But as with all hobbies, the joy is exponential when shared with a fellow enthusiast. CY and Jacob have a...Read full review »
Silentlyfree via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/03/21
Tokyo Inklings is a must-listen podcast for anyone interested in Japanese fountain pens and stationery. It used to be that US pen shows consisted of lots of old men and their smelly old Parker 51s. Now there seems to be a younger and more-diverse generation of pen geeks interested in more...Read full review »
Steve PHL via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/30/21
I’m really enjoying listening to these podcast episodes on my way to work or even while I journal. I don’t have many people close to me that are fountain pen enthusiasts so this is a great way to interact with other people who love the hobby.
XxreadheadxX via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/26/21
A very fun and entertaining insight into the world of fountain pens. Demystifying the topics of nib grinding, Japanese pens, inks, and more! The episodes regarding Nagaharan-san’s insights and thoughts on writing and philosophy of names were fascinating. I hope to see more! As a side note, I...Read full review »
Shreyas(シュレヤス) M. via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/25/21
I’m running a Swedish online stationery store, selling only japanese items. This podcast is invaluable to me, providing great insights directly from Japan, in a format that even a beginner can listen to. Thank you for making my work both more easy and more fun! Robin, Komadori
RieuxBernard via Apple Podcasts · Sweden · 05/15/21
An extremely absorbing listen from two passionate Tokyoites, Jacob and CY about Japanese fountain pens, ink and paper. If you listen to this podcast, be prepared to lose yourself in an absorbing universe of Japanese stationery. I particularly enjoy the episodes where the various pen and ink...Read full review »
AlpenGlow76 via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 05/12/21
Gents, Please Keep at it. I listen to your podcast every time. I’d like to hear more of your opinions on papers and your thoughts on differences in quality right out of the box among pilot platinum and sailor. Also, if either of you or your guests have any experience with Hakase. Dan
Shishifunjin via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/04/21
I was going to give this a 4-star review so that Jacob could feel like it was more realistic but I didn’t want to mess with the overall podcast rating, as I do believe it’s a 5-star podcast 😂 I always enjoy listening in on the Japanese pen scene and hearing CY’s, Jacob’s, and their guest stars’...Read full review »
RoseAmyClara via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/27/21
I love the effort that Cy and Jacob put in these podcasts to inform us (the viewers) about the updates in the Japanese stationary world. Living in Japan and understanding both Japanese and English, enables them to bring non-Japanese speakers close to the stationary world of Japan. The dynamic of...Read full review »
Mher Goparian via Apple Podcasts · Lebanon · 04/27/21
I am fascinated by the way they approach the fountain pen hobby. While there are the usual updates on what brands came up with what, the two have excellent knowledge of the culture driving these releases, which can be challenging for some to understand. This podcast unfolds the culture behind...Read full review »
shanghai_cowboy via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/27/21
Too much corona talk
oen anon via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/26/21
The hosts take us to a part of the fountain pen hobby that most of us can only gaze at from afar. One day I dream of shopping for pens in Japan, but until then CY and Jacob keep my interest piqued, and do a great job of describing the pens and stores, from a Japanese perspective.
Maya n Noah via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/26/21
This is a unique and delightful foray into the universe of Japanese pens, inks, paper and culture. Thanks to you CY , Jacob and wonderful guests for your unique content , extensive knowledge and excellent podcast.
Stacybean 59 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/26/21
CY and Jacob, bravo for such an amazing podcast! I learn so much from you two and your guests every episode. As a fountain pen podcaster myself, I know how much work goes into what you do, so I really commend you for the research and effort you put in to make Tokyo Inklings accessible and fun!...Read full review »
Kwesi1102 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/29/21
I love listening to this podcast, informative and entertaining. If you are into fountain pens, or just getting into the hobby this podcast if a must listen!
Yarypr via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/28/21
I’m new to fountain pens and I’ve learned a lot listening to Tokyo Inklings. Really appreciate the first-hand accounts of their experiences visiting various pen and ink shows, as well as their experiences writing with various fountain pen brands. The episode on Sailor LE, and the most-recent...Read full review »
Tin_Ph via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/22/21
This episode great with good vibrant discussion
dthebesn via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 03/01/21
Funny, cute, informative podcast about the japanese fountain pen scene that is often inaccessible due to language barrier for western audience. CY and Jacob are extremely well informed on not only the news but also the fun dramas of the world of fps and inks in Japan. Great balance between the...Read full review »
zaquilae via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/19/21
I love these two guys. One is charming and laid back and one is brashly funny and very opinionated. Really great podcast around Japanese pens and stationary 🖤
GirlCurl via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/03/21
Tokyo Inklings is not just my favorite pen or stationery podcast, it is actually simply my favorite podcast. It is equally informative and easy to listen to. The insight into the Japanese pen world is fantastic, and so is the rapport between CY & Jacob and the rest of the Tokyo Pen Gang. ...Read full review »
Crispianna via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/31/21
I started listening to other popular pen podcasts and when I stumbled upon Tokyo Inklings I became hooked. I am learning quite a lot about Japanese pens and fountain pens in general from CY and Jacob. After listening to all episodes so far I have started moving nibs around on some pens and have a...Read full review »
Kcb79 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 12/31/20
5 stars from a listener in Germany for this great podcast. Jacob and CY do a great job covering their personal collections and what’s hot in Japan right now. The almost regulars Khue and Alesa also bring great insights to the table. If the audio quality were better, I’d give one star more. 😬
Urban Hafner via Apple Podcasts · Germany · 11/25/20
Very thoughtful and thorough overview of the Japanese scene that’s especially helpful for westerners new to this area of writing instruments and ephemera. Thanks so much for opening the door, well done!
Hekowee via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 11/09/20
It’s nice to get updates on the Japanese FP scene from folks who live there! Always fun to listen!
Pattachan via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 11/06/20
As an American I enjoy the international perspective on this hobby, and learning more about Japan and Asia in general in the context of pens and stationary. Nicely done!
Steve Agocs, D.C. via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 11/05/20
This podcast brings the latest news about developments in the fountain pen world in Japan to English speakers, including insights into the economics of the business and the culture of Japan. A must-listen for any collector of modern fountain pens or inks. Two great guys with lots of knowledge abs...Read full review »
esoterica1693 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 11/03/20
Light hearted podcast focused on Japanese stationary. Offers a rare glimpse in English to all the wonders often hidden to the rest of the world. CY and Jacob offer unique views of how they navigate through the stationary Mecca known as Japan. Special guests offer even more ways to experience the...Read full review »
Redhat08 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 10/30/20
I really enjoy getting to know the Japanese Pen and Stationary scene through the informal chats with CY and Jacob and their super interesting guests. You should definitely follow and subscribe to this podcast!
heartpen via Apple Podcasts · South Africa · 10/29/20
I can not recommend this podcast enough. CY and Jacob always have some interesting stories to tell, products to review and do such with granting a deeper look into the Japanese culture and fountain pen and stationery world. Together with the news from the market they provide a very informative...Read full review »
Lenz.Pens via Apple Podcasts · Germany · 10/27/20
Always look forward to it every other week
JJacobiscool via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 10/26/20
Obviously, depending on where you are in the world, Cy and Jacob may actually be much closer to you, but sitting here on the East coast of the US, the goings on in the Japanese and other Asian stationery markets can feel very distant, even though they can have a big impact on the US market. I...Read full review »
EvanMax via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 10/26/20
I’ve been listening to this podcast for quite some time now, and I thought now is the time to leave some feedback. The show is simply one of the finest podcasts on this platform. The repartee between cy and Jacob is refreshing and I love that they both have distinct viewpoints but do listen to...Read full review »
Andrew77 via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 10/25/20
One of the few podcasts I *always* listen to! As a fan of Japanese fountain pens I really appreciate a deeper insight into a topic that can be inscrutable for outsiders.
Jakeybobbobob via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 10/11/20
This podcast is a delight and gets so much right. Easy, relaxed chemistry between the two hosts and a flowing, knowledgeable discussion on the pens and inks of Japan. The hosts can debate trends and attitudes; they supply fascinating nuggets of information and background; they can discuss the...Read full review »
Sealkat via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 10/05/20
Pens not politics. 👎🏻
Bill Wilkins Ghost via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 10/02/20
It was great to hear about this podcast as I have always been into Japanese stationary but never knew how to gain the specifics and information on what to look out for and where to find it. Tokyo Inklings provides that knowledge. Not only do they hit on stationary though, they open up the...Read full review »
AlvWriting via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/29/20
But such a joy to listen to!
Alfoneh via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/28/20
CY and Jacob do a stellar job of bringing you everything new/old/interesting about the fountain pen community in Japan and beyond. Easily one of my favorite podcasts about the fountain pen community. Worth a listen and worth starting from the beginning. They just started out so it’s not hard to...Read full review »
Michael-reviews via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/28/20
This is a must-listen for anyone interested in stationery! CY and Jacob provide informative takes on nearly every type of stationery you can think of as well as what the Japanese stationery scene and market is like. My favorite parts are when they talk in detail about the people (vendors, makers,...Read full review »
alol4716 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/28/20
I don't usually write reviews but I thought I'd add a few words for those who are considering listening. Japan has a significant share in the fountain pen world but unless you speak Japanese information isn't always available, and rarely in a timely fashion. Well, now you have CY and...Read full review »
Alltheprettypens via Apple Podcasts · South Korea · 08/21/20
Tokyo Inklings provides a great insight to the Japanese pen users/collectors community, which is hard to learn about due the language barrier. CY and Jacob provide interesting viewpoints into the developments in Japan that can reach out the US pen user/collector community. I learned a lot!
82-Greg via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 08/02/20
Can’t recommend this podcast enough! It’s unique, insightful and highly entertaining. It’s as much a travel commercial for people to visit Japan as it is a show about pens, ink and paper. Every episode makes me want to book a flight to Tokyo and beyond to get the things they discuss. Keep up...Read full review »
DBC19 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/26/20
Recently, my elementary school son and I read “Heart of a Samurai,” a book based on Manjiro Nakahama, the first Japanese person to land in America. CY and Jacob will be your personal “Manjiro” to the mythical (as in the limited-editions that only a few could have seen), cloistered, often...Read full review »
Meyerlemonandfigs via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/18/20
Being a fan and collector of Japanese pens for a long time now it’s great hearing this type of info.
hillstepper via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/06/20
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