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Grain, a ring memo pad, features high-quality leather and two types of sheets that can be used for different purposes

Recycled leather made in Spain meets MD (Midori Diary) paper, the Japanese writing paper that offers excellent writability.
The memo pad consists of two types of sheets: horizontally ruled sheets and plain sheets. You can use the pad for different purposes, such as writing letters on the ruled sheets while using plain sheets for drawing illustrations and graphs.

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THE WORLD MEISTER'S Memo <Grain>
Cover: Recycled leather, "Grain", from Spain

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SPECIFICATION

  • Combining Japanese and Spanish craftsmanship
    Combining Japanese and Spanish craftsmanship
    The recycled leather, Grain, used in the front cover is carefully manufactured at a curriery in Valencia, Spain. The memo pad is named after the name of the leather.
  • About the Grain logo
    About the Grain logo
    The logo was designed based on a Spanish bullfighting motif. The font used in the logo is revival of the types created in Spain. It was originally used in the Royal Spanish Academy's edition of Don Quixote, which was published in 1780.
  • Front cover made of recycled leather
    Front cover made of recycled leather
    The recycled leather with excellent friction resistance is used so that the cover does not wear out as a result of repeatedly taking the memo pad in and out of a bag or jeans pocket. It is made completely of cowhide, boasting a rich color and warm texture.
  • Inside cover with space for title
    Inside cover with space for title
    The inside cover provides space to write down title and date.
  • The sheets use the Japanese-made MD paper
    The sheets use the Japanese-made MD paper
    The memo pad's sheets use Midori's own MD (Midori Diary) paper that is bleed-proof and incredibly easy to write on. This meticulously manufactured paper was developed from Japanese technology in the 1960s.
  • Two types of sheets: white horizontally ruled sheets and cream plain sheets.
    Two types of sheets: white horizontally ruled sheets and cream plain sheets.
    The horizontally ruled sheets are manufactured using the same format as Diamond memo, a long selling product that has been available for more than 50 years. Each page is divided into four sections with ruled lines in bold, making it easier to write down daily schedules, create to-do lists or keep records of interests or whatever you need.
    The plain sheets are perfect for drawing illustration or sketching ideas.
  • Visible boundary between the two types of sheets
    Visible boundary between the two types of sheets
    In addition to the fact that two different colors of paper are used, the ruled lines are printed on the side of the paper so that the boundary between the two types of sheets is visible from the side.
  • Carefully selected size for better portability
    Carefully selected size for better portability
    A palm-sized memo pad that fits in a bag or jeans pocket well. In addition, the attached rubber band prevents the pad from opening in a bag.
  • The embossed series logo adds character to the design.
    The embossed series logo adds character to the design.
    The back cover is decorated with the logo, THE WORLD MEISTER'S PRODUCTS. The signboard of the stationery craftsman is embossed.
  • Optimal user comfort
    Optimal user comfort
    A solid board is inserted in the final page of the pad so that your writing remains unaffected by the uneven surface of the back cover with its rivets and rubber band.

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Spain

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Leather production in Spain

Leather production in Spain
Spanish leather is known around the world for being a material of high quality with an excellent finish and texture. Scraps of this quality leather are shredded and then turned into a sheet to create recycled leather.
Over the course of its long history that stretches back to 1878, Grain has been carefully produced by the skilled craftsmen while undergoing continuous improvement. They recycle cowhide to create leather that reproduces the smell and texture unique to cowhide.

Grain leather is produced in a workshop located on an expansive plain surrounded by mountains under the open sky. The proud leather craftsmen who work here always flash bright smiles.

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The sea, the land, and the sun

The sea, the land, and the sun
Fresh seafood from the sea arrives at markets and restaurants. Local dishes are seasoned simply with olive oil, garlic, salt, and lemon, helping to bring out the natural taste of the ingredients.

The buildings and structures in the city are made of stones cut out of the land. This is the impression I had as I walked around the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona, where churches, houses, and shops stand side by side.

This is the oldest area in Barcelona, and was originally built in the Roman period. Mazes of narrow streets surround the cathedral. No matter how many times you walk around the area, you get lost.

The sun burns so much more intensely here than it does in Japan that you feel it is actually closer. Wine and sherry, gifts from the sun, invigorate our body just like an energy drink.

When you walk into a bar and order a glass of wine or sangria, they serve you a glass filled almost to the brim. Those who are big drinkers will be delighted at how cheap these drinks are.

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Passion market

Passion market
Enticed by a delicious smell, I wandered around the market and found a counter bar where they cook and serve dishes made using fresh materials sold in the market. The cooks put on quite a show right in front of you as they prepare the fish and meat that you choose from the food showcase.

The vegetables and fruits displayed in the market are simply huge! They must be gifts from the sun as well.

The butcher shop catches your eye from far off with numerous offerings of raw ham outside.

Bread is also delicious in Spain. It is crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.

There are so many types of fish displayed in the fish shops, including fish in shapes and colors I have never seen in Japan.

The La Boqueria in Sant Josep Market was a vigorous, passionate, and fascinating place filled with a variety of different color food and the smell of dishes served at the counter bars.

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Antoni Gaudi and Grain

Antoni Gaudi and Grain
This was the day I experienced the genius of Antoni Gaudi. I woke up in the morning that day and I decided to walk to see some of the buildings designed by Gaudi. To pack light, I wrote down the places I wanted to visit and the order of visit, and drew maps in Grain. I put my Grain in the back pocket of my pants and left the hotel.

Here was my route:
La Sagrada Familia -> Casa Mila -> The Park Guell

La Sagrada Familia
The completed part on the ground floor of the basilica had many tall pillars standing like trees. The sunlight seeping through the stained glass windows made me feel as if I was in the woods.

Casa Mila
The building is characterized by the unique wavy lines created by its facade. It is actually a collection of houses. The chimneys on the roof and the ventilation shafts are shell-shaped. If I lived in a place like this, the first thing I would do is to invite my friends.

The Park Guell
The park is on a hill on the edge of the city. It provides you with a panoramic view of the city. The park was originally constructed as a collective housing area. The place is decorated with broken shards of tiles that form a colorful mosaic, creating a fairy-tale-like atmosphere.

All of the works I saw that day were decorated with beautiful curves and detailed features. The sculptures seemed like works of nature, emanating a tremendous lifelike impact.