For Japanese Stationery
Niconeco Zakkaya, 263 E. 10th St.; niconeco.com
Walking into this Japanese-stationery gift shop in the East Village feels like entering a well-stocked craft closet in Tokyo — it’s filled with traditional Mino and origami paper, Japanese-character stamps, Goro Goro Nyansuke stickers, and rolls of patterned washi tape, all housed in wooden shelving units. Owner Siming Vautin, who spent ten years living in Japan before moving to the U.S., started out as an Etsy seller in 2015 and opened the physical location of Niconeco Zakkaya four years later. Its name comes in part from the Japanese word zakka, which loosely translates to “miscellaneous goods.” Illustrator Ria Sim grew up with Japanese stationery and is a former stationery collector herself. She regularly pops in to Niconeco Zakkaya for the gifts. “You’ll find things in here that are unique and can’t really find in other stationery shops,” she says of its stock, such as floral-printed origami paper, metallic sealing wax, and mid-century-modern-furniture-themed stickers. Sim recently stopped by and found presents for a fellow sticker-collecting friend.
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