Mackenzie Jervis

A Wandering Scribbler

Creative travel in Japan




A Wandering Scribbler


My knowledge and advice for travel with kids in tow


Reviews and shopping tips for journaling, writing & planning.



Thoughts from a writer, mom, runner and traveler.


Perspective from travelers currently calling Japan “Home”

A Wandering Scribbler is a resource for creative travelers: lovers of stationery, art, and books, focusing on Japan.

1. Stationery and Journalling

The best stationery, planners, and supplies, and how to document your travels, spark creativity, or plan ahead.

2. Literary Travel

Inviting bookstores, settings from great novels, and creative locations to delight your literary side.

3. Japan

All that I’ve learned and compiled while living in Japan and traveling around the country.

Family in Okinawa
Hobonichi Techo
Japanese Books

Stationery Posts

Guide to Hobonichi Techo
Kokuyo Jibun Techo
Japanese Stationery on Etsy

All About Japan

A Very Basic Guide to Japanese
How to celebrate Christmas in Japan
Christmas at Tokyo Disneyland

Latest Posts

English Bookstores in Tokyo

English Bookstores in Tokyo

One of my favorite things to do on a rainy afternoon or when I'm in need of inspiration is to wander around bookstores. There's something about being near so much knowledge, creativity, and art, that makes me feel inspired and ready to create. If you're like me or if...

My Favorite Stationery

My Favorite Stationery

If you’ve been around the site at all you’ve probably seen I love stationery.  I am very specific about what kind of stationery I like or will actually use.  While I love some of the kawaii washis or pretty planner covers, but I know that I won’t...

Guide to Hobonichi Techo

Guide to Hobonichi Techo

The Hobonichi Techo has earned a cult following and become a global lifestyle icon over the past twenty years. It is a recent favorite of mine and has been permanently inducted into my stationery collection. So what is a Hobonichi Techo? It is a Japanese...