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

Guide to the Kokuyo Jibun Techo

Guide to the Kokuyo Jibun Techo

The Kokuyo Jibun Techo offers a unique approach to planner systems. Rather than being limited to a single calendar year, the Jibun Techo is designed to last your whole life. In Japanese, “jibun” (ジブン) means “myself” and “techo” (手帳) means planner. True to its name,...

The Best Japanese Planners

The Best Japanese Planners

Japanese Planners have quickly found popularity all over the world. And while you might know a few names, like Hobonichi, or Midori, there are so many out there that you should check out. While I could go on and on forever about all of the great options for planners...

My Favorite Japanese Stationery on Etsy

My Favorite Japanese Stationery on Etsy

If you’re not in Japan, it can be tricky to find places to buy legitimate Japanese stationery.  There are many Japanese brands available in the U.S. like Zebra, Uni-ball, and Pilot.  But, many times the products available in the states are different (either in the...