Japanese Stationery Lets You Send a Specimen From Your Travels

Did you go anywhere fun and inspiring this summer? Did you wish you could share the experience with someone? Well now you can with this one-of-a kind mailing card that comes with a specimen window.

Share a piece of your travels – a leaf, a newspaper clipping, a flower petal, a tag, a ticket – by inserting the specimen between the plastic sheets to hold it in place. Add some text and your card transforms into a tiny museum dedicated to telling a story from your travels.

The card was designed by Tokyo-based illustrator Haruka Shinji, who knows a thing or two about traveling. She grew up in Seoul and Shanghai before moving to London for college. After graduating from Royal College of Art she moved back to Tokyo. Her idea for the card won an award in a paper card design competition, and was then produced by the Tokyo-based Fukunaga Print.

The Preserve Your Travel Card is available in the Spoon & Tamago shop ($11).


  1. Unfortunately as an Australian this would be stopped by border protection and probably wouldn’t make it back home.

  2. Slightly illegal if your mailing across international boarders.

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