This is a beautiful notebook from Midori, a very well-known high end stationery company in Japan. Itoya in Ginza has a large center display devoted to Midori products. It has 176 pages (88 sheets) divided into 11 signatures, each stitched and bound into a book that stays flat when opened. The spine's cheesecloth reinforcement tape is exposed as a statement of fine craftsmanship. The paperboard cover is sturdy, thick and of the highest quality, debossed with the MD logo, and wrapped in a glassine sheet reminiscent of delicate rice paper. The MD (“Midori Diary") paper was developed in the 1960s, and is very resistant to feathering and bleeding - making it a good choice for fountain pens, and of course ball points and gels. The paper is thin, allowing the notebook to be only 1cm thick. Overall, this is very simple, well-executed design employing pure, natural colors and robust materials, perfectly capturing the Japanese aesthetic. If there were an Academy Award for beautiful notebooks, this one would surely be a nominee.