In 1543, the Portuguese arrived in Kyusho, becoming the first Europeans
to reach Japan. They were called Namban jin or southern barbarians, a name
commonly given to foreigners. From that time onwards, the word Namban was used
to describe the most varied cultural and artistic expressions which arose due to the Portuguese
presence in Japan, which lasted for about one century.
Today, the NAMBAN notebooks, produced by hand in Portugal, using Japanese binding,
are themselves a bond with the ancient Japan. They represent oriental aesthetics, going beyond
the meaning of a utilitarian notebook.
NAMBAN is a brand of stationery which enriches a handmade work.
It came to life, due to a passion for notebooks, to peruse and to debut them
with an idea or a moment which you want to record.
Situated in the historic centre of Lisbon, NAMBAN works together with craftsmen
and small local industries with which it shares the moment of creation and production
of its notebooks. It perceives the handmade work as an experimental process
and belives in quality and exclusivity of each product.
Folded, bound and finished by hand, NAMBAN notebooks
can be distinguished by their timelessness.