Here are some of the new things that I have got recently:
Pearson Student Planner & Academic Diary – This planner is aimed at university students but it has lots of useful advice for all types of independent learners. I looked at several different planners and chose this one because the planner section is simple and has lots of space for everything I need, with Monthly, Weekly and To Do pages, and every week there is a good study Tip which gives directions to more thorough advice in a numbered section at the back.
Sharpie pocket highlighters – four different colours for my planner which haven’t smeared my writing or the print in the book.
Pentel refillable brush pen – I was recommended this by a friend for drawing and sketching. The ink is black and waterproof.
NEO Magazine Issue 163 – arrived this morning! This is a different size than usual and has an article about Godzilla in it with a really cool photo of actors on set in their kaiju costumes. I always look forward to the cosplay and art sections most and I have a six month subscription.
Kuretake Practice Japanese Character set – in this set is a writing mat, a waterbrush and a pipette to help fill it (but mine filled under the tap easily), an instruction book (in Japanese), and a little folder to hold everything together. You fill the cartridge in the pen with water then practice hiragana with the pen on the writing mat. The water shows up black as you write but fades away in thirty seconds or so, so you can practice without using up paper and ink. The mat has guideline squares to write in and the whole set is really cute and useful. KMZ-tradings included an origami crane which was a sweet surprise!
DK Japanese English Bilingual Visual Dictionary – I have been learning Japanese for a few months now and needed a Japanese-English dictionary to learn more everyday vocabulary relevant to the things I do. This visual dictionary is thick and heavy and is really easy to use to find groups of words which all relate to the same topic, like household items, or sweets. Its a great help but it would be good if there was a lighter pocket size version for carrying around!