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|Konnichiwa, minna-san! Welcome
to my little corner of the internet devoted to one of my favorite pastimes, which is
collecting shitajiki! Most of my boards have Leiji Matsumoto characters on them. Why?
Because I love Matsumoto-sensei's works, especially Captain Harlock! I also really like Galaxy Express 999, Queen Emeraldas, and Queen
Millennia. So, the logical thing for me to do is to collect shitajiki pertaining to these
series! I don't care much for Space Battleship Yamato. Don't know why, but I never could
get into it. I also collect other shitajiki besides Matsumoto
stuff. They're listed in my "What I have" page.
Anyway, you're probably asking yourself, just what ARE shitajiki? Well, I'll tell you! Shitajiki are also known as pencil boards, writing boards, or underlays. Japanese students use them underneath the paper they are writing on in order to:
a) protect the piece of paper underneath so it doesn't get dented or ink on it
b) provide a smooth writing surface
Shitajiki are made out of thin PVC plastic and are usually 10 inches by 7 inches. The artwork is stunning on these boards, which is why many of us collectors in the United States as well as abroad collect them merely for the artwork of our favorite anime characters! ^_^ Anime characters aren't the only things on shitajiki. J-Pop, J-Rock, movies, television, and actors/actresses are among other things seen on shitajiki.
Why do *I* collect them? They're easy to store, easy to transport, easy to clean, and they're relatively inexpensive. It would be easier for me to pack my shitajiki binders to take over to a friend's house to show off, as opposed to packing up my models, dolls, figurines, etc. If anyone wants to see these items, they can come over to my house to see them ^_^ Don't get me wrong, I do collect posters, artbooks, trading cards, models, figurines and other sundry items relating to my favorite Matsumoto series, but I prefer collecting shitajiki because they aren't likely to break my bank account anytime soon ^_~
Ok, sounds like a pretty cool hobby huh? Now, where can you get all these really cool pencil boards? There are lots of places where you can get them. Ebay is a pretty good source for shitajiki, as are many online stores. I have gotten some boards from US Anime, as well as Concept Anime. There are several other places as well, too many to list here. Check out Shitajiki Online for a more detailed list on where to get these cool pencil boards! Shitajiki Online is also an excellent reference for what boards from different anime series look like.
Have fun, and enjoy collecting!