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== Indexcard Survey @ Shinjyuku, Tokyo ==
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A 5x3 size index cards had used in library for long time. In Japan, A 6 inch x 4 inch and B6 size index cards are also available. The 6x4 and B6 had used by researcher.
[[Image:312630562_e98e14ad2e_m.jpg|thumb|120px|Index Cards corner in Sekaido]]
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Last sunday, I went Shinjyuku, Tokyo, to survey how many indexcards are sold in stationery store there. I went to the Sekaido (世界堂), one of the largest stationery store in Shinjyuku. And it is close from a subway line that I use to go office.
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== Index cards in Japan ==
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[[Image:312630562_e98e14ad2e_m.jpg|thumb|Index Cards in Sekaido]]
  
It is 5 to 6 floor building, all with stationery and art goods. The indexcards are settled at the first floor in Sekaido. I could find name card size, 5x3 size, 6x4 size, B6 size with plain, printable, section (quadrille), 6 mm ruled, and 8 mm ruled. Also, Dock, index (separator), and purse are available. I still couldn't find such a plenty of indexcard goods ever in Tokyo. In fact, I only found B6 and 5x3 card, two kinds each in another larger stationery store "Loft" @ Shinjyuku Mitsukoshi. The Sekaido is rare case.
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In Japan, the index cards is called "情報カード (Jyoho Card)", which means "information card". [http://www.correct.co.jp/index2.html The Correct] (コレクト), one of Japanese stationary maker, sells various type and size of index cards. Name card size, 5x3, 6x4, B6, bill size, with plain, ruled, section is available.
  
When you come to Tokyo, you should come to Sekaido. This is a "Macca" for indexcard geek ;)
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Is the index cards is popular in Japan then? I must answer "No". I think index cards is quite minor market in Japan. Actually, it is difficult to find index cards in stationery store, especially 5x3 size. Besides 5x3 size, B6 size is popular among researcher since Tadao Umesao (梅棹忠夫) introduced how he use cards for information management in research in 1960'. After his naming, the B6 size card is refered to as "京大式カード (Kyoto University style card)".
  
Ref. : [http://www.sekaido.co.jp/ Website, Sekaido] (in Japanese)<br>
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==== Survey at Shinjyuku, Tokyo ====
Ref. : [http://map.yahoo.co.jp/pl?lat=35/41/12.338&amp;lon=139/42/34.44&amp;layer=1&amp;sc=1&amp;mode=map&amp;size=s&amp;pointer=on&amp;p=&amp;CE.x=331&amp;CE.y=238 High resolution map] @ Yahoo! Japan, Sekaido
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I went Shinjyuku, Tokyo, to survey how many index cards are sold in stationery store. I went to the Sekaido (世界堂), one of the largest stationery store in Shinjyuku. It is 5 minutes from Tokyo Metro Marunouchi line, Shinjyuku 3 chome station.
  
== Indexcard Survey @ San Francisco, CA ==
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It is 5 to 6 floor building, all with stationery and art goods. The index cards are settled at the first floor. I find name card size, 5x3 size, 6x4 size, B6 size with plain, printable, section (quadrille), 6 mm ruled, and 8 mm ruled. Also, Dock, index (separator), and purse are available. I still couldn't find such a plenty of index cards goods ever in Tokyo. In fact, I only found B6 and 5x3 card, two kinds each in another larger stationery store "Loft" at Shinjyuku Mitsukoshi. I think the Sekaido is rare case even in Tokyo. Perhaps, I can say this is a "Macca" for index cards geek.
  
[[Image:328322057_deb1f5b236_m.jpg|thumb|180px|Index Cards corner at Patrick & Co., San Francisco]]
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==== External Link ====
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[http://www.sekaido.co.jp/ Website, Sekaido] (in Japanese)<br>
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[http://map.yahoo.co.jp/pl?lat=35/41/12.338&amp;lon=139/42/34.44&amp;layer=1&amp;sc=1&amp;mode=map&amp;size=s&amp;pointer=on&amp;p=&amp;CE.x=331&amp;CE.y=238 High resolution map] @ Yahoo! Japan, Sekaido
  
I have been to San Francisco to attend meeting. In my spare time, I walked around Moscone Convention Center. I tried to look for an indexcard.
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== Index cards in U.S. ==
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[[Image:328322057_deb1f5b236_m.jpg|thumb|Index Cards at Patrick & Co.]]
  
I found a stationery store close to the SFMOMA. The indexcards occupy a corner. There are 5x3, 6x4, and larger index card available. What is curious for me is there are a lot of colors, blue, yellow, red indexcards. I could find plain and ruled indexcard. Same time, I disappointed that I couldn't find quadrille card in the store.
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I have been to San Francisco to attend meeting at the end of 2006. I went for a walk around Moscone Convention Center in spare time. I tried to look for an index cards from my curiosity. I found a stationery store close to the SF MOMA. Perhaps it is not fare to compare with the Sekaido because of it's medium scale. Madam kindly accept me to take a photo.
  
I found Office Depo, too. I could find indexcard with "Office Depo" brand. The price is relatively cheeper. This time I could find quadrille card from the "Office Depo" brand. But it is enough to make me surprise.
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The index cards occupy a corner. There are 5x3, 6x4, and larger index cards available. A stock won't be different between Japan and U.S. What is curious for me is there are a lot of colors, blue, yellow, red index cards. I could find plain and ruled index cards. I couldn't find quadrille card in the store.
  
== Quadrille Indexcard in U.S. ==
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I found Office Depo, 5 minutes from the stationery store. This time I found quadrille index card with "Office Depo" brand.  
[[Image:329513166_f24155133c_m.jpg|thumb|180px|Index Cards Comparison]]
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[[Image:329513169_5657fb1e60_m.jpg|thumb|180px|Index Cards Comparison. Left : Office Depot, Right : Correct]]
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What is surprise for me with quad  (short for "quadrille") card in U.S. is, as [http://www.haloscan.com/comments/hawkexpress/rw_unique_entry_id_19_page1/#32090 Lepard and Gregkise pointed out], the cut is not associated with the grid. As a result, if I see the card's edge from top, the grid is totally random. This quad card could not be use for the PoI system, especially for "tag".
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==== Quadrille card in U.S. ====
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What is shocking about quadrille card is, as [http://www.haloscan.com/comments/hawkexpress/rw_unique_entry_id_19_page1/#32090 Lepard and Gregkise pointed out], the cut is not associated with the grid. As a result, the grid is totally random if I see the card's edge from top. I found this quadrille card is not compatible with the PoIC, especially for "tag".
  
Another difference is grid spacing. For Office Depot's : 6 mm each, and for Correct's : 5 mm each. Since I have been using 5 mm grid, the Correct's one looks more tight, tense, and compact for me.
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Another difference is grid spacing. For Office Depot's : 6 mm each, and for Correct's : 5 mm each. Since I have been using 5 mm grid, the Correct's one looks more tight, tense, and compact for me. I have never imagine how different the quad card in U.S. and Japan.
 
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I have never imagine how different the quad card in U.S. and Japan. I realize that how difficult to obtain quad card like the Correct's. Long time I had thought indexcard like the Correct's is easy to get even in abroad ; but it's not.
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Summarize various reports from my friends ([http://www.haloscan.com/comments/hawkexpress/rw_unique_entry_id_19_page1/#32090 Leopard], [http://www.haloscan.com/comments/hawkexpress/rw_unique_entry_id_19_page1/#33171 Gregkise], [http://www.haloscan.com/comments/hawkexpress/rw_unique_entry_id_114_page1/#36141 John], [http://www.flickr.com/photos/hawkexpress/329513166/in/photostream#comment72157594432457262 Ayalan], and [http://www.flickr.com/photos/hawkexpress/329513166/in/photostream#comment72157594443267199 David]) and my research, only the Correct achieve this marvelous, state-of-the-art work. And I realized that my method won't be achieved without the Correct's products. This is one large key of the PoI system.
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As a simple solution for this problem, I decide to start index card providing service.
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== 5 x 3 Index Cards : Comparison table ==
 
== 5 x 3 Index Cards : Comparison table ==
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<TR align="center"><TD>[http://www.ampad.com/ashop/default.asp Ampad] (U.S.)</TD><TD>p, r, c</TD><TD>-</TD><TD>-</TD></TR>
 
<TR align="center"><TD>[http://www.ampad.com/ashop/default.asp Ampad] (U.S.)</TD><TD>p, r, c</TD><TD>-</TD><TD>-</TD></TR>
 
<TR align="center"><TD>[http://solutions.3m.com/en_US/ 3M] (U.S.)</TD><TD>rs, rs+c</TD><TD>-</TD><TD>-</TD></TR>
 
<TR align="center"><TD>[http://solutions.3m.com/en_US/ 3M] (U.S.)</TD><TD>rs, rs+c</TD><TD>-</TD><TD>-</TD></TR>
<TR align="center"><TD>[http://www.exacompta.com/ Exacompta] (France)</TD><TD>q+c</TD><TD>Random (?)</TD><TD>?</TD></TR>
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<TR align="center"><TD>[http://www.exacompta.com/ Exacompta] (France)</TD><TD>q+c</TD><TD>Associated</TD><TD>5 mm</TD></TR>
 
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\*\* : For quadrille card
 
\*\* : For quadrille card
  
ref. : Reports by [http://www.haloscan.com/comments/hawkexpress/rw_unique_entry_id_19_page1/#32090 Leopard], [http://www.haloscan.com/comments/hawkexpress/rw_unique_entry_id_19_page1/#33171 Gregkise], [http://www.haloscan.com/comments/hawkexpress/rw_unique_entry_id_114_page1/#36141 John], [http://www.flickr.com/photos/hawkexpress/329513166/in/photostream#comment72157594432457262 Ayalan], and [http://www.flickr.com/photos/hawkexpress/329513166/in/photostream#comment72157594443267199 David].
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Ref. : Reports by Leopard [http://www.haloscan.com/comments/hawkexpress/rw_unique_entry_id_19_page1/#32090], Gregkise [http://www.haloscan.com/comments/hawkexpress/rw_unique_entry_id_19_page1/#33171], John [http://www.haloscan.com/comments/hawkexpress/rw_unique_entry_id_114_page1/#36141], Ayalan [http://www.flickr.com/photos/hawkexpress/329513166/in/photostream#comment72157594432457262], David [http://www.flickr.com/photos/hawkexpress/329513166/in/photostream#comment72157594443267199], Alina Mikadze [http://www.flickr.com/photos/approachinginfinity/311744558/in/pool-indexcards/], Picolin (in personal communication).
and Photo @ flickr by [http://www.flickr.com/photos/approachinginfinity/311744558/in/pool-indexcards/ Alina Mikadze], and by [http://www.flickr.com/photos/24865983@N00/344043984/ Kaj]
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Any additional information is welcome :)
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Any additional information is welcome!

Latest revision as of 10:18, 9 September 2007

A 5x3 size index cards had used in library for long time. In Japan, A 6 inch x 4 inch and B6 size index cards are also available. The 6x4 and B6 had used by researcher.

Index cards in Japan

Index Cards in Sekaido

In Japan, the index cards is called "情報カード (Jyoho Card)", which means "information card". The Correct (コレクト), one of Japanese stationary maker, sells various type and size of index cards. Name card size, 5x3, 6x4, B6, bill size, with plain, ruled, section is available.

Is the index cards is popular in Japan then? I must answer "No". I think index cards is quite minor market in Japan. Actually, it is difficult to find index cards in stationery store, especially 5x3 size. Besides 5x3 size, B6 size is popular among researcher since Tadao Umesao (梅棹忠夫) introduced how he use cards for information management in research in 1960'. After his naming, the B6 size card is refered to as "京大式カード (Kyoto University style card)".

Survey at Shinjyuku, Tokyo

I went Shinjyuku, Tokyo, to survey how many index cards are sold in stationery store. I went to the Sekaido (世界堂), one of the largest stationery store in Shinjyuku. It is 5 minutes from Tokyo Metro Marunouchi line, Shinjyuku 3 chome station.

It is 5 to 6 floor building, all with stationery and art goods. The index cards are settled at the first floor. I find name card size, 5x3 size, 6x4 size, B6 size with plain, printable, section (quadrille), 6 mm ruled, and 8 mm ruled. Also, Dock, index (separator), and purse are available. I still couldn't find such a plenty of index cards goods ever in Tokyo. In fact, I only found B6 and 5x3 card, two kinds each in another larger stationery store "Loft" at Shinjyuku Mitsukoshi. I think the Sekaido is rare case even in Tokyo. Perhaps, I can say this is a "Macca" for index cards geek.

External Link

Website, Sekaido (in Japanese)
High resolution map @ Yahoo! Japan, Sekaido

Index cards in U.S.

Index Cards at Patrick & Co.

I have been to San Francisco to attend meeting at the end of 2006. I went for a walk around Moscone Convention Center in spare time. I tried to look for an index cards from my curiosity. I found a stationery store close to the SF MOMA. Perhaps it is not fare to compare with the Sekaido because of it's medium scale. Madam kindly accept me to take a photo.

The index cards occupy a corner. There are 5x3, 6x4, and larger index cards available. A stock won't be different between Japan and U.S. What is curious for me is there are a lot of colors, blue, yellow, red index cards. I could find plain and ruled index cards. I couldn't find quadrille card in the store.

I found Office Depo, 5 minutes from the stationery store. This time I found quadrille index card with "Office Depo" brand.

Quadrille card in U.S.

What is shocking about quadrille card is, as Lepard and Gregkise pointed out, the cut is not associated with the grid. As a result, the grid is totally random if I see the card's edge from top. I found this quadrille card is not compatible with the PoIC, especially for "tag".

Another difference is grid spacing. For Office Depot's : 6 mm each, and for Correct's : 5 mm each. Since I have been using 5 mm grid, the Correct's one looks more tight, tense, and compact for me. I have never imagine how different the quad card in U.S. and Japan.

5 x 3 Index Cards : Comparison table

CompanyType*Cut and Grid**Grid Spacing**
Correct (Japan)p, pp, r, rl, rv, qAssociated5 mm
L!fe (Japan)p, r, c, qAssociated6 mm
Kokuyo (Japan)p, r--
Oxford (U.S.)p, r, c, qRandom6 mm
Office Depot (U.S.)p, c, qRandom6 mm
Mead (U.S.)p, r, c--
Ampad (U.S.)p, r, c--
3M (U.S.)rs, rs+c--
Exacompta (France)q+cAssociated5 mm

\* : p : plain, pp : plain printable, r : ruled, rl : ruled library, rv : ruled vertical, rs : ruled sticky, q : quadrille, c : color \*\* : For quadrille card

Ref. : Reports by Leopard [1], Gregkise [2], John [3], Ayalan [4], David [5], Alina Mikadze [6], Picolin (in personal communication).

Any additional information is welcome!