Here, we'll the 14 best Japanese highlighters available online. They were ranked by how well they did on our tests and given an overall grade ranging from 1.0 to 5.0.
|Japanese||三菱鉛筆 プロパス・ウインドウ クイックドライ|
|Colors||Coral Pink, Salmon Pink, Golden Yellow, Lime Green, Violet, Pink, Orange, Yellow, Green, Sky Blue|
|Colors||Orange, Pink, Yellow, Green, Blue, Blue Green, Dark Blue, Purple, Red, Yellow Orange|
|Colors||Peach, Orange, Yellow, Green, Sky Blue (Soft Colors: Dandelion, Lime, Aqua, Lavender, Sakura)|
|Colors||Mild Red, Mild Pink, Mild Orange, Mild Yellow, Mild Green, Mild Blue Green, Mild Blue, Mild Dark Blue, Mild Violet, Mild Grey, Mild Magenta, Mild Vermilion, Mild Gold, Mild Smokey Blue, Mild Brown|
|Japanese||ゼブラ 蛍光オプテックス ケア|
|Colors||Red, Pink, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Dark Blue, Fuchsia, Purple, Brown|
|Colors||Pink, Orange, Yellow, Light Green, Sky Blue, Violet|
|Japanese||三菱鉛筆 uni プロマーク ビュー|
|Colors||Yellow, Peach, Orange, Green, Sky Blue|
|Japanese||コクヨ Beetle Tip|
|Colors||Pink, Orange, Yellow, Light Green, Light Blue|
|Japanese||コクヨ WiLL STATIONERY ACTIC 蛍光マーカー 2色ツイン|
|Colors||Pink & Light Green, Orange & Light Blue, Yellow & Purple|
|Colors||Yellow & Pink, Yellow & Orange, Yellow & Green, Pink & Orange, Pink & Green, Yellow & Blue, Pink & Blue|
|Japanese||トンボ鉛筆 蛍コート 80|
|Colors||Brown, Orange, Blue, Red, Peach, Sky Blue, Yellow, Purple, Chartreuse, Golden Yellow|
Tombow Pencil Co.
PROPUS Window Q-Dry
Highlighter OPTEX CARE
Retractable Handy Line S
uni promark VIEW
WiLL STATIONERY ACTIC Highlighter 2 Color Twin
Drying Speed and Functionality Won Top Marks
The Flexible Pen Tip Can Draw Straight Lines Anywhere
Clear-Tipped, Smooth, and also Available for Cheaper than Its Q-Dry Counterpart
A Mild Ink That Leaves Print Clear and Is Gentle on the Eyes
The Retro Style and the Way It Writes are Both Top Class
Ready for Use in a Flash With Its Convenient Retractable Feature
Its Clear Point Left the Strongest Impression
Very Functional, but Has a Bit of a Learning Curve
Draws in Uniform Lines and Is Steady Thanks to the Square Barrel
An Inky Highlighter With Vivid Colors
Indispensable if You Must Have Pin-Straight Lines
|Japanese||三菱鉛筆 プロパス・ウインドウ クイックドライ||ゼブラ ジャストフィット||三菱鉛筆 プロパス・ウインドウ||ゼブラ マイルドライナー||ゼブラ 蛍光オプテックス ケア||ぺんてる ノック式ハンディラインS||三菱鉛筆 uni プロマーク ビュー||コクヨ Beetle Tip||コクヨ WiLL STATIONERY ACTIC 蛍光マーカー 2色ツイン||パイロット スポットライターVW||トンボ鉛筆 蛍コート 80|
|Colors||Coral Pink, Salmon Pink, Golden Yellow, Lime Green, Violet, Pink, Orange, Yellow, Green, Sky Blue||Orange, Pink, Yellow, Green, Blue, Blue Green, Dark Blue, Purple, Red, Yellow Orange||Peach, Orange, Yellow, Green, Sky Blue (Soft Colors: Dandelion, Lime, Aqua, Lavender, Sakura)||Mild Red, Mild Pink, Mild Orange, Mild Yellow, Mild Green, Mild Blue Green, Mild Blue, Mild Dark Blue, Mild Violet, Mild Grey, Mild Magenta, Mild Vermilion, Mild Gold, Mild Smokey Blue, Mild Brown||Red, Pink, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Dark Blue, Fuchsia, Purple, Brown||Pink, Orange, Yellow, Light Green, Sky Blue, Violet||Yellow, Peach, Orange, Green, Sky Blue||Pink, Orange, Yellow, Light Green, Light Blue||Pink & Light Green, Orange & Light Blue, Yellow & Purple||Yellow & Pink, Yellow & Orange, Yellow & Green, Pink & Orange, Pink & Green, Yellow & Blue, Pink & Blue||Brown, Orange, Blue, Red, Peach, Sky Blue, Yellow, Purple, Chartreuse, Golden Yellow|
If you draw fast and precise lines, the Kuretake Brush Hilite can be like a dream come true. It worked well on thick books, like dictionaries, where the pages are arched (and so difficult to use traditional highlighters on), and you can even use it for art.
However, for those of us not used to using brush pens, it was difficult to control. It was great for drawing thin lines, but we needed a bit of skill and strength to maintain a thick, even line.
As far as we know, Pilot Frixion Light is the only erasable highlighter out there. It gives you the unique ability to change your mind and edit your highlights after the fact.
However, the color didn’t come evenly out of this highlighter, and the pink was so cloudy that it made even black print a little difficult to read. The ink, unfortunately, earned it one score of 1.0.
Just as its name suggests, Tombow Pencil Co. Play Color Dot functioned best as a dot stamp. Its round sponge-like tip made it perfect for making bullet points next to important words and phrases, but unsuited for drawing straight lines.
It was so wet it left little ink puddles on the page, earning it a 1.0 for drying speed. The color also came out uneven.
We gathered 14 popular Japanese highlighters from Amazon, Rakuten, and kakaku.com and tested them for how well they wrote, how quickly they dried, how functional they were, and how rich the color was.
We honed in on things like how easy it was to draw a line of uniform thickness and how the tip felt against paper. We then graded each highlighter on a scale from 1.0 to 5.0.
We simply tried to smear each line with our hands, and then graded the highlighters on a scale from 1.0 to 5.0.
Basically, any ink that is quite transparent and absorbs quickly into paper is going to be quick-drying. On the other hand, if the ink tends to pool, then it’ll end up smearing and staining your hands.
To be more specific, we checked to see if the highlighter had any special features and whether they were actually helpful. We then graded on highlighter on a scale from 1.0 to 5.0.
On the other hand, if the color was deep and not florescent, almost a purple tone, rather than pink, then the print underneath would be hidden. They might be eye-catching, but we wouldn’t say such products really fulfill their roles as highlighters.
Not all highlighters are tipped with the same angular block. There are tips with windows in them, tips coated in resin, and tips that are basically brushes. Understand the strengths and weaknesses of each, and it will be a simple task to choose a highlighter you find easy to work with.
If, for example, you find neon colors hard to look at for extended periods of time, then go for softer pastel tones.
Stationary is more than just a writing utensil. It can add quirkiness to your letters or your journal entries, and just looking at cute or colorful designs and leave you feeling just that little bit happier. If you're looking for more awesome tools, take a look below!
With highlighters, it’s best to get a few different colors and affix to each some kind of purpose or meaning. Then, once you’ve come up with your own code, it’ll be that much easier to review your notes and documents later on.
Journals don't have to be used for the express purpose of writing your thoughts and feelings. You can simply use them as notebooks or as planners. But having a journal with a beautiful design on it can help motivate you to write more, so why not take a look at this one recommended by photographer Michelle Tirronen?
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