Omoshiroi Block: A Memo Pad That Excavates Hidden Objects

Perfectly pairing a penchant for cool stationery with a love for classic Japanese architecture, the Omoshiroi Block by Triad is an office supply with a twist. The unique memo pad has an intricate design embedded inside that is slowly revealed as the paper on the pad is used.

The Omoshiroi Block (the Japanese word omoshiroi (面白い) can translate to “interesting,” “fun,” “amusing”) utilizes laser-cutting technology to create what is, at first, just a seemingly normal square cube of paper note cards. But as the note block gets used, an object begins to appear.

These objects include “various notable architectural sites in Japan like Kyoto’s Kiyomizudera Temple, Tokyo’s Asakusa Temple and Tokyo Tower. The blocks are composed of over 100 sheets of paper and each sheet is different from the next in the same way that individual moments stack up together to form a memory. Other three-dimensional entities excavatable from Omoshiroi Blocks include trains, cameras, or a violin.

Triad’s official site has recently been overwhelmed by visitors, presumably seeking a few of these recently-gone-viral blocks for themselves. Besides, notes their most recent Instagram post, “all items are out of stock. So, overseas shipping is not possible at this moment. Please wait for our online shop announcements to be updated.”

Right now, Omoshiroi Blocks cost between $36 and $90 depending on the size, and they’re only available at Tokyu Hands stores in Osaka and Kyoto.