I thought the PB&J Yummy Pocket Organizer was the closest a pencil case could come to resembling food. Now there’s the Hokke Mackerel Pencil Case that totally looks like a fish out of water. Hokke Mackerel is right!
The Hokke Mackerel Pencil Case
Combining Japan’s love of food with its original approach to stationery, this Hokke Mackerel Pencil Case looks just like a grilled fish split down the middle when you open it up! The long and generous pen pouch can likely hold all your pencils, rulers and more, while at the same time also seeming to be your next meal. Japanese cuisine often presents hokke fish cut in half and grilled on both sides, making this pencil case almost too authentic. Be careful not to take a bite!
Length: about 32cm (12.6″)
Width (opened): about 7.5cm (3″)
Made in Japan
How clever and innovative to have thought of using a mackerel to hold pencils. Pens and pencils are long and slender, and so are mackerels. The exterior of the lustrous case has detailed graphics of the mackerel’s blackish silver scales, and there’s even a nice tail to hold onto. Its eyes are clear to indicate freshness, satisfying Japanese criteria.
Unzip the case and feast your eyes on the lining that features graphics of the mackerel’s innards, including its leftover bones, blood and flesh. The guts seemed to have been removed so that you have ample room for your school supplies.
Priced at $75 at Japan Trend Shop, the Hokke Mackerel Pencil Case costs a little more than what you’d pay for any old pencil case. However, in this fish’s defense, there aren’t that many fish like him in the sea.