Kimberly cares about making fine Japanese stationery goods accessible to
those who don't live in Japan. After finishing her M.A. in the
midwest, and finding it difficult to access Japanese pens and
notebooks online, she and Frank founded Tokyo Pen Shop. Having been
both a student and teacher of Japanese, she cares about the unique
needs of those studying a character-based language. The fine
precision detail required a finer pen, and the quest for the
perfect pen began.
Kimberly got into e-commerce technology a little by accident. Her
first job out of school was in a technical role at an e-commerce
start-up in the San Francisco Bay Area. She then went on to work in
other technical roles for the worldwide Apple Online Store for
Apple Inc. until 2013, when Kimberly + Frank both left their ‘day
jobs’ to work on Tokyo Pen Shop full time.