washi tape....and lots of it. How lucky am I.
I had asked my brother to look out for washi tape on his travels so when he saw a craft store he went on the hunt. The store was crammed full of product and a bit on the messy side and no one spoke english. He asked for washi and they took him to a bolt of fabric then they indicated that they didn't have any so he stared to leave when he decided to turn around and look for himself...it was full of stuff so he thought they've got to have it. And they did.
edited to add: I have been getting questions on what is washi tape and my best explanation is masking tape for scrapbookers and card makers (narrower and in way better colours)