Hobo Nikkan Itoi Shinbun / Hobonichi Techo – “Almost Everyday”



So early this year I discovered this amazing little journal/diary/sketchbook/scrapbook. It’s called the Hobonichi Techo and I import it from Japan. Customs charges get you, £25 extra is how much they get you. Initially it irritated me but then I got over it; I use this journal every day so I’m getting my monies worth. Overall I paid about £85 for the journal, covers and accessories like pens and stencils. 

The Hobonichi Techo is a popular Japanese daily planner with 500,000 users; its English counterpart – the Hobonichi Planner – debuted in 2013. The English version was developed as a collaboration between the Japanese website Hobo Nikkan Itoi Shimbun (Hobonichi) and the Tokyo-based select shop ARTS&SCIENCE. Directing the production of the planner and ARTS&SCIENCE covers is stylist and ARTS&SCIENCE owner Sonya Park, who has carefully fine-tuned the elements that made the Japanese version a success into a global edition so that users around the world can enjoy the unique, easy-to-use design.

The Hobonichi Planner shares the unique techo culture of Japan, in which planners play an intimate role in users’ lives by providing a place to store notes and thoughts at work and at home. With the Planner now being used by people in over 60 countries around the world, the 2015 edition includes design improvements made in response to customer input.

— http://www.1101.com/store/techo/2015/planner/index_e.html

The Hobonichi features the following:

One page per day 
-A6 Japanese paperback-size book
-Daily quotes translated into English
-High quality Tomoe River paper ideal for planners
-Lay-flat binding

Seriously, the choice of covers is amazing. Ranging from your basic plain coloured ones, to animals, to patterns and shapes, to designer artists, to leather and to the ONETT Mother 2 (EarthBound) Cover. 

This year a special announcement was made: The ONETT Cover. I woke up at 3am on a Sunday night to try and purchase it on launch day. The website crashed and I was sad, the cover also sold out within minutes. The next day however, their Facebook page announced that they would be reprinting the cover and the ones who missed out could preorder it ready for the next shipment of November 2014. 

This cover is modeled after Shigesato Itoi’s 1994 Super Nintendo game, MOTHER 2 (EarthBound in North America). The design features the townscape of Onett, including the scenic Beak Point on the west side of town. The cover interior and bookmark charms are bright yellow, the bookmark strings are green, and the pen holders feature Onett’s forest and sea. The cover showcases all the bright colors of the game, and included with every cover is a red Mr. Saturn pencil board.

— http://www.1101.com/store/techo/2015/planner/detail_cover/c_p_mother2.html

Today I got home from work and I saw this yellow package in my room. I recognised the brand…it was like Christmas! 

2014 Hobonichi (left) and 2015 Hobonichi (right)

2014 Hobonichi (left) and 2015 Hobonichi (right)

Another great feature I love – the fact that it’s closed with a pen and it can stretch out without damaging the cover or the book. Seriously, how great is that design?!

If you enjoy writing and love owning a personalised journal then I would truly recommend this to you. You might wince at the initial cost but to have such a little book with such nice paper and great binding is hard to come by. 

It’s a Life Book. You’re the author, and you’re writing this book for the very first time.

— Shigesato Itoi
Written by Yuen Ting Cheung