My Hobonichi 2017 Review
A side by side review against Hobonichi. My comments are in pink.
The Hobonichi Techo (“tetch-oh”) is a Japanese daily planner from the creators of the website Hobo Nikkan Itoi Shimbun, or “Hobonichi”—who set out to make the kind of planner they would use. Designed for maximum customizability, it evolves every year based on customer input.
It has become one of the most popular planners in Japan and now has over half a million users around the world.
I was instantly attracted to the Hobonichi Techo it is simple but also not something you can easily get on the high street. I had mine shipped over from Japan from the Hobonichi website, which did cost a fair bit in shipping charges and there is a UK website that sells Hobonichi which is cheaper to delivery but the price works out around the same as having it shipped and it is usually out of stock if you’re not quick enough.
Spacious daily pages
The main attraction of the Hobonichi Techo is the one-day, one-page design. You can record the day’s events, sketch out plans, or just jot down the various thoughts that cross your mind. Blank pages are no problem, because there are 365 days to use in slowly creating a book that’s completely your own. The techo is a precious companion that’s indispensable to keep by your side for sharing all your joys, troubles or uneventful days.
My memory isn’t the best so I use it for appointments and social events but also add to do lists on there and other post it notes and scrap bits of stationery.
Easy to open, easy to write
For a planner that always stays with you, it’s important to be easy to use. The book is stitch-bound, allowing it to plop flat open, and the thin Tomoe River paper keeps the book compact while being sturdy enough to handle most inks without bleed-through. These features are specially designed to make the notebook incredibly portable and comfortable.
I have glued in business cards, receipts, tickets etc and even though it has stretched a bit and looking bulbous, the book has no sign of falling apart.
A “readable” book
From the heartfelt to the humorous, the Hobonichi Techo includes quotes taken from its parent site, the Japanese web magazine Hobo Nikkan Itoi Shimbun. The quotes are included in hopes of offering a bit of encouragement in your daily life.
About Hobo Nikkan Itoi Shimbun:
Hobo Nikkan Itoi Shimbun is a Japanese website founded by copywriter Shigesato Itoi in 1998, and has been updated every single day since. The website offers a variety of free content, such as interviews, essays and liveblogs, covering an endless range of topics. The website sells many original goods in addition to the Hobonichi Techo.
This is what makes it so unique and more than just a planner
Use it any way you like
The Hobonichi Techo is a year-long book with blank pages for you to fill in however you want. You can write favorite quotes, add stickers, photographs, cards, candy wrappers, tickets, receipts, drawings, or anything else that comes to mind, no matter how insignificant. Regardless of what you put in the pages, it combines to create an incredibly unique book about your life, blank pages and all. We hope the techo can become a memorable physical record of your everyday life.
Along with using it as an aid for my memory I also draw, paint and scribble in it. I even write reviews of restaurants and notes on places I have visited, which I then use to add to my travel articles.
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