I was planning on getting the Forest Bear cover for my birthday and on the line up page it doesn't say it's sold out, yet I go to its detail page and states that it is and that sales will resume on February 1. Will it be available anymore or...?
Ah, yeah, sometimes the main lineup page doesn’t update properly, but the actual product page is always accurate–the cover is indeed sold out and will go back on sale Feb 1.
All sold-out covers are going back up on sale on Feb 1, that’s Hobonichi’s big “Spring” release date for everything, since they’ve got a Japanese version that also comes in April-to-April dates instead of December-to-December.
hi! im saw your hobonichi latest post. is it 1 set or you also buy the markers and rulers separately? i check the english website, but i couldnt find the rulers or the other thing. only covers and the book. is it only available in the japanese site?
When you get to the actual product page, the Add to Cart button will be in English. And after you add it to your cart, you’ll see a link to change to English right away, so you don’t have to check out in Japanese or anything.
Also, if you happen to see a product that lists two of the same product (you can see the thumbnails), but for different prices, that means the sizes are different. Choose the cheaper option to get the correct A6 size.
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The Hobonichi Planner just posted a picture of someone doing what I’ll be pretty much doing! I’m a Japanese major and I need a way that I can use my Japanese everyday. I bought a Japanese Hobonichi and will be writing in it in Japanese. I’ll be doing little journal entries mostly, but I’ll be including drawings and collages from things I do in my daily life as well.
I’m really, REALLY excited for it to be December so that I can start writing in my planner! I hope no one is disappointed that there will be pictures in Japanese on my posts D:
Is anyone else excited? Who else has bought a planner?
I had planned to get a specific cover if I passed all my university units (champagne gold one), but now it's sold out. Do most items (unless they're raffle) usually restock or are some limited?
It does depend on the item, but usually, if a cover sells out relatively quickly, it can expect a restock. The champagne gold is expecting a restock, so keep an eye on the product page for the date announcement!
I'm aiming to get one for my birthday! Are there any reviews of tools (pens/markers, etc.) that are best to use with the hobonichi techo planner? Do you have any recommendations?
This is sort of a work-in-progress. You can find some pen reviews in one of the threads on the Hobonichi Planner Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/555216664551348/ (comments under the yellow cover) and I believe there’s a pending planner review that should cover the topics of pens.
I’ll be posting a thread on the Facebook page soon that will hopefully gather some useful advice in the comments.
would non-japanese readers be able to use the japanese version of the planner?
Absolutely! What you wouldn’t be able to read is the quote on the bottom of the page, and the days of the week on the daily pages, which are written in kanji. (Fantastic kanji practice for Japanese learners!) The actual date (month/day) is written numerically, so you’ll still be able to use it as a daily planner just fine. The monthly calendar, however, labels English days of the week.
Some of the Extras pages in the back of the planner (which are different from the English version) may not be of much use, but many of them provide graphs and visual layouts, which you wouldn’t need to read to use.
If someone wanted to use the larger “Cousin” size which is A5 and only comes in Japanese, it would also be easy to use.
i am thinking of buying a hobonichi planner, but i cannot decide between the A5 & A6 sizes. my main concern is that the A6 will not have enough space to write in. do you have any recommendations?
The layout of the page is designed to provide as much writing room as possible. The space on the page is very open, and the graph paper design allows for a great deal of control over the use of space on the page in all directions—up, down, left, and right.
There is also a page at the beginning of each month called Coming Up! that allows you to keep track of all the plans you’ve got for the month ahead in one place, which may help you focus on using the daily pages for each individual day, if that’s your style.
With the rare opportunity to have a planner that devotes an entire page to each day, I’ve personally found the A6 size to be plenty of room for one day’s worth of scribbles. Sometimes I’ll have a particularly busy day, and I let it overflow into the page next to it—or even other old pages, since blank pages are inevitable. As someone who uses the pages for lots of pasting and memory-keeping, it also neatly fits (without sticking out the edges) all my event tickets, photographs, receipts, and random things I’m excited about not having to throw away anymore.
There are also 8 double-sided blank dotted pages in the back, which are great for keeping records of lists and things that are not time-sensitive.
Another option is to add a memo pad to your order. These are essentially just 24-page blank graph paper note pads that are designed to fit into the back pocket of your cover, if you buy one with a back pocket. It comes in a set of 3 and has well-made perforations to make it easy to cleanly rip a page out.
To sum it up, the A6 does have plenty of room to write in, and is a fantastic size for portability. If you’d simply rather have a large planner, even though the A5 “Cousin” size is Japanese only, it’s still fully functional for English users. The dates are written numerically, so you could read the month and the day, but just not the day of the week, or the quotes on the bottom of the page. But the layout is very similar.
I really love the design of this planner. But I prefer the size A5. I heard, that there is one called "Cousin", but in japanese. Can I buy it over the english side? Do you know how I can buy it over the Japanese side without speaking japanese?
You’ll have to add it to your cart at first using the Japanese page, but you can still check out in English!
You press the red Buy button below the product pictures to jump down the page, and it’ll take you to the actual red Add to Cart button. Press this to add it to your cart, and click this link to return to the safety of your English shopping cart: http://www.1101.com/store/cart/en/
Then proceed as usual! The same procedure will apply to any covers, if you want one: http://www.1101.com/store/techo/2014/lineup/ Click on the turquoise header to jump to the Cousin lineup. (SOULEIADO covers cannot be shipped overseas.)
If the Add to Cart button is gray, the item is sold out.
The materials are the same as the Hobonichi Planner, and the design is nearly identical, so the overall feel should be very similar. :)
The notebook seems like it's really small. Is it worth the price?
The notebook is A6 size, which is about 6 in. x 4 in. This makes it easy to carry around in a bag or a back pocket, since a planner’s much easier to use when you actually have it on you! But since every day of the year has its own page, there are about 400 pages in the book. In order to keep the thickness down and prevent it from looking like a dictionary, the book uses high-quality Tomoe River paper, which is incredibly thin but still strong and doesn’t bleed from most pens. It also has specially-designed thread binding to allow the book to open flat 180 degrees so you’re not struggling to open something with so many pages. So value-wise, the ~$25 USD seems pretty fair for a meticulously designed book you can use for 13 months. :)
If I'm on the English website, with the techo itself be the English version or is there something else I need to click to ensure that I receive the English version?
In order to prevent any mix-ups, the English version is the only planner book you’d be buying from the English website, so there’s nothing you need to check. (People who want to buy the Japanese version have been using a sort of round-about way through the Japanese site.)