I thought a review/general guide for the Hobonichi Techo was in order, as by the look of my blog I clearly love using it, and I wanted to review all the ‘features’ of the journal, so anyone considering getting one could weigh up the options!
I wanted to try a Hobonichi planner for 2015 but all the covers for the planner seem to cost A LOT of money. If I get an english planner will it fit into a japanese techo cover (which are much cheaper)? Thanks!
The English A6 and the Japanese “Original” A6 both fit each others’ covers! They’re just listed separately because the English planner and those expensive covers are all by the same design company. Go ahead and look at Original covers too :D Cousin is the one that’s a different size (A5).
I'm a little indecisive this year. Last year I purchased an English Planner and loved it. This coming 2015 year I was leaning towards the Japanese for some of colors on its pages and also since I'm taking Japanese courses I feel it appropriate to have one in Japanese. What are the differences between the Japanese and English Planner?
Honestly, when someone’s studying Japanese I usually recommend the Japanese version. It’s a perfect way to expose yourself to the language every day. And if you like all the colors, go ahead and give it a shot. It’s always fun to experiment with different techos each year. Similar enough but also refreshing. :)
And hey if you don’t like it you can either sell it online and go back to the English Hobonichi Planner mid-2015, or switch again in 2016.
Do you know if NorthFace covers will be available for 2015? If not, do you know where I might be able to get one? thanks!
No, the covers are always limited edition for their specific year, so the North Face covers aren’t available anymore. All you can really do is post online asking if anyone has an extra one. The only two Facebook fan groups I know of are these:
Last year, a few stores in the United States ended up carrying the English planner. Do you know if any are planning to do so this year?
I actually haven’t heard of anyone carrying the planner in the States again. (Even if there is, it’s Hobonichi Planner English book-only, no covers) We’ve got the store list here and keep updating it, so I’ll make an announcement if anything pops up: http://www.1101.com/store/techo/2015/planner/place/
want to ask if hobonichi take paypal? ;;v; since i only have paypal but no credit card..i really want to buy one o<-< thanks for the help in advance!
No, unfortunately the store system can only take credit cards. But maybe you can look into a prepaid credit card and check which companies will let you use them overseas, since the charge needs to be allowed to come in from Japan.
The other option is what people often do to save on shipping—go in on a group order and then you could just PayPal your friend for your half of the order.
bybystarlight: Paypal has a debit card that pulls money from your balance (or back up fund account). Using it works just fine with the Hobonichi store.