I'm curious, why are certain cover styles/designs only available in Japan?
The gist of it is, most of the covers are actually partnerships with a third-party designer or company, and it’s up to the designer of the cover to grant licenses. It’s not just a lineup of covers that belong solely to Hobonichi. (Some, like the plain color covers, are just Hobonichi’s, but brand names are always listed when it is another company/person’s design.) So sometimes, a partner that creates one of the covers will grant a license for domestic sales in Japan, but they don’t put one together for international sales, so there isn’t the permission there to do so. Hope that makes sense!
Ahhh I feared as much, what a pity. It's the SOULEIADO Petassoun (which is surely a spring release?) that caught my attention, especially with how the zipper covers in the original section that I would have liked to have are all sold out -- guess I'd have to do with one of the remaining ones. I have to order asap, so thanks for your swift reply! :*
The SOULEIADO covers aren’t available for shipping outside of Japan, anyway. But since it’s a zipper cover, you could technically get one for Cousin that’s too big and then fit the small book inside for a ton of extra storage. Not sure how comfortable it would be, and I’ve never tried it, but at least that’s a technically available one-way street (seeing as you couldn’t fit a big A5 Cousin into an Original cover.) But what might be a better idea is to wait until September 1st when all the new covers go on sale; they’re announced sometime next month, and the lineup always includes some zipper designs. And since the covers always fit the planner every year, you can always just buy the planner and then wait for a 2015 edition cover! ♪
Hello! What is the difference between the covers designated for/under オリジナル and カズン? I'd like to get one of the zipper covers but it seems to be under Cousin, and for whatever reason I don't think that's made for my A6 hobonichi?
It’s the size! Original (オリジナル) which is the size of the English version is A6, and Cousin (カズン) is A5.
The Cousin is basically twice the size of the Original.