Is the 2015 Planner Book the same thickness as the 2014 book? I can tell that it's still A6 size but cannot tell whether it's the same thickness. In simple terms, will the '15 book fit in my '14 cover? Thanks!
They’re the same thickness, and books are always designed to fit covers from subsequent years ♪
You can merge it to your current order if you placed one, but that means your entire order won’t ship until the last item is ready—and that means late November once the Onett cover is available. The planner book doesn’t technically start until December 24th, so that’s up to you if you want to place a separate order for the cover!
i am so lost on how to order! this is my first time ordering and i really want the new hoonichi planners ... can you direct me to how to add it to the cart? (i live in america if that makes a difference..)
Hi there! A quick question about the 2015 Hobonichi: what is the starting/ending date for the planner? I'm just confused because orders are already starting, so I didn't know if the planner starts early as well. Thank you! :)
The daily pages are January 1st to December 31st, 2015, but the 2-day-per-page sections leading up to it/after it are December 24-31st, 2014 and January 1-16th, 2016.
Hiya, this probably sounds really stupid but how do I actually buy the planners at the store? I saw that they're available for sale but I cant see any "add to cart/buy" etc when I'm looking at the products. Or is there a 'how to buy' guide available? Sorry for being silly.
They’re not actually available for sale yet. The store is up for preview right now, but sales start exactly 10 hours from now.
The store will open August 31st, 7 PM PDT, 10 PM ET, and Sept 1st 2 AM GMT, 11 AM Japan time. :)
I'm confused - what's the difference between the Hobonichi Weekly Calendar and Hobonichi Weeks aside from price and size?
The Hobonichi Weekly Calendar is just a supplement to the Hobonichi Techo daily planner, although you could use it by itself. It’s very small and fits into the pocket of the techo cover. It comes one week to a two-page spread, and has no other calendars other than this. (pictured right)
Hobonichi Weeks is a whole book by itself, the weekly version of the Hobonichi Techo—that is, weekly instead of daily. So unlike the little weekly booklet, this also has same Yearly Index section the Hobonichi Techo does, as well as the monthly calendars, and the quotes at the bottom of the page. The two of these are both in Japanese, but the Weeks might be a little harder to use in English since there’s less English labeling in it. (pictured left)
So if you’d like to use your planner in English with a weekly-calendar add-on, I recommend the Hobonichi Weekly Calendar in addition to the Hobonichi Planner.
If you only want a weekly planner and don’t want daily pages, I recommend the Weeks. Unfortunately the Weeks has to be added to your cart in Japanese here after the store opens a day from now, but you’ll be able to switch your cart to English immediately and continue to check out in English.
hi there, i just stumbled on the Hobonichi planner which really catches my eyes. i would like to ask if im able to purchase it online now? or do i have to wait for october or so? i'm unable to select anything to the shopping cart. Between A5/A6 which would be a better choice? Love Ade
Hi! Good timing, sales officially begin tomorrow, August 31st 7 PM PDT/Sept 1st 2 AM GMT/11 AM Japan time. :) The A5 Cousin is double the size of the A6 Hobonichi Planner, so it’s heavier, but there’s more room to write. And the Cousin is Japanese only, but easy to use for English speakers. The A6 Hobonichi Planner is the English one, and it’s light and easy to carry everywhere with you. Here are some more reviews to help you decide:
Hi. Are some of those covers really $300+? What makes them even remotely worth that? The simple black one is 15,120 yen which is $145 which seems insane. Are those prices misprints? I see that there are some for $25 - $45. Maybe an extra zero was added?
Hobonichi partners with a lot of high-end designers, so they’re offering luxury brands to many kinds of customers around the world. They also make sure to include more affordable options in the lineup because the Hobonichi Techo is meant to appeal to everyone-everyone. (If you look up other Henry Cuir products, for instance, you’ll see that all their brand-name products are expensive luxury items.)
So the affordable Colors covers, for example, are all Hobonichi original products, which is why they cost less. The prices start going up when they’re not covers designed by Hobonichi, but partnerships with other companies like ARTS&SCIENCE who are basically offering their designer product through the Hobonichi Store for use with Hobonichi’s book.
Tomorrow’s a big day!! The Hobonichi Store is pre-opening to give customers a chance to browse the store and get familiar with the layout and all the products before the sales begin on August 31st (Sept. 1st in Japan). Tomorrow at 7 PM PDT (2 AM GMT) you will be able to see what the all-new 2015-edition Hobonichi Store looks like. Things to remember… [see link for more information]
I'm new to the Hobonichi thing, but after looking at last year's covers compared to this year's covers, it seems like there are fewer solid color variations this year. Is the current lineup likely to be all that there is for 2015, or will there be additional releases?
This is basically all of the lineup; the only addition happens in the spring (around February if I remember correctly) when a new Spring edition cover is added to the lineup. (Last year it was the Windows of Mykonos cover.)
Introducing the New Two-Part Hobonichi Techo, avec
The Hobonichi Techo is available for the very first time in a two-part set with each book split into six months each. The books come in the A6 Original and A5 Cousin size and will only be available in Japanese. Everything is the same as the original full-year books, but now you can have a techo that’s lighter and easier to carry with you.
A Message from Hobonichi Editor-in-Chief Shigesato Itoi
The Hobonichi Techo is a Life Book, and you are the author.
2015 marks the 14th year since we first created the Hobonichi Techo. As I reflect on the Hobonichi Techo, I’m starting to think it’s growing out of its own definition as a planner. It’s more than just a schedule book to keep appointments, and it’s not quite a diary, nor is it just a notebook. So I just kind of wonder what it really is.
The first thing I think of is how a user writes about his“Life” in the Hobonichi Techo. Life in a bigger sense, and life in an everyday sense. Turn this into a verb, and you get live, which brings you to all kind of meanings: living in a home, living your life path, and even live in person.
In other words, the word “Life” has two meanings to it: one that’s on a smaller scale, with every little moment, and one that refers to the grander scheme of things. I find it amazing that it can encompass all that. And when I look at people’s techos, I realized the same thing is happening.
If you were to rip out every daily page from your Hobonichi Techo and line it all up on a huge floor, one single day would look like just a single measly page within a huge sea of paper. But maybe one page will say “Ate pork chops today,” and another will say “Had a baby.” And some of the pages will be blank. All of these stand as records of things you personally experienced in your life. And if you stack these all on top of each other like a mille-feuille pastry, you can say, “This is my life.”
I don’t know if this serves as a good example or not, but the other day I read a techo by a professional baseball player who recorded his daily life. I was expecting a professional ball player to be thinking about baseball all the time and writing about it in his techo. But instead, he wrote things like “My dog is so cute,” and “My dog laid on my chest.” No sign of baseball anywhere. (laughs) But all lumped together, that’s who that person is.
Not many people in the world live a life that even sounds like some sort of biography. But living the life that’s written in your techo—working, playing, getting angry, laughing—that’s what it really means to live. And each person’s techo with their life written on the pages, well, that’s your autobiography. It just so happens that you have no way of distributing it to the masses, and each person just has one copy of their own. Maybe someone will want to read your book, and maybe you’ll read back on it in the future. “Book” generally refers to something that has already been printed, but the Hobonichi Techo is a book that’s ready for reading after the fact.
So this is a book that contains each person’s year. It’s a single volume in a vast collection, but there’s something really comforting to know that everyone in the world has one. At the same time, we can feel that everyone in the world deserves to be cherished by someone, and that includes both yourself and others.
So starting today, let’s give the Hobonichi Techo a new definition. It’s a Life Book. You’re the author, and you’re writing this book for the very first time.
As always, the Hobonichi Techo will begin sales on September 1st. I hope we see you soon.
Hobonichi Presents: Official Nintendo Haramaki Belly Warmers
Shigesato Itoi’s company, Hobonichi, is mostly known overseas for its quirky but versatile daily planner, the Hobonichi Techo. Another major product is one less familiar overseas: the haramaki, or belly warmer.
As this old but informative PingMag article points out, the haramaki was once strictly functional underwear that had a grandpa-image similar to yellowing long johns. In 2001, Hobonichi reinvented them as fashion items to layer with your clothes.
You know those everyday momentary chills you get when you bend over and your shirt rides up a little? Gone. I see London, I see France, I see someone’s wearing a super handsome belly warmer over their pants. Studies have proven that wearing this thick, extra layer around your stomach keeps the rest of your body warm in the winter. It’s also great in the summer when trapped inside all day under a blasting air conditioner.
Before and after wearing a haramaki at room temperature.
The 2014 Summer collection includes three very special designs created in collaboration with Nintendo. One design stars Mario, and two designs feature Mr. Saturn from EarthBound.
*Designs are reversible
While the sizes were designed around the relatively smaller body of Japanese people, the terrycloth material is incredibly stretchy and large enough to fit most westerners. You can wear it directly over your skin, over an undershirt and under your shirt, or completely over your shirt.
You can find size charts and ordering instructions here.