Usage Ideas: Foreign Language Practice Learning a new language? Try keeping your daily schedules and notes in your target language! Techo user Yohko is.
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?
*Hobonichi*- Japanese for “almost daily”.
The phrase took off some writing pressure for successful copywriter/ tv show guest/ video game creator Shigesato Itoi.
Inspite of its name, his Hobo Nikkan Itoi Shimbun (Almost-Daily Itoi Newspaper) has been updated daily since 1998.
He knows the…
Anonymous asked: 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.
And here’s a post about artist pens: http://hobonichilove.tumblr.com/post/47704746403/artist-tip-these-faber-castell-color-brush-pens
Also, here’s a great review about Tomoe River paper (which the Hobonichi Planner uses) and pen drying times, etc.: http://fpgeeks.com/2013/01/tomoe-river-paper-review/
Hope that helps!
Anonymous asked: 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.
Here it is, folks! The lineup for this year’s 2014 edition Hobonichi Techo covers is now available! There are some new Disney covers, too, for you Mickey and Minnie fans! The planner and the covers will go on sale on Sept 1st, and who knows, you might spend the whole week until then trying to make a decision.
For now, this is just the lineup announcement, so there will be English navigation available when the store goes live on the 1st. The price that will probably be most relevant to you is the top of the two listed, which is “cover only.” Covers available to use with the English Hobonichi Planner are the “Original” covers under the yellow heading, and the Planner covers under the gray heading. (The WEEKS and “Cousin” (turquoise heading) are a different size and only available in Japanese)