As I’ve mentioned, I’m deep in the rabbit hole of the planner world lately. There are so many great systems, creative people and amazing stationary supplies out there!
I feel like that accurately sums up my feelings. In addition, I live in Japan so just about every amazing pen, journal, planner I’ve seen on Instagram, YouTube, Pinterest and every other social media platform is either easily accessible in stores or one of my students own it. Usually both.
I’m currently in a traveler’s notebook system where I’m doing bullet journaling, note taking, and travel journaling. And I’ve been wavering on it a bit. I love the idea of the system and so many other things about it as you can see in my <previous post, but something just wasn’t quite working. While I liked the separation and organization it offered, I noticed that for me it was not exactly living out like I had imagined it would- as a one notebook system.
Enter the Hobonichi. I had seen this planner being by bullet journalers online, but primarily I’ve seen it used as an art journal. Since it’s a Japanese planner, I wanted to find out more about it and potentially try it out while I was living in Japan and had easy access to it.
From everything I’d seen online it seemed like a wonderful planner, and I was surprised more people weren’t using it that way! But I’m sure that has a lot to do with the Tomoe River paper the Hobonichi boasts. It’s a lightweight, incredibly thin paper that somehow stands up to a wide variety of mediums that other, thicker papers don’t. I don’t know a ton about it, but my interest was peaked.
There are a few different Hobonichi’s- A6 size, A5 size and Weeks- to choose from. The A6 size (105 x 148mm, or 4.1 x 5.8 in) is the original, and their website also offers an English version. It has a vertical two months per page, month on two pages, and a day per page layout that includes timelines and a lot of other great features. The A5 size (148 x 210mm or 5.8 x 8.3in), called the Cousin, is similar but it doesn’t come in an English version and it includes a week on two page vertical spread. Finally the Weeks is the latest addition to the Hobonichi family and far different from the others. It is long and skinny, coming in at 95 x 187mm (3.75 x 7.4in), and has a year on two page vertical layout, a month on two page layout and a week on two page horizontal layout. So needless to say, Hobonichi has a little something for everyone.
But as usual I was primarily lusting towards the original. Unfortunately, I was also really starting to look into them in May, which was a month after their spring start planners. (Hobonichi releases January start planners and April start planners, I assume to coincide with the academic year in Japan.) I was teetering on the fence on whether to pull the trigger and just get it or wait until next year. BUT I just had to have that Japan-only Hello Kitty cover and I needed something to put in it!
The Avec line of Hobonichi’s is essentially the same Hobonichi (in both the original A6 and the A5 Cousin), but with the books split into two parts of the year: January through June and July through December. They’re sold together (naturally) and because I was looking to get back to one book I didn’t pay much attention to them when I would lust after a hobonichi on their website. Come June, it was announced that Hobonichi would sell their July-December avec’s as a single instead of a set, and was “perfect for someone who wants to try hobonichi for the first time”.
So, I bought it. Pretty quickly. It was cheaper than the regular would have been, and because I opted for the smaller size the cover wasn’t quite as steep in price either. I did a little unboxing video, my very first! Check it out on my channel linked below.
I’m still figuring out how I want to use it fully, so I will be updating you all on my set up once I’m able to get into it in July! Stay tuned.
AND the Weeks?!
So I soon discovered after ordering the Hobonichi online that it could also be purchased from the stationary chain in Japan, LOFT. So, needless to say I went to my local LOFT as soon as I was able. And it was amazing! Even though the section of Hobonichi’s was pretty small, it was nice to be able to see and hold and feel the actual planners and some of the covers before buying them. While the A6 avec and Hello Kitty cover had been what I expected, it was nice to get a feel for the others if I reinvest in Hobonichi’s for 2017. But of course, being an admitted planner addict, I didn’t leave empty handed.
Much to my surprise, I also picked up a Weeks! I did not think I would get the Weeks notebook, as its size is so similar to the traveler’s notebook I didn’t think I’d care much for it. I never even looked at it on the website. But for whatever reason, I loved the River’s Edge design and package deal and couldn’t leave the store without it. I did an “unboxing” of my LOFT haul as well.
Check out my YouTube channel, where my inner planner addict runs wild!
Any hobinichi users or lovers or lusters out there? I’d love to hear from you! Leave me a comment and let me know how you’re using the system.
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