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Hobonichi Techo 2015

Angie P

A6 sized Hobonichi Techo (American edition) with a Highland Blue 2015 cover and "crazy flower" cover-on-cover. There are two pen loops but they can be used with one pen to create a "lock" for the journal.

A6 sized Hobonichi Techo (American edition) with a Highland Blue 2015 cover and "crazy flower" cover-on-cover. There are two pen loops but they can be used with one pen to create a "lock" for the journal.

I'll be honest, I haven't quite found that perfect journal where I can jot down something from each day and look back on it fondly. Though, with this Hobonichi, I may have just found it. Give me a few weeks to decide. I've been pretty obsessed with this little Japanese notebook for a few months and after exhausting online reviews and YouTube videos, I asked for one as a Christmas gift. 

Here's some background info and an interview with the creator.

I quite enjoy the green inside and the two bookmarks. The top left is a pencil board to give a hard writing surface and to mark the page because it says "today" on the top.

I quite enjoy the green inside and the two bookmarks. The top left is a pencil board to give a hard writing surface and to mark the page because it says "today" on the top.

This image just shows how nice the design on the cover is. 

This image just shows how nice the design on the cover is. 

An example of the pages. Grids, quotes, moon phases, and quality paper that can be used with a fountain pen (no bleed or shadowing on the previous page.) At first glance it does look like a planner but people use them a journals and sketchbooks too. The book lies flat which is very important to me. 

An example of the pages. Grids, quotes, moon phases, and quality paper that can be used with a fountain pen (no bleed or shadowing on the previous page.) At first glance it does look like a planner but people use them a journals and sketchbooks too. The book lies flat which is very important to me. 

While I had originally planned on privately journaling with a personal sized Filofax I found it to be a bit difficult because I am a lefty and my hands bump into the rings constantly. The Filofax will be saved to use as a planner for school next year. This Hobonichi is now my daily journal. There's no rings to bump into and its an ideal size (much like the personal sized Filofax.)

So, I think I've finally found notebook peace. Here's the updated list : 

  • For personal journaling: The Hobonichi.
  • For sketching/random notes: The Midori Traveler's Notebook.
  • For work and school: An A5 Filofax that stays on my desk. 

If you are considering a Hobonichi for 2015, I suggest jumping on it soon because they sell out rather quickly. They already sold out once but will restock January 15th (tomorrow). I purchased it here: http://www.1101.com. Once they are sold out you'll have to wait until September-ish to order for 2016.