Hobonichi Techo Planner
In addition to the Arts&Science logo, the Japanese characters for “techo” (which means “planner”) are stamped in gold on the chic, textured cover. The Hobonichi logo and the year appear on the spine for easy reference when storing the planner in a bookshelf.
Convenient, portable A6 size
The 105 x 148 mm (roughly 4”x 6”) A6 size is light and portable, making it easy to carry around and pull out anytime. The Planner book is the same size as the Original book, so the books can use the same covers.
Perfect planner paper
The thin, light paper, called Tomoe River paper, is strong, resistant to bleeding, and allows ink to dispense smoothly across the paper — an ideal choice for a planner.
180-degree lay-flat binding
Special stitch-binding allows the planner to lay completely flat without having to hold it down.
The page corners are rounded to minimize creasing and damage to the edges when carried around or stored in a bag.
Serial numbers on the inside back cover give each planner a unique identity and make your planner your very own special book.
New in 2019
We’ve made the following changes in the 2019-edition:
-Changed over to new informational pages in the back:
-Traditional Japanese Household Items
-Junishi: The Japanese Zodiac
-A World of Traditional Sweets
-Highlights of the Calendar Year in Japan
-Chronology of Japanese History
-Japanese Folk Tales
A convenient double-page spread shows the yearly calendars for 2018, 2019 and 2020 at a glance for a useful reference when planning ahead.
Each 2-page spread contains 4 months, with a total of 12 months in the yearly index. The top of each monthly column includes 4 lines of space for note-taking.
The yearly index spans the following dates:
January-start: December 2018 - March 2020
April-start: February 2019 - May 2020
The graph paper design is lightly printed to make it easier to write in your plans and take notes in an even line. The calendar is printed in charcoal gray and a striking red for a refreshing design.
Each header includes the year, numerical month, and the English name of the month.
Each box is lightly printed with a graph design to make it easy to fill in a full day’s worth of plans. You can also take full advantage of the graph design by drawing out sections to allocate plans or entries visually.
The monthly calendars include the number of the week. The formula we use begins counting with the first week in January that includes a Thursday.
The calendars include free space below and to the left for taking notes, making plans or decorating the calendars with stickers and washi tape.
The calendars include icons depicting new moons (●) and full moons (○). (While the moon phase is the same across the world, the exact dates the moon phases land on are listed in Japan time.)
The monthly pages for 2020 have the year in large numbers in the background to easily differentiate them from the 2019 pages.
One day per page
The planner features a format with a page devoted to each day. There’s lots of open space to plan the day ahead and enjoy recording your memories and activities. Think of the pages as containers for random ideas, with a clear record of the date. Paste magazine clippings, ticket stubs and photos to make the techo something completely unique – your imagination is the only limit.
4-millimeter graph paper
The graph-paper design has been slightly enlarged from the Japanese version to 4 millimeters to facilitate easy writing in any language.
The daily pages include the number of the week. The formula we use begins with the first week in January that includes a Thursday.
Moon phase and day of the year
An illustration of the current moon phase is paired with the day of the year. The new moon (●) and full moon (○) symbols are surrounded by stars at their peak. (While the moon phase is the same across the world, the exact dates the moon phases land on are listed in Japan time.)
Customizable time line
12:00 is the only time listed on the page to simply divide each day into morning and afternoon. The latter section is given slightly larger space. The design is kept subtle to either give users full customization or make it easy to disregard.
The fork-and-knife icon offers users a recurring place to record dinner plans.
Each spread of the planner features quotes specially selected from the planner’s parent site, Hobo Nikkan Itoi Shinbun, and translated into English, as well as quotes from Arts&Science owner Sonya Park.
Monthly tabs in charcoal gray or red (Sundays) assists with easy navigation anywhere in the planner.
The daily pages also include a mini monthly calendar at the bottom right of every two-page spread. The dates of the current pages are outlined.
Sundays highlighted in red
While all the other daily pages are printed in charcoal gray, Sundays are printed in bright red for quick reference and an attractive contrast.
Turning the page to a new year
This warming-up page at the very beginning of the daily page section helps you get ready for the new year. It’s a great place to write your reflections on the past year, list your goals for the year ahead, copy down important information from last year’s planner, or do anything else you need to feel prepared.
We’ve included a page at the beginning of each month for highlighting important dates, making to-do lists, and writing other notes to help in planning ahead.
The 2019 planner includes 12 dotted pages in the back for recording random thoughts and sketches or storing items of interest that aren’t time-sensitive.
This page provides a place to keep up to 7 entries of often-used contacts and emergency contact information.
International Size Charts
Comparison charts for Japan, the US, the UK, and Europe include items such as clothing, shoes, hats and rings.
This chart features conversions between units of measurement for easy reference and calculation, including a small ruler to measure centimeters and inches.
Traditional Japanese Household Items
This page introduces all the traditional items that have been a part of daily life in Japan for generations. This includes chopsticks, hot pots, hand towels, wrapping cloths, and brooms.
Junishi: The Japanese Zodiac
This page explains the zodiac and its connection to Japanese traditions of New Year’s cards and picture tablets called ema.
A World of Traditional Sweets
Japanese manju, Portugese egg tarts, Brazilian brigadeiro, and Filipino halo-halo are just a few of the treats in this tasty list of worldwide sweets.
International Country Codes / Dialling Codes
Two-letter country codes are listed along with international dialing codes.
The holidays for 30 countries are listed in a handy chart, which can be used as a guide when making travel plans.
Be sure to enter your contact information on the Personal Notes page in the back of your planner in case it’s misplaced.