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Hobonichi Unboxing and First Impressions

Hello folks! Sorry it's been a while since my last entry! Today, I bring you (another) Hobonichi post, rather than a journal one, though hopefully I will get journal pics up soon! After following the trend here for a few years, seeing all the recent hype about hobonichi, and picking up a couple of books on the subject, I decided to get my own!

The books, incidentally. So many pretty things...

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Okay on to the actual book. I bought the Cousin (A5 size) and I was surprised at how hefty all the styles are - and that's even without the covers, though the covers do add a little extra bulk and weight. I don't have an exact weight, but notice how the store bag is on its way to splitting open :/

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Loft was a paradise, by the way. They had a huge array of Hobonichi stuff - like almost all the planners from the website *_*

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Contents! So Loft had the book separately, but I saw this polka dot cover online and I had my heart set on it, but the Hobonichi store was out of stock. So when I saw it in Loft... I guess it was meant to be! So I have the book (inside the cover), the cover, the "cover on cover" which is a plastic sleeve to go OVER the outside cover, and a couple of thin Tomoe River notebooks.

I haven't written in the journal yet, but I HAVE used Tomoe River paper before and it is amazing. Amazing.

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Cute innards of the cover!

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A different colour for every month.

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My journal starts in December, with half a page for each day, then goes into a page a day once you hit January.

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There are plenty of calendars!

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Plenty :D

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My not-so-little journal all dressed up in its covers!

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It has a serial number which is kind of cool!

I have to admit, although the journals are so pretty, I DO have my reservations. I really want to challenge myself and try to keep one for a year but you guys all know how I ramble, so having to keep myself to one page might be a challenge. Extra sheets may be added for rambling space. But surprisingly, although this was my worry going into but it, I was also surprised at the weight*. I DID consider getting one of the smaller "Original" books, which are just as cute, but I'm gonna have a hard time confining myself to a sheet of A5 - never mind A6!!!

*Edit! It's nearly 700 grams :o

That said, I'm hoping to start this journal in December, on the two-days-to-a-page pages, so I will have to discipline myself a bit. I will also be able to see how it is to carry this journal around for a month. Hopefully I'll adjust quickly. If not, this might turn out to be a rather expensive experiment ._.

I was wondering if anyone would be interested in a little peek into the Hobonichi Guidebooks. I managed to get the 2014 and the 2015 guides pretty cheaply - my Japanese reading isn't fantastic but there are so many pretty pictures of how different people use their Techo and I think they might inspire you guys, too. Let me know if you'd like me to pull a post together :)

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iberrypink
Nov. 5th, 2014 03:18 pm (UTC)
EEEE how FUN! :D
I am so totally interested to see the guidebooks, yes yes yes!
*forces self to calm enthusiasm* I mean... Yes, I would like to see them, thank you.
kinston
Nov. 5th, 2014 05:08 pm (UTC)
I'd love a peek inside of the books! I don't Hobonichi (or however you spell it, sorry!:) but I'm so fascinated by it. Would love to see inside the books and inside your Hobonichi once you start using it. Also that green/white polka dot cover is so freaking cutie I can barely stand it.
araminya
Nov. 5th, 2014 10:04 pm (UTC)
Idgi. Wouldn't it be better to draw on a blank page instead of a grid? Even those replacement hobonichis had grids. To me this all seems like a clever way to make money, as I really don't see why you'd need a specific "hobonichi" book for this, apart from that it's nice cause it's "official" and all that. And that grid would get on my nerves - only blank pages for me! I'm a paper snob.

But it's great that it's inspiring people, and that polka dot thing is cute. I just don't get it. :-)
smashleighfig
Nov. 6th, 2014 03:39 am (UTC)
Any book works :) I personally love the grid paper because I can't write on a straight line without some format, and it's also great for specific drawings. I never used it before this, but now it's my favorite. You can turn any journal into a hobonichi though. Berry uses a moleskine. I've seen others use a composition book! :)
arantia
Nov. 6th, 2014 05:00 am (UTC)
I think some people are more susceptible to getting bitten by bugs. I remember someone saying the same thing about moleskines a while back and thinking why I couldn't be so resistant and sensible! I am under no illusions - I am a sucker for all stationery-related products.

Incidentally, Hobonichi is (somewhat laxly!) what embodiment was aiming for when it was first set up. ほぼ means "just about" and 日 means day or daily, so it's a "just-about-daily" journal, where you encapsulate what you can about that day in text, collage, paintings, whatever you like. Like ashleigh says, you can hobonichi in just about any journal and it doesn't have to be a branded or big name journal. And it certainly doesn't have to be gridded! The reason that it is is purely Japanese - a fair amount of the stationery, especially school and official stuff, has boxes for Japanese writing - there's a specific school paper that actually has vertical boxes that they use for Japanese class, but I digress... basically the gridding harks back to that. It's meant for one character per box.

I used to prefer blank paper myself but now I tend to use dot-grid when I can find it. The hobonichi lines are quite light, though. To be honest what sold me was the paper itself - lined, blank, gridded, even polka-dotted, it's Tomoe fricking River XD one of my favourite papers in the world.

Now that I have ranted at you...! On an unrelated note I have to mention that I love your icon!
smashleighfig
Nov. 6th, 2014 08:27 pm (UTC)
I heard that even copic markers don't bleed through that paper! I don't have the "real" hobonichi to test it out myself, but hearing that was impressive!
arantia
Nov. 6th, 2014 08:45 pm (UTC)
I've used it for letters/received letters on that brand of paper and ugh I could rant forever about that paper >_< It's very, very light but I've tested quite a few inks on it. Not only no bleed through, but hardly any show-through either! I need to whip the journal out and do an ink test though!
araminya
Nov. 6th, 2014 08:49 pm (UTC)
Trust me, I'm a sucker for stationery-related stuff too, I'm just very picky. (I bind my own books, so I can afford to be picky. They're always to my taste! :P)

Ah, thanks for explaining the origin of the grids - that makes sense! Finally I can let the existence of the (IMHO annoying) gridding go lol. (Did I say I was picky?)

Hehe, thanks. Horrible Histories <3 (check it out if you haven't, it's flipping amazing)
alexandrawolff
Nov. 7th, 2014 07:10 am (UTC)
Oh gosh, I'm so jealous!! and excited for you!
And yes, I'm interested that yoou share about the guide :D
astillac
Nov. 12th, 2014 05:57 pm (UTC)
What, what what is this? I am so behind the times, and this looks like the PERFECT way to get me to journal consistently. :O *goes on a research spree*
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