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Hobonichi Guidebook

Hello my dears! I come bearing pictures from the Hobonichi Guidebooks for 2014 and 2015! I apologise in advance for any graininess or blurriness... these are photos of (sometimes very tiny!) photos.

So we start with useage examples of various types. Not gonna lie, these books are basically a glorified ad for the hobonichi but at least they're cute!

Cover options from the 2014 book.

Up next, examples of all kinds of things you can fit inside your techo...!

And the bit you've all been waiting for - the real-life usage examples!

So this one is kind of a "his-and-hers" diary. The wife is basically using as a companion to her housekeeping book (for budgets and so on). The black speech bubble is her shopping list, and the red box with the star is what she's planning to cook for dinner. Not entirely sure what the flyer is for, I can't make out the details, but cats!

I love these two ideas :D

I can only make out one bit of text on this page and that's the word for burp or belch in black near the top of the left hand page. I can't even figure out what the question is :/

Okay this is my personal favourite because look at it isn't it cute?!

The owner uses the journal to keep track of her hamster's weight, amongst other things. There is also someone on tumblr who keeps a similar journal for her dog

I thought this one was interesting - I believe these journals are all kept by the same person. Her job has something to do with tea, so she has a  journal for tea, one for every day notes, and one that seems to be for merchandising/art.

There was even a hobonichi in English, thought it was one of the least colourful :/

I loved this idea! I was going to study a Japanese proverb every day this year, but rather than use my diary page for that day, I think I'll put it into the monthly calendar instead!

A day in a Hobonichi Planner. It doesn't have to be pretty to do the job!

I'll be frank, I have no idea what this guy does. The flyer has something to do with film, though!

A cute entry in a Hobonichi Weeks.

A peek into a dancer's hobonichi!

An artist's hobonichi.

And finally, this one. That just makes me weep. So pretty.


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Nov. 17th, 2014 09:30 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for posting these! The one with the dancer makes me grin because I was practically dancing with my fauxbonichi when I got it! I love the idea for tracking teas. After I found out that the paper was so good it even holds watercolor and copics without bleeding, I have been forcing myself to stay off the site to keep myself from getting a real one, heh. I'm curious about the his-and-her one... So the husband and wife share one journal then?
Nov. 17th, 2014 09:35 pm (UTC)
Tomoe River paper. It's amazing stuff! I managed to get a couple of little notebooks of it and I've been guarding them jealously for ages!

The his and hers... so far as I can tell it's done with stamps? Couples calendars/family calendars are kid of popular out here but so far as I know Hobonichi don't make one. I think it's used more like a planner than a journal but maybe the wife adds more information through the day? I wish the guidebook showed more, though!!!
Nov. 17th, 2014 10:16 pm (UTC)
I am new to the comm and new to all these journals. It's so exciting to know that people still journal at all! Honestly, I thought it was a thing of the past. I've kept journals most of my life. But since The Internet, I really can't keep up with my thoughts through hand-writing any longer. I've heard that it's a good thing to slow down. But when I try... I forget what I was trying to say. I'm so used to thinking-while-typing. Or maybe I'm just getting old.

Also, I've been horrified at how my penmanship skills have declined in recent years. I used to get compliments all the time! Now I'm even embarrassed to show it to anyone.

Seeing all of these journals is making me nostalgic. If I can find one that suits me (I'm picky) and is not very costly (I've been un/under-employed forever), I might try it for next year.

Nov. 18th, 2014 03:43 am (UTC)
A couple journal brands that are nice (in my opinion) and cheap (but still good quality) are Picadilly and Peter Pauper Press. But if you're wanting to journal, you should start now while you desire instead of waiting til the new year.

I wish you luck in whatever you decide to do.

Thank you for joining our little community. :)
Nov. 18th, 2014 05:33 am (UTC)
Thanks! I've bookmarked them.

Man, the covers on the Peter Pauper ones are gorgeous!
Nov. 18th, 2014 03:38 am (UTC)
I'm so glad you shared this!
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Nov. 18th, 2014 10:06 am (UTC)
Well, this is Japan. Where they have a real, honest-to-goodness book entitled simply, "Hamster Butts."
Nov. 25th, 2014 08:09 pm (UTC)
A bit off topic, but does anyone know where I can get a pretty hobonichi case, the kind that zips around, and has some pockets for stickers etc.? Thank you!!
Nov. 25th, 2014 10:09 pm (UTC)
The hobonichi website sells them but aside from that... I'm not really sure about stockists outside of Japan. I've seen knock-offs of the regular (non-zip) covers on Amazon (.jp)... Maybe there are people out there who make the zipper covers, too?
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