I bought a Hobonichi Planner on impulse a couple of weeks ago and even though it’s a bit expensive, I do not regret buying it.
As I’ve mentioned in my previous post, I’ve wanted it ever since I learned about it from Tiny Cartridge. It being featured in a gaming site is probably because the maker of this planner is Earthbound creator Shigesato Itoi. I’ve played Earthbound before and I can’t remember if I’ve finished it (most probably not), but I do remember that I’ve gone pretty far on it. Anyway. I think it’s cool and maybe that’s why I’ve been lemming for it.
The planner can be ordered here and will be shipped from Japan. The planner was my first international purchase, so I was a bit apprehensive, but the package was delivered without any problems after just 7 days.
The planner is small, maybe about the size of a small pocketbook, which I like because it could easily fit in my bag. It has year, monthly and daily pages. It also has extra blank pages at the back, along with the usual list of holidays, country/dialling codes, as well as pages containing random information like games around the world, spices and herbs around the world, a guide to ryokans, and how to take a Japanese bath. In each page or two of the planner, there are quotes for inspiration/motivation. Along the side, the months are tabbed, making it easy to get to a month’s entries. Another thing I like about the Hobonichi is that it lays flat when it is opened. Really nice!
The paper is very thin that’s why the planner isn’t bulky even though each day has its own page. The pages are made with Tomoe River paper which is known for low leakage/bleeding and for being such a lovely, lovely paper to write on. I have tried writing on it and the experience was just, well, wonderful! I used a Parker rollerball and though there weren’t any bleeding, there was a bit of show-through which I think is understandable given the thinness of the paper. I have tried writing on the back of the paper, and I found that if I wrote over it, the show-through isn’t bad at all. I don’t have a photo, but you could look at this post for show-through or ghosting on Tomoe River paper.
I also bought a cover for my Hobonichi. There are a lot of gorgeous ones on the Hobonichi online store, and I lusted over them, particularly the Angus cover. Huhu. It is so expensive though, so I held off buying it, and opted for a plain (read: boring) black polyester cover. I mean, it wouldn’t be practical to buy such an expensive cover for something I don’t even know if I would end up using that much, right? I haven’t touched a Hobonichi with my bare hands, so I was only acting upon sheer impulse and want, which I think you would agree as not exactly enough justification for buying something so expensive just to “protect” it. So, boring black polyester it was. I would have gotten the Rose Poudre if it was available then, but it wasn’t.
The polyester cover came with its own plastic cover. Both covers are really well-made. The stitches are clean and even, and the plastic cover doesn’t look cheap because of the added details: the zip lock for the back pocket and the logo printed on the inner flap. There’s also a “2015” embossed on lower end of the spine which added a nice touch.
The cover also has ribbon page markers, as well as pockets to store credit cards, washi tapes, stencils and other things you might need to bring with you when you’re planning to just bring your planner and nothing else. It also has butterfly clasps that when you slide your pen into them, your planner would be “locked”.
There are lots of ways to use the Hobonichi, as can be seen in this video. Some use it as a planner, some as a diary, and there are some who use it as a scrapbook of sorts. I don’t know how I will use it, but I do know that mine won’t be as colorful or as pretty as those in the video and almost everything I saw online. As much as I want to, I am not creative like that. I might use it mainly as a diary, but we’ll see. It’ll be fun to find out what I will end up putting in it. I am planning to buy a stencil, though, just so that I could have something that looks neat in there. I have ugly handwriting!
This planner cost me Php 2,242.39 (shipping included) plus Php 100 PTCC (Presentation to Customs Charge) which I paid upon delivery. It is expensive, but I think the quality is worth the money. Now, if I could just commit to writing in it for the whole year next year. If I manage to do that, then I’ll buy me that Angus cover for 2016, for sure!