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Techo team members will be talking about sales information,
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Ways to use a Drawer Pouch

Have you used a Drawer Pouch before? The Drawer Pouch is named after its role as a gdrawerh you can carry around with you everywhere you go. It comes in a variety of sizes, and theyfre all handy in their own way. Today, Ifll be showing you several articles that show how everyone is using theirs.
*Please note that some of the Drawer Pouches shown in the articles are currently not available for sale, or have gone out of stock. For the current lineup, please see this page.


Drawer Pouch: Storage and Usage Answers


First up is an article that introduces you to the results of a Drawer Pouch Survey we did, alongside usage examples with photos that we received through the survey! Itfs interesting to read what types of pouches everyone has been using, as well as knowing the top 5 items that they keep inside each size.






Ways to use the Drawer Pouch


Herefs an article about how Hobonichi crew members and other Drawer Pouch users use the Drawer Pouch! The way it's used is really varied, from those who pack in so much stationery that they chose not to close the zippers, to those who compactly store the bare minimum to make them feel at ease.






How about sending a Drawer Pouch as a gift for Fatherfs Day?

*This article was created in cooperation with those who participated in testing out the Drawer Pouch in February 2020.

Lastly, for this article, we talked to people who have sent the Drawer Pouch as a gift to their parents, and asked them why they decided to do so, and their reactions. Itfs heartwarming to read their parents' reactions. With Fatherfs Day just around the corner, if youfve been thinking of sending a Drawer Pouch to someone, take a look at this article!

We hope these articles give you inspiration on how to use yours! If you havenft used a Drawer Pouch before and are interested in purchasing one, the Drawer Pouches will be available at a sale price for a limited amount of time, up until June 14, 2021 at 11 AM Japan time. However, this sale is part of the Hobo Nikkan Itoi Shinbunfs 23rd anniversary gNice To Meet You Sale!!h, and therefore the pages are only available in Japanese. It is available for international shipping, though, so I wrote a short guide on how you can purchase it through this page.

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How to purchase the Drawer Pouch through the Nice To Meet You Sale!!

Start off by accessing the Nice To Meet You Sale!! page.
*This link has been filtered to show the lineup of the Drawer Pouches.





Scroll through, and if youfve found a product you like the look of, click on the red button shown in the image below. This button says gAdd to cart.h




The Drawer Pouches on this page are assorted by the type of textile. For example, all the Liberty Fabrics: Peacock of Grantham Hall pouches, from the Small Drawer Pouch to the Drawer Pouch Container, are gathered into one page, so no matter which size you click on, if it's the same textile, it will lead to the same page.

Additionally, you can go to the Drawer Pouch lineup page , click on a product you like, and click on the link thatfs written in red on the top of the page.




Once youfve entered the product details page after clicking on the gAdd to carth button, choose a Drawer Pouch in your favorite size. They are lined up from top to bottom in the order of Small Drawer Pouch, Large Drawer Pouch, Drawer Pouch Ane, Drawer Pouch Pocket, Drawer Pouch Container and Drawer Pouch Dangle. Not all textiles are carried out in all sizes (in fact, there are only a few), but they are generally lined up in this order. See the image below to see what the Japanese characters read like.






After youfve chosen a size, click on the red button as shown in the image below, which again, says gAdd to cart.h



After that, you can proceed like your normal Hobonichi Store purchases! (Please note that some of the texts in the Hobonichi Store page will be written in Japanese)




*If you purchase the Drawer Pouch within the sale period, from May 30, 11 AM Japan time to June 14, 11 AM Japan time, the sale price will be applied even if orders are shipped after said period.

However, for items that you have ordered and put on shipping hold before the sale started on May 30, 11 AM Japan time, the sale price will not be applied, even during the sale period. Please cancel the order you have made with the usual price, and reorder the product offered at a sale price.

*We are unable to accept returns for personal reasons, or cancel your order after the sale has closed, for items offered through the Nice To Meet You Sale!!. We ask for your kind understanding.

The July Start Avec book
is available for sale!

Starting yesterday, June 1, the Hobonichi Techo July Start Avec book is available for sale! The Hobonichi Techo Avec is a daily planner thatfs split into a 2-book set, with each book spanning 6 months. The July Start Avec spans from July-December, and you can buy it on itfs own!

See Details for A6 size

See Details for A5 size


If youfve started writing in your techo but feel that it isnft going quite right, or youfve been using the Day-Free but want to give the page-per-day type techo a go, this is the perfect opportunity!

What might not be known that much is that although the Avec book is thin, it fits comfortably in the normal techo covers without it being too loose. You can get a gist from the images below - the ones on the right (with the pink cover) is the Avec.






If itfs your first time tackling a page-per-day techo, see the article below for tips on how to continue using it (although, as the article says, blank pages are totally fine and is a reflection of your day too).




Easy to start, easy to continue! 12 tips for keeping up with your techo


If you want to read about someone who has been writing in their techo for a while for inspiration, therefs an interview with illustrator Sayaka Yokomine, who has been uploading illustrations from her Hobonichi Techo that chronicle her life with her two children. Todayfs upload is about how she feels that shefs a manager of her family, and how her techo is like a secretary for the whole family!


Yokominefs Home Secretary Techo

We hope you give these articles a read if you're interested!

Drawing a Picture Diary

Hi everyone. Today's Techo News is about how Techo team member Iwakuro reflects on how he used his techo as a picture diary in 2020.

Iwakuro chose the A6 size Original as a techo to use as a picture book at home, and a Weeks for his work techo to carry around.



He started to write a diary last April because of the spread of the coronavirus (he started off with the April-start techo), and has continued since. At the beginning of 2021, he switched to the Sunny Days cover.





More than half of its contents are about his children and family. Up until July last year, he colored in what he had drawn with a fountain pen, but after realizing how hard it is to define a shape of something with just one line, and to minimize the effort needed to draw everyday, he switched to make use of the lines he drew in pencil as a draft.



























His normal style is to draw based on the photos he took, but by looking back at it with the sentences he has written alongside it, it reminds him of so many things in detail and has surprised him. He wants to continue writing this diary, hoping that it would turn into something meaningful for his family.



For his work techo, he uses a Weeks Mega with the Parachute cover. It's not too heavy even if he puts in some stationery, and is easy to carry around.

Discover the charms of the
Hobonichi Techo Cover. Vol.8

Hi! For today's "Discover the charms of the Hobonichi Techo Cover," Techo team member Marutani shows us an easy way to customize your cover.

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Marutani

I'm currently using Tembea's Zippers cover Tote Book (Tomato) for the techo I use at home.



I'm enjoying the simple cotton canvas surface accented by the red piping. Most of all, I love how it's durable enough to be used casually and roughly throughout the year.

A charm of the Zippers cover is how much you can store in it. Even if I pack in a lot, it closes securely with a zip, and I also don't have to worry about the contents scattering around in my bag.


I've put in a few things in the pockets. I've pasted a coffee motif adhesive patch where I've marked with an arrow.

Also, although I do love the simplicity of this Tote Book, I started to feel I want to add a bit of a personal touch as I continued to use it. That's why I currently paste an adhesive patch like this. Because it's a sticker-type, I can peel it off whenever I grow tired of it, so it's easy to change up my techo cover every once in a while.


This "omurice" adhesive patch is one of my favorites.


I've pasted a curry rice on the back.

It's easy to add arrangements to a simple cover. Talking of simple arrangements, another way you can change things up is to use a Cover on Cover.

You can purchase a Cover on Cover with a slightly reduced price through the Discover! Sale that's open until tomorrow, May 12 at 11 AM Japan time. Why not use it for your cover and spruce it up a bit? It will prevent your cover from wear and tear too!


Cover on Cover "Stripes" for A6 Size

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This was the last Techo news for the "Discover the charms of the Hobonichi Techo Cover How did you find it? I hope you were able to find something new about the techo covers!


Hobonichi Techo Discover! Sale Ends Tomorrow!

The Hobonichi Techo Official Site is holding sale for a limited period. A variety of techo covers and standard Hobonichi Original stationery are offered at 30% off. Orders made during this period comes with a sheet of stickers.

Period: Until tomorrow, May 12 at 11:00 AM Japan time

Go to Discover! Sale page

Discover the charms of the
Hobonichi Techo Cover. Vol.7

Hi everyone! For today's "Discover the charms of the Hobonichi Techo Cover," Techo team member Susan looks back on a cover that had an interesting production process.

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Susan

Makino Collection: Navy x Brown




The characteristics of this cover is the three dimensional wavy texture. At a glance it looks like a standard plaid pattern, but when you touch it, it has a fun texture and it also has a different expression depending on the angle you look at it.

At first, the manufacturing factory seemed to have thought it was better for the fabric to be completely straight, so the first sample didn't have the wavy texture. When I visited the factory, I told them that we wanted the wavy characteristic of the fabric to stand out, and asked if they could make another sample.



This is when the staff members of the sample room of the factory efficiently created a sample for us. I felt bad for staring too much, but I couldn't help stop looking to study how it was all done.



Because the core material of the interior affects the texture of the exterior, they tried out a few.


Cover on the top: NG (The fabric is too loose)
Cover on the bottom: OK (The fabric is just right)

It wouldn't be right if the fabric was too straight or wavy. It was a cover that made me realize the importance of conveying the intent behind creating a cover.

The Hobonichi Techo covers are packed with the feelings of the many people involved in creating it. I hope you come across a new cover throughout this sale.


Hobonichi Techo Discover! Sale

The Hobonichi Techo Official Site is holding sale for a limited period! A variety of techo covers and standard Hobonichi Original stationery are offered at 30% off. Orders made during this period comes with a sheet of stickers.

Period: Tuesday, April 27 11:00 AM Japan time to Wednesday, May 12 at 11:00 AM Japan time

Discover! Sale

Discover the charms of the
Hobonichi Techo Cover. Vol.6

Hello! For today's "Discover the charms of the Hobonichi Techo Cover," Hobonichi staff member Beckham 3 talks all about the past covers (from when it first appeared in 2002!)

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Beckham 3

I took this opportunity to look back on past covers, and I stumbled across these!



The covers on the top row are from 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005.
The bottom row has covers from 2007, 2008, 2009 (and an A5 size Cousin cover).

The Hobonichi Techo was born in 2002, but the cover from the first year was especially special for me so I had kept it preciously.

The reason why it was special was because I had entered Hobonichi in April 2002. When I bought the techo, I was still only a reader of the Hobo Nikkan Itoi Shinbun, so I remember feeling excited that Hobonichi was going to bring out their own techo and I had bought it online.

Never had I imagined that I would join the company 4 months later, but when I read back on my techo from 2002, I had written in detail about when I first visited Hobonichi, how I was asked to design their Haramaki (a belly warmer), and how that lead to me joining the company. The techo brought back so many memories of this time 19 years ago.



The first cover had lots of tabs and didn't have the pockets yet. However, when I peeked through in between the covers, I found a ticket of a Prince concert at the Nippon Budoukan! I had totally forgotten I had gone!



Because I joined Hobonichi as a designer, in the 2nd year, I was able to design a techo and so the 2003 edition techo was the first techo I was in charge of. The techo cover expanded its lineup from the single navy in the first year to Tomato Red, Orange Range, Olive Green and Mystery Grey - a total of 4 colors! (But this was the most we could manage at that time!) Although I had chosen Olive Green for myself, Tomato Red was really popular.



Although it's positioned differently, the 2 pen holders was already present from this year. It came with an bonus pen too. It's rare now that the words "Only is not lonely" is printed on the front, but a few years after this, it was embossed on a leather cover alongside the new Hobo Logo, and that was my favorite design.



To go onto the 2nd row (covers from 2007 onwards), the Fake Fabric series from 2007, the two-tone colors from 2008 and the Makino Collection in 2009 were popular. In 2009, the Sunday-start techos and A5 size Cousin techo book joined the lineup, so this year, I used covers in 2 sizes.



From 2011 onwards, we were able to collaborate with lots of amazing brands such as Disney, mina perhonen, Harris Tweed and B-Jirushi Yoshida, and it made a huge advancement compared to the covers from the previous years.



In 2018, I enjoyed the Beatles collaboration cover so I used that and another cover, but now, in 2021, I change up the cover of the A6 Original every once in a while, and use the TS Black for my A5 Cousin.

The covers I showed today are those that go all the way back from the covers that are included in the Discover! Sale lineup, but I hope you take this opportunity to find a new cover and create your own cover history!





Hobonichi Techo Discover! Sale

The Hobonichi Techo Official Site is holding sale for a limited period! A variety of techo covers and standard Hobonichi Original stationery are offered at 30% off. Orders made during this period comes with a sheet of stickers.

Period: Tuesday, April 27 11:00 AM Japan time to Wednesday, May 12 at 11:00 AM Japan time

Discover! Sale

Discover the charms of the
Hobonichi Techo Cover. Vol.5

Hello everyone! Hobonichi Techo Discover! Sale these days reminded me of the time I used to choose techo covers as gifts for my friends. Often it's like, "Wow! This one has her name on it!" I do not need to think twice about it and she will definitely love it!

I met a girl who loves seals when I studied abroad in Milan. We went on a lot of trips together, and she told me that she had a lot of seal dolls and found them as lovely as white balls, which is really addictive.
Unfortunately, we didn't have the opportunity to go to the northern country to see the real seal with our own eyes together. When I first saw gHarp Seal Puph, I decided to give it to her without even one second of hesitation. She was also very excited when she received it. Now when we see cute seals on social media, we share them with each other. Although we haven't seen each other for a long time, we are still good friends who talk every day.



The other is my high school classmate. Our university is not in the same city and we later we went to different countries. We both changed our direction along the way, and we knew that we were both doing our best in the places we love. In high school, we were the only two art students in our class. We sat together in the last row of the classroom. When we finished our self-study homework, we secretly went to the studio to draw and also took each other as models. Although our work now has almost nothing to do with painting, when I see this cover, I think, "this is it!" She also used to use techo on a daily basis, and she liked it very much when she received it. Now that she works on gallery, I hope this gift will accompany her every day.



Is there such a moment like suddenly fell in love at first sight? or want to give it to someone important?
We see, we use techo everyday, just like gentle eyes, which give people strength.

Hobonichi Techo Discover! Sale

The Hobonichi Techo Official Site is holding sale for a limited period! A variety of techo covers and standard Hobonichi Original stationery are offered at 30% off. Orders made during this period comes with a sheet of stickers.

Period: Tuesday, April 27 11:00 AM Japan time to Wednesday, May 12 at 11:00 AM Japan time

Discover! Sale

Discover the charms of the
Hobonichi Techo Cover. Vol.4

Hi everyone! Today, Ifd like to talk about my first ever techo cover.

To be completely honest with you, before entering Hobonichi, I had never properly used a techo cover, as I used to think it was a bit expensive. (This is also because I always used to use my techo at home, so I didnft really feel the need to protect it from wear and tear)

However, just about a year before joining Hobonichi, I came across this cover at a Loft store.


The sticker that was on the bottom right (that awkward blank space) came off . . .
*This cover was from the 2018 lineup

I liked how it was affordable, it seemed light and most of all it was super cute. I was also excited that I was finally able to dress up my plain looking techo (by this point, I had seen pictures of people using all the cute techo covers and really wanted to join in on all the fun)

As I wasnft used to using a cover, it was the perfect first choice because all the features were quite simple (it didnft have the 2 pen holders like the other covers, there werenft that many pockets and was slim) so I didnft feel overwhelmed that I wasnft using it to its full potential. Most importantly, it was fun to customize the cover to make it the way I wanted it to look, using all the cute stickers.

After entering Hobonichi, I definitely feel less overwhelmed and Ifm enjoying all the features of the covers, now that I carry it around with me all the time. I use the pockets to store stationery such as sticky notes, stickers, washi tape and even a pen-type scissor.


My current cover collection. I customized the cover on the right using a mina perhonen brooch I bought at an exhibition
*The cover on the right, Plain Stripes (Powder Pink), is available in the Discover! Sale

Most of all, now that I see the process of each cover being made, and the thought processes that go behind it, I always go through the dilemma of choosing which cover to go for that year . . . ! (Should I choose the A6 or the A5? Do I go for the normal cover of the Zippers type? Do I choose a simple one or a cute one? The options are endless . . . )

A lot of the covers in the Discover! Sale lineup are onefs from the years I didnft bother to purchase a cover, so looking at it now, truth be told, Ifm tempted to buy one. Have you found a cover that you like the look of?

Hobonichi Techo Discover! Sale

The Hobonichi Techo Official Site is holding sale for a limited period! A variety of techo covers and standard Hobonichi Original stationery are offered at 30% off. Orders made during this period comes with a sheet of stickers.

Period: Tuesday, April 27 11:00 AM Japan time to Wednesday, May 12 at 11:00 AM Japan time

Discover! Sale

Discover the charms of the
Hobonichi Techo Cover. Vol.3

Hi everyone! For today's "Discover the charms of the Hobonichi Techo Cover," Techo team member Hoshino shared her story of a cover she was in charge of the very first time.

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Hoshino

When I was looking at the lineup of the Discover! Sale, it made me happy to see so many covers that I feel attached too.

Out of those covers, Day Camp (Sun) and Day Camp (Mountain) were covers that I was involved in choosing its shape and material from the very beginning.




When I thought of a cover I personally would like to use, I came to the conclusion that it would be one that I can throw in my bag and use it roughly and casually.



Durable tarpaulin material
I chose a sturdy tarpaulin material that's used in tents. It's durable, you don't have to worry about making it dirty, and yet it looks cool. It was the perfect material for this concept.

Tri-fold cover that closes with snap fasteners
The charms of a tri-fold, snap fastener type cover is that you can use it instantly once you open the butons. I feel it doesn't take much time until you actually write from when you thought of starting to write.

Energizing vitamin colors
The Day Camp covers uses a yellow just like the sun, and a green that's reminiscent of the mountains.



I chose them hoping that anyone carrying this cover will take it with them and go outdoors loads, and would feel energized simply having it close by.


The styled images were taken with the image of using it energetically outdoors

I chose the A5 size for my work techo and used it loads for three years. (I started using the A6 size from this year so it's currently resting in my drawer)


I put in my two favorite pens in the slightly loose pen holder

Because it was the first time I was involved in product development, at one point, I was stuck with its specifications and design and found myself saying "it might be better if I give up." I'll never forget Susan (who's in charge of production control) telling my that it would be such a waste to give up after coming up with this concept, and it's just steps away from turning into a cute cover. I remember being so happy to see several staff members using it in the office too.



There's an article called The Techo Team Takes a Loving Extra Look (Techo 2020) where each team member involved in product development talks in depth about the covers they were in charge of. There were several comments for covers that are in the Discover! Sale lineup, so if you find a cover you're interested in, I hope you take a look.




Hobonichi Techo Discover! Sale

The Hobonichi Techo Official Site is holding sale for a limited period! A variety of techo covers and standard Hobonichi Original stationery are offered at 30% off. Orders made during this period comes with a sheet of stickers.

Period: Tuesday, April 27 11:00 AM Japan time to Wednesday, May 12 at 11:00 AM Japan time

Discover! Sale

Discover the charms of the
Hobonichi Techo Cover. Vol.2

Hello! For today's "Discover the charms of the Hobonichi Techo Cover," Techo team member Annen shared ways to customize the Colors cover.

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Annen

I'm currently using the Colors: Classic Chocolate cover in which I fell in love with the chocolate brown color.



Of course it's cute on its own, but another reason why I chose this cover is because I wanted to customize it. So, I decided to try different customizations!


No. 1: Paste adhesive patches





I tend to buy adhesive patches because they are just too cute, even though I have no plans on using it . . . I finally found a home for them by pasting it on my techo cover!

The Dancing Fox Adhesive Patches also look super cute.




No. 2: Slip in my favorite cards and stickers.



By putting on a Cover on Cover, you can slip things in between the cover, so you can customize it as freely as you like. I have a habit of collecting things, so I have a bunch of cards and stickers. Slipping them in between the cover at random makes it look nice.


No. 3: Slip in photos



It's also fun to slip in memorable photos depending on the season to change it up a bit.


No. 4: Decorating with sparkly spangles





Spangles that are hard to make use of turned the cover into a cute one! (I've pasted the spangles on a see-through film and slipped that in between the Cover on Cover.


No. 5: Slipping in my own work



If you're into handicraft, why not slip that in your techo cover? (Mine is an embroidery that's halfway through . . . )

The Discover! Sale has lots of Colors covers available on offer, so if you're interested, I hope you check it out!



There are several illustrated Cover on Cover's that are available through a trial price of 30% off at the moment too.
*The plain Cover on Covers are sold at their usual price.

It's also fun cute to customize using illustrated Cover on Covers!




Hobonichi Techo Discover! Sale

The Hobonichi Techo Official Site is holding sale for a limited period! A variety of techo covers and standard Hobonichi Original stationery are offered at 30% off. Orders made during this period comes with a sheet of stickers.

Period: Tuesday, April 27 11:00 AM Japan time to Wednesday, May 12 at 11:00 AM Japan time

Discover! Sale