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The planner includes 1 blank pages in the back for recording random thoughts, sketching or storing items of interest that aren't time-sensitive. These pages are made with the same 3.7 millimeter graph paper design used in the daily pages.
The Cousin includes two timetables for writing in a recurring hourly schedule for each day of the week. These are useful, say, for filling in the broadcast times of favorite television shows or splitting up house chores.
The graph paper is convenient for recording your daily weight or other changes when you have a certain target in mind. The horizontal X-axis along the bottom contains 31 boxes to easily cover a one-month span. You can also turn the page 90 degrees to use the graph in a different direction.
This page is useful for remembering anniversaries and other important highlights. It also makes a good table of contents for your techo when reading back through the book later. The 2015 edition features an upgraded design to make the titles stand out.
The Favorites page is a great place to list rankings for movies, books, music, restaurants, plays, games and much more – on a sliding scale of 5 stars.
Record the presents you've given or received in the Gifts page so you don't forget who gave what to who and when. This is also helpful for thank-you cards. There are spaces for 20 gifts.
Handwriting tips (Japanese)
Professor Hiroyuki Aoyama from Yokohama National University teaches some nice handwriting tricks for writing in Japanese, such as leaving enough space between letters and being aware of the center line.
Avoiding scams (Japanese)
Japan has seen a recent trend in certain scams somewhat unique to the country. This section teaches ways to recognize such crimes and avoid being a victim.
Emergency preparedness (Japanese)
This page contains a checklist of items to have ready in case of an emergency. There is also a space to include nearby evacuation zones (common in Japan), emergency contact information and topics discussed between family and friends.
Solar terms (Japanese)
This section explains the names and origins of solar terms that make up the 24 points in traditional East Asian lunisolar calendars. These include well-known days such as the start of spring and the winter solstice, but also cover less familiar days such as "full grain" and "cold dew."
We've listed two-letter country codes along with international calling codes. (Japan, for example, is JP, and the calling code is 81).
Unit conversion chart
This chart features conversions between units of measurement for easy reference and calculation.
Postage Fees in Japan (Japanese)
This illustrated chart shows the current Japan Post Service stamp prices and postages fees by package weight and size.
The address book allows you to write in the contact information for up to 4 people, such as family and close friends.
The Remember This section is for keeping information that's easy to forget, but that you'd like to reference on a regular basis.
This table lists the year people were born, and their age in 2015 at a quick glance. The number to the left of the year is the corresponding year based on the traditional Japanese Imperial Era calendar, and to the right of their age is the character for the Chinese Zodiac. The 2015 edition includes a new feature: all years that correspond with the current Chinese Zodiac are filled in so you can easily see who shares this year's Zodiac animal.
Be sure to enter your contact information on the Personal Notes page in the back of your planner in case it's misplaced. Please be careful not to include information that you don't want others to know.