This collaboration with the Tokyo National Museum comes on the 150th year of the founding of the museum.
Nicknamed Tohaku, the Tokyo National Museum collects, preserves, researches, exhibits, and educates the public about cultural artifacts from across Asia, with a focus on Japan. Currently there are about 120,000 objects in its collection. This year’s collaboration includes a cute and cheerful Weeks book based on some of the collection’s most popular items: the Dogu and Haniwa artifacts.
The bright yellow necktie fabric is lined with embroidered images of Dogu and Haniwa. Items from the collection of the Tokyo National Museum have been turned into illustrations that have then been embroidered into detailed images with beige, brown, and orange thread.
The cover has been constructed as a light hardcover book with some give to it so it still bends.
The motifs used in the designs include the national treasure "Haniwa Armored Man," the important cultural property "Mimizuku Dogu," and the "Haniwa Sitting Shrine Maiden." There are also some goggle-eyed Dogu interspersed throughout the design.
By the way, how can you tell which are Dogu and which are Haniwa? While they appear similar, they were made during different periods, and they’re completely different sizes in person.
Dogu are doll-shaped pottery which first appeared in the early days of the Jomon period (c. 14,000–1000 BCE), with most development happening near the end of the period. Ranging in size from 2 cm to 45 cm, they’re believed to have been associated with safe childbirth and good harvests.
Haniwa pottery lined tombs and was first made at the start of the Kofun period (3rd~7th century AD). Many pieces are over a meter tall, and represented the authority of deceased kings or were used in funeral processions.
It would be extra interesting if you bring this techo with you to the museum, so you can compare the images with the real thing!
When you order this Hobonichi Techo Weeks, you’ll receive a clear, adhesive corner pocket you can stick anywhere you like.
When you purchase your Hobonichi Techo through the online Hobonichi Store, you will receive a free 2022-edition (mint green pen body) Hobonichi Store exclusive 3-color Jetstream ballpoint pen (available while supplies last).
If you’d like storage space or a way to change up the look of your Weeks book, you can customize your book by pairing it with a Weeks cover.
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|Size||W: 94 x H: 188 x T: 10 mm / W: 3.7" x H: 7.4" x T: 0.4"|
*Specifications may vary slightly
|Weight||Approx. 135 g|
|Main material||Polyester, paper|
|Paper Type / Binding||Thin, light Tomoe River paper resistant to bleeding and designed for planners / Stitch-binding|
|Graph Paper Size||3.55 mm|
|Start of Week||Monday-start week|
|Yearly Calendar||2021, 2022, 2023|
|Yearly Index||Apr. 2022 - Mar. 2023 (2 pages)|
|Monthly Calendar||Mar. 2022 - Apr. 2023 (28 pages)|
|Daily Quotes||One per week (Japanese)|
|Weekly Calendar||Feb. 28, 2022 - Apr. 2, 2023 (114 pages)|
*All weekly pages include quotes.
|Graph Paper||75 pages|
|Informational Pages||Shorthand Note-Taking / Graph Paper / Using Common Items to Measure Size / My 100 / Solar Terms / Hobonichi Techo Usage Ideas / Stretches for Deep Sleep and Waking Up / Emergency Preparedness / Age Table / Conversion Chart / Getting the most of Hobonichi / Contact List / Personal Notes|
|Listed Information||Week of the year / Rokuyo (traditional Japanese calendar) / Solar terms / Japanese holidays / Moon phase (weekly pages include every phase, monthly calendars only include full and new moon)|
|Other||See the Exploring Each Type page for more details|
In order to provide you with the most satisfaction for your product, we've compiled a list of warnings, potential issues, and tips to keep in mind for this particular product. Please be sure to read this information carefully before placing your order.
The Hobonichi Techo's Tomoe River paper is designed to prevent bleed-through, but some fountain pens and water-based ink pens are not compatible with this paper. When switching to a new pen, we recommend testing the pen somewhere in the book, such as the back memo pages, to see if the ink bleeds through or takes an especially long time to dry.
The patterned fabric has not been aligned to a specific layout, so the placement of each design will vary by product. The product will not be an exact replica of the one in the product photographs.
The material in this product snags easily on sharp objects, so please handle with care.
The numbers of the year are stamped onto the cover in metallic or other colored leaf, so strong rubbing or everyday use may cause the numbers to peel off.
Please avoid storing your product in hot, humid places or placing it atop other objects for long periods of time as this may result in lower quality and color stains.