Maha HaradaMaha Art TechoWeeks Hardcover Book

This Hobonichi Techo Weeks was created together with novelist Maha Harada. It includes pages unique to this edition—including 12 essays written by Harada—and a pencil board. The book is Harada’s way of making art and museums more accessible and enjoyable to everyone.

The book cover features the painting “The Dream” by French painter Henri Rousseau. The painting is a major key to the story in Maha’s novel La toile du paradis. The original painting, which measures about two meters tall and three meters wide and is stored at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, has been designed to fit into this palm-sized version you can carry with you. The cover material is made of cloth to evoke the feel of a painting canvas.

The cover is foil-pressed in white-silver with the words “2023 Maha Art Techo.”

Half of the back cover is black, and lists credits for Henri Rousseau’s “The Dream” painting.

When you open the book, the endpaper is a calming gray and contains a message written by Harada.

The theme of this techo is “Museum Visits with Maha.” She strives to make people comfortable enough to swing by the museum for a visit the same way they might make an impromptu visit to see a close friend. The Maha Art Techo has 16 pages covering the topic of museums, and is meant not only for people who already love the museum, but for beginners in order to guide them on how to enjoy art in a lighthearted way. (Unlike the standard Weeks book, there are only 55 graph paper pages in the back of the book.)

Another nice bonus with this edition is the pencil board also featuring art from the painting "The Dream" by Henri Rousseau. A part of the original 2 x 3 meter painting has been trimmed nearly in its original size to fit onto the pencil board. It’s nice to look at this pencil board and imagine the size and powerful presence of the original painting. The back of the pencil board is an eye-catching yellow to match the atmosphere of the painting, and the edge of the pencil board is marked so it can be used as a ruler.

The Maha Art Techo is designed so you can experience all the emotions that come from enjoying Rousseau’s mysterious art, as well as visit various art museums alongside Maha Harada. This Weeks is great for using as your everyday techo, of course, but you can also use it as a “Museum Visit Techo” to write about art you’ve seen and museums you’ve visited.

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 2023-edition (navy x brown 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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About Maha Harada

Novelist. Born in Tokyo in 1962. Graduated from Kansai Gakuin University Department of Literature with a major in Japanese literature, and later graduated from the prestigious Waseda University with a degree in Art History. After working at Itochu Trading Company, the ​​Mori Museum’s pre-opening office, and then the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Harada debuted as a novelist when her novel Waiting for Good News won the first Japan Love Story Competition. In 2012, her novel La toile du paradis won the 25th Shugoro Yamamoto Award, and in 2017, her novel Leach Sensei won the Jiro Nitta Award. In 2019, Harada was the general director for the “CONTACT” exhibit held at Kiyomizu-dera, a World Heritage Site. She continues to support art and museums in Japan and around the world.

Maha Harada Official Website

Staff List

Styled Images: Yuki Aizawa / Product Detail: Hiroyuki Oe
Kaho Yamaguchi
Makeup & Hair
Keita Iijima (mod's hair)
Ran Taniguchi
Maha HaradaMaha Art TechoWeeks Hardcover Book



SizeH: 188 x W: 94 x T: 10 mm / H: 7.4" x W: 3.7" x T: 0.4"
*Specifications may vary slightly
WeightApprox. 140 g
Main materialRayon, paper
OtherIncludes bonus pencil board

Please Read Before You Buy

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.

Test fountain pens before regular use

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.

Cover corners are slightly bumpy and shiny

The corners of the cover contain light traces of press marks, shines, and lumps. This is an unavoidable part of the manufacturing process.

Coloring may stain other objects

The dye in the cover may stain other objects if it rubs against or sticks to them, especially if the cover is wet from water or sweat from your hands. Please store with care.

Imprinted year numbers may peel

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.

Avoid storing in hot and humid places

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.

White cracks may be visible due to characteristics of the material

The cover uses a rayon-based material that has a unique texture more uneven than ordinary paper. This may cause cracks on the edges and spine, which are especially noticeable with dark colors. Please accept this as a result of the material’s properties.