Hiroko KubotaAurora DutyWeeks Hardcover Book

The English-version Hobonichi Techo Weeks makes its grand debut in the Hobonichi Techo 2023 lineup. To commemorate this special addition, we’ve put together this Aurora Duty Weeks book design as an exclusive for the English verison. Illustrator Hiroko Kubota created the artwork.

The cover artwork depicts what appears to be a quiet night in a distant northern country. You can see a forest off in the far distance underneath the vast skies, and a polar bear is waving an enormous flag. It appears that it’s the bear’s turn tonight to draw an aurora across the sky, for Aurora Duty.

The starry, cloudless sky has gorgeous aurora colors dragging through its sparkling colors of blue and purple. The bear may have a certain trick to properly raising the flag across the sky. It may appear at first glance that the bear is quietly performing his duty for the night, but as you continue studying the picture, you may see that his expression almost looks proud.

As if cheering on the bear’s efforts, the year 2023 is foil-pressed in its own aurora-colored foil that shines in seven colors. Every time you see it you’ll feel your spirits lift.

The cover has been constructed as a light, hardcover book with some give to it so it still bends. The back of the cover shows one more bear gazing at the auroras. It’s pulling along a warm drink on a sled, perhaps arriving to sightsee the mesmerizing sight. Or maybe it’s coming to take over the next shift.

We hope this beautiful, story-filled Weeks book fills your year with color.

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.

See Weeks cover lineup

About Hiroko Kubota

Born 1971. Illustrator. Uses acrylic gouache etc. to draw landscapes, people, and animals.

Instagram: @hiroko_kubota

Homepage: https://kuvotahiroko.jimdofree.com/

Staff List

Styled Images: Yuko Fukui / Product Detail: Hiroyuki Oe
Haruka Kimura
Hiroko KubotaAurora DutyWeeks Hardcover Book



SizeH: 188 x W: 94 x T: 9 mm / H: 7.4" x W: 3.7" x T: 0.4"
*Specifications may vary slightly
WeightApprox. 135 g
Main materialPaper
Weeks Book (English / January Start)
Pages 240 pages
Paper Type / Binding Thin, light Tomoe River paper resistant to bleeding and designed for planners / Stitch-binding
Graph Paper Size3.55 mm
Start of WeekMonday-start week
Yearly Calendar2022, 2023, 2024
Yearly IndexJan. - Dec. 2023 (2 pages)
Monthly CalendarDec. 2022 - Mar. 2024 (32 pages)
Daily QuotesOne per week (English)
Weekly CalendarNov. 28, 2022 - Dec. 31, 2023 (114 pages)
*All weekly pages include quotes.
Graph Paper75 pages
Bonus PagesShorthand Note-Taking / Using Common Items to Measure Size / Favorites / My 100 / My Favorite Things / How to Better Enjoy Conversation / 365 Days Check-Off Sheet / Contact List / Personal Notes
Listed InformationWeek of the year / Moon phase (weekly pages include every phase, monthly calendars only include full and new moon)
OtherSee the Exploring Each Type page for more details

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.

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.

Avoid using with Clear Cover

This cover uses thicker materials than usual, so it may not fit. Forcing it into a Clear Cover may damage the product.