Hobonichi Techo 2024 English Cousin Book (January Start)A5 Size / Daily / Jan start / Mon start

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This is the English version of the A5 sized Hobonichi Techo Cousin with one page per day.

The book layout is the same as the Japanese edition. Not only is it useful for writing down your plans for the day, jotting down memos, doodling, pasting event tickets or photos, the spacious Cousin is easy to use as a techo to write down everything work-related, as a family notebook, tracking the growth of children and pasting in pictures to create a family album or sharing pages among family members. It’s also frequently used as a planner that is always kept on a desktop or table rather than carrying around.

After years of testing, the graph paper has been set to 3.7 mm for optimal writing comfort. The graph paper design allows users to write from any starting point on the page, and the lines have been printed in light colors so users can either customize it to their own layout or ignore it completely. Like with the Japanese version, each month is printed in a different color.

The Cousin also has an exclusive section: the popular weekly pages track a week in each two-page spread for easy planning and contain a handy time schedule.

The daily pages include a quote per two-page spread specially chosen from its parent site, the Japanese web magazine Hobo Nikkan Itoi Shinbun.

The book has the same thread-stitch binding as a dictionary, allowing it to lay flat open for comfortable writing. It stays flat even if you don’t hold it down.

The book uses thin and light yet durable Tomoe River S paper. The paper has supported the Hobonichi Techo for over 20 years with its special characteristics, but it’ll be undergoing an overhaul starting with the 2024 edition techos. The paper is more resistant to bleed through, lighter despite being the same thickness, and has a smoother surface by adjusting the fibers of the paper.

Other than the daily pages with lots of space to write, the book contains several sections that are great for schedule management, such as a yearly calendar, monthly calendar, and yearly index page. The back of the book has bonus pages that were chosen for the English edition book such as Words to Remember, 365 Days Check-Off Sheet and Getting the Most Out of Your Hobonichi Techo, as well as those included in the Japanese edition books. In anticipation of the English edition being used in various countries around the world, the calendars do not list holidays.

(See the Exploring Each Type page for more details.)

The Hobonichi Techo is used by pairing a techo book with a cover. Pick out a cover of your choice from our large selection of convenient A5 size Hobonichi Techo covers.

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We also have the “Hobonichi Pencil Board” fitted for the A5 Cousin size. Not only does it keep pens from slipping and makes writing more manageable, but it also serves as a bookmark for the page that you are writing. It’s a standard item that would excellently match your techo.

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Product Detail: Hiroyuki Oe
Hobonichi Techo 2024 English Cousin Book (January Start)A5 Size / Daily / Jan start / Mon start
  1. ¥4,290(incl. tax)


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Book (Cousin English Edition / English / January Start)
SizeA5 size
H: 210 x W: 148 x T: 18 mm / H: 8.3" x W: 5.8" x T: 0.7"
*Actual book size may vary slightly"
Weight Approx. 445 g
Pages 544 Pages
Paper Type / Binding Thin, light Tomoe River S paper resistant to bleeding and designed for planners / Stitch-binding
Graph Paper Size3.7 mm
Start of WeekMonday-start week
Yearly Calendar 2023, 2024, 2025
Yearly IndexJan. 2024 - Dec 2024 (4 pages)
Monthly Calendar Dec. 2023 - Mar. 2025 (32 pages)
Daily PagesJan. 1 - Dec. 31, 2024 (378 pages)
*A blank two-page spread is featured at the very beginning of the book to provide a free area when starting out the book.
*A page is included at the beginning of each month to help in planning ahead.
*Every two-page daily page spread includes one daily quote.
*Includes a mini monthly calendar at the bottom right of every two-page spread (Monday-start).
Daily Quotes One quote per two-page spread (English)
Weekly Pages Jan 1, 2024 - Jan 5, 2025 (106 pages)
Memo Pages5 pages
Bonus Pages Time Table / Graph Paper / Favorites / My 100 / An Interview with Myself / Seasonal Sweets to Make at Home / Caring for Your Eyes / Words to Remember / 365 Days Check-Off Sheet / Getting the Most Out of Your Hobonichi Techo / Gifts / Addresses / Personal Notes
Listed Information Day of the year / Week of the year (listed on monthly calendars and weekly pages) / Moon phase (daily pages include every phase, monthly calendars and weekly pages 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 / Tomoe River S 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.

Paper packaging only designed to protect the contained products

Please note that we will not replace the packaging for the products if it has rips or damage.