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    Hobonichi Techo Planner Book (January Start)A6 Size (Monday-Start Week Only)

    The Hobonichi Techo Planner is the English version of the Japanese Original Hobonichi Techo, specially created in collaboration with ARTS&SCIENCE owner Sonya Park.

    The book’s compact A6 size and page-per-day format provide a place to generously fill an entire year’s worth of spur-of-the-moment thoughts while still staying comfortably portable.

    From the heartfelt to the humorous, the Hobonichi Techo includes quotes specially chosen from its parent site, the Japanese web magazine Hobo Nikkan Itoi Shimbun. Each two page spread contains a single quote.

    The graph paper in the English version is slightly enlarged to 4 mm to allow users to write comfortably in any language. Timelines are simplified to a single 12 to denote noon so users can completely customize it to their own schedule (or ignore it completely), and each day is also labeled with the number of the consecutive week that year, from 1 to 52. Features such as a list of international holidays and international size charts cater to the worldwide community that comes together through this book.

    The chic black cover features a subtle engraving of the Japanese characters for techo along with the ARTS&SCIENCE logo. The 2017 edition includes a guide to Japanese tea, a list of Japan’s favorite local treats, and a list of plants and animals that represent each season in Japan.


    The book spine is labeled 2017 for easy reference on a bookshelf.


    See here for detailed, illustrated information.

    When you purchase the planner in the online Hobonichi Store, the book comes with two free Hobonichi Store exclusives: a ballpoint pen and a mini butter toast plate.


    You can see a comparison chart of all the book types here.

    Hobonichi Techo Planner Book (January Start)A6 Size (Monday-Start Week Only)
    JPY2,700(incl. tax, excl. shipping)

    SizeA6 (105 mm x 150 mm / 4.1" x 5.9")
    DatesJanuary - December 2017
    CalendarsStarting on Monday
    Shipping Date1-3 business days

    Hobonichi Store Exclusives

    Mini butter toast plate
    Mini butter toast plate
    3-Color ballpoint pen
    3-Color ballpoint pen
    More about Hobonichi Store exclusives


    Book Only (Hobonichi Techo Planner / English)
    SizeA6 (105 mm x 150 mm x 14 mm / 4.1" x 5.9" x 0.6")
    (Specifications may vary slightly)
    WeightApprox. 202 g
    Total pages448 pages
    Binding TypeStitch-binding
    Paper TypeTomoe River paper (planner-specific type)
    Grid size4 mm
    Yearly Calendar2017 - 2018
    Yearly IndexDec. 2016 - Mar. 2018 (8 pages)
    Monthly CalendarDec. 2016 - Mar. 2018 (32 pages)
    Daily PagesJan. 1 - Dec. 31, 2017 (379 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.
    QuotesOne per two-day spread (English)
    Weekly CalendarNot included
    Memo Page12 pages
    Informational PagesImportant Contacts / International Size Charts / Conversion Table / Japanese Plants and Animals by Season / A Guide to Japanese Tea / Favorite Local Japanese Sweets / International County Codes / Dialling Codes / National Holidays / Personal Notes
    Listed informationDay of the year / Week of the year (listed on monthly calendar) / International holidays / Moon phase (daily pages include every phase, monthly calendars only include full and new moon)
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    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.

    Typographical Error in the “A Guide to Japanese Tea” page

    We would like to apologize for the following mistaken data in the Hobonichi Techo 2017 Planner.


    "A Guide to Japanese Tea" Page

    [The Ritual of Drinking Tea - Step 4]

    Incorrect: Drink the tea in three sips, removing the chawan from your mouth, but without putting it down.

    Correct: Drink the tea sip by sip, without putting the chawan down.

    [Wa Kei Sei Jaku]

    Incorrect: 和敬静寂

    Correct: 和敬清寂


    We deeply apologize for any confusion this may have caused.

    (Added on October 3, 2016)