Hobonichi Techo 2018 Planner | English version


Who wouldn’t love this little cutie?!

I fell in love with Hobonichi when I first saw it in 2016, but it wasn’t until winter 2017 when I decided to finally get this beauty. It gets a LOT of compliments, so why not give it a bit of extra attention today?

The name Hobonichi was born from this parent site, Hobo Nikkan Itoi Shinbun, and this is also the place where you can find the quotes written across all the daily pages.




The colour of my Hobonichi cover is Canary yellow with a blue inside, it is made of polyester that is very easy to clean, has a lot of pockets inside and one outside pocket at the back, and comes with two bookmarks attached. It has two pen loops that act as a hinge that keeps the cover closed when pen is inserted in both loops.




The Techo planner English version consists of:

  • 2018 & 2019 annual calendar
  • Future log that goes from December 2017 to March 2019
  • Monthly calendars – also from December 2017 to March 2019
  • Turning page to a new year – two pages for e.g. annual planning, goals
  • Daily pages – one page a day from January 1st to December 31st of 2018, dotted square grid, quotes across the entire year
  • 13 orange dotted pages for notes
  • Important contacts – 1 page
  • International Size Charts
  • Conversion Table
  • Highlights of the calendar year in Japan
  • Chronology of Japanese history
  • Japanese folk tales
  • International country codes/dialling codes
  • National holidays
  • Personal notes – name, address, home phone, cell phone, fax, email
  • Hobonichi details
  • Your unique Hobonichi Techo number



Of course, I could not start writing in this lovely planner without doing a pen test first! If you are anything like me, I would recommend you try your favourite pens somewhere at the back of your new notebook/planner to see how the pages hold up. Hobonichi uses a Tomoe River paper that is only 52gsm – incredibly thin and yet, very durable and fountain pen friendly! I was very impressed with the quality of this paper and how smooth it is. It truly is a joy to write on it with a fountain pen.

There was only one occasion when the ink bled through the paper and that was when applying ink stamps. It actually stained another page underneath too, so if you don’t mind ink bleeding through the paper but don’t want the other page to be affected, maybe use a sheet of old used paper 😉




The planner lies flat on the desk and there are 40+ covers to choose from!

I am using this planner as a daily journal for our Between the steps challenge that I launched in January 2018, and I have to say that I am absolutely in love with this little guy! I will be getting another one next year for sure!


On YouTube → Hobonichi Techo Planner | Between the steps challenge flip through



“Have you tried Hobonichi yourself? How do you find it?”