It’s that time of year again – as we roll into fall, we start to look into ordering and getting prepared for the new year, including the Hobonichi.
We’re extra thrilled because this is the first year Hobonichi is opening up international retailers to carry the A5 Cousin and the Weeks, along with the A6 Techo!
The Hobonichi Techo Planner has usually been available to us in the A6 size, with English notations, which has developed its own cult following because of its super quality, ultra thin, fountain pen friendly Tomoe River paper inside. It has a page a day format, which can be used for planning, to-do lists, bullet journaling, art journaling or anything else you can dream up.
In case you’re curious, I wrote an update last year on using my Hobonichi for gratitude journaling (there’s also a picture of Chicken as a kitten, and I can hardly believe he used to be so small. In hindsight, his cattiness was abundantly clear even as a young cat, but I remember thinking at the time that he was adorable and was going to make a wonderful shop cat. Hah!)
Along with the A6 Techo Planner, we’re also going to have the A5 Cousin (in the middle) and the Weeks (on the right). We’ve had a lot of questions about when and if we’re going to carry the Cousin, and the answer has always been we’d love to! And now we can.
We’re anticipating our first shipment to arrive early October, and we’ll be continuing to order and carry them until the new year.
There are a lot of options this year, with the different sizes, and also various covers, including some collaborations with artist.
Because of all the options, we’re going to open it up to a pre-order before we get them in – as always, if you pre-order, we’re going to ship out your entire order, including if you’ve ordered other things, once your Hobonichi comes in.
Pre-ordering will help us ensure that we order sufficient quantity and we don’t sell out of the cover or size that you’d like, but we are going to be ordering stock to carry in the shop. Every year we sell out of the Hobonichi’s, and we get people asking even into the summer if we have any 2017s left.
As always, once the “Pre-Order” designation is removed, it means we have it in stock, and it will ship out immediately.
While you shouldn’t rush to place an order if you’re still thinking about what you’re going to be organizing with next year, if you already know, this will help make sure we have it for you. All of the options are available on our website as a pre-order, but I thought I would list them here so you can see everything at once.
You can see everything we’ll have available from Hobonichi here on our website.
Hobonichi Techo Planner A6
The Hobonichi Techo A6 will be available on its own, as a softcover notebook. The covers will also be available separately on their own.
The Techo A6 is in English.
Hobonichi Techo Cousin A5
The A5 Cousin is only available to us together with the cover. We cannot order them separately, unlike with the Techo, and unfortunately we will not be able to sell them separately. As this is the first year the A5 Cousin is available, perhaps things will change in the future.
When you pre-order or buy the A5 Cousin, it will include the cover you’ve selected.
The A5 Cousin is in Japanese only.
Hobonichi Techo Weeks
This is a longer, slim planner, similar to the Traveler’s Notebook Regular Size. It’s a hardcover planner, rather than with a stiff paper cover that you would insert into another cover, so it’s being sold on its own.
For any of these dated items, unfortunately we will not be accepting returns. Please keep this in mind when you’re making any decisions for your analogue system for next year.
If you think you may be uncertain, please know that we will be ordering based on pre-orders as well as ordering for our regular shop inventory, so you will have plenty of time to make a decision. We would welcome you to come in the shop and see the covers when they arrive in the fall, especially if you are uncertain.
You all know I love this time of year – I think it might be all the extra oxygen from breathing in so deeply all the time – and all the fresh new planners and empty pages are one of the delights of the season. I can’t wait to see how some of you are using your Hobonichi’s for planning, art journaling, writing quotations or whatever other creative outlets you might have.