The start of year five with a Hobonichi Techo. Here’s to new potential.

Hobonichi stack2019 hobonichi

This year I ordered a yellow cover, but I was disappointed that I couldn’t see the beautiful detail on the cover on cover. I tried watercoloring a sheet to put under it. I’m not completely sold on the busyness but it is pretty.

You’re Gonna Carry That Weight(y Hobonichi)

I am excited, as always, to order my Hobonichi for next year. The idea of the larger 5-year techo is invigorating–thinking of crafting a book over that much time that would be a central repository of ideas and experiences. But it’s also worrisome in that the benefit of the dated daily planner is in its ephemeralness: There’s no point in hesitating because you’re uncertain about your writing or your art. This is only the one day, and tomorrow will be a fresh, blank page.

The 5-year techo would add weight, not only in the literal sense,[note]I joke a bit, but the Avec Cousin is already something I think about before taking with me places sometimes. I’ve given thought to a second smaller to carry, but that also defeats the point of a central place for thoughts.[/note] but in the cycle from year to year seeing potential mistakes. Am I ready for the commitment?

Almost everyday


One of the habits that I am most glad to have started last year was buying a hobonichi techo, a fancy planner from Japan. There is a whole community online devoted to people drawing and writing in their hobonichi, using the book to manage their lives but also as a means of recording their lived experiences. Because of the little events like finishing my master’s degree and buying a house, I didn’t manage to fill every page for 2015 but looking at my hobonichi brings me right back to each of those days that I did write something. I am looking forward to another year experienced and recorded.

(For the curious, I do frequently post pages on tumblr.)