2015 Hobonichi Planner Book

Heads up, lovers of fine paper products: the 2015 Hobonichi Planner Book is now available for pre-order.

For those unfamiliar with it, the Hobonichi is a beautiful planner—known as a techo in Japanese—that goes beyond schedule-planning by also acting as a journal, notebook, sketch(note)book, scribble pad, and generally a place to capture thoughts and moments.

Originally made in Japan, the Hobonichi has been made available in English since 2012. This 2015-2016 book is the third such edition.

Each page (one per day) shows the current moon phase, and every two-page spread contains a unique quote, from the heartfelt to the humorous to the whimsical. There are also informational pages sprinkled in, covering topics such as herbs and spices around the world, international size charts, random-selection games around the world, national holidays, and more.

The thin, light Tomoe River paper is resistant to ink bleeding, and is part of what keeps the 464-page book so compact. The cover is a textured matte-black material that feels good in the hand, while the stitch-binding allows the book to open flat for easy writing.

This delightful planner/journal can be pre-ordered for 2,700yen, which comes out to about $26 USD.