As many of you know (and see on this site and elsewhere), I’ve used the Hobonichi Techo planner for the past two years. I love it as a record of happy anecdotes and interests, an art journal of things and moments to explore and remember. The Tomoegawa paper takes most fountain pen inks and other media including watercolor, which enhances the pleasure of working in such a beautifully minimalist book. The design of the planner is never intrusive, providing a wonderful structure to give weight to your appointments, tasks, and creativity — an elegance in design that, to me, signifies the fundamental elements of a distinctly Japanese aesthetic: a light, considered, and considerate touch to guide you in organizing thoughts into words and pictures.
So I was pleased as punch to see two of my entries included in Hobonichi’s “Usage Examples” section. Thank you to Lindsay for reaching out, and deep gratitude to Itoi-san and ARTS&SCIENCE for producing the English-language version of a much-beloved diary that’s become such an essential part of my day.