Oh Hobonichi, you drive us crazy.
Hasn’t it only been a few month since the last announcement from Hobonichi, which was the 2016 July-December Avec? How evil of the company to be feeding us tidbits and getting us all excited about next year’s planner when it’s still summer!
(Photo credit from 1101.com)
However, being an avid fan of the Hobonichi Techo, I’ll happily take whatever they hand out to us. In fact, I had just penciled in that burst of excitement on the day of the news onto my Cousin Avec (July 19th, when Hobonichi made me scream in my bedroom and scared the hell out of my roommate).
Here are a few highlights of the news release and how I feel about them:
1. 79 Covers will be announced on August 19th!
Ladies and gentlemen, mark your calendars! I’m positive Hobonichi will be sneaking a few peeks here and there of the new covers through various social media outlets. However, on this wonderful Friday, we’ll be seeing the whole lineup of their fabulous covers.
I remember how the selection was spectacular in 2015, while people weren’t that impressed with the 2016 lineup. Fans of Minä Perhonen, Mother 2, Henry Cuir will be happy to know that Hobonichi will be continuing the collaborations. I hope Hobonichi will be able to surprise us with something refreshing this year! (“penguins”, “greens”, fingers crossed).
How sneaky that they put that polar bear cover teaser near the end the news release! Hi polar bear, you are adorable.
2. New covers will be physically available for sale at Tobichi Aoyama store
People in Japan will have the privilege of visiting Toboichi store themselves and play with the covers firsthand. Although purchasing things online has that element of surprise. You won’t truly know how much a cover might call out to you unless you can physically see them. I can’t believe that I’ve been on stationery tours in Tokyo for so many times and I STILL haven’t the opportunity to visit the store. Must. Visit.
3. WEEKLY PAGES are INCLUDED in 2017 Cousin Avecs!
I’m so excited I can’t turn off my caps keys! This is dream come true. This is planner peace I’m sure. I remember saying how I missed the Weekly pages in the original Cousin techos, but I had to use the Avec because I can’t stand the bulk and weight. Hobonichi is listening, and they’ve finally added vertical weekly planning feature back into the Avec booklets.
The Cousin Avec is now complete, in my opinion. The weight is light and portable. Back in 2015, I had an original cousin. I fully utilized the weekly pages by recording my sleeping hours, daily tracking, spendings, and weekly to dos, all at a glance!
Most importantly, I used these daily tracking to remind myself where I’ve been, what I ate, and what I did on each day.
(My Cousin techo from 2015. I did a youtube review on it too)
They serve as reminder cues when I needed to catch up on the daily pages. Famous author of Steal Like an Artist Austin Kleon wrote a blog post in 2010 on the importance of keeping a log book. That’s exactly what I’m going to be using the weekly pages for!
4. “Turning the page into a New Year” layout
This is interesting. Hobonichi is giving us a new layout page at the end that gives us a chance to reflect on the past year. I remember doing something similar in my Cousin at the beginning of the year, utilizing a 3×3 mind map to plan out my yearly goals.
I’ll definitely be doing this again, first thing when I get the new Hobonichi journal. This way as I approach the end of 2017, I can do a side by side on the second page to compare my progress and goal achievements!
5. And others…
Some other news include a new page about signature Omiyage (souvenirs) from each region in Japan and the release of 2016 Hobonichi guide book.
Now comes the most important question: What will my journaling set up be in 2017?
I know, I know, it’s still early! However, with this news release, I’m certainly going to be getting the Cousin Avec again. I’m considering letting go of the Weeks next year, since it is so small and I barely write in the weekly pages. Instead of an A6 techo avec that I got this year, I might get an English Planner. I imagine I’ll be using it cover-less or with my Run Run Run cover from 2016. Ah, the possibilities.
Signing off with a Hobonichi-in-the-Wild pic.
There’s always a giant mess when I journal in my Hobonichi.