Hobonichi Season, Take Two: Why the April-Start?
This is Jane with a quick breakdown of the April-start versions of the ever-popular Hobonichi planners. To those who are unfamiliar, the world of Hobonichi may seem chaotic and abstruse. Before I experienced “Hobonichi season” firsthand for the first time last fall, I know that’s how I felt. One of the questions we hear often is about the second release date of Hobonichi planners, just in time for April – a quarter of the way into the new year. What is the purpose of the April start, and who is it designed for?
Hobonichi designed the April-start version of their famous Techo Planner, Cousin, and Weeks planners with students and professionals in mind, as April is when both the Japanese academic and fiscal years begin. The American equivalent of this would be a planner that starts in September or October, which would make a lot more intuitive sense to us.
Then, why do planner-lovers outside of Japan opt for April-start Hobonichis? Using the data I’ve gathered from a brief online survey, I’ve organized the most common reasons:
1. You missed the first Hobonichi drop in September of last year.
Omiya Yogashiten: Shall we have some tea? (Techo only)
Saul Leiter: Footprints (Techo only)
Hiroko Kubota: Count the Lights (Techo only)
2. You’ve fallen in love with the covers that are exclusive to the April-start planners.
3. It’s an opportunity to switch over from another planner in the early months of the new year.
4. It’s an unconventional way to reframe the new year.
Maybe your birthday is in April, or spring is your favorite season – or at least one that you associate with fresh starts and new changes in your life. The April-start version of the Hobonichi is a fun way to experiment with the way you think about the progression of the year. Some people opt for April-start planners not necessarily because of their start date in April but for their end date in March of the following year – the end-of-year holidays can be an extremely chaotic time, and carrying over your trusty, filled-out planner into the first few months of the new year can take at least one variable out of the equation, or at least delay it to a calmer time of year when you can better assess new planner options and sit down and set up a new system of tracking the way you spend your time, day by day or week by week.
If you are an April-start aficionado, let us know if you fall into any of these four categories – or if you have a different reason that you prefer to pick up your Hobonichi during the second release! If you were considering an April-start planner but weren’t sure whether or not to spring for it, I hope this list of potential reasons to go for it has helped your decision-making process. Preorders are now available for the Hobonichi April-start planners in the Coming Soon section on our website.