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Hobonichi Techo Weeks 2023 - Tomitaro Makino: Yamazakura (Diagram) - April Start

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The Weeks cover features a botanical illustration of the Yamazakura cherry tree by botanist Dr. Tomitaro Makino in 1900. This illustration shows a diagram of the cherry tree, and the rough cloth cover is inspired from the image of a canvas.

At the time, Dr. Makino chose the Yamazakura, meaning “mountain cherry,” as a symbolic Japanese plant for the opening illustration of his “Flora Japonica” book. In the second illustration, the branches, leaves, fruits and seeds of the Yamazakura were observed and drawn, with the parts arranged in a good balance.

Letters written below the botanical illustration “PRUNUS PSEUDO - CERASUS, Lindl., α. SPONTANEA, Maxim.” represent the scientific name of the Yamazakura cherry tree. The characters “ra-ku-za-ma-ya” spelled in hiragana reflects the writing style of the Meiji Era, written from right to left, instead of left to right.

The cover has been constructed as a light hardcover book with some give to it so it still bends. This version begins in April 2023, just in time for the beginning of the Japanese school year.


This weekly-edition Hobonichi Techo is a compact book that’s easy to carry everywhere. The book is slim and roughly the size of a long wallet, making it easy to fit into a bag or suit pocket. The main layout of the book consists of a weekly calendar on the left page and blank graph paper on the right page. Each weekly spread also contains the characteristic Hobonichi quote in Japanese on the bottom of the page. Although slim at first glance, the book holds 71 graph-ruled memo pages for note-taking at the end of the book. The Weeks is available with a variety of different cover designs on the book itself and does not require an additional cover purchased separately.

When you order this Hobonichi Techo Weeks, you’ll receive a clear, adhesive corner pocket you can stick anywhere you like.


  • Size: Wallet Size Weeks -- 3.7 in (9.5 cm) x 7.3 in (18.6 cm) x 0.4 in (1 cm)
  • Language: Japanese
  • Paper type: Tomoe River
  • Start of week: Monday
  • Yearly index: Apr. 2023 - Mar. 2024
  • Monthly calendar: Mar. 2023 - Apr. 2024
  • Weekly calendar: Feb. 28, 2023 - Apr. 2, 2024

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