Taiyo Matsumoto drew this Kanda, Tokyo-themed illustration for this A6-sized Hobonichi Techo cover. The idea for this cover came from the Hobonichi office's recent move to Kanda, Tokyo; this cover pays homage to this city. This version contains the Hobonichi Techo Original Book 2022 - April Start, which starts in April 2022, just in time for the beginning of the Japanese school year.
The name of the piece is Cat Over Kanda. You can see the famous arch bridge in Ochanomizu, called Hijiribashi, and the scene is drawn from the perspective of looking out from on that bridge. Matsumoto says, “That intersection between the JR train line at Ochanomizu Station and the bright red Marunouchi line that crosses over the Kanda River is really cool. And lately, I’ve been into drawing flying cats. I drew it this way because I feel happy when I look at cats.” It’s impressive to see the stark contrast between the flexible and energetic cat and the red cars of the Marunouchi line. This cover was carefully printed to retain all of the little details of the original illustration by Taiyo: the delicate brushstrokes of the cat's fur, the texture of the paper that Taiyo himself painted onto, and all the tiny little details of the city.
This original form of the Hobonichi Techo has been loved by many users since its introduction in 2002. Its daily pages offer plenty of space to fill despite the book’s compact A6 size. The graph paper offers an open layout for you to neatly lay out writings, clippings, and drawings. The Hobonichi Techo includes quotes specially chosen from its parent site, the Japanese web magazine Hobo Nikkan Itoi Shinbun. Each daily page has a quote in English.
The book contains several sections that are great for schedule management, such as a yearly calendar, monthly calendar, and yearly index page. The back of the book includes useful and informational pages, such as blank memo pages, an address book, a page for drawing out a custom graph, a list of useful links in Japanese, and more.
- Size: A6
- Language: Japanese
- Cover + Book
- Language: Japanese
- Paper type: Tomoe River
- Start of week: Monday
- Yearly index: Feb. 2022 - May 2023
- Monthly calendar: Feb. 2022 - May 2023
- Daily pages: Apr. 1 2022 - Mar. 31, 2023
- Book only version available
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