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Hobonichi Techo Planner 2023 - Hiroko Kubota: Tokyo Metronome - Cover + Book

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Continuing the collaborative line of the Techo cover lineup, this year introduces new artists and designs to make your planning special. As always, the covers feature a basic style with butterfly-stopper pen holders that act as a hinge, keeping your cover safely shut when you store a pen inside.

New this season, Tokyo Metronome is a graphic cover illustrated by Hiroko Kubota. The front reimagines the Tokyo Tower as a metronome while the back shows animals playing the piano, dramatized by the contrast of dark blue sky and black cityscape with the pops of color on the metronome and piano

Illustrator Hiroko Kubota drew a sunset illustration for the Hobonichi Techo 2022 lineup. This year, Tokyo Metronome was chosen from the large collection of Kubota’s previous artwork for the way the image really stays with you. The charms on the ends of the bookmarks contain two different square designs to emulate the lights coming from the windows of surrounding buildings.

Add a clear Hobonichi Cover on Cover to protect this cover from wear and tear and add extra space for storing photos, stickers, and postcards.

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 graph paper in the English version is slightly enlarged to 4 mm to allow users to write comfortably in any language. Timelines are simplified to a single 12 to denote noon so users can completely customize it to their own schedule (or ignore it completely), and each day is also labeled with the number of the consecutive week that year, from 1 to 52.

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.