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Hobonichi Techo Weeks 2023 - Gurunpa's Kindergarten

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This Weeks book features illustrations from the beloved children's book, Gurunpa's Kindergarten, to decorate its covers. On the front, Gurunpa balances a shoe, a plate, and a biscuit on his head while on the back he holds the biscuit with his trunk. Special to this edition, the spine is printed in colorful paint swatches to match the design of the illustrations! 2023 is embossed in silver on the lower front cover and middle of the spine. 

Gurunpa’s Kindergarten is a beloved children’s book from over 50 years ago, first released in 1965. The longtime favorite book was written by Minami Nishiuchi and illustrated by Seiichi Horiuchi. The story stars Gurunpa the large elephant, who works at all kinds of places, including a shoe store, piano factory, automobile factory, and more.

Seiichi Horiuchi was active as an art director in a variety of fields, including magazine design and serialized travel journals. Gurunpa’s Kindergarten was one of the masterpieces of his work, and is the artwork featured on this Weeks book.

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 English 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.

In 2023, for the first time, the Hobonichi Weeks is offered in English! Some ways the English Version differs from the Japanese Version are: English quotes at the bottom of each page, English labeled months, and a fun facts section in the back that is exclusive to the English Weeks books.

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

Text © Minami Nishiuchi 1965
llustrations © Seiichi Horiuchi 1965