How It’s UsedDiaries and Record-Keeping

Life with a Hobonichi Techo
Hobonichi Techo Original
Macky Pen

Macky Pen writes a diary in the Original techo every day. The pages that are brought together with brown look sophisticated and pretty.

She uses the Yearly Index to record the hours she studied that day. We hope she continues to enjoy life with a Hobonichi Techo by using it for her personal life and for her studies.

A Hobonichi Techo to use as mother and daughter
Hobonichi Techo Cousin

Ishiyama and her daughter Rin use the Hobonichi Techo as an exhchange diary. Ishiyama started this diary as a way to spend more time with her children, as she is normally busy with work. Rin had already been exchanging letters with her friends in nursery, so at the start, her diary entries were things like “this is what happened today,” just like her letters. 

They started this diary when Rin was a first grader. She has written lots in the techo with large handwriting. The heart mark she draws every day is adorable too!

Writing as if she’s talking to her techo
Hobonichi Techo Original

Ayano started using the Hobonichi Techo just after she entered university. Her Original book is filled with words! She says she has a lot of thoughts and has a brain dump of all the things she felt that day, whether it be things that made her feel uneasy, things that made her happy, funny events, or things she liked, as well as keeping a record of events. 

She didn’t use to write this much, but as she went along, she found more things she wanted to write about and started to find writing fun. 

We can see her growth through the changes in the way she uses her Hobonichi Techo.

Keeping a record of the temperature in the Yearly Index
Hobonichi Techo Original

Jishaku keeps a record of the temperature in the Yearly Index. The blue shows the minimum temperature and the red shows the maximum. 

By keeping a record of the temperature in the Yearly Index, it’s nice how you’re able to know when it started to feel really like autumn, how a certain week was quite cold, or how it this year was fairly chilly compared to the year before. 

The graph after a year must be impressive!

Keeping a record of their weight in the Yearly Calendar
Hobonichi Techo Original

S tells us how they gained 10 kilos over the past 10 years so they decided to go on a diet. They take fewer carbs during lunch and dinner, eat snacks sparingly, and think about the total calory intake and nutritional balance. Thanks to the techo, S managed to keep on track while having fun and lost 3 kilos in 4 months. This usage example is perfect for anyone who ends up not writing anything in the yearly calendars.

What day is it today?
Hobonichi Techo Original
Hobonichi Katsumi

Hobonichi Techo team member Katsumi searches for what day it is today and draws illustrations for it to fill up blank techo pages. By continuing to do so, he was able to realize that no day isn’t a meaningless day. Days that he might feel are nothing special might be a special day for someone else in the world. By defining your “today,” how you see each day will start to change.

Writing memos of books and his thoughts on it
Hobonichi Techo Original

This is a usage example by Shota we showed on the Hobonichi Techo 2021 Official Guidebook. He uses the Favorites page to write down the title of the book he read, when he read it, the author, his thoughts, and impressions to create a book-reading record page. It looks amazing when it’s filled in like this.

Using the monthly calendar of the Day-Free as a photo album
Hobonichi Techo Cousin

*Day-Free A5 Size

Yamashita uses the calendar pages of the Day-Free to paste a photo a day. They choose the photo that stands out the most of the pictures they took that day to print out as a sticker.

Photo printers that allow you to easily print out photos at home are popular, and they are perfect for the techo. We recommend it to anyone who has lots of photos they haven’t looked back in their camera roll. It’s nice how you can reminisce on memories by seeing each photo by date!

Writing down the temperature and that day’s event
Hobonichi Techo Original

Minoru has been keeping a Hobonichi Techo ever since he retired in 2002. He writes down the temperature and that day’s event in pencil. Even if the amount written is small, it will become a large record when it continues for 20 years.

Writing a life plan to think about her family’s future
Hobonichi Techo Original
Nozomi Hiroki

This is a usage example by Nozomi Hiroki that we showed on the Hobonichi Techo Official Guidebook 2021. Hiroki uses the Graph Paper page at the back of the book to write down a life plan and a graph for yearly utility costs. 

She writes down the age of her family members to get a grasp of how money will flow in the future. The color-coded graph is easy to look at and cute!