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.
This is a usage example by Kimura that we showed in the Hobonichi Techo Official Guidebook 2021. She copies logos on the monthly calendar pages of the Weeks book as a way of writing down information related to her favorite pieces, such as the sale dates of books and comics and the air date of animations. It’s a way to keep a record that’s both fun to draw and look back on!
This is a usage example by Masami Kamoto we introduced in the Hobonichi Techo Official Guidebook 2021. Designer Kamoto draws illustrations of the delicious dishes she ate when she ate out. She draws a draft with a mechanical pencil, outlines it with a 0.1mm Copic pen, and colors it with watercolor pencil. The meticulously and carefully drawn lines will be eyecatching to look back on.
mitaco loves to eat eggs, so she decided to count the number of eggs she ate and drew them in the monthly calendar. It’s a fun idea in which you can see how the egg she ate was cooked, whether it be fried eggs, boiled eggs, or scrambled eggs.
Twilight Walker uses their Hobonichi Techo as an “anything notebook.” They write their plans and diary, anything they came up with, doodle, or anything they like. This time, they showed us their spread featuring illustrations and a diary entry. The illustrations are colored in carefully and look really cute! It’s such a nice way to use the Hobonichi Techo without limiting its use to one purpose and writing freely.
This is an usage example by Penri shown on the Hobonichi Techo Official Guidebook 2021. Penri’s monthly calendar of her Weeks book is filled with illustrations of food drawn with thin lines of 0.03mm.
“Because my monthly calendars ended up being blank, in my 2018 Weeks book, I decided to draw any yummy things I ate that day. I took a picture of what I ate and I looked at that as I drew directly onto the techo pages without a draft. I normally drew the lines with a Copic pen and colored it in with a Zig Clear Color pen.”
When we asked her how to make food illustrations look delicious, she told us that adding red using a red Mildliner makes it look more delicious. She also adds sheen using a white Posca pen. Penri did like to write diaries but wasn’t able to keep it going. However, having switched to the Hobonichi Techo, she has continuously written in it for 7 years while having fun. Keeping a record of food through writing and drawing might be a tip on being able to write in your techo every day.
This is an usage example by Nonoko Shiraishi that we showed on the Hobonichi Techo Official Guidebook 2021. Shiraishi uploads her drawings inspired by the techo’s daily quotes on her social media accounts. By linking the words and her drawings, the daily quotes hold much more meaning.
Yuki Takahashi uses the “Favorites” page in the informational page section of the techo to keep a record of the movies she saw in movie theaters. The illustrations that are colored in are really nice! By adding illustrations, it seems to be easier to recognize what kind of movie it was. We admire her determination to see movies in theaters, too.
Emirin recorded the Pyeong Chang Winter Olympics by drawing the portraits of the medalists she cheered for. “Every time I turn the pages,” she writes, “it brings back all the excitement I felt during those days.”