I have been a loyal user of Hobonichi planners for a number of years. Though out this time, I have discovered the best pens for Hobonichi planners, and want to share them with you.
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Hobonichi is a company that creates the best planners and “life books” on the planet. Their flagship Hobonichi Techo planner comes in both English and Japanese and comes in a A6 size. I used the English version of this for years before I switched to the Hobonichi Techo Cousin this year which only comes in Japanese, but is A5 size.
The big difference between these two planners, beside size, is that the Techo Cousin also comes with a weekly layout for each week in addition to the daily and monthly layouts. I have found this to be an important layout for me, and worth the switch, even if I can no longer read the fun quotes. Even the Japanese versions of the planners have enough English in them to be used by English speakers.
There are also the Hobonichi Techo Weeks planners, which come in the weekly layout with some plain gridded paper as well. The Hobonichi Techo Weeks Mega has three times as many pages at the end. The best pens for Hobonichi Weeks are also the best pens for Hobonichi planners in general, since all of the planners use the same type of paper.
I use my Hobonichi for everything, but especially for blogging! I list daily tasks of what I want to complete on each day’s page, and I keep a running list of blog topics I want to work on each week on the weekly layout. In the monthly layout, I also note which days I want to target to publish blog posts.
I also track the follower counts for my social media accounts every day at the bottom of my daily page.
If I have a particularly great brainstorming session in my Hobonichi, I simply mark the corner with some washi tape so I can go back to it later.
To find the best pens for Hobonichi, you really need to understand the unique paper type. It is a very thin paper, and can bleed with certain pens. If you are a heavy writer using a very pointy pen (like an extra fine tip on a fountain pen), it may rip.
The texture of the paper is quite lovely, and the thinness of it is what allow so many pages to fit into a manageable book. The good news is the right pens will not cause you any problems.
The Hobonichi paper layout is gridded. This is great for bullet journaling, and fancy planner layouts in general. You cat get very creative with your page layout every single day if you would like! Since there is so much room in these layouts you can also practice calligraphy and brush lettering as part of your daily planning in these notebooks.
I’ve used all three of the Hobonichi flavors: Hobonichi Techo, Hobonichi Cousin, and Hobonichi Weeks. Each of these Hobonichi types use the same Tomoe River paper, so these pens are great for any of them.
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