“Hobonichi 5 years notebook? Who, in his right mind, will get that?”
I don’t know but that’s typically the impression I get whenever I’d ask in forums and bullet journal groups about the Hobonichi 5 years notebook.
Actually, there are already quite a number of Hobonichi’s 5-year notebook enthusiasts all over the world. With the exceptional experience they get out of it, I can’t blame them if they like it so much.
My first impression of the 5 years Hobonichi notebook
If you’ll ask me, I love my newly purchased Hobonichi 5 years notebook already. I feel like I’ll be getting every Philippine peso I spent for this and all the satisfaction any person can get from insightful journaling.
Moving on, let me just show you how its preliminary/cover page looks like:
Simple yet exquisite Hobonichi 5 years Techo
I think I’ll get more organization and function from Hobonichi’s 5-year notebook than my law school journal.
I know others can manage setting up their bullet journal pages with ease and consistency. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out for me.
At a glance, I know that this 5-year Hobonichi notebook will give me the function that I need for my daily while having an intimate record of my life for the next five years.
Meanwhile, this notebook’s pages are practically formatted. Also, you can guess essentially what each page is all about albeit it’s in Japanese.
Ultimately, this notebook has all the basics of a bullet journal or a planner:
- calendars (2021-2025 );
- daily logs;
- personal information/notes; and
- blank pages
Here are some photos (Pardon my fingers that are on almost each of them. Lol.):
Lists and Addresses
Compact and easy to carry
Since it has all the basics of a planner and bullet journal (At least, that’s how I see it.), I have everything in one place. I need not use several notebooks for journaling. This is is something I wasn’t able to do (and something I struggled accomplishing) a few months ago.
Straightforward and purposeful
Apparently, the Hobonichi 5 years notebook does not have the fancy stuff other bullet journals or notebooks have. Nonetheless, it takes you straight to the point, i.e., journaling and documenting.
On each date, there are sections/boxes for each year. This allows you to see what you’d been up to in the past five years. Say, on January 1st’s page, you’ll see everything that took place from 2021 down to 2025.
Finally, there are marks on the side of this notebook to guide you on which page correspondents to what month. It looks something like this:
Makes you appreciate the value of word economy
For some, the Hobonichi 5 Years notebook’s compact and minimalist set-up constrains their freedom. But for me, I enjoy the thought of being able to write with word economy (writing concisely).
This notebook has limited spaces to document each day for each year. Surely, this would compel me to become more perceptive of events, things, and people. This way, I can document my mundane living more concisely.
Everything about the 5-year Hobonichi notebook speaks of great quality.
As you look at its cover, you’ll notice its gorgeous deep brown soft cover with slight textures and precisely rounded edges. This reminds me of my law books and bible.
For its planner pages, Hobonichi succeeded in combining cleanliness, minimalism, and ink resistance by using a special light yet good quality paper called Tomoe River. Plus, they are cream-colored, which gives out a warm tone that’s pleasant to look at.
Given its elegant design and the aforesaid materials Hobonichi used, it can lay flat on any surface without the hassle.
I recommend you give the Hobonichi 5 years notebook a try
So far, I am quite pleased that this notebook is exactly the way I imagined it to be — functional, minimalist, practical, straightforward, yet good quality and elegant. It has only been a week since I used this, but I am already enjoying it!
How about you? What journal or planner do you use?
Are you a long-time user of Hobonichi’s 5 years planner already?
Let’s chat on the comments below.