Hobonichi 2017

It is never too early/late to plan.  My incessant debate over which planner to use for the following year begins as early as June, almost around the same time as when Hobonichi rolls out various announcements on its exciting offers for the coming year.

Check out the 2017 line up here.  The webstore will open September 1, 2016 at 11AM Japan time (August 31 at 3PM UTC).  Use this converter to calculate the release time in your time zone.

To see in-person photos of the 2017 planners, visit Hobonichi’s Facebook page.

Which one has caught your eyes?

Galen Leather Tool Roll

Truth be told, I do not have a dedicated fountain pen carrying case.  The one I have been using is a leather pen pouch that I have since I was in third grade.  Perhaps this pen pouch has been formative in my pen case experience, I have wanted to look for something similar but with a bit more protection for my everyday carry.  After using Nomad Easy Classification Pencil Case and roll pen case by Saki Collection for about 6 months each, the thought of “maybe there is a more suitable product” continuously surfaces.  Alas, the quest of searching for a pen case continues.

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Prantl Dr. Thomas Mann Schreibblock

I count myself extremely lucky that people around me appreciate my stationery obsession.  Not only I can talk to them about it , but they also think of me whenever they see interesting stationery items.  That is this Schreibblock (notepad) by Fr. Ant. (Franz Anton) Prantl,  one of the oldest printing press in Munich, Germany, since 1797.  Yes, a paper mill with history.  Prantl reached its fame due to its popularity among artists and writers, such as Richard Strauss (composer) and Thomas Mann (writer). In fact, Prantl’s crest was the first Royal Warrant bestowed by King Ludwig I of Bavaria (His son had built the Neuschwanstein Castle, in case you are interested).

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Pelikan Edelstein Ink of 2018

Perhaps some of you have heard, Pelikan is hosting a color contest for Pelikan Edelstein 2018, with lots of great opportunities to win some goodies.  If it is up to you, what color would it be?  For the full details, check out Edelstein Ink of the Year page.  Want to mix up your own unique color?  Start your experiment here!

Hobonichi Techo Weeks

This is the third year I have used Hobonichi planner.  The first year, I have tried the original Techo in A6.  The Tomoe paper was versatile and I like the possibility of having a planner that can also be a journal.  The downside of it is that it is a tad small.  The second year, I switched to Cousin that is A5 in size.  Sad to say that it was an utter failure on my end, as life became busy to the extent that I found myself rarely touching the beautiful planner.  In addition, I am suffering from the Goldilocks dilemma where A6 is too big and A5 is too small.  Even though in the past I have not minded the blending of my personal and work life, it started to become gnarly where I find work related tasks in the midst of my personal journal jarring.  A first-world dilemma, isn’t it?  I am very reluctant of using the calendar on my smart phone because I have found myself simply dismissing the reminders before I read it, so the solution must be somewhere in the paper world.

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Sailor Yama-dori

Sailor Yama-dori

Ah, Sailor ink.  It is probably another of my ink Kryptonite besides Pelikan Edelstein.  It was a mesmerizing color at first sight, but as I mentioned in this post last release of “limited edition” turned out to be a re-release of some of the old favorites; thus, I was a bit hesitant of obtaining another ink this time around.  After about 1.5 year of deliberation, Yama-dori arrived just a day before Pelikan Edelstein Aquamarine.

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