It is hard to believe that August is already here, let alone the next year. I am a bit late to the scene but as usual, Hobonichi has announced previews and releasing schedule for 2019 planners. If you have purchased from Hobonichi directly, you may recall that on the first day of release (September 1) the “traffic” is as bad as grand opening of a highly anticipated store. One important change this year is that Hobonichi will release planners for purchase over three days, in effort to ameliorate the overall shopping experience and to alleviate the traffic. Similar to past year, Hobonichi will unveil the 2019 line-up, as well as changes made in next year’s planner in the month of August. For more details, visit the Hobonichi page. For those of us who cannot attend the actual preview of the line-up in Tokyo or Kyoto, Hobonichi will also host a live 2-hour Q&A session on August 18 on Facebook to answer any questions you may have.
I am eager to see the changes implemented in 2019 based on users’ feedbacks. My current plan is to purchase a Techo Week Mega for task tracking and planning. Instead of purchasing a separate planner as a journal, I will opt for a Midori 10th Anniversary notebook. The generous size will accommodate clippings that I regularly gather from day-to-day life and the paper will also take a wide range of media.
Hopefully I will get around to talk about my planner set up this year. Life often occurs faster than what we can realistically keep up.
Have you been following Hobonichi’s feed for news about the imminent 2018 release? The wait is almost over as the store will be active for purchase on September 1, 2018 at 11AM Japanese time (that is August 31, 2018 at 7pm for Pacific Standard Time; August 31, 2018 at 10pm for EST; September 1, 2018 at 3AM BST; September 1, 2018 at 4AM CEST). The Hobonichi store layout has some useful changes. A prominent one is currency display. On the top of the page right next to the cart icon, one can change the currency by using the drop-down menu with a list of major currency (I interpret the list as places where Hobonichi are popular). It can be a handy reference to see how much damage you have done 😉 Another is the favorite feature that you can use to save items that capture your heart. Since the store front is only for browsing now, I am unsure whether a function of adding all items on your favorite list to shopping cart, but it is something to look forward to.
I am not sure about you, but I am more drawn to the varieties of cover-on-cover more so than the covers themselves; therefore, I am inclined to keep using covers I already have and opt in for one of the whimsical cover-on-cover. How many planners will I purchase? That is a difficult question because I am ruminating on several possibilities. One, combine work and life by purchasing a larger cousin. Two, keep work and life compartmentalized in two planner, one in Weeks Mega and the other in Cousin. Three, streamline life in general by using Weeks Mega only. Obviously first world problem, but I shall sort it out eventually.
Head over to the store for a peek!
In case you are interested in getting a Hobonichi cover or a backup cover, here is your chance. Hobonichi is running an “Archive Campaign” that features some popular cover choices for 30% off.
I am still enamored by my choice last year so I will sit this one out. Who knows whether I will have a change of heart once the planner season hits 🙂
To me, the unboxing of a highly anticipated package can be exhilarating with a hint of magic. The downside to the heightened anticipation is checking that tracking number chronically. After about two weeks of waiting (I ordered mine on August 31, Pacific Standard Time), the signature yellow package from Hobonichi finally reached my door.
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?