My 2015 Hobonichi Techo and accessories arrived about a week ago …
And this was the unboxing.
2015 box color is a fresh green (which I loved). Upon opening the box, there was a folded, small poster-sized chart full of illustration and Japanese text - fun to look at, even though I cannot decipher a word.
I ordered several accessories this year, including a couple of stencils, a stamp (pushpin note), elastic band, and pencil board.
As for covers, I put my bid in the lottery for one of the beautiful limited edition leather covers by Henry Cuir (fingers crossed!), but also picked up the Harris Tweed cover just in case I don’t make the cut. While I think the tweed and tan will be a nice winter/fall combination, and I like the organization of the cover (esp. the inside pen loop) I have to say I am disappointed in the vinyl faux-leather trim and inside compartments/slots. Very cheap feeling - like bad, cheap plastic, really. My 2014 cover (nylon fabric - bright pink with orange donkey - and can’t remember the design name) is much nicer for the price-point.
If I don’t get lucky on the leather cover lottery, and discover I really don’t like the Harris Tweed in use, I will probably make my own leather cover from an extra Midori TN I have in my stash. The regular size Midori TN (not the Passport size) is actually a perfect fit, sizewise, when the length - top to bottom- is cut down. See this great post by Hollis Finds where he does the same: http://www.hollisfinds.com/hobonichi-techo-daily-planner-review/
After several years of planner experimentation, owning everything from Filofaxes to Moleskines to several Gillios (Mia Cara and Compagna) and Midoris, I am completely sold on the Hobonichi. Hands down the best planner for my needs. An entire year with great page variety (monthly, daily, notes, etc.) in a very portable and compact package, and paper quality that is hands-down beyond spectacular. From fountain pen to watercolor to markers to crayons, it’s bullet-proof, non-feathering, non-bleed through.
Now if I can only get my hands on the perfect leather cover! Wish me luck… ;)