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[Latest Edition] Top 5 Must-Buy Stylish and Useful Japanese Planners

The Japanese are brilliant at creating handy items that are stylish and intelligently designed. They are wonderful products that can add excitement to your daily routine. This article introduces some classy notebooks with great functions that are a joy to use.

1. EDiT Souple B6 Daily

Day planners are no longer just for scheduling. With the EDiT Souple Daily, you can record all your daily activities including important meetings and even ideas that you come up with each day. The B6 size is handy to carry around but not too small, so it is easy to write in. The product name, "souple" is French for "supple" and represents its soft texture that you'll be happy to handle every day. This is a lovely diary to fill up with your very own thoughts and create a record of your life.

Price: 3,740 JPY (incl. tax)
Available at:
MARK'STYLE TOKYO Shibuya Scramble Square Store
MARK'STYLE TOKYO GINZA SIX Store, etc.

1. EDiT Souple B6 Daily

2. JIBUN_TECHO 2020 First Kit Standard Cover Type (A5 Slim)

JIBUN_TECHO are day planners that have completely overturned the idea that diaries are to be purchased every year. They come in sets that consist of a DIARY to manage your schedule with, LIFE to record your daily life, and IDEA to jot down your ideas. They are organized in weeks with a 24-hour vertical format so that you can effortlessly manage everything from your weekly schedule to hour-by-hour plans. The small, A5-size makes them easy to carry around. Each diary can be detached so you can keep important records and ideas next year and to the year after that. Once you're finished, simply replace the diary you need. It is a new type of diary that can be customized to your taste.

Price: 3,800 JPY (excl. tax)
Available at: LOFT, Tokyu Hands, etc.

2. JIBUN_TECHO 2020 First Kit Standard Cover Type (A5 Slim)

3. Hobonichi Techo Original

Hobonichi Techo has been gaining in popularity since the 2002 edition was first released, and sold a record 850,000 copies of the 2019 edition. Today, it is popular not only in Japan but also abroad. The Original (A6 size), which has been a favorite since its release, has one page per day and has graph paper that is easy to write in. The appeal of Hobonichi Techo is that it can be used a variety of different ways depending on the person: You can write as much as you want in it, draw in it, and use it as a scrapbook. Why not create and record your very own day with Hobonichi Techo? There is a selection of 40 covers to choose from.

Price: 3,300 JPY (incl. tax) and up *set of diary and cover
Available at: Hobonichi Store, LOFT stores nationwide

3. Hobonichi Techo Original

4. Pagem CantaCarta Monthly Agenda B6

"Canta carta" means "singing paper" in Italian and the CantaCarta lineup consists of a variety of colorful designs that are fun just to have. There is a total of 12 designs created collaboratively with Happycentro, a design studio known for its work with global fashion brands. The Special Year, which was developed to commemorate the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, has a special design that features iconic spots in Tokyo and uniquely Japanese motifs. It is a monthly diary so that you can see a month's schedule at a glance. The layout is simple so that your schedule can be managed easily.

Price: 2,970 JPY (incl. tax)
Available at: Ginza Itoya, Tokyu Hands, Etc.

4. Pagem CantaCarta Monthly Agenda B6

5. MD Notebook Diary Thin

MD Notebook Diary Thin is a product that pursues the ultimate in simplicity. In fact, it does not have a cover, an idea that resulted from a focus on "ease of writing". The thickness that is characteristic of covers was eliminated and a smoothness that is comfortable to write on realized (using just the spring from stacking papers with no cover). Only washi (Japanese paper) that has gone through rigid quality control and tested for ease of writing is used to achieve a diary that is incredibly comfortable to write in. The diary pages are designed simply with just the minimum grid lines. Both "ease of writing" and "ease of drawing" were emphasized in the creation of this diary.

Price: 1,100 JPY (incl. tax)
Available at: LOFT, Tokyu Hands, etc.

5. MD Notebook Diary Thin

Was there a day planner that piqued your interest? Be sure to refer to this article to help you choose the perfect diary.

*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.

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