What is the Jibun Techo?
Japan’s yearly planner game is strong. They have magazine publications dedicated solely to feature all the great planners on offer. Kokuyo’s Jibun Techo’s diary portion can be had alone, but for completeness, we will be discussing how the other 2 books come into play as well.
Hobonichi vs Jibun Techo
Let’s just get this out of the way because this is the big question isn’t it?
Well, both books feature delicious 52gsm Tomoe River paper from start to finish. Strong binding methods have been used in both, enabling them to lay flat.
If you like the use of daily pages, the Hobonichi is your friend. But for those who find themselves not utilising the daily pages and want a lighter, more pared-down planner, then the Jibun Techo steps up. You also get the choice to carry additional notes (IDEA Book) or not. It really depends on how much you want to lug around on any particular day.
The version we will be discussing here is the A5 slim. It measures 21cm x 13cm so think A5 size but skinnier on the east-west axis.
The book comes with a clear vinyl protective cover, boasting several slots both internally and externally that can be used to store small pieces of notes/cards.
The elastic band to hold the books together (or used alone with DIARY) is attached to a handy plastic ruler board as well.
There’s something for everyone here whether you prefer a full month view or a weekly one.
There are also pages for monthly scheduling purposes.
There are several pages at the beginning of the diary that is printed with built-in tracking templates. There’s no hard rule here that you must use them for what they were intended for. Personally, I would consider the pages that are of no use for me as spare writing pages.
- Spending tracker
- Favourite Phrases
- Recommendations List
- Book List
- Movie List
- Gifts Received and Given
- Promise List
Despite all that, the DIARY book alone is only 1cm thick!
The IDEA book is a gridded notebook for you to write all your notes and thoughts. The vinyl cover from the DIARY section allows you to attach new IDEA books as you fill them up.
The paper is 52gsm Tomoe River paper.
The LIFE book is printed on Kokuyo’s MIO paper and encourages you to plan out your goals. This book in particular is designed to be moved from year to year along with your new DIARY.
- A clear vinyl protective cover comes standard
- An elastic band is also included to hold everything together
- 2 ribbon bookmarkers
- Lays flat at 180º
For those who want to take it one step further and digitize your notes for all eternity, the CamiApp steps in to take care of that. For more info on this, see here.
The Jibun Techo 3-in-1 set costs $82.00 AUD and is available in 3 colour-ways: Navy, Pink and White.