The Hobonichi uses Tomoe River paper, so it’s quite strong enough to handle watercolor and most types of ink. Even fountain pen ink! I’m actually using my A5 cousin as a watercolor sketchbook.
I use my A6 for daily memory keeping so I’ve been loading it up with calling cards, photos, and stickers to help me remember past events.
End of year, it gets really fat and chunky, but it can still stand on its own without collapsing.
This year, I bought the Japanese A6 to save a few pesos, but I struggled with it because the days were in Japanese!
1. Other than for planning, you can use the Hobonichi as a journal or an ordinary notebook.
2. Buy the English Techo if you’re going to be looking at the dates.
3. If you’re starting out, best to start small with the A6. The A5 can be so big, there’s a lot of pressure to fill it in.
4. Don’t want it to get chunky? Get the Avec.
5. Save money and skip the covers and other accessories (like I do!)
I’m only getting the English A6 for now to use as my 2019 daily memory keeping journal (third straight year!). How about you?