I got my Hobonichi package delivered today! It’s only been three days since I placed my order so it’s really quick this time. This year’s box color is yellow (they change it every year). It’s the exact same color as the 2018 one (yes I still keep that box).
They didn’t have tapes all around the box like previous years. Instead they used this small circular seal to protect the package, which I think is cute and adds a nice little touch. I prefer this seal as it doesn’t destroy your entire box when you try to rip it off. That way you can still repurpose the box while maintaining it’s nice condition.
It’s my first time ordering something that comes with ‘boxes’. Usually the journal and covers are only wrapped in plastic. This extra paper box makes it seem a little bit more special.
I ordered an additional pencil board this time since I kinda liked the design. I’m not sure if anyone is familiar with it but it’s Chibi Maruko-chan. I’ve known this character since I was small and I guess seeing it made me a bit nostalgic, which led me to purchase it haha. The pen on the right is actually a fude pen (lit. brush pen). It’s included as this year’s freebie and typically used to draw calligraphies.
The yellow box houses the 5-year techo. You get a simple guide of how to use it as well as a paper to test out fountain pen inks. It’s a nice addition to figure out which bleeds and which doesn’t. The book itself is a tad bit bulkier than the original journal.
Next up is the cover itself! Originally, this cover was created last year for the original A6 journals but they decided to repurpose it and create one special size for the 5-year techo itself. They got rid of the extra card slots and bookmarks. I kinda wished they included one since I don’t like using the normal bookmark that came with the techo (it just unravels like crazy over time).
I don’t really have any complains about this year’s purchase. Rather than that, I’m quite satisfied with it! I’m looking forward to 2021 so I can use this journal soon. Enjoy the unboxing video that I made for fun! (Excuse the subtitle typos, I’m too tired to fix it lol).