Keeping a single book where you can write in anything you want makes everyday life a little more convenient, and a little more fun.

The Hobonichi Techo is a planner notebook created by staff members of the website Hobo Nikkan Itoi Shinbun, shortened as Hobonichi. Techo (pronounced “tetch-oh”) is a Japanese word for a planner notebook.

We also describe the Hobonichi Techo as a Life Book; it demonstrates the planner notebook’s versatility and freedom that accommodates every user’s unique personality and lifestyle.

It first came out as a 2002 edition, which was created when the members — who weren’t professional planner designers — decided to get together and create a brand new kind of planner that they would actually want to use themselves. There are 18 years of history behind the current book.

New varieties have appeared over the years in response to customer requests, and all the techos improve every year based on these requests and feedback.

New cover designs are released every year so that using a Hobonichi Techo carries an extra sense of excitement and enjoyment.

In recent years people from all over the world have begun to use the techo — there are now over 780,000 users worldwide!