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Hobonichi Techo Avec

The Hobonichi Techo is one of the best-selling Japanese planners every year, including 2019. It’s a main competitor to the Traveler’s notebook, with some distinctive advantages and disadvantages when the two are compared, including the use of Tomoe River Paper, which will make or break the Techo for some people. The Avec is the half-year model, so it’s sold in January-June and July-December for each year.

The Avec is sold in the A6 size, with the Avec A6 being one of the most affordable Hobonich Techo planner, at a retail price of 1100 JPY.

One of the nice things about the Techo Avec is that the months are spelled out in English and all the numbers are numerals recognizable to English speakers. Most of the text in the book — the quotes, instructions, etc. — are in Japanese, but those are really just extras compared to the dates, years, and months given the purpose of the Techo Avec.

The main downside of the Techo Avec is that it’s quite small. Not only is the notebook A6-sized, which is quite tiny, it also has 3.7 mm line spacing which is very tight and means you really need to be writing slowly with a 0.3 mm or 0.4 mm pen. The paper is quite thin so while its ink resistant, the point of pen will create indentations on the other side of the sheet.

Hobonichi Techo Avec Information

Street Price Check Price
Manufacturer Hobonichi
ModelsJanuary Start, July Start
Cover Type Softcover
Cover Material Cardstock
Cover Color Sky Blue
Paper Color White
Paper Decoration Graph
Line Spacing3.7 mm
Lines per Page60
Number of Pages 240
Weight (g/sq/m)52
Perforated Edge? No
Refillable? No
Paper Size A6
Paper Size 14.7 x 10.4, 5.8 x 4.1
Paper Depth0.8 cm
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