The Cousin is the A5 version of the Hobonichi A6 size planner I reviewed last week, but it has something the A6 version doesn't have: week pages! More on that in a mo. First some general info.
First let me thank Hobonichi for sending me this planner as a sample to review. The Cousin has a stiff card cover, and you can buy a variety of covers for it. Because it is a true A5 size, any cover that fits an A5 day per page diary will fit this book too.
Below you can see the size comparison between the A5 Cousin and the A6 Hobonichi planner I reviewed before.
Inside the cover is an excellent pocket configuration, plus two placemarkers.
The back cover has a full length slot pocket.
Here is the inside front cover with several card pockets and a full-length pocket behind:
Inside the back cover is another pocket:
So let me take you for a walk through the book. The Cousin is mostly in Japanese, but that doesn't diminish the functionality of this planner for non-Japanese speakers.
First are reference calendars:
Next are months-as-columns planning pages. The months are numeric so you don't need to read Japanese to use these pages.
Next are month on two pages calendars, again numeric with days of the week in English.
Next are weekly pages! The days are vertical columns, timed 6 am to midnight!
Next comes the day per page section. Every day, including Saturday and Sunday, has its own full page!
At the edge of the daily pages are month indicators so you can easily find the month you are looking for. Also each month has a different background color.
After the daily pages there are 3 grid pages for notes.
Next are pages for anniversaries, and international dialing codes:
Graph paper and time table pages:
Pages to record your Favorites:
These pages are in Japanese but the left page looks like conversions and the right maybe Japanese postal rates?
I don't know what these pages say, but I like the pictures!
Next are pages for Gifts and Addresses:
The last page is Personal Notes:
The back page has the Hobonichi websites:
Despite having all these pages, the Cousin is no thicker than a usual A5 day per page diary because the Tomoe River paper is so thin:
Along with the Cousin came an informational paper that I can't read but you can see here:
The book lays open completely flat, the paper is smooth and strong. This planner is an excellent option for someone who wants monthly, weekly and daily pages in one portable book!
The Hobonichi Cousin ordering page is in Japanese, but it's completely easy to order. Click here for the simple instructional page. All you have to do is click to add the products to your cart, then you can select English for the rest of the ordering process.
This is the January-December version of the Cousin, which is still available while supplies last. Right now the Spring version of the Cousin is available, which starts in April. Be sure to check out their selection of covers to fit this planner too! If there is a price listed under the cover, it is still available. Covers without a price under are already sold out.
Many thanks again to Hobinichi for this excellent planner and cover! I'm very happy to review it and I can highly recommend it.