A plain notebook that feels just like the Hobonichi Techo, the Hobonichi Plain Notebook has a cover design in collaboration with the botanical illustration by Dr. Tomitaro Makino, known as the Father of Japanese Botany.
The drawing of cherry blossoms drawn with precise lines to the last detail is the first illustration of “Yamazakura,” meaning “mountain cherry,” which is the opening illustration of the first volume of his “Flora Japonica” book published in 1900. Dr. Tomitaro Makino’s drawing of the Yamazakura cherry tree as a symbolic Japanese plant is characterized by its dazzlingly detailed line drawings.
The botanical illustrations, born from a keen eye for observation, knowledge, and experience, make this notebook an ideal companion for your daily life.
The illustrations that have become one of Dr. Makino’s masterpieces were drawn about 120 years ago during the Meiji Era, using loupes and microscopes for detailed observation and creating drawings that show the entire shape of the Yamazakura branches, shapes of the petals, and structures of various parts. Using a Maki-e painting brush with a bundle of mouse hairs, they are expressed clearly through shading that conveys the solidity of the flower's living petals.
The Tomoe River paper is the same thin, durable paper as that used in the Hobonichi Techo. This allows the 288 page book to stay at a mere 8mm thick, giving you plenty of room to fill to your heart’s content.
- A5 size 210 mm x 148 mm | 5.8" x 8.3"
- 288 pages
- 3.7 mm graph paper
- The color of the ink on the page changes every 72 pages (red / blue / green / purple)
- Tomoe River Paper
The notebook size is the same as the A5 Cousin, which makes it compatible with any of the Cousin’s Hobonichi Techo covers. The cover is great for storing items like pens or sticky notes and provides a very convenient user experience.
The notebook is a great supplement to the Hobonichi Techo, or simply a smaller-size notebook to keep by your side for filling with lots of writings or drawings.