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The Hobonichi  Interview Series  is a blog segment where we get a sneak peek inside the diary of another Hobonichi user. This is Part 1 of the interview with Palestblue, from Germany. I found her Youtube channel one Sunday afternoon and was mesmerised for hours. A truly talented Hobonichi owner and a budding novelist too!


  • Age: 28
  • Occupation: Research Worker (Psychology/Neuroscience)
  • City/Neighborhood: Bonn, Germany

The Hobonichi has quite the cult following. How did you discover it?

I discovered the Hobonichi via the wonderful planner community on Youtube and Instagram J. Mitsuko (mylifemits on YT and IG) and April (april wu on YT, penguinscreative on IG) were a big influence! If you don’t know these wonderful, talented ladies already, you should definitely check out their awesome work! 

Maria's Hobonichi Techo with DIY custom cover
Maria’s Hobonichi Techo with DIY custom cover, custom watercolour palette and Coletto pen

Where do you find your inspiration for what to include?

I usually write and doodle about my every-day life. So I often include drawings of food and beverages. I draw inspiration from everything around me – I always carry my Hobonichi with me so that I can whip it out and draw whenever inspiration strikes 🙂 . I think you don’t necessarily have to travel a ton or do super duper special things every day to find inspiration – it is finding the extraordinary in the ordinary that makes daily journaling so special and so much fun.

Do you have any recommendations for new users who say “ I can’t doodle/draw?”

“Do or do not, there is no try.” So practice, practice, practice. With time, you will get better and have more control over your pen/brush. Promise! Also: If you find it hard to get perspectives etc right, it is always worth checking out some of the very inspiring artists that share tutorials online. Just browse the community for inspiration and tutorials J. If you feel a little bit overwhelmed, you could try and start with just a black pen and practice your outlines, then add some shading later. When you are satisfied with your black and white doodles, you can move on to colour.

Stuck on a desert island with your Hobo, what are your 3 must have materials?

My Kuretake water brush (the fine tip one), a 005 tip Sakura Micron pen in black and my Schmincke Horadam water color palette. Though I have been recently playing the 2013 Tomb Raider game again and I gather that a bow, some arrows and a flashlight may be a little more useful on a desert island tee hee.

What’s your latest purchase?

A Hobonichi actually. I just ordered the 2016 Hobonichi in the A6 size. I am going to try the Avec version next year, because my 2015 Hobonichi is getting mighty chunky…

Another A6 Hobonichi Techo with Mina Perhonen "Sometimes Lucky" cover
Another of Maria’s A6 Hobonichi Techo with Mina Perhonen “Sometimes Lucky” cover

Any other hobbies?

I absolutely love stories. I write my own (and really, my secret life plan is totally to get a novel published some day, hahaha) and I read a lot, too. I am a scuba diver and swimmer. Being in and under water feels very natural and wonderful to me and I try to go swimming and diving as often as I can .

Most Hobonichi lovers also seem to love tea or coffee. What’s your favorite tea/coffee?

Ah yes, I am no exception there. I am not really human before my first tea in the morning (or so I have been told). I really love some strong black tea with milk. And I also totally love the Iced Latte at Starbucks, yum!!

 How do we find out more about Maria?

  • Instagram: @palestblue
  • YT: palestblue
  • You can also contact me via Email: email.palestblue at googlemail.com

If anyone would like to contact me and connect via email or snail mail, I am always very happy to get to know people who love stationery and art and all things Hobonichi, so I would love to hear from you!!

Thank you so so much for your questions and the chance to share my thoughts on your wonderful blog .

If you enjoyed this interview or have been inspired by other who you think I should feature in this interview series, please comment below! More information on the Hobonichi can be found on their website . Part 2 will be up next week, with lots on photos of inside Maria’s Hobo.


Hobonichi Interview Series | Inside Chotskibelle’s Hobonichi Techo Part 2

The Hobonichi  Interview Series  is a blog segment where we get a sneak peek inside the diary of another Hobonichi user. This is Part 2 of the interview with Chotskibelle, from Singapore. In this post you will get to see inside her lovely Hobo!

The Hobonichi has quite the cult following. Did you know that?

In all honesty, I wasn’t aware of the cult following behind the Hobonichi until I started using it and posting photos on Instagram. I was amazed that so many people around the world were using the Hobonichi, as I had always thought it to be a culture unique to Japan. I was so wrong! It was great to be able to see how people were using the Hobonichi in their own ways and I began to look to Instagram for inspiration. For me, I think that the best thing that came out of my impulsive (and slightly delusional) decision to buy a Hobonichi Techo is the number of friends I’ve made through Instagram. Who knew that there is such a large global community of journaling and planning enthusiasts?! Well, I certainly didn’t and I’m loving it!  Continue reading Hobonichi Interview Series | Inside Chotskibelle’s Hobonichi Techo Part 2

Hobonichi Interview Series | Inside Chotskibelle’s Hobonichi Techo Part 1

The Hobonichi  Interview Series  is a blog segment where we get a sneak peek inside the diary of another Hobonichi user. My special guest today is Chotskibelle, from Singapore. I stumbled across her blog and immediately fell in love with it! I’m sure you will too, just read on! Start with Part 1 here.

How did you discover the Hobonichi? 

It all started when I was visiting a Tokyu Hands store in Ginza, Tokyo in Spring of 2014.

I have always been a fan of pretty stationery since I was a child and as with every trip we make to Japan, I had negotiated with the Hubby some time to myself to visit all the stationery stores in the area so that I can browse through every aisle to my heart’s content. (They have very interesting products in these stores!)  Continue reading Hobonichi Interview Series | Inside Chotskibelle’s Hobonichi Techo Part 1