Kokuyo Jibun Techo B6 Mini

For three years I used Hobonichiβ€”the Japanese A6 planner for two years and the Weeks for a year. I love the Hobonichi Techo covers, the A6 and Weeks planner layout, and most especially the Tomoe River paper that it has. But checking journals and planners in Instagram and Pinterest led me to discover the Kokuyo Jibun Techo. I’m very grateful that I got the chance to get my hands on a B6 mini. I decided to use the Jibun Techo this year even though I also got a Hobonichi Techo Doraemon. (The temptation was real, you guys.)

Jibun Techo

The standard kit/starter set Jibun Techo is the 3-in-1 Life Log Diary. It is a 3-notebook in 1 system and that includes the Diary, Life, and Idea notebooks. The Diary notebook is the monthly and weekly planner and uses Tomoe River paper. Life notebook is for life plans, financial management, dreams list, and other possibly sensitive information (of course, it’s in the discretion of the user to input such information) and has MIO paper. The Idea notebook is a grid notebook and also has Tomoe River paper.

The Life Log Diary already includes a cover with card pockets and shitajiki with an elastic band to secure the whole system.

The planners come in A5 ang B6 mini sizes. There are also accessories such as shitajiki, sticky notes, rulers, and templates. Covers are available, but not as many as the Hobonichi’s.

Jibun Techo B6 Mini in Green

I find the B6 to be the best size for me because it fits my small bags without occupying too much space. It’s not as narrow and thin as the Hobonichi Weeks, but just a little wider, which obviously means more writing space. I like its idea of separate notebooks and that it already comes with a shitajiki with elastic band and cover with card pockets.

So far I’m still learning on fully utilizing each section. My mistakes on the still clean pages are giving me anxiety, but I try not to because I know I won’t get planner peace if I let even just a tiny ink smear get to me. πŸ™‚

For a long time, I have wanted to share my planner spreads. The fact that I’m not as artistic as other planners/journalers/bujo-ers has kept me from doing so because who wants to see a boring planner? πŸ™ I might be one of the few that’s not into stickers or anything artsy in my planner although I do enjoy that for journaling. I find extra designs to be added clutter on my planner when my life is already full of it.

As I’m a bit active in Instagram, I’ll slowly incorporate planner posts there and most likely as Stories. If you want to see them, (shameless plug) please do follow my Instagram. πŸ™‚

Anyway, below are photos of the notebooks that I had to take before I wrote on them. :3 I won’t show all sections, but only the notable ones.

Life Notebook

After going through my photos, it seems I didn’t bother to take photos inside the Life notebook. Sorry! But I will share other sites with in-depth reviews.

Diary 2019

Weekly planner template sample
As a list fan, I love ready-made pages like this
Monthly page


I only got one. XD


I still had to get a shitajiki, so I can leave it inserted in any page I need. It also has a “Today” tab.

Apparently, I lost photos of the Idea notebooks and the current setup of my journal. I’ll update this when I find them.

Where to buy and Jibun Techo references

I do a lot of research before I purchase planners. Thank goodness there’s a big journal and planner community, so there’s a bunch of references available. I recommend two sites that have extensive information on the planner. JetPens details the different Jibun Techo, the sizes, paper and their quality, and accessories among others. Link here. Eunice at Baum-Kuchen tests various writing tools on the sheets of the Jibun Techo. There is also the official English instructions on using the Jibun Techo. Instagram is the place to go to if you want to see the planner in use.

Besides the official website (and buying in Japan or having someone buy for us there), Kokuyo Jibun Techo is available in the following online stores:

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