About this time of year and at the beginning of the fiscal year (April), you will see lots of techo (planners) at various stores in their stationery section.
There are so many varieties to choose from--pocket sized, weekly, A4 (like 8.5"x11" but smaller)....covers with Hello Kitty, leather bound, binder style...the choices are pretty much endless.
Some have train/subway maps in them. Some have the Japanese holidays and good luck/bad luck days too (which could be a post in itself but is explained here).
I first started using a techo when I studied in Japan.
After coming back from studying abroad, I would try to visit my host-family during October-November so that I would be able to buy a new one.
Or if someone was going to Japan for business/vacation, I would ask them to buy me one.
I especially liked the binder style, which you can put in or take out pages if need be.
Plus, you don't have to buy a new binder, just get a new refill.
In the beginning, I wouldn't write much in them, just appointments and birthdays here and there.
Then gradually I started writing what I was eating.
Then the weather.
For the upcoming year, I decided to change to Moleskine's daily planner.
It is bigger (and heavier) than what I am used to carrying around, but I figure it would give me more space to write down things.
Maybe this way I could be more detailed with items, not just writing "bento" (boxed lunch) or "sozai" (pre-made foods).
I can't wait to use it.
Do you use a planner? How do you use your planner?
It is Friday here, hope you have a nice weekend!