Even though I’ve more or less figured out what planners work best for me, I’m still eager to try new ones when I see them. So when I perused Vanness Pens a few weeks ago, I was intrigued by the Midori 2022 Pocket Diary ($11). Even though I keep many appointments in my electronic calendar, who doesn’t want a small purse size calendar to refer to?
This is a 16-month planner, with a block layout, which helps me easily visualize how the dates and days (and holidays!) occur each month.
At the very front there is a 2022 Yearly Schedule spread for noting important dates throughout the year, and at the back there are several lined pages, perfect for jotting down important notes or things to transfer to the next year.
Of least use to me, but terribly charming, the end of the calendar is full of subway maps of Japan!
The paper in the planner cover is made of cardstock, and reinforced by a plastic slipcover that protects the planner itself. The paper is Midori paper, somewhat thin (you can see gridlines through from the opposite side) but still handles fountain pens beautifully with no bleed through.
I should also mention that “Ojisan” is the lovable character who appears on many pages with his unique appearance and unforgettable behavior. This year’s theme is carefree living and Ojisan starts his year with a steamy pot of tea. What could be more perfect for a girl who loves, knitting, tea and planners?
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I think he’s eating ramen!