In April, I went to Japan! It was the trip of a lifetime, and I’m definitely going to find a way to get back, no matter what. I think it might be one of my most favorite cities in the world: the efficiency, the kindness, the beauty, and of course, the stationery!
If you follow me on Instagram (if not, come join me!) you may have already seen what I picked up in my Stories, but I wanted to make sure I had my little – well, not so little – haul documented here on my blog, too.
If, like me, you’re super inspired by how much planners are a part of Japanese culture, this is the post for you. A while ago, I managed to get myself and my limited amount of college Japanese down a rabbit hole into the amazing world of Japanese planning accounts. There, you’ll find an amazing mix of business use, personal/minimal accounts, and gorgeously illustrated or sticker-collaged spreads. Not to mention the stationery products. Oh goodness gracious, the stationery products.
If you’d like to see some inspiration and follow some of my favorite Japanese planner accounts, read on!
Updated December 2019: I am so excited to update this post with the news that the Hightide Downtown LA Store now has an online shop! If you’re looking for an amazing Japanese minimal planner, including the exact one in this post for 2020, click over for sure (and ignore info below about how difficult it is to find these.) Enjoy!
I am SO excited to sit down and share this detailed overview and review of a Hightide Diary planner! It is very difficult to find these planners in the US, let alone find anything written on them in detail in English, so I am both very happy to have my hands on one of these as well as to share lots of images and thoughts with you. This is long overdue since I got this in December (!) – but I tested this planner from January through March and really got to know it, so this will be an in-depth review rather than a “look at this layout!” kind of post.
In this post, you’ll find an introduction to Hightide, an overview of each part of the planner, an explanation of how I use it, a review, and finally where you can buy it if you’re interested (I know these are hard to find!). So grab some coffee, settle in, and let’s get going!