Great day to you all!
I couldn’t believe it, but the Jibun arrived about 10-14 days sooner than expected.
I found the best deals on Ebay, because shipping was included. I didn’t order from the manufacturer directly since their website is in Japanese. While I do have a translator extension that I use with Chrome that translates entire pages, it was still easier to order from Ebay.
My planner arrived in a box from Japan. Inside that, the planner was wrapped in bubble wrap. After removing the bubble wrap, which I was too excited to pop, (shocking, I know!) I held the Jibun in my hands.
It had a nice cellophane wrapper on it with a gold sticker:
Removing the cellophane was no easy task. Ok, nail clippers aren’t designed for this job but I was on the phone with a friend at the time and it was all I had. Moms have evolved to be resourceful, and as a proud member of this group, whether the rest like my membership or not, I am here. I will add on a side note that this includes moms of fur babies, dolls and plants. If you’ve ever called yourself a mom, you are resourceful.
Back to the planner, Jibun is beautiful. It’s a beautiful shade of white and mine came in a soft plastic cover. Inside the pocket in the back cover I discovered a ruler with an elastic band. Super cool!
The complete planner comes with 3 books with their covers tucked into the cover sleeves. I purposely included a bobby pin in this photo to give you an idea of the thickness of the components:
The planner has a solid feel to it. And then there are the pages. I’d heard such great things about writing on Tomoe River paper in both this planner and the Hobonichi planner that I was skeptical it wouldn’t live up to it’s reputation. I wasn’t disappointed. I tested out a Staedler fine point marker and a different fine point. Both write beautifully and the ghosting is just that. The ink doesn’t bleed through.
The Jibun also has two silky ribbons for bookmarks. They have a bit of a sheen to them and feel very nice.
You can see in the photo above that the calender in this Weekly View uses the 24 hour clock. The designer has gone through the time and expense to include Sunrise and Sunset times. The photo must be of a Spring month because the dark gray numbers start about 6:30 pm. It litterally changes each week based on actual projected Sunrises and Sunsets. Saturdays are always blue and Sundays are always red. In the Weekly View, the week starts with Monday! I love this planner!!
All of the instructions are in Japanese. I used a Google Translate app on my phone to figure most of them out. Here’s a very condensed version of the concept for the Weekly View. There are other calendars and trackers in this planner, but this is the meat and potatoes for this one:
You can track weather for fun or to see if it affects your moods and health. Or as I read with Google Translate, you’ll be able to evoke memories and know when you last saw a rainbow. So cute!!! And you can track moods at the bottom. I love this. You just may find you’re either happier than you thought or maybe need to make some changes for the better. I like this concept.
You can either plan meals at the bottom or track what you ate and with whom, if you want. Example: the name of a cute man/woman you just met. 😀
You can frame or box events, but you can also just jot things down you want to remember like “call Aunt XYZ”or “TV: record the show JND.”
It’s recommended that if an appointment or event has a set time (sorry for my handwriting, my notes in the book look like I said “get time”), you can use a double ended arrow to denote that. Use a single ended arrow for events that might have a specific start time but a loosey-goosey end time, like your visit to the dentist that might take foreverrrrr.
SYMBOLS: Because space is tight, it’s a great idea to use symbols for events. An airplane for a trip, a car for Uber or taxi, or just circle the initials of the person you’re going to meet. Stickers, stamps, hand drawn, it’s all good. You can make it look however you want.
It’s recommended to use red ink for private events like doctor visits or high priority events. Use blue for everything else. I must say, those colors look better than black ink on this paper. I also use pencil. You’ve seen my handwriting…I erase a lot of mistakes, but it is much harder to read at a glance.
The back cover insert:
And that concludes my review: part one. There’s not a lot of information in English on this amazing planner, so I hope this helps others interested in it. Bottom line, it’s great for working adults who don’t need all the flare and writing space of say, an Erin Condrin, but want more structure than a Franklin Covey. I’m in love with this planner. With the next few reviews, you’ll see how versatile it is.