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Takahashi No. 102 Professional Planner 2020

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Please note that this is the 2020 version, even though the pictures show a past year!

Although the Hobonichi Techo planner has become a bit of a global sensation, it is but a tiny fraction of the planner market in Japan. A lot of people find the page-per-day format too much for their needs, and with 365 days per year, sometimes too thick.

For my own use, I've spent hours in stationery and department stores studying all the variations from all the companies (Nolte, Pilot, Takahashi, Midori, Marks, Tsubame, Life, etc.) and even tried several of them over the years - but I keep coming back to this Takahashi No. 102. So I finally decided to make it available here at nanamipaper.com.

Takahashi Books is one of the most well-known planner brands in Japan. Nearly every stationery shop, larger or small, will have at least a few versions. The mega stores like Maruzen and Itoya carry the entire line, which requires a big display by itself.

This No. 102 has a clean, simple line-by-line layout for all views. It also has a habit tracker, which is a rare find in a planner. Size-wise it's a perfect companion for the Cafe Note B6. Thus, if you're interested in a planner for planning and a notebook for note-taking, the Takahashi 102 and Cafe Note B6 is an ideal combination.

The paper, which is a proprietary formula used only by Takahashi (yes, they are THAT big), is also very very good. For fountain pens, it's not quite as robust as Tomoe River, but if you have the type of job or life where things are constantly in flux, you probably use a pencil or Frixion pen anyway. Plus the paper is a bit thicker than Tomoe River and lends itself well to constant writing, erasing and re-writing. This is, in short, a serious tool for little else but planning, and here at nanamipaper.com, we like serious tools.



  • 161x97mm, 10mm thick, 136g
  • Black PVC cover, non-removeable
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  • Multi-Year calendars
  • Year spread on two pages
  • Months on a single page
  • Weeks on singles page (Monday on top)
  • Lined page to the right of Week view for notes
  • Habit Tracker for each month
  • Cream Paper


It is bound in a non-removable vinyl cover, so you never have to buy a separate cover.

Made in Japan.


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  1. planner 2019 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 10th May 2019

    very pleased with my planner. Planning to have one each year. Perfect size, perfect planner

  2. Miniature office 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 28th Feb 2019

    I’ve been using the 102 for almost three months. The planner is very well-made, with quality but not ostentatious materials. It has stood up to being strapped to a Slim B6 and carried in pocket. I don’t use it regularly with a fountain pen, but from testing, its paper would tolerate that. I do find I need a ballpoint to maximize space in the 102, as the fields and pages demand very fine writing.

    I’m someone who will typically switch planners mid year — I always want to write in something new, or I’m dissatisfyingly un-invested and need to move on. Perhaps because this coincides with a big change in my life, but I think I’m going to stick with the 102! There’s so much to do inside this little book — it’s an investment that has stayed rewarding and fresh for me.

    Like all great planners, everyone will use it differently. For me, the habit tracker, especially, is great for clear, but positive accountability, with room to track over two dozen items month-to-month, visually. I’ve also developed a way to use the weekly calendar to house daily data that’s truly necessary. Month and year views are uncluttered. Two bookmarks make reference easy.

    What’s important for me is that fields are distinct, but clear, and every part of every page gets used fully. No fluff, no cute cartoons, no stupid quotes. Best, this is all in a product that stacks barely half an inch thick, stays impeccably neat, and is no larger than your iPhone.

    From using the 102, I get the feeling that I really make my own year. Very highly recommended.

  3. Perfect ‘On the Go’ Planner 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 11th Jan 2019

    I bought this on a whim and absolutely love it. Actually it will replace my Hobonichi Weeks next year. It’s a great size, really slim yet has everything I could possibly need. I can see myself getting one every year. Great recommendation and I’m thrilled with it. Yearly overview, Monthly overview, weekly planner with notes, habit tracker, address book - what more could you ask for in such a neat little book? Love it!