We asked children’s book author and illustrator Shinsuke Yoshitake to create this illustration for the Hobonichi Techo. Children consider even an average day to be full of adventure, and this design is to remind us to write about even our average days and cherish those moments.
The cover illustrations are all selected with a focus on drawings of children, mainly from those printed on the bottom of the Hobonichi Techo 2022 Day-Free’s graph paper pages. There are 60 illustrations total on the A5 size Cousin cover.
The natural-colored canvas material has been printed on with an inkjet printer.
The interior pocket is printed with Shinsuke Yoshitake’s signature next to an illustration of a sitting baby. Opening your techo to meet the baby’s distant expression is sure to help you feel even more attached to your cover over time.
Even before he wrote children’s books and held an office job, Shinsuke Yoshitake has always drawn things that stuck out to him or thoughts that crossed his mind into his techo. The Today’s Adventure cover is filled with a collection of small illustrations that came about as simple sketches. There are so many cute poses in the mix, with some looking bored and others staring off deep into space. These still drawings are so filled with Yoshitake’s artistic charm that you can almost see the characters move and hear them talk.
There is also a variety of Shinsuke Yoshitake merchandise that is great for use with your Hobonichi Techo, such as two types of Today’s Adventure Stamps, Today’s Adventure Stickers, and three designs in the Short Phrase Sticky Note pads based on his popular illustrations from the Hobonichi Techo 2018 leaflet.
These illustrations may look like nothing but plain, everyday situations, but they’re all a continuation of our everyday adventures. Have your own everyday adventures with your Hobonichi Techo.
About Shinsuke Yoshitake
Born in 1973 in Kanagawa Prefecture.
Illustrator and children’s book author.
Creates children’s book illustrations, drawings, and illustrated essays about the little things in our daily lives. Father of two children. Won first prize in the Annual MOE Children’s Book Awards for It Might be an Apple, Still Stuck (Bronze Publishing), I’ve Got a Reason, I Can Be Anything, I Might Pee My Pants a Little (PHP Institute), and If You’re Too Hot Just Take That Off (Hakusensha).
Other books translated in English include:
What Happens Next?
Can I Build Another Me?
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