This is a pretty good blog — and Twitter account — if you want to check out old records from Japan. It’s in Japanese, but the point here is really to look at the awesome collection of covers. Looks like they organize a lot of nice events too.
I haven’t used a paper planner in years and so can’t really justify getting one (I even still bought one for years, that would never see much use), but I still lust for one every year, and the object of my desire is always the Mother-inspired covers that have been part of the Hobonichi Techo collection for the past few years — this year you have 1994 (pictured above), Memories (picture below), and Ness. Why the Mother (or Earthbound, as it was known outside of Japan) covers? Mother creator Shigesato Itoi is also behind the Hobonichi Techo line.
The Tokyoiter is a fictional tribute to the great covers of The New Yorker, done as a project to celebrate the love illustrators have for the city of Tokyo. It was started by a couple of friends of mine, Andrew Joyce and David Robert, along with Tatsushi Eto. A new cover is shared on the site every Sunday, and you can watch this PechaKucha presentation to hear Andrew and David talk about the project. The cover in this post is by Tilly (aka Running for Crayons).