Instead of typical page numbers, it uses years beginning at 1911. Next to the numbers are selected historical events, focusing mainly on the US, China, and Chinese characters.
You can use the pages to jot down memories and notes for writing your biography, memoirs, or stories from a particular year. It can be used for future planning as well. The numbers on the right of each page (1 to 96) are for people to keep track of their age and the ages of those they care about. For me, I use different colored pens for different people. So on each page I might circle my age and the ages of people in my family.
The following are specific to Chinese and Japanese characters. So you can answer the often asked question: “How many Chinese characters are there?” (It’s complicated!)
- 1946 Japanese Ministry of Education declared a list of 1,850 tōyō kanji for general use.
- 1951 Japanese Minister of Justice announced jinmeiyō kanji, a supplementary list of characters that can legally be used for personal names.
- 1956 The First Chinese Character Simplification Scheme published in China.
- 1964 List of Simplified Chinese Characters published.
- 1977 Second Chinese Character Simplification Scheme (Draft) introduced.
- 1979 Taiwanese Ministry of Education published a set of 4,808 most frequently used characters.
- 1981 Japanese Ministry of Education declared a list of 1,945 jōyō kanji, replacing tōyō kanji.
- 1982 Taiwanese Ministry of Education published a set of 6,341 second most frequently used characters.
- 1983 Taiwanese Ministry of Education published a set of 18,388 rarely used characters.
- 1984 Taiwanese Ministry of Education published a set of 18,588 variant characters.
- 1986 The second round of Chinese character simplification was officially rescinded.
- 2010 Japanese Ministry of Education amended jōyō kanji to be 2,136 characters.
- 2017 Taiwanese Ministry of Education amended variant characters to 74,407. Its comprehensive dictionary collected 106,333 characters.
Another use for this timeline notebook is to help you ponder questions such as “Will it matter a year from now?” or “Where do I see myself (or our company) five years, or even ten years, from now?” in a tangible way by flipping the pages back and forth, looking at past and future dates.