At the start of the pandemic, when it seemed like everyone was housebound, we all turned to indoor-friendly hobbies to keep occupied and stay sane. Maybe you got into the sourdough baking trend (or at least made your store-bought toast look extra fancy), stocked up on yarn for craft projects, gave a classic Japanese artform a shot or started a YouTube channel. But have we actually kept up with those new hobbies? Or are we all just mikka bōzu (literally “three-day monk,” a Japanese idiom referring to someone who can’t stick with anything)?

While I’ve certainly relegated that adult coloring book I impulse-bought to the back of my bookshelf, not everyone has been as flaky. Some people have continued to cultivate some pretty interesting “pandemic hobbies,” even 18 months down the line.

Hobby to habit