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    The Store is Closed


Due to business travel, the store will be closed from
Saturday, July 17th through Sunday, August 7th.
During this time, you will be able to browse,
but the shopping cart will be turned off.

The store will re-open on Monday, August 8th.

Orders placed on July 17th
will be mailed on July 19th.

Because of very slow transit times, we are temporarily
suspending most (but not all) international shipping.

We apologize for any inconvenience.



  • About the store: We carry mainly writing paper - pads, notebooks, letter sets, and accessories - mostly from Japan. If you have any questions or are not sure what you need, please feel free to contact us via the "About" link.

  • NOTICE 6/24/2021: I am getting mixed feedback about the Studio Note with our new Zen paper. I have suspended sales until I can figure out what is going on. In the meantime, if you purchased a Studio Note after 6/17 (the day we started selling them) and the paper is not up to your expectations, PLEASE contact me so that I can refund your money. dave@nanamipaper.com

  • NOTICE 6/29/2021: After additional feedback and further testing, I have concluded that the Zen paper is NOT fountain pen friendly! I apologize to the fountain pen commununity for getting everyone's hopes up! If you purchased the Studio Note between 6/17 and 6/24, and are unhappy with it and would like a full refund including shipping (if it was the only item you ordered) PLEASE let me know (dave@nanamipaper.com). I do not want anyone to be unhappy or feel misled! That said, I still feel it is a wonderful paper - just not for fountain pens - and am once again offering it. Please see the product page for additional pictures of ink samples.

    Finally, after this 'fiasco' of sorts, there is something I learned once again - I must have some of the best customers from the best community on the planet. The feedback on this paper, while negative, was communicated in such kind and compassionate ways. I am truly grateful for those of you that bothered to leave a review or contact me directly. It really makes me glad to run this business and make my own small contribution to the community.

  • 8/15/2020 - Finally! Our Tomoe River A5 pads are back, this time with 68 gsm ruled paper! And, for the first time, we are also have matching Tomoe River Envelopes !!!

  • 5/26/2020 - The Cafe Note B6-Slim 7mm Rule notebook is available on Amazon Prime




  • Writing in thick notebooks can be uncomfortable - as you get to the bottom of the page, your hand has no where to rest, and the pen becomes unstable. Here is are some tips that may help you avoid that situation.

  • Have you ever wondered whether that expensive notebook or paper pad you need is a good value relative to other choices out there? If so, please check out our Notebook Value Comparison!

  • If you are concerned about "show through" of reverse-side writing on thin papers, please read this.


  • Check out these pictures of vintage handwriting samples on old paper from the "Golden Age" of handwriting. The lines on the handwritten letters are spaced 9.5mm apart; the lines on most of my correspondence papers are 10mm apart. Line spacing on note-taking paper (for example, steno/legal pads) and journals is typically 6-8mm.