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Cafe Note A6 3rd Ed. 384 Pgs NEW TRP

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This 3rd Edition of the Cafe A6 notebook. It is bound with the "NEW" Tomoe River paper!

Please note that all reviews up to 9/18/2020 are based on earlier editions. There are two changes from the 2nd to 3rd edition:


  • NEW Tomoe River paper
  • 384 pages (2nd edition had 480 pages, but people asked for a thinner notebook). It's also a bit cheaper.



Please see the pictures for a quick comparison of the old vs. new paper.


I have seen a couple of very good articles on social media that compare the old and new Tomoe River paper. The condensed version is this:


    • Feathering - same
    • Bleed - same
    • Ghosting - same
    • Tooth - NEW is toothier
    • Saturation - colors appear darker on the NEW paper
    • Line definition - NEW has "jagged" edges. OLD has crisp edges
    • Feel - NEW is "crispier", louder, and surface is harder
    • Thickness - the NEW paper is thicker
      • Actually, technically, it's the same thickness, but after binding into a notebook, the old paper is not as "compressible", so after manufacturing, this latest notebook is 1mm thicker than the old notebook. My partner in Japan explained this to me.


I agree with all of the above. The only thing I have to add is about the toothiness. The NEW paper does feel toothier than the OLD paper, but for me personally, I think it's because I'm just used to pressing down harder on the old, smooth Tomoe River. Now that the paper is not as smooth, applying less pressure does take some getting used to. If you can use less pressure, the new paper will not feel much different than the old.


Having said all of the above, to be honest, my personal preference is for the OLD paper, simply for the line definition. I wish I could make a million more notebooks with the old paper. For normal, every day use, I'm not exactly sure how much it bothers me. I'm going to say "not much" but overall I do feel the old paper was better, more luxurious.


But I'm still gonna use the new paper, because I actually prefer the enhanced "crispiness" (I always felt Tomoe River paper felt a bit flabby), plus, there's really no other thin paper that is as good. The old Tomoe River paper was "as good" as Midori MD and Graphilo, but those are also much thicker papers. And for me, the attraction of Tomoe River has always been its thinness more than its line definition. I use the B6-S Cafe Note for note taking. I am not an artist, and just use it for work. For that purpose, i'm fine with it.


So, please take my opinion for what it's worth. If you have any doubts, please ask for a sample by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to:


Nanami Seven Seas

Samples by Mail

P.O. Box 17422

Irvine, CA 92623-7422


Ok, back to the original description:





After many requests to chop our A5 notebooks down to a smaller size, we finally decided it was time to make our own original A6 notebook.

Performance and paper are the same as our B6-S: 384 pages, white TRP, lay-flat construction, 3.7mm grid.

We hope you like this new notebook - and actually, after working with various larger notebooks over the years, such as our Seven Seas A5, L!FE B5, Tsubame, and even our own Cafe B6, my first thought when I opened the shipment was "Awww...how cute!!!". But since this is a serious tool, it's cute in a way that, say, laser watches, explosive pens, and miniature tape recorders are cute. In fact, if James Bond carried a notebook, this is probably the one he would find most useful.


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  1. Worth the wait! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 9th Oct 2020

    I first became interested in the A6 Cafe Note a year ago, at about the time the previous version went out of stock. I continued to check at intervals and decided to purchase one when I learned they were back, and with the new TRP. I had already planned on using a Hobonichi A6 Day-Free + a Hobonichi plain A6 notebook for 2021, while continuing to use an A5 with 68 gsm TRP for long-form journaling.

    I was surprised and very pleased by the quality of the A6 Cafe Notes notebook. The cover is a beautiful deep red and has a faux-leather feel. The pages inside seem to be handling my pen tests better than the Hobonichi paper, although I expected them to be similar. I also like the slim margins around the grid on each page. I'll be ordering more!

  2. great little notebook 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 7th Oct 2020

    I’m pairing the Nanami A6 with a hobo day free and it works great. Of course the Nanami is great on its own. I like the portability, it takes all my pens. So glad I found it.

  3. An awesome little tool! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 6th Oct 2020

    I love these little A6 Cafe Note books! The Tomoe River Paper is a little different in these but not enough to dissuade a purchase. They are perfect for a small bullet journal or common place book with enough pages still to last a whole year. Perfect pocket or purse size. I have been waiting FOREVER for these to come back into stock and they finally have. Thank you, Nanami Paper!!

  4. I am been waiting so long for this AMAZiNG notebook to return! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 6th Oct 2020

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for bringing back this amazing notebook. It is the perfect size, and the paper is amazing. If you are concerned that this notebook contains the "new" Tomoe River paper, don't be! The paper is amazing -- hight qualty!

  5. A quality product 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 4th Oct 2020

    I am enjoying my new Cafe Note A6. I use this as a daily journal and have used watercolor, markers, stamps, Micron pens, Pilot G2 pens, and color pencils. The paper has little ghosting for being on the thin side, which I love the thin paper. There is a little wrinkling with watercolor, but I love the feel and the sound the paper makes. The paper holds up well under the water as well.

  6. LOVE this!!! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 29th Sep 2020

    Exactly what I've been looking for!! LOVE the paper!! I'll be buying more for sure!! Thank you!!

  7. my new favorite notebook 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 29th Sep 2020

    This is my first purchase from Nanami and I am absolutely in love! The Tomoe River paper is unbeatable in my opinion and this notebook feels nothing short of amazing! Will definitely be repurchasing another soon!

  8. Fabulous sized TRP journal 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 28th Sep 2020

    Using this for writing purposes, since it is almost NaNoWriMo. I love this paper and really love this A6 size. Thanks, Nanami, you did it again!

  9. My favorite notebook! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 8th Apr 2020

    It's taken me a while to get around to writing this review, but after trying a number of notebooks, this is the one that is my favorite. It's a great size for carrying around and, unlike many other notebooks of this size, has enough pages to last for a very long time. The grid size works well if you have smaller handwriting, and you can use two lines if you write larger. The paper is lovely tomoe river, so it's great for fountain pens, but also takes other pens really well, too. If it had a table of contents and numbered pages, I'd probably ask if I could order this in bulk somehow. It's as close to the perfect notebook as I've ever found!

  10. watercolor friendly 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 26th Aug 2019

    Amazing notebook takes watercolor like a dream! I use my Hydracolour Metallic Watercolors I got from Etsy in here to jot down my daily thoughts and the paper is amazing with it!!! I love it I want like 5 more notebooks!!!!!

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