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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.


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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 by about 2 microns
      • Actually, technically, it's the same thickness as manufactured, but during the notebook binding process, the new paper is not as compressible as the old


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. wonderful quality, best fountain pen paper,best company 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 19th Jun 2021

    I will always be a fan of the A6 size notebook. It is my EDC. Tomoe River paper is the best. With the possibility of it going away, I thought I would stock up a little. These little notebooks are so well made. They don't fall apart with everyday use. They lay flat. The number of pages is lovely.

  2. Small, sturdy, and well made 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 17th Jun 2021

    I use this notebook for my to do lists. It's small enough to put in my purse and sturdy enough that I'm not worried about it falling apart from constant use. The blotting paper is also a nice bonus.

  3. Such a Beauty 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 6th Jun 2021

    The notebooks are such beauties. I really love the lay-out margin compared to the Hobonichi. I love that it's whiter, too. I know this is the new trp and I don't have. I have not used it though, so I'm coming back to review it again after. :)

  4. Such a good size 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 21st May 2021

    I've purchased a few of these and they always ship quickly and are well-packaged. The A6 book itself is a good size, I can just fit it into a pocket.

    I've only ever used the new Tomoe River Paper, but it's good quality, thin but sturdy. I use a ballpoint pen, so I can't speak to how it handles other inks, but it's a pleasure to write on. I write small, so the grid size is perfect for me.

  5. Prefer previous version 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 1st Apr 2021

    Nothing bad to say really except I have to gave it 1 star less for reduction in pages compared to previous version. I want to give it 2 stars less for that reason but since the notebook is nice I can't do it so 4 it is. I use these at work a lot so 480 pages (even more would be fine by me) is much better than 384. I hope next batch goes back to 480 pages.

  6. Perfect for bullet journaling 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 27th Mar 2021

    I love this notebook. I have one of the 480 page books left but actually prefer the new TRP and the smaller page count as they fit in my leather covers better. I also love A6 size because I have been know to cut it down to field notes size and find there isn’t that much waste.

  7. Cafe Note never disappoints 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 14th Mar 2021

    I have purchased the A5 and B6 from Nanami on several occasions over the years. I ordered the A6 for the first time and I have to say I love this size. The paper is wonderful, as was expected. I use a ballpoint pen and love how the paper crinkles up and "talks" to me when I open up the notebook to make a new entry. I'm very happy with my purchase and the speedy delivery!

  8. Dude seriously, you want an affordable HIGH-QUALITY notebook...this is it. 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 6th Mar 2021

    A notebook with ALOT of Smooth Japanese tomoe river paper in a yarn bound Book, that's what this is. I Highly recommend it. The tomoe river notebook on other sites have alot less pages and is at least twice the price. And guys this book is legit, it truly is made in japan, I recognize the smell of new pokemon card anywhere and the smell itself takes me back to when I was a kid back in the 90's. The smoothness of the paper, the superb feel of the cover, and it has an Awesome scent. The ink never bleeds through and it doesn't feather?!

  9. as always, fast shipping as wonderful product 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 10th Feb 2021

    I have this in the b6 slim size. I greatly enjoy the paper. It’s fountain pen friendly, and I love writing and drawing on it. Incredibly priced for the amount of pages you get.

  10. Notebook 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 9th Feb 2021

    Great Pocket notebook. Love the grid making me write smaller and neater.

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