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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. Notebook 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 21st Jan 2021

    I absolutely love this notebook. It’s fantastic and works well with fountain pens.

  2. My verdict on new TRP: it's fine 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 18th Jan 2021

    I love the size of this little notebook, and it's the perfect size to try out the updated Tomoe River Paper. The dust jacket it comes with is very nice; it feels like it will be very durable and feels like it's treated to have some water resistance. I agree almost completely with the description of the differences listed in the product description.

    The new paper does feel thicker and stiffer, but it's very slight. It's still the thinnest paper I use.
    There's definitely more texture to the surface of the page that does seem to cut down on any sheen an ink may have. I haven't used it extensively and with super sheen-y inks, but I tested one ink that did sheen a good amount less than I would expect from the old TRP.
    As for line definition, again I haven't tested very extensively but from the little I've observed, I'm not seeing a huge difference. I tested a couple of italic ground fountain pen nibs, and the edges of the lines look great; it might be a different story with a standard ground thicker nib though.
    Performance with bleed through and ghosting is similar. Zero bleed through, and a good amount of ghosting depending on the color/saturation of the ink you're using, but less ghosting than the old paper.

    Overall I'm a little sad about the reduction in sheen, and I know that's a trait that a lot of people loved about TRP, but it's still a great paper in a great little notebook.

  3. Love it 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 8th Jan 2021

    Love these. Never got my hands one the previous versions, but I love the new one..

  4. As a gift or for yourself - you might as well order two! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 7th Jan 2021

    If you're a fan of the Hobonichi Techo or just A6 notebooks and Tomoe River paper in general, this notebooks IS IT. After getting tired of my father taking from my own personal stash, I wanted to gift him something for Christmas. His requirements are that it's A6, has fountain pen-friendly paper and that it fits in his pocket and is thick, with lots of writing space. Looking at how closely this resembled the Hobonichi Techo and the fact that it was without dates, I went for it and have absolutely no regrets. My father loved it... and I had to buy one for me too! Thank you, Nanami!

  5. One of the best! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 20th Dec 2020

    These Cafe Note books are amazing. The quality of the notebook, paired with the infamous Tomoe River Paper, makes for a durable, portable, perfect notebook.

  6. best tomoe river notebook 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 16th Dec 2020

    This is the first time I have ordered the a6 cafe note. I have used the a5 and the b6 slim notebooks in the past. They have lots of pages, they never fall apart, fountain pens glide across the paper without bleed through. I’m excited to use the a6 as a bullet journal.

  7. DISAPPOINTED 2 Star Review

    Posted by on 10th Dec 2020

    I ordered this notebook quickly as I have purchased it in the past. I did not read that the pages had been decreased from 420 to 384. Very disappointed in that the notebook will now not work for the application I was buying it for. I am sure I will use the notebook for something else but I will not be purchasing it again in the future.

    Note from nanamipaper.com:
    First/Second edition page count was actually 480. Third edition is 384. This is stated in the description as well as the product's title: Cafe Note A6 3rd Ed. 384 Pgs NEW TRP

  8. Absolute best A6 Notebook 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 4th Dec 2020

    Absolutely love this notebook!! This is my third one and I will continue to use only this notebook for my everyday planning needs as long as they make them. The fewer pages with this version so not bother me, there are still plenty of amazing pages for my needs.

  9. New Is Not Better 2 Star Review

    Posted by on 17th Nov 2020

    I have been using TR paper for ten years. I was curious about the quality of the new version and ordered a small notebook. Disappointment is an understatement. The new TR is so rough it catches my needlepoint nibs. Inks that showed sheen on the old paper are dull on the new. Worse, ink that retains a fine line on the old paper spreads on the new, rendering my needlepoint lines into medium weight. As my handwriting is very small, it becomes unreadable.

    This paper reminds me of Stalogy paper, and not in a good way.

    I am switching to Cosmo Air Light paper for journaling after I exhaust my fortunately copious supply of old stock.

  10. Fantastic grid notebook!!!!! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 20th Oct 2020

    I was very skeptical trying this out. Normally I don’t like grid but I wanted a notebook that was smaller then my seven seas that I could use as my daily check list/work notes and I was curious about the new TR paper so I took a leap of faith. All I gotta say is: WOOOOOOOOOOW!!!!! This little book is awesome. Good job Dave at creating this little gem!!! It is perfect to fit in my cargo pocket the grids actually help me out especially since I write small already I can doodle on it with a variety of pens if I get bored. I tried my super wet fountain pens to my regular ball points for at work. I even threw a little watercolor on it (the new paper handles it better then the old) in all reality I don’t mind the new TR paper at all. There is some slight differences, some of my wetter inks/broader nibs wanted to feather so I’m guessing this paper is probably more internally sized then externally like the old paper and it was noted in the description and pictures so I was prepared for it to happen. The pages are a slight difference in paper feel/thickness when turning the page but the paper is still very smooth. Oddly enough the watercolor sketch I did didn’t bleed at all so it may be a reaction to a lubricant in the Fountain pen inks I have that caused the feathering reaction. Noodlers is notoriously pigmented/lubricated so I may try adding some water to see if the feathering reaction goes away. Overall this is a Fantastic little book that I look forward to filling. I may have to purchase a few more just to have on hand!!!

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