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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. 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!

  2. 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!!!!!

  3. Great Portable Notebook 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 16th Aug 2019

    Love the Tomoe River paper and great price! Comparable to the Hobonichi a6 plain notebooks, which have crazy shipping.

  4. Excellent 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 8th Aug 2019

    This is my first ever A6 notebook and I love it. It's the perfect size for carrying around in my purse and for bullet journaling. My only complaint is that compared to my studio note, the paper isn't as smooth and the grid is slightly darker. Otherwise perfect notebook.

  5. Wonderful notebook 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 8th Jul 2019

    This A6 is the perfect size. The paper is wonderful, a very high quality notebook. . The Nanami company is also fantastic to order from. My notebook was shipped quickly and came to me in excellent condition.

  6. Great Notebook 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 7th Jul 2019

    This is the third A6 notebook I have purchased. I love love love it and it is the only Tomoe River paper notebook I have found with 480 pages. To be honest, I would REALLY love about 20 - 30 more pages for what I use it for but, otherwise, it is perfect.

  7. Great Little Notebook! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 28th Jun 2019

    The Cafe Note Notebook is a great little notebook. I love that it has over 400 pages. I laminated the little pink sheet and added some stickers and turned it into a dashboard/pagemarker. I plan to use it for a planner/journal.

  8. Tomoe River Paper is best! 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 26th Jun 2019

    I love the Tomoe River Paper, and I love that it has 480 pages! I'm rating it 4 as I'm waiting to see how it holds up over a year+...!

  9. Perfect 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 11th Jun 2019

    It's the perfect companion to my Hobonichis.

  10. The cutest, best-quality notebook I've ever seen 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 3rd Jun 2019

    I almost exclusively used A5 notebooks, and I wanted something smaller to carry with me in my purse. This notebook is perfect. The Crossfield (2nd edition) is my favorite notebook I've ever used, and this notebook is a cuter, smaller, and more convenient version of it. It's absolutely great for all the writing I need to do, and it's so durable. My purse destroys everything I put in it eventually, but this notebook should last a while. Honestly, I love this paper, I love the light grid, I love the size, and I think it's perfect. I may order more very soon.

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