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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. 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.

  2. 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!!!

  3. Jury still out! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 17th Oct 2020

    Big fan of Tomoe River, both 52gsm and 62gsm. I have been using them for a long while now. Broke my heart when I heard news that the paper formula was changing. Well, just got trying itI wrote enough on it to say that its a very good paper, but different from the original. Colors are very vibrant, gosting is less than with the old Tomoe paper and no feathering. Different that it has feed back and its noisy. Both not in a bad way, but not the same. I like it! Do I like it better or worst? Can't answer that yet!

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

  6. 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!!

  7. 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!

  8. 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.

  9. 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!!

  10. 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!

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