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Cafe Note B6 - 3.7mm Grid

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Nanami's Cafe Note has arrived! This is the GRID version.

Many fans of the A5-size SSW (Seven Seas Writer) have found it a bit too large for everyday carry - indeed, lugging it in a briefcase, purse or tote can be tiresome over the length of a long walk or commute on the subway, and it seems to make sense to use it mainly in an office or studio setting.

But what if relaxing, people-watching, doodling, or creating your latest masterpiece in the warm, convenient atmosphere of your favorite cafe is daily necessity?

To that end, we've created this "Cafe" -sized version of the Seven Seas Writer, with the standard "shinsho"*  book dimensions of 110x176mm (about 4x7 inches) and 384 pages.

The result is a much slimmer format that's half the weight of the A5 SSW (216 grams vs 426 grams) and 3mm thinner (12mm vs. 15mm). The impression is that it's much more portable, far less bulky, and easier to carry. And, compared to the larger A5-series books, the cover is a bit thinner, more flexible and thus easier to fan through the pages.

But wait, there's more! Since the shipping weight is 360 grams or 12.9 ounces, a single book can be shipped via USPS First Class mail (under 15oz), which can be nearly half the cost (depending on where you want it delivered) than Priority Mail!



  • 110x176mm
  • 384 pages (192 leaves)
  • Coated-paper cover
  • White Tomoe  River 52gsm paper
  • 3.7mm light-gray rule, 15mm top and bottom margins
  • Pink blotter sheet included


* "Shinsho" is the 2nd most popular** book size in Japan, also known as "Slim B6". Shinsho books are primarily non-fiction.

** "Bunko", or A6, is the most popular size - mainly used for fiction. The Hobonichi Techo is A6-size.

The Shinsho and Bunko sizes were created for rail commuters that spend a lot of time standing in trains and hanging out in cafes between trains or after work.



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  1. Cute, practical, convenient, -I wish it had 484 vs 384 pages. 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 14th Dec 2017

    I love journals and pretty books, this A6 totally had me at first read of product description: same type in smaller version.
    I am halfway my A5 journal which has 2016, 2017 and plenty of room for 2018 planning. I am seriously considering starting 2018 with Tiny Coffee Journal... It will take some adjusting to the grid, the new 3.7mm rule but I am willing to give it a try. It is tough writing with ghosting with the dot grid... I recommend you try at least 1 book.

  2. So versatile 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 29th Nov 2017

    Already had the lied version but these grid pages are so useful. It and the new Gfeller cover goes everywhere with me now.

  3. Don't want to put it down! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 27th Nov 2017

    This has just arrived and it's wonderful! I'm not a fan of the blue lines of the ruled version, or of the spacing, but this pale grey grid is just begging to be written on. The book is a good size in the hand and, of course, has the beautifully smooth and fine TR paper. I just keep picking it up because it feels so comfortable in the hand. I've put the plastic cover on and the whole thing just feels so smooth and tactile (did I say that already?) :)

  4. Amazing little notebook + how I use the empty boxes. 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 21st Nov 2017

    This is an amazing little notebook. It's my first Cafe, so I'm not sure how long the cover will last, but I'm pretty hopeful it will be at least as durable as the previous brands I've used for my PoJo (pocket Bullet Journal). I go through these pretty fast so I'm not particularly worried.

    I use this size of notebook exclusively for my Bullet Journal, and carry it with me all the time in my back pocket. Previously I've mainly used Stalogy Editor B6s, but once I "discovered" the Cafe, I decided to give it a shot even though it's bigger than a B6. Only time will tell how much I like/dislike this size, but I know from past experience I love Nanami notebooks, and Tomoe River is BY FAR my favorite paper. So the only wildcard here is the size (mainly the length).

    Anyway, I'm preaching to the choir here. We all adore Nanami Paper… I'm mainly writing this review for another reason: how I use the empty boxes on each page. Maybe this will help someone else out with their BuJo layout.

    If I'm honest, I wasn't initially excited about the boxes *at all*. I wanted full grid like I've always used in the past. However, I bought the Cafe anyway because I love the Seven Seas A5, and I wanted Tomoe in my Bullet Journal (Stalogy paper is close--but oddly so incredibly far--from Tomoe that it actually kinda bugs me).

    So at first I thought I would use the notebook in normal orientation (single box, upper left hand corner) and just write over the boxes as if the page was full grid. However, the more I played around with layouts I realized the boxes were perfect for how I lay out my BuJo and will actually save me time. Here are the two basic ways I use the empty boxes in the Cafe:

    1. I use the Cafe backwards. So three boxes at the top, one box on the bottom right. I do this because I limit myself to 3 "must do" tasks per day. Natch, I can add as many tasks as I need, but I only tag three as "must do". Unsurprisingly, my three must do tasks go in those boxes--one task per box. This eliminates the need to draw out an area every morning on my daily spread for my must do tasks. Sweet.
    2. The other quirk of my BuJo is I always put my Collections in the BACK of my notebooks (I don't like cluttering up my main schedule/task list with brainstorming, ideas, quotes, etc). The way I handle this is I flip the notebook over, and number with a "b" prefix (so page one is b.1, page two is b.2 etc etc). So my collections go in the BACK of the notebook, with the orientation reversed, so the single box is in the upper left corner. Make sense? Basically, my tasks go in the front, and my collections go in the back, and I work toward the middle. Once collections and tasks meet, I archive that notebook. In this box I put the current date/time and the collection name. I haven't decided what to put in the three boxes at the bottom yet, but I'm sure I'll figure it out.

    Hope this helps at least one other person out there, lol.

  5. Adore! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 13th Nov 2017

    I love all Nanami products but especially the notebooks. This notebook is perfect. Perfect size, lovely paper, everything. I adore this notebook.

  6. The Perfect Notebook! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 5th Nov 2017

    I have been searching for a notebook lile this for a very long time. I love my Hobonichi, and that's what started my search for a plain grid notebook similar to my hobonichi. So to have finally come across it ( Completely random at that) was my notebook dreams coming true! lol The book is great, once you've broken it in a little bit it sits completely flat. I've had it now for about a week, and get myself to use it yet as its so nice! haha But I did put the clear cover on it. Anyways, if your on the fence about whether or not to get this notebook, jump off the fence and grab this before they're gone!!

  7. The perfect notebook for everything 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 21st Oct 2017

    Perfect size overall - large enough to take notes, keep a research log, journal, or draw. Yet small enough to carry with you without taking too much space in a bag or purse. Paper is beautiful and so enjoyable to write on, especially with fountain pens. Little or no bleed through, and I do use the included pink blotter sheet to keep things tidy. The optional cheap notebook cover fits quite nicely and protects the corners from dings.

    If you are pondering whether or not to purchase this notebook, ponder no more. It is worth every penny and I am extremely pleased with my purchase and the fantastic customer service at Nanami Paper.

  8. VS Hobonichi 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 21st Oct 2017

    I ordered a Hobonichi for the first time for 2018, and it's really nice, but the Café Note may be more my style. I like that it's a little larger than the Hobonichi original and there isn't wasted space with info sheets and such. I also like that it is undated -- I am notoriously inconsistent. The grid is about the same size as the one in the Hobonichi, and I prefer a smaller grid. I write small and prefer smaller size nibs on my pens -- a .38 is perfect. I do wish there was a blank version of the Café Note. All in all, it's a wonderful little book, perfectly sized, with a generous amount of pages.

    This was my first order with Nanami Paper Co, and I'm a customer for life. Great customer service, beautiful, function products, and amazingly fast shipping.

  9. Almost Perfect 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 18th Oct 2017

    Love this notebook. Perfect size, it fits in my back pocket. It has plenty of pages and I like the grid style. I would eliminate some of the boxes and complete the page in the grid format

  10. Excellent Alternative to Hobonichi/EDC Notebook 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 21st Sep 2017

    I love that this notebook uses the 3.7 mm grid size, and I wish the Crossfield would have an option for that as well. When I saw that the Cafe Note used 3.7 mm grid, I had to jump on it. I write a tad on the small side, but I also tend to make notes in both English and Japanese. I find that the 3.7 mm grid is perfect for my uses, and many of my friends who also use Hobonichi agree.

    I personally appreciate the blank squares at the top and bottom of the pages. I use the top as a title for notes, or to mark what day the notes were written on. I use the bottom squares for small doodles, quotes, etc, whatever I'm feeling like for that day. It's great for making this notebook a daily planner, or whatever you want it to be. I like having a place to title my writings, and the blank space allows me to do so cleanly. I plan on using this as a daily diary, in replacement of my Hobonichi Cousin, since I can take this size with me to other places much more easily with fewer restrictions in how I want to format my writings.

    The paper is wonderful. I am almost exclusively a fountain pen user, and the Tomoegawa paper is perfect for bringing out the sheen in my inks. It's my favorite paper, so having it in a compact size is excellent for EDC.

    I can see this notebook as a great bullet journal, diary, or whatever you want it to be. The beauty of it is that you can morph the notebook into whatever you need it to be.

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