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Cafe Note B6 Slim - Grid v2

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Nanami's Cafe Note v2 - Full 3.7mm Grid

Many fans of the A5-size Studio Note 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? Or if you're the more adventurous type, perhaps you need something portable, along the lines of a Grail Diary, to document your pursuit of the arcane, holy or downright supernatural, in a quest to save the world?

To those ends, we've created this "Cafe" -sized version of the Studio Note, with the standard "shinsho"*  book dimensions of 110x176mm (about 4x7 inches) and 384 pages. It's a modern size, very slightly larger than the Grail Diary, except with more and presumably better quality pages.

The result is a much slimmer format that's half the weight of the A5 Studio Note (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 within the USA 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)
  • Dust jacket
  • Coated-paper cover
  • White Tomoe  River 52gsm paper
  • 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. Almost perfect! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 20th Jan 2019

    I agree with a previous reviewer, if this had undated calendar squares at the beginning of the book, It would be sent from heaven.

    I would love to see this in a B6 size (5x7) as they are impossible to find in soft cover AND small grid. The book has no odor, thankfully, unlike a popular 5x7 alternative which I cannot bring myself to use because of the glue(?) smell.

    I would also love if it were slightly thinner and no large boxes at the top and bottom. I’m not sure what they are for... Maybe I’m missing out?

    The cover is fantastic. Everyone knows the paper is amazing.

    All the above are personal preferences, but the book as it is is beautifully made and after trying many, many notebooks in various sizes and various papers, this is by far my favorite and most used. And being a journal junkie, that’s saying a lot!

    I also appreciate the fast shipping.

    Please consider making a B6 :). Until then, I will stock up on the B6 slims in ruled as well as grid. I love these notebooks!

  2. Love the paper, not a fan of the boxes 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 28th Dec 2018

    Please consider doing a crossfield or blank book in this size! It's the perfect size, but the boxes feel so constraining.

  3. Love this notebook - so glad to have an option with fewer pages 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 16th Dec 2018

    I love all of the notebook is Nanami Paper’s line, but this one in particular. I’m glad they decided to offer an option with fewer pages, even though I know it negatively impacts the per / page economics. I would love to see something similar in the A5 size, maybe with even fewer pages (240?). I would definitely be willing to pay more per page for something that is easier to carry and write on.

  4. Fountain pen friendly 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 2nd Dec 2018

    Some shadowing but no bleed through with fountain pens.

  5. LOVE THE SIZE, just wish it didn't have the boxes on the bottom in the top left. 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 26th Nov 2018

    The paper is incredible of course, the size is perfect! I just wish that it did not have the 3 boxes along the bottom and the 1 on the top left. I want to use it as a journal and I don't like having those there. It would be ideal if they would make this with plain paper! I would never have to buy another Journal again between this one and the A5 size. I don't even look for anything else anymore, I'm spoiled and only want to use these!

  6. I would buy a million of these 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 17th Nov 2018

    Although I used an A6 Hobonichi, as far as notes were concerned (personal and for work), I thought that A5 was the perfect size for me and that was that. I bought a blank A5 Seven Seas and while the quality was and is amazing, I just didn't find myself utilizing it. I decided to bring out the B6 and I haven't looked back. We all know the paper quality is amazing, but this is TRULY an every-day-carry size, and the clear plastic cover fits is perfectly and I just throw it in my back. I hope that this size is never unavailable because it is the perfect notebook for me at an amazing price point.

  7. Wonderful 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 8th Nov 2018

    The delivery time and the product itself were both GREAT! I will be back in the future.

  8. The Perfect Size 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 18th Oct 2018

    The B6 Slim Cafe Note is the notebook size I have been searching for. For my use it beats out everything else in terms of function and value.

  9. Almost perfect 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 18th Oct 2018

    The Nanami Paper Cafe B6 is just about perfect for my use. The dimensions are just about right.

    My wish: a version with 12 monthly grid calendars - UNDATED at the beginning of the book. At present, I am drawing these monthly grid calendars in my Cafe B6. It works, but pre-printed calendars would be prettier and convenient. A version of the Cafe B6 with at least 12 monthly grid calendars will earn a 100% rating from me.

    I use mine as a Daily Journal - or occasional journal would be more appropriate. I like to note the activities that I complete in the monthly grid calendars for easy reference.

    I do not write everyday - but when I do, I may write on more than 1 page.So the open format works very well for me and for how I use the notebook.

    I also wish that the Cafe B6 came in both the white and cream paper. I like the grid version.

    And again - I wish for 12 monthly grid calendars at the beginning of the book.

  10. Great experience. 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 21st Sep 2018

    My package arrived 3 days after I ordered. It was packaged very well. Therefore it did not arrive damaged in any way. The notebook itself is perfect, more than what I expected. The paper is beautiful and smooth. I look forward to using it for journaling and notes.

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