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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. This is it!!!! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 21st May 2019

    I have been searching high and low (I have a stack of Tomoe River Paper notebooks to show for it) for the exact same type of paper used in Hobonichis, in a notebook form. I use a Hobonichi Techo Original, Cousin, and Weeks and I love them for their various organizational purposes, but I just wanted a notebook of the same exact paper. I tried other 52gsm TRP notebooks but they were always slightly different (how?! I have no idea). But, this is exactly what I was looking for. I have to restrain myself from buying all these notebooks in every size. I use an extensive stash of fountain pens in varying nibs (including calligraphy) with shimmer and shading inks and it is positively glorious. I couldn't be happier.

  2. Quick Service, Quality Product 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 21st May 2019

    Delivery was extremely speedy. Received my purchase within a week, even though the estimate was much longer. Item was packaged and shipped within 24 hours.

    Product looks exactly like the photos, so no surprises. B6 fits my personal preference for slimmer, more portable notebooks, which fits easily into my XS messenger bag. The notebook lies comfortably flat when writing. Tomoe River paper plays well with fountain pens and gel pens alike, which are my main writing tools. Gray grid is unobtrusive when looking over notes. 3.7mm grid gives the flexibility to use either a single line for small print, or double up for regular college-ruled writing.

    In short, you get what you see and the service is prompt.

  3. Love love love the v2! All hail to the v2!!! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 20th May 2019

    Loving me the v2. Thank you to Dave for listening. Finally got rid of those pesky boxes at the top and bottom of the v1. I know some people liked those boxes, so you can have my old v1's. I'm all about the v2, baby. Will buy more. Pure grid. Simple, beautiful, elegant, practical, robust, the holy grail of B6 slim grid notebooks. Get yerself a nice leather cover, and away ya go!

  4. very pleased with the quality. 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 20th May 2019

    Great book, wish it was available in dot grid but I’m very pleased with what I got

  5. Absolutely fabulous! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 5th May 2019

    The perfect size for class notes, nice weight and of course perfect paper. I like the new version as much as the old, I do kind of miss the larger boxes which I used for topics but still one of my favorite notebooks!

  6. The Best Journal; The Best Customer Service 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 4th May 2019

    It speaks for itself in terms of quality and writing experience. The shipping was so fast I wasn’t expecting it. I ordered late Friday night, almost midnight EST. It was in my mailbox on Monday. What?! I will forever order this as my journal so long as it’s made :)

  7. Cafe B6 v2 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 30th Apr 2019

    Arrived fast! I am on the southeast side of Florida. I ordered a few of these on Tuesday, April 23; I picked up the package from the post office on Saturday, April 27. The box was dented, but Nanami over pad their shipments, so my notebooks all arrived spic and span.

    The Cafe B6 v2 now comes with a white dust jacket, similar to the Cafe A6. The pages of the V2 are all grid . Each page has 28 grids across; 45 grid lines top to bottom. The current product photos are accurate.

    The previous Cafe B6 came in a slip case, similar to the slip cases of the A5 Seven Seas notebooks. Each page of the previous Cafe B6 had 27 grids across; 35 full grid lines top to bottom. At the top left was a rectangular box - 13 grids across; 4 grid lines tall. At the bottom of the page, there were 3 rectangular boxes - each box was 9 grids across; 3 grid lines tall.

    I actually liked and used those boxes - the top left box to note the day/date, weather (if unusual) and the 4 grid lines to its right for bullet lists. The 3 boxes at the bottom - to note places I ate at during travel. On regular days, I just wrote on them like they were normal grid lines. So I am sad to lose those boxes, but I can live with the current layout.

    I like this notebook very much. For my regular “journal,” I use the first 13 sheets to create 12 monthly spread calendars on the facing pages. This leaves me with 179 sheets to use for “journal” notes. I do not write daily, but when I do, I may write on more than 1 page. So the free form works well for me.

    I had previously, on a review of the Cafe B6 (the original version), expressed a wish for 12 undated monthly calendar spreads in the Cafe B6. I doubt that will happen.

    So, I am updating my wish to: 15 undated monthly spread calendar in exactly the same size as the Cafe B6 - made with TMR paper. There are options to buy undated monthly spread calendar to use with the A5 Seven Seas notebooks, but not for an exact size match to the Cafe B6.

    Thank you!

  8. Great Value and Quality 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 29th Apr 2019

    Love the B^ Slim Format. Paper quality is excellent and its just the right size for me. Highly Recommended

  9. Perfect Notebook 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 25th Apr 2019

    This updated notebook is perfect. The same high-quality Tomoe River paper with that wonderfully tiny grid but now without the blank boxes at the bottom and top - which were fine but often went unused in my journal. The size of this notebook lends itself to a portability that can't be beat. It's lightweight yet with enough pages to last a very good chunk of time.

  10. Bye bye puzzling boxes! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 24th Apr 2019

    My title sums it up: the same fabulous notebook without the puzzling boxes that wasted so much Tomoe River goodness. Snapped up two at once. Thank you!

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