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Cafe Note B6 Slim - Grid

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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. Gragh 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 19th Feb 2020

    This notebook is lovely all together, my only wish is that the graph was a bit larger so that it’ll be easy on the hand. Other then that the paper is smooth and a dream to write on.

  2. great B6 size notebook 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 16th Feb 2020

    Love this paper and the size. I have used all the tomoe river notebooks from NanamiPaper and love all of them. This and the A6 size are my favorite!

  3. Perfect companion 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 12th Feb 2020

    Just the right size between A4 and A5, with just the right kind of paper :-)

    Works well with both fountain pens and gel pens. Can stick post-its in the middle, doodle, whatever.

    Packs a ton of sheets in a compact body that both (1) opens flat, and (2) feels good with wear.

    Just bought another one after running through all the pages in the first one!

  4. Great Book-Shipping Eh 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 10th Feb 2020

    I love this company and their products. I have so many of their books. I love the paper. Very comparable to the Hobonichi if not the same thing just undated. The only negative thing is the shipping prices. The shipping itself is amazingly fast. But you pay the price. That's my only issue. Other than that love this product. All the sizes.

  5. Lovely notebook with a nice writing experience. 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 9th Feb 2020

    I have really enjoyed this notebook and the only reason I give it four stars is because I didn’t realize how it doesn’t deal with water well. Hey but what notebook does? I wish I could do four and a half. I’ve had thicker paper notebooks get damp and smear but could still read the writing but in this notebook the ink just separates completely and I can no longer tell what was written. That is the ONLY downside. Otherwise it’s beautifully bound and I really like the cover. I’ve wrote in it since January 1st as a bullet journal and it’s so enjoyable. I’ve carried it in my bag without any cover quite a few times and it has held up wonderfully. I do have plans to buy a wallet cover this month and look forward to that. I like being able to just to carry my journal instead of a bag.

  6. Great for 5-year journal 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 28th Jan 2020

    I'd used premade multi-year journals before but wanted better quality paper. Since Tomoe River is the best in my opinion, and Nanami makes such high quality products, I decided to make my own 5-year journal using the Cafe Note B6. Since it's taller than the A6 size, I have enough room to divide each page into 5 sections, one for each year. I manually draw the dividing lines and write the dates as I proceed. Started Jan 1 and so far it's been great! Such a pleasure to write on and I'm free to change the layout as I want.

  7. Love these little books 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 28th Jan 2020

    I love the grid size that Nanami uses in these books, and the fact that the page has a outlined margin around it thrills my OCD brain. I am thankful for the attention to detail!

  8. Favorite Notebook 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 26th Jan 2020

    I love the size of the book and the feel of the paper.The service is also quick!

  9. Possibly an almost perfect pocket book 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 24th Jan 2020

    Tomoe River Paper, May I say more? Takes almost any ink without bleed thru, makes colors pop, feel smooth with a fountain pen. Thin paper, so you can have more pages in your pocket without the bulk.
    The notebook has a generous amount of pages without being uncomfortable in your pocket. It’s truly well constructed and put together. It will probably last close to a year as a BUJO planner/notebook.
    I have used a flex pen on its pages and the handwriting looks amazing without any bleed thru, Have even used Baystate blue ink ( looks beautiful).
    The bad, it’s slow to dry, (I use blotter paper). Goasting is manageable and personally it doesn’t bother me.

  10. love this little notebook and this shop! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 22nd Jan 2020

    Service is always quick! I love this book! Not
    To big and not too small. Just perfect!

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