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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. I always get the cafenote 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 15th Jan 2020

    I love that their are no boxes on the note anymore and the paper is still the best.

  2. Favorite notebook for my planner! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 12th Jan 2020

    This notebook is perfect as my bullet journal in my B6 Slim Chic Sparrow traveler's notebook. Lightly printed grid from edge to edge lets me structure the pages any way I want, and the thin Tomoe River paper with 384 pages gives me lots of writing pleasure and plenty of space, without any of the bulk. I use two of these notebooks a year, and I hope they'll never get discontinued.

  3. Cafe Note 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 12th Jan 2020

    I really like the paper in this notebook - it will be used as my Common Place notebook. Love the way it opens flat and it’s the perfect size.

  4. great size -- beautiful paper 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 11th Jan 2020

    I love this size! Not too small nor too big. The grid is clear enough to see without being distracting. The paper is beautiful. It perfectly fits the chic sparrow B6 slim notebook

  5. Cafe Notes B6 Slim 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 27th Dec 2019

    I'm a satisfied customer who will return and buy this again and again. This fits my B6 slim traveler's notebook perfectly. The Tomoe River paper is awesome.

  6. Love it! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 2nd Dec 2019

    It is a wonderful notebook. It is slightly wider than the midori shinsho. The outside cover feels better than its red cover. I'm gonna use it as my 2020 annual journal book and I think I will continue to use this notebook in the next several years.

  7. So far so good 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 19th Nov 2019

    I don’t know what it is about a nice notebook that makes me happy, but this checks all my boxes. The lovely dark red cover is flexible without being flimsy, the lay-flat binding is fantastic, and, of course, the paper is wonderful. I really enjoy the paperback book b6 size as well. Perfectly portable with plenty of paper.

    Shipping was also nice and quick. Will definitely be a repeat customer.

  8. Great Size Wonderful quality 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 18th Nov 2019

    So happy I made a purchase with Nanami Paper. I love the Cafe Note B6 Slim size and the Tomoe River paper is as always a dream! The service was great and shipping was quick! Will be back for more.

  9. My Favorite Journal Paper 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 24th Oct 2019

    This Cafe Note B6 Slim fits perfectly into my Chic Sparrow B6 Slim journal cover. The Cafe Note takes fountain pen, watercolor and whatever I put down on it to create a background for my journaling. AND the service and delivery of Nanami Paper.com is so fast and well packaged. I appreciate that a lot!

  10. Excellent Pocket Notebook 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 21st Oct 2019

    I purchased the B6 Slim form Nanami, and it showed up very quickly. The book itself is of very high quality, and the Tomoe River paper inside is amazing.

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