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Cafe Note B6 Slim - Ruled

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Nanami's Cafe Note in "B6 Slim" has arrived! This is the 7mm Rule version.

Sometimes it is available on Amazon Prime.

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
  • 7mm light-blue rule
  • Comes with pink blotter sheet


* "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. Perfect! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 10th Jan 2020

    Beautiful light weight, portable notebook with luxurious paper!

  2. Dec 2019 (V2) version is better than original version! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 22nd Dec 2019

    Thanks, Nanami team! I love the subtle improvement you guys made to the original Cafe Note B6 Ruled! This V2 version -- or Dec 2019 version, whatever the official name -- has gray instead of blue lines, which is a nice change IMO. The gray seems to get out of the way better than the blue did, and it just hits a more neutral note to me. Thank you! Everything else seems the same, except the logo on the box and maybe a slight change in the cover texture.

    I'm just wondering why you haven't changed the name to "V2" yet on the order page, since this is definitely the second gen version? Anyway, it's 5 stars like before, but now even slightly better IMO. Keep up the great work!

    Now we need the Cafe Note A6 and Studio Note A5 back in stock! :D

  3. needed something a little bigger than my Weeks 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 12th Mar 2019

    A few weeks ago I went on a hunt for something comparable to the Hobonichi Weeks, but with more flexibility. I had been in my hobonichi weeks since the beginning of the year but coming from BuJo-ing I found that while I loved the size of the Weeks and was obsessed with the paper (I was a newbie to Tomoe River and using a fountain pen) it was just too constricting and I was only using the grid in the back anyway. After searching for forever on instagram under b6slim and Tomoe River- I found Nanami paper. I really love my Cafe Note Grid. It's just so lovely and minimal and still small enough to put in my TN b6slim Sojourner.

    Also, I screwed up the ordering itself (

  4. Perfect 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 24th Feb 2019

    I ordered my first two of these a year ago when there was no stock of "The Writer." I was skeptical of the claim that the A5 size sometimes felt a little large, but I wanted the Tomoe River paper and liked the 7mm rule, so I ordered . . . and fell in love with the size, quality, and utility of these notebooks. For me, they are perfect. The construction is superb and the sleeve keeps the book "in form," if you will. I filled my original Cafe notebook with a project and gave the second book to my son when he went travelling. I have just ordered two more and am excited about putting them to use.

  5. The Highest Quality Notebook Around 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 26th Jan 2019

    I was actually looking for a full B6 size Tomoe River paper notebook, and I caved and bought one of these instead. I even found the elusize B6 size, but then I picked up one of my Seven Seas Writers and knew I had to get a Cafe Note instead. The binding of these notebooks is absolutely incredible, it allows the book to lay flat but it’s also super strong so these notebooks will last forever. Of course the paper quality is insane-I can’t journal on anything but Tomoe River paper anymore, it’s way too amazing for fountain pens. It takes all nib sizes no matter how broad, and all inks no matter how wet. If you’re thinking about it, this is the best notebook you can get, and it’s a great value for the amount of quality paper you get.

  6. Stellar, Perfect B6 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 11th Jan 2019

    This is a perfectly made B6 notebook. That simple.
    I love the Writer, but The B6 Slim is great as well and there is nothing I would change about this notebook.

    The Build is sturdy: it holds up over time and use.
    The functionality is optimal lying flat with the best paper on the market. The Blue Dotted lines are great and I love the White Paper.
    The blank cover compliments the elegance beautifully welcoming an individual and personal feel no other notebook gives.

    I like how it is slimmer for better portability while still providing 384 pages!

  7. Perfect Portable Notebook 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 14th Dec 2018

    I’m completely in love with this notebook. It is the perfect size to take with you for writing on the go. I wouldn’t change a single thing! The lovely white Tomoe River paper is perfect as always, and the barely-there lines are just enough to keep my penmanship nice and even. I will absolutely purchase more of these in the future.

  8. Excellent, but I wish it were 6mm ruling instead of 7mm 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 5th Dec 2018

    I can't really fault the product since I knew what I was getting into, but I really wish it had a 6mm ruling instead of 7mm. OR, I'd also be very happy if they got rid of those annoying boxes in the B6 slim grid version (like they did on the new Cafe Note A6 and Studio Note A5)!

    Both of these B6 slim notebooks are so good, but just not quite perfect in terms of ruling or grid for me. I would buy many, many more if those two changes were made. BTW, Dave: initially those boxes in the grid version did not bother me too much and I gave the grid version a stellar review... but I don't know how to edit my review over on the grid version because I would change my review a bit... Over time, those boxes have become increasingly annoying. So that's why I'm leaving a note about the grid version here too. Hope you consider some changes for v2!

    But again, it's not like I was surprised by the 7mm ruling or the annoying grid boxes -- that's clearly shown in the specs and photos. So besides those personal issues, I will still give both notebooks 5 stars. Dave/Nanami has produced an excellent balance of page size and page count with the B6 slim, and you can't go wrong with the paper and build quality of these notebooks. I like the overall format so much I even bought the Gfeller cover, and had a custom wallet made by another leather craftsman.

    Just great. (Except for the 7mm and grid boxes!) :-)

  9. Great little book 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 3rd Dec 2018

    This book is the perfect size with the perfect paper. It is perfectly put together. This is my second B6 slim book from this company, and they have both been great. Thank you to Nanami for also adding in a blotter page. I really appreciate the focus on detail from this company.

  10. Almost perfect notebook 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 27th Nov 2018

    This is a brilliant brilliant notebook. I am a fan of the seven seas A5 - but they are a bit too much to carry around sometimes. The cafe B6 is a perfect 'on the move' notebook to cart around work and meetings etc.

    (PS - if you read these comments, my dream notebooks are an A5 sepia writer but at half thickness and/or a cafe crossfield / dot-grid)

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