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Cafe Note B6 Slim v2 - 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. For its size, perfect 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 1st Mar 2018

    Mine is a review from the perspective of one new to journalling on paper. Prior to this, I would note my comments digitally, but I found I tended to not write things down consistently this way. Enter this Cafe Note.

    I researched journals, knew I wanted one that laid flat, on good paper so it would last, and in a form I would use. I also wanted it "refillable" (could put in a leather cover and refilled with a new notebook, rather than a leather bound journal). In form, I write but do not doodle, draw, sketch or color. That meant a ruled notebook. The other three criteria, which led me to Nanami Paper, I found by reading Mark Bertrand's review on Bible Design Blog. I would have preferred the Writer in an 8x5 size, thus my headline, as I tend to write a lot and will fill up the pages of the Note quickly. However, for its size I have no complaints on the Cafe Note.

    The paper is a joy to write on. I bought a Pilot Metropolitan fountain pen (first FP!) since the TR paper was supposed to be ideal for FPs, and I am glad I did. The ink (standard ink that came with the pen) dries almost immediately after use and flows onto the paper smoothly. I compared a gel pen and an archival pen, and the gel pen took forever to dry (thank you Nanami Paper for the included pink blotter sheet). The archival pen dried instantly as well but just wasn't as nice to write with.

    My FP has a medium nip (Japanese medium) and it works very well on both sides with no bleed and non-distracting, minimal show-through. Since I was accustomed to use of a gel pen, I do not have a heavy hand when I write, so there is no indentation left in subsequent pages in the Note, despite its 52gsm thickness.

    As desired, the notebook lays flat when I write and thus has no gutter, so there is no wasted space. I do note that the notebook after use does not go back to flat book (the cover stays elevated about 10 degrees) but this is to be expected with a paper cover. I plan to get a leather cover in the future (for the Writer, not this Note), which will cure this issue. The strength of the paper cover is great. Again no complaints.

    So, in sum, I'm very happy with the Cafe Note, as it meets all my needs except size. When the Writer is back in stock, I will buy 2 of those and a Gfeller leather cover. In the meantime, I am happily journalling away.

    P.S. Kudos to the processing and shipping from Nanami Paper. They are in California and I ordered on Wednesday, Feb. 21st. It was shipped the same day. If my local post office hadn't messed up, I would have had the notebook on Saturday, the 24th (tracking said out for delivery on Saturday but they never delivered), and I live in Virginia, all the way across the country! As is, I still received it on Monday. Excellent service!

  2. Nice Journal 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 28th Feb 2018

    Nice portable journal

  3. Great notebook 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 25th Feb 2018

    that is 1/2 size (capacity) of Writer.

  4. Love this journal! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 18th Feb 2018

    Perfect sized little journal with the best paper! I will definitely buy this again in the future!

  5. Best Journal Ever! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 11th Jan 2018

    I got introduced to Cafe Note only six months ago and this is already my fourth order. I have tried all other well known brands out there and soon realized this will be the only one journal I want to carry everyday. The size is perfect as it is not bulky or big but with 384 pages you cannot find anything so ideal for an daily use. Another big plus is to the quality of paper. I have several fountain pens and each can provide a perfect writing experience with this notebook.Highly recommend to get the cover with this notebook too!

  6. Could these be any cuter! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 3rd Jan 2018

    I love these saw them on YouTube and had to see what the fuss was about. I love them both!

  7. Love this new size 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 18th Dec 2017

    I'm a big fan of the Seven Seas Writer, and this new size is a great addition. Fits perfectly in my tote pocket next to my pen.

  8. My new every day carry! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 29th Nov 2017

    I absolutely love Nanami Seven Seas notebooks, Crossfield being my favorite, and The Writer and Standard falling in line. When I saw the Cafe Notes, I was curious so I got them both. Very happy because I wanted to downsize my every day carry to a B6 or B6 Slim and these allow me to do just that without breaking the budget.

  9. SATISFYING FORMAT 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 25th Oct 2017

    The paper and the binding need no introduction for the fans of the Writer. But the format of this Cafe Note book is sheer perfection: not too small, not too big, and so happy to hold! I love the grid format with the date/topic etc. window. It's my personal Hobonichi/bullet journal/catch-all haven.....

  10. I'm in love & hints for covers 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 7th Oct 2017

    I've been in love with my Cafe note since the day it arrived. The size is perfect, the cover is perfect, everything is perfect. I like the ruling and I love the grid option as well.

    My only challenge with it was how to protect the delicate TR pages. I have no difficulty with the cover on the notebook, it definitely seems more sturdy than the default hobonichi cover, and being able to lay the spine flat is much more important than anything to me. I prefer to put any TR journal into a cover. My A5 Seven Seas journals fit beautifully in the Hobonichi cousin covers, but the cafe note is just a bit too tall to fit the techo covers. The cardboard sleeve is a good option and what I've been using thus far. Today, however, I discovered that my little cafe note fits perfectly within my traveler's notebook cover. It's much shorter than the regular sized TN, but the width is perfect to protect the beautiful paper. This is going to be my go-to combination for years to come. Please never stop making this notebook.

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