Announcement: Please note that Kokuyo has changed packaging of the Idea Note to 2 booklets/pack (from 3/pack). Although the price remains unchanged, at ~$5 per booklet, page for page these are still the cheapest Tomoe River notebooks around.
If you've been looking for handy, small notebooks filled with that wonderful Tomoe River paper, look no further! Kokuyo Stationery of Japan is offering these "slim" notebooks filled with white TR paper. They are very handy for taking notes on the run, and fit into a briefcase or purse with ease. These are actually part of a larger Kokuyo diary/organization system, but we like them as stand-alone items.
They come in two sizes. This listing is for the "Slim B6" size, which measures 107x182mm (about 4.2x7.2 inches)
Each has 40 leaves (80 pages) of paper printed with a tasteful 3mm grid. The binding is sewn.
Kokuyo really got it right with these, including the price - if you do the math, you will find that these are by far the best value for a small Tomoe River notebook anywhere.
Made in Japan.
Posted by Robin on 24th Sep 2016
My husband has a midori and these fit perfectly -- that's the practical part. The pen just floats across this paper and it makes writing a pleasure rather than a chore. He's not the fountain fan I am, nor does he spend an inordinate time writing (like I do) but he appreciates sumptuousness and quality and so loves these!
Posted by MeLissa on 1st Jul 2016
I'm very happy with these notebooks. I've added them to all my notebook binding systems. I will order more to share because I can't believe how much I love them-but don't want to share mine. : ) Thank you!!
Posted by Anna Morales on 13th Jun 2016
Love tomoe river paper. Recvd a b6 slim which I plan to enjoy this paper. Perfect size! Plan to continue buying from site since it's the right size.
Posted by Unknown on 31st Mar 2016
These little notebooks are perfect in size and thickness to tuck in with my daily journal. I use these to jot notes and ideas that I don't want to put in my Hobonichi (which also has Tomoe River paper). How much do I love these? I bought 3 pack initially then had to go back and buy 3 more packs.
Posted by Renee on 17th Feb 2016
I really like the size and the paper quality. It was the perfect way for me to try Tomoe River paper. I would definitely order again!
Posted by Andre on 7th Jan 2016
Very happy with these notebooks, wish I had ordered more :)
If you're buying a notebook on Nanami paper you probably care about details, so here are some that I like about these notebooks:
1. The grid pattern is printed with dashed lines - prevents the grid from overpowering your writing like in a Rhodia grid notebook
2. The margin line on the left is nice for numbering items
3. There is a small box in the top right and bottom right corners that can be used for page numbering or as a check box.
4. The cover has a subtle debossed pattern that gives it a nice feel. Also, it's slightly coated, making it sturdier and more water resistant than plain paper.
Posted by Andrew on 7th Dec 2015
These IDEA books have the great Tomoe River paper and are reasonably priced. You get a lot of pages in a thin memo book. They are a bit non-standard in size but can be cut down to some other sizes. I'd like to see a nice cover for them, such as the M5 Faux Leather A5 cover, which is quite nice.
Posted by Debbie on 29th May 2015
I've been wanting a grid insert with Tomoe River paper for many months and I'm so happy to have these. I love the paper and love the grids. I'm perfectly happy with the size,too.I'm not crazy about the line margin because I like to draw in my inserts and it's a bit distracting, but if necessary, I can go over the line with a white pen and it becomes invisible. Problem solved. The price is great, shipping is very reasonable and fast. Thank you Nanami Paper!
I also ordered the A5 Cheap Book Cover. How adorable - now I might have to buy a notebook for it :)
Posted by Debbie Yeager on 7th Feb 2015
Tomoe River paper is well-known for use in the Hobonichi. I love the weight of the paper.
My order arrived in a week. I highly recommend Nanami Paper for Japanese paper & accessories.
Thank you for your excellent customer service.