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Seven Seas CAFE NOTE

Arriving early June 2017!!! Will come in Ruled and Grid versions!


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.

But wait, there's more! Since each book weighs only 216 grams or 8.4 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)
  • White Tomoe  River 52gsm paper
  • 7mm lines or 3.7mm grid
  • Comes with pink blotter sheet


* "Shinsho" is the 2nd most popular** book size in Japan, also known as "Slim B5". 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.

Please note that all customer reviews prior to March 2017 are based on the "beta" version of this notebook, which had several manufacturing flaws.



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  1. Good enough to take my joint top journal award! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 12th Feb 2017

    The 'Cafe' is just superb. Everything that is good about journalling is covered by the Cafe edition. Smaller size and so less weight, yet it is plenty big enough for my 'page per day' usual writing requirements. Tome River paper is the best and takes FP ink so well. I write from both ends of the book and turn it around to do so. A daily journal from one end and a food diary at the other.
    Basically this is in my joint #1 spot along with Seven Seas Writer A5 and my Design-Y journals of all sizes.

  2. Worth Every Penny 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 30th Jan 2017

    Given the incredibly tiny amount of "unevenness on the spine" that the book I received exhibited, either I got really lucky or the issues are largely sorted. Order them while you can, because these are fantastic little notebooks and the price is amazing.

    P.S. I would absolutely purchase Crossfield and Standard versions of this size, too.

  3. Great little journal 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 26th Jan 2017

    I've been using this daily for my Morning Pages since January 1st. It's a fabulous size that easily moves between bags and bedside. There is something very appealing about the dimensions. The Tomoe River paper is a pleasure to write on.

  4. My absolute favorite 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 26th Jan 2017

    The first time I put (fountain) pen to paper, the words glided like butter across the page. I like the Cafe's smaller size compared to A5 notebooks, and appreciate that there's more room to write than the A6 notebooks. If Nanami Paper ever comes out with grid or dot pages for the cafe style, I'm going to hoard them like nobody's business.

  5. Perfect size, (almost) exactly what I'm looking for! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 24th Jan 2017

    So I realize these are beta products, but you couldn't prove it by me, quality is absolutely top notch! Perfect 'purse' size where A5 falls a little too large.

    My only wish (which is not a criticism at all of this product) is for a Crossfield version of the Cafe size, with white paper and grid. *fingers crossed*

  6. The perfect little notebook 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 9th Jan 2017

    This notebook is just a pleasure to hold and to write in. I'm using it as a "Commonplace Book" to record meaningful quotations, poems, and excerpts. I honestly don't notice any defects related to the "beta-ness" of this product.

  7. adorable mini-writers! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 6th Jan 2017

    These are just like the Seven Seas Writers, except smaller. They come with a little tan-colored sleeve (which is slightly looser than the full-size Writer) and they are a pleasure to write in, with their smooth Tomoe River paper. I like that they have almost as many page as the full size Writer. They're just very pleasing to the eye, to the touch, and even though I don't need more, I'm kind of wishing I'd ordered a few more!

  8. Perfect size for carrying around 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 23rd Dec 2016

    I have lots of the Seven Seas -- I am, well, let's say it honestly -- addicted to them. I bought the cafe on a whim and was _so_ pleasantly surprised to see how portable it is. It might be my new favorite When they're back in stock, I'll start in on my hoarding.

    The only downside is finding a cover. My research uncovered many sizes marked shinsho. I will purchase a custom cover, though, because I love it so much. Thank you, thank you for this new smaller size.

  9. perfect size 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 21st Dec 2016

    The B6 slim is quickly becoming my favorite notebook size ..not too big and not too small. When I heard the Writer was in this size I had to grab me some. Wonderful sized book with the amazing Tomoe River paper. Love this combo...win win!

  10. Great compact notebook! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 19th Dec 2016

    As the others say, this is basically a scaled-down, compact Writer (the size of a slim paperback book, roughly) with the same wonderful presentation and writing experience as its larger sibling. The cover attachment at the spine on this beta edition is still a little irregular, as mentioned in the description, but it's purely cosmetic. I hope this stays on and covers are offered for it. These would make wonderful gifts for my academic friends.

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