Typography in Japan recommendations?

noftus's picture

Hi,

Currently in Japan. Looking for any interesting typography related places to visit. Roman characters or otherwise.

Anyone have any recommendations?

Thanks

simulB's picture

I, a Japanese, would recommend you to go to see any shop sign of traditional Japanese restaurant (normally printed on cotton material) in terms of calligraphy.

Ray Larabie's picture

Take a walk through a light industrial area. That's where the true Japanese font wonders lie. You'll find bizarre interpretations our our alphabet, grungy kanji stencil fonts and clunky scripts with descenders chopped off. Bonus: slogans such as "We love wood and humans!"

Si_Daniels's picture

>You’ll find bizarre interpretations our our alphabet, grungy kanji stencil fonts and clunky scripts with descenders chopped off.

Ray, I can't wait to see your new designs! :-)

nina's picture

Bonus: slogans such as “We love wood and humans!”
Be sure to visit a couple of 100 yen stores for those, too:

Apart from that, just walking around can already be total typographic input overload. I second the restaurants – lettershapes everywhere, some beautiful calligraphy (and/or funky stuff). But even just stenciled signs, traffic directions painted on streets, or LED signs are just… amazing. I found it especially funky how the different alphabets/scripts are combined and interchanged (like here).

BTW if you're in/near Tokyo, and interested in graffiti: while Tokyo doesn't seem to have any really, Yokohama does.

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