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Ishidan Marathon T-shirt

My buddy Gavin shared the photo you see pictured here, for a marathon he entered in Japan, and I absolutely love the design.

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“Mojihunt” is a project by Fabian Reus in which he shares close-ups of Japanese characters that he spots out and about. Follow the project on Instagram. Found via Canvas.

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Fire & Ice

Fire & Ice is a beautiful zine produced by Noah Nguyen, focusing on type and lettering, all shot during a trip by Nguyen to Niigata. I’m not seeing anywhere to purchase it, so it may be a one-off. Found via Canvas.

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Nicely Responsive

It’s been a running joke for a decade that websites in Japan are, well, shit. It’s pretty great to see that things are improving, taking this site for example, which showcases a beautiful use of typography in a smartly responsive package. Found via this tweet.

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Idea 375


Idea is a fantastic magazine about typography and graphic design, and it’s one of the rare Japanese publications that is entirely bilingual (English/Japanese). The latest issue covers the work of graphic designer Koichi Sato. Lucky for you, my buddy Ian‘s Wordshape webstore sells copies. It may sound pricey ($50, including shipping), but each issue of Idea is massive, and features beautiful paper stock. Think of it like getting a beautiful new book.

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Mashikakuscreen-shot-2016-09-27-at-21-41-14 is a beautiful typography project that is composed of over 9000 characters, all done in a super angular structure that is inspired by an old form of typeset used in advertising during the Edo era. Read more about it in this Spoon & Tamago post. I quite like the items you can get printed by them, and it looks like they had a great workshop at the Fab Cafe in Tokyo. Go here to create your own icon using the typeset — I’m kinda tempted by a cushion with my wife’s name (pictured).

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A Primer on Japanese Typography


AQ‘s Eiko Nagase has written a fantastic article on using Japanese typography, that you should read now. It’s also going to lead to an upcoming book on the topic, A Primer on Japanese Typography, that you can pre-order here.

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In the Glitter


In the Glitter is a fun 6-minute short to watch, made up of Tokyo’s neon signs. Becomes mesmerizing to watch. It was made by Stephen Smith 5 years ago, and so quite a few of these no longer exist. Found via Canvas.

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That’s Entertainment!

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Ian Lynam is a Tokyo-based dude I love so much, and embarrassingly it’s just now that I’m catching up on the fantastic essay/exhibition he produced earlier this year called “That’s Entertainment!” Get some background through this TypeThursday interview, and then get online and read through the project’s main essay — and that’s also where you can download plenty of digital material to take in the rest of the project, like all of the posters that were part of the exhibition.


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Street Typography


Lately I’ve been really enjoying the “nodoca” and “typosanpo” accounts on Twitter, that share photos of signs — and their typographic messages — in Japan. I’ve also come across this page by Tokyo-based designer Dan Vaughan, where he’s doing the same thing.

The photo in this post is from this tweet.