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Jiyu Kobo [Osamu Torinoumi]

Commercial Japanese foundry in Shinjuku which makes and sells many full Japanese and CJK fonts. Its designers are Osamu Torinoumi, Keiichi Katada, Makoto Kakita, Tetsuya Handa, Osamu Ando, Hisashi Iwai, Chikao Ito and Sayaka Ishii.

In 2008, Osamu Torinoumi received the TDC Tokyo Prize for these typefaces: Yu Minchotai R, Yutsuki Shogo Gothic Kana W6 W7 W8 W9, Yutsuki Midashi Minchotai, Yutsuki Shogo Kana, Yu Kyokashotai M.

The company has developed more than 40 typefaces including Hiragino series and Koburina Gothic for Dai Nippon Screen MFG, and their own Yu Fonts Library. They were awarded the 1st Keinosuke Sato Award in 2002 and the Good Design Award in 2005 with the Hiragino series. They started the sale of the Yu Gothic L and H in January, 2008.

List of typefaces: Yu Mincho, Yu-Mincho Gogou Kana, Yutsuki Shogo Kana, Yu Mincho 5go Kana, Yu Mincho 36p Kana, Yu Gothic Shogo Kana, Yu Gothic, Yutuki Midashi Mincho, Yu Kantei, Yu Kyokasyotai, Yu-Kyokasyo M, Yu-Kanteiryu, Yu-tsuki Syogou Gothic Kana.

About Osamu Torinoumi (b. 1955, Yamagata): He joined Sha-Ken Co. Ltd. in 1979 upon his graduation from the Graphic Design department at Tama Art University. Torinoumi is the president (since 1998) and type designer of Jiyukobo Ltd., which he established in 1989 with Tsutomu Suzuki and Keiichi Katada. He designed the Hiragino series and Koburina Gothic for Dainippon Screen Mfg. Co. Ltd., and has developed more than 100 typefaces for his company brand, focusing on basic typefaces such as Yu Mincho and Gothic of the Yu typeface library. Torinoumi is the recipient of the first Keinosuke Sato Typography Award in 2002, Good Design Award for the Hiragino series in 2005, and Tokyo TDC Type Design Award in 2008. He also teaches at Kyoto Seika University. Speaker at ATypI 2016 in Warsaw on Hiragana & Katakana: the voice of Japanese typefaces.

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