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Type design in Japan


04 extra
[Yuji Oshimoto]

Free pixelized fonts by Yuji Oshimoto: the 04b family. Postscript and truetype, PC and Mac. Japanese designer of Beech (psychedelic), Broccoli, Beech, Chicory, Carrot, Sixgun (dot font) and Horseradish. Alternate URL. Alternate URL. Another URL.

Dafont link, Abstract Fonts link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Taishi Yokoyama]

Original katakana fonts and dot fonts by Taishi Yokoyama. Mac and PC: ApeliumK (1999) and Receipt43 families. [Google] [More]  ⦿

3D Mild

DEAD LINK. Four free fonts, all called Mild, at this Japanese site. Three of the fonts are katakana. One is a grunge Latin font. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Interesting archive with MSMincho, MSGothic, Wadalab Gothic, dfpop9, hgrgep, hgrskp, hgrsmp, all Japanese fonts in truetype. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Type blog and news site, in Japanese. [Google] [More]  ⦿


"Minmes", aka "55", is the designer of SmallFont 4th (2002) and SmallFont 6ty (2002), both extreme pixel fonts. Alternate URL. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Japanese foundry with some commercial fonts. I think that the fonts can be bought through Shift Factory. One font is called MaoFont. [Google] [More]  ⦿

A Spoonful of Sugar
[Yasutaka Sato]

Yasutaka Sato's free techno and/or pixel fonts made between 2000 and 2002 include Asos19101357, Asos19101357BoldItalic, Asosbeats01, Curvic, CurvicOblique, HDF, Lignor, Linernix, and Thundercity.

Fontspace link. Klingspor link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

A-1 Corp

Commercial Japanese foundry with beautiful fonts: Zen Old Minchou R, Marumin Old, Kurenaido, Zen Antique, Dots, Zen Loop, Zen Loop Italic. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Abe Kazuma

Designer of the handwritten kanji/kana/Latin/Cyrillic typeface Hikaisho (2003). Alternate page. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Japanese font vendor. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Japanese page that explains the various electronic font formats. [Google] [More]  ⦿


ACAF stands for Ascender Compact Asian Fonts. Their blurb at the launch in 2006: ACAF uses proprietary techniques to render the complex ideographs found in Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Japanese and Korean (CJK) scripts. By using component outlines, versus entire character outlines, ACAF offers significant benefits over standard TrueType or OpenType font formats. And unlike other compact font formats, such as stroke or stick fonts, the quality of Ascender Compact Asian Fonts is such that no embedded bitmaps are necessary for typical screen sizes. This savings in space by reusing pierces of font outlines is useful for high quality (scalable) fonts on mobile devices and digital TVs. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Acra Koh

Born in Singapore, Acra is a brand designer based in Tokyo specializing in typography, calligraphy and letterforms. In 2017, she attended Torinoumi Osamu's one-year Japanese Type Design Program, Mojijuku (a Japanese type design course) where she created her first Japanese font for Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji. In 2019, she participated in the Type@Paris intensive course, and that resulted in the friendly serif typeface Companion, which was designed for use in small sizes, and, in particular, for typesetting information in food labels.

In 2020, she joined Neil Summerour's Positype Flourish foundry. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Act Select (Segasonic)

Major Japanese free font foundry with techno, katakana, hiragana, comic book Latin, techno and game fonts. List: NiseAirTrix, NiseAlienFront, NiseAstroCity, NiseChuChu, NiseColumns, NiseEnduroRacer, NiseEswat, NiseGalaxyForce, NiseGameGear, NiseGenesis, NiseGreatestNine02, NiseGunstarHeroes, NiseHangOn, NiseHornet1994, NiseHornet1997, NiseIchidantRK, NiseIsao, NiseJSRF, NiseJoypolis, NiseKidChameleon, NiseKnuckles, NiseMarkIII, NiseMegaDriveEU, NiseMegaDriveK, NiseOverWorks, NisePico, NiseR360, NiseRoboPitcherK, NiseSG1000, NiseSGGG, NiseSega, NiseSegaK, NiseSegaKara, NiseSegaKn, NiseSegaNet, NiseSegaRosso, NiseSegaSaturn, NiseSegaSports, NiseSegaSports2k, NiseSegaSports2k1, NiseSegaSports2k2, NiseSegaSports2k3, NiseShiningD, NiseShinobi1987, NiseSonic, NiseSonicBattle, NiseSonicIcon, NiseSonicK, NiseSonicKb, NiseSonicShuffle, NiseSpaceHarrier, NiseSuperHangOn, NiseTantRK, NiseTera, NiseTheDead, NiseThunderBlade, NiseUfoCatcher, NiseVFkids, NiseWonderMega, NiseZaxxon, NiseZillion, NiseHotRod, NiseMajorLeague, NiseMegaDriveBR, NiseSegaSonic. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Active Girl (or: Cat House)

Japanese designers of the free fonts Momo, Inapple, Flower Bold, Candy Bold and Mika Hiragana. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Add (Aoki Digital Design)
[Atsushi Aoki]

Geometrically strong fonts by Atsushi Aoki: AddFatMan, Shade, Speedy, Round, Steel, Line, Rusty, Loops, Shark (not free), WASP (not free), Jazz, IronPoint7, StandardBitmapPoint9. Mac type 1 and Windows truetype. Font names: AddCityboyNormal, AddElectricCity, AddFatMan, AddJazz, AddLGBitmap09, AddLine, AddLoopsNormal, AddMBitmap06, AddRusty, AddShade, AddSniperNormal, AddSpeedy, AddStandardBitmap (2011), AddStarSugarNormal, AddStarSugarOblique, AddSteel, AddWBitmap09, Addround. Font Pavilion sells AddWasp (1999). He designed PointN (1999) at Digitalogue in their DPI72 series. Alternate URL. Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Addax Designs

Japanese foundry with a nice web presence. Free original fonts made in 2000 and 2001 by "Gurucho": Spiral-Bitmap, TeaPot, XSquare, XSquare-Katakana, XSquare-Lite. Most of these fonts are either pixel fonts or inspired by the pixel movement. Teapot (2001-2006) is an informal sans. Hosobiki (2005) is a paperclip font. N.E.L. (2007) is a sans face. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Links to Japanese font sites. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Japanese designers of the pixel fonts nindots (2004, Latin) and Kakuji (2004, kana). [Google] [More]  ⦿


Japanese font links. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Katsuya Nakamura]

Japanese site with one original free font each week. Some fonts are great, such as 5&up-Namco, 5&up-Airport, 5&up-KC, 5&up-Peanuts, and 5&up-Sega. There are also hiragana fonts for free. Designer: Katsuya Nakamura. Dead link! [Google] [More]  ⦿


Paul Rädle's great jump page for foreign fonts and phonetic fonts. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Japanese designer of Fluent Sans (2014). Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Aiden Catbagan
[Edomoji Type]

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[Akira Hayashi]

Akira Hayashi (Ainezunouzu) is the Japanese designer of the experimental Latin fonts UzuAutotwo, UzuBalloonO, UzuBalloon, UzuBiscuit, UzuBmp01_06 (pixel), UzuCheeseO, UzuCheese, UzuCracker and UzuRenga. He also made the handwritten kanji fonts UzuPen, UzuPencil, UzuKaku, UzuMaru, UzuFace, UzuOfTsuchiyaB, UzuOfTsuchiya, UzuFude. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Akashic Design

Japanese free font maker specializing mainly in pixel fonts, kana, kanji, Latin. A partial list of their fonts, all made in 2004: 53SeedExtended, 53Veda, 53VedaExtended, 55Kana, 55KanaExtended, 75Naga, 75NagaExtended, 76NagaBold, 76NagaBoldExtended, 88Zen. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Masahiro Suzuki]

Commercial Japanese truetype fonts (kanji) by Masahiro Suzuki. He also published some Japanese typefaces at FONT1000.

His typeface names start with AFP for Atelier Font Products. They include AFP Karuta, AFPhina, AFPWaraku, AFPGagaku, AFP Kiraku, AFP Suruga. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Aki Mari
[Watashi to Tokyo]

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Aki Toyoshima
[Akipon Design House]

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Aki Toyoshima

Japanese type designer. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Akibatec Wabunfont

Links to free fonts for Japanese. Also, discussion and news on commercial Japanese fonts. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Akihiko Morisawa

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Akihiko Seki

Designer of Aki Lines (1970, ITC), a delicate multiline Latin display face. It was used for Microsoft's logo in 1975. Digital versions include Linea and Akka. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Akihiro Oya
[Family Font Mart]

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Akihiro Tsusaka

Akihiro Tsusaka's fonts are sold through Font Pavilion: Caterpillar-System, Nightcrawler (1999), Poodle2K (1999). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Akiko Iwaguchi

Designer of the commercial fonts Ahoo-Bomber (1998) and Ahoo-Check, sold at Font Pavilion. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Akiko Naito

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Akiko Ochi

Japanese type designer, b. Fukuoka, 1989. She graduated from the Design Department, College of Art, Nihon University. In 2012, she joined Fontworks Inc. Her first typeface, PalRamune, was released in 2017. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Akiko Sekimoto

Akiko Sekimoto's fonts are sold through Font Pavilion: drop. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Akiko Yamaga

Akiko Yamaga's techno fonts Apolo (1998) and Union (1998) are sold through Font Pavilion. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Akio Okumura

Visiting Professor at Kyoto University, who also works at the Takarazuka Media Lab. Japanese type designer who published some Japanese typefaces at FONT1000. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Akipon Design House
[Aki Toyoshima]

Akipon Design House is the studio of type designer Aki Toyoshima, who used to work at FONT1000 in New York. She won an award at TDC2 2011 for her minimalist Japanese type family simply called News.

Other (exquisite!) Japanese typefaces by her include Aki (2004, FONT1000), Kikori (20009, FONT1000), Tsurumaru (2008, FONT1000), Omusubi (2007, FONT1000), Suzume (2006, FONT1000) and Andante (2005, FONT1000).

For a project, he created the Latin poster typeface Midsummer Nights Dream.

FONT1000 link.

In 2012, she won the Bronze Prize in the Kanji category of the Morisawa Type Design Competition for Suzumushi.

His typeface Ensoku (2013-2014) won an award at the Morisawa Type Design Competition 2014. Aki won the Gold Medal in the kanji category for Natsume in 2016 at the Morisawa Type Design Competition 2016. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Akira Hayashi

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Akira Kataoka
[Kataoka Design Works]

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Akira Kobayashi
[Sony Design]

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Akira Kobayashi

Born in 1960 in Niigata, Japan. Studied at the Musashino Art University in Tokyo. He also studied calligraphy at the London College of Printing. He became a freelance designer in 1997. Akira Kobayashi, who was based in Tokyo prior to his move to the Franfurt area, is an accomplished type designer who has created numerous typefaces for Sha-Ken, Dainippon Screen (where he made the kanji font Hiragino Mincho), TypeBank (from 1993-1997), ITC and Linotype, where he is Type Director since 2001. Interview. His numerous awards include the Type Directors Club awards in 1998 (ITC Woodland), 1999 (the art deco styled ITC Silvermoon, and ITC Japanese Garden), and 2000 (FF Clifford), the 1999 Kyrillitsa award for ITC Japanese Garden, the 3rd International Digital Type Design Contest by Linotype Library (for the informal and quirky 4-style Linotype Conrad (1999): Linotype states that Kobayashi took his inspiration from a print typeface of the 15th century created by two German printers named Konrad Sweynheim and Arnold Pannartz), and the 5th Morisawa International Typeface Competition (in which he received an Honourable Mention for his typeface Socia Oldstyle). CV at bukvaraz. Interview in 2006. His typefaces:

  • Helvetica Neue eText Pro (2013).
  • Dainippon Screen: the kanji font Hiragino Mincho.
  • ITC: ITC Scarborough (1998), ITC Luna, ITC Silvermoon, ITC Japanese Garden, ITC Seven Treasures (1998), ITC Magnifico Daytime and Nighttime (1999), ITC Vineyard (1999), ITC Woodland Demi (1997).
  • Adobe: Calcite Pro (sans-serif italic at Adobe, in OpenType format).
  • Linotype: Akko Sans and Akko Rounded (2011; Akko Rounded is situated between DIN, Isonorm and Cooper Black, while Akko Sans is an elliptical organic sans related to both DIN and Neue Helvetica), Akko Condensed (2015), Akko Pro Condensed (2015), Akko Pan-European (2015), Eurostile Next (2008, after Aldo Novarese's original), Eurostile Candy and Eurostile Unicase, Cosmiqua (2007, a lively didone serif family based on 19th century English advertising types, and in particular Miller&Richard's Caledonian Italic), Metro Office (2006, a severe sans after a family of Dwiggins from the 20s), Neuzeit Office (2006, modeled after the original sans serif family Neuzeit S, which was produced by D. Stempel AG and the Linotypes design studio in 1966. Neuzeit S itself was a redesign of D. Stempel AG's DIN Neuzeit, created by Wilhelm Pischner between 1928 and 1939), DIN Next (2009, based on the classic DIN 1451), Times Europa Office (2006, modeled after the original serif family produced by Walter Tracy and the Linotypes design studio in 1974. A redesign of the classic Times New Roman typeface, Times Europa was created as its replacement for the Times of London newspaper. In contrast to Times New Roman, Times Europa has sturdier characters and more open counter spaces, which help maintain readability in rougher printing conditions. Times Europa drastically improved on the legibility of the bold and italic styles of Times New Roman.), Trump Mediaeval Office (2006), Linotype Conrad (1999), Optima Nova (2002, a new version of Optima that includes 40 weights, half of them italic), Linotype Avenir Next (2003, 48 weights developed with its original creator, Adrian Frutiger, and to be used also by the city of Amsterdam from 2003 onwards), Avenir Next Rounded (2012, in conjunction with Sandra Winter), Avenir Next Paneuropean (2021: 56 styles), Zapfino Extra, Palatino Sans and Palation Sans Informal (2006, with Hermann Zapf; won an award at TDC2 2007). Frutiger Serif (2008) is based on Frutiger's Meridien and the Frutiger (sans) family. Diotima Classic (2008, with Gudrun Zapf von Hesse) revives Gudrun's Diotima from 1951. In 2008-2009, Akira Kobayashi and Tom Grace unified and extended Trade Gothic to Trade Gothic Next (17 styles). Neue Frutiger (2009, with Adrian Frutiger) has twice as many weights as the orifinal Frutiger family. Later in 2009, the extensive DIN Next Pro, co-designed with Sandra Winter, saw the light. I assume that this was mainly done so as to meet the competition of FontShop's FF DIN (by Albert-Jan Pool).
  • Fontshop: Acanthus (2000, large Fontfont family), FF Clifford (gorgeous text face!). In 2009, he and Hermann Zapf cooperated on Virtuosa Classic, a calligraphic script that updates and revives Zapf's own 1952-1953 creation, Virtuosa.
  • Typebox: TX Lithium (2001, The Typebox).
  • Oddities: Skid Row (1990), Socia Oldstyle.
  • Suntory corporate types (2003-2005), developed with the help of Matthew Carter and Linotype from Linotype originals: Suntory Syntax, Suntory Sabon, Suntory Gothic, Suntory Mincho.
  • In 2014, Akira Kobayashi, Sandra Winter and Tom Grace joined forces to publish DIN Next Slab at Linotype.
  • Alexey Chekulaev and Akira Kobayashi (Monotype) won a Granshan 2014 award for the Cyrillic typeface SST.
  • In 2016, Akira Kobayashi and Sandra Winter co-designed Applied Sans (32 styles) at Monotype. It is in the tradition of vintage sans typeface such as Venus and Ideal Grotesk and competes with Rod McDonald's splendid Classic Grotesque (2011-2016)..
  • Member of a type design team at Monotype that created the Tazugane Gothic typeface in 2017. Designed by Akira Kobayashi, Kazuhiro Yamada and Ryota Doi of the Monotype Studio, the Tazugane Gothic typeface offers ten weights and was developed to complement Neue Frutiger. It is the first original Japanese typeface in Monotype's history. Followed in 2018 by the more restrained Tazugane Info. Variable fonts published in 2022: Tazugane Gothic Variable, Tazugane Info Variable.
  • SST (2017). A set of fonts for Latin, Cyrillic, Thai, Vietnamese, Arabic and Japanese.
  • DIN Next Stencil (2017). Developed together with Sabina Chipara.
  • DIN Next Decorative (mostly textured styles such as Rust, Slab Rust, Stencil Rust and Shadow).
  • Univers Next Cyrillic and Univers Next Paneuropean, both released in 2020, extending Adrian Frutiger's Univers.
  • Shorai Sans (2022) and Shorai Sans Variable (2022). A 10-style Latin / Japanese sans by Akira Kobayashi, Monotype Studio and Ryota Doi, designed as a companion typeface to Avenir Next.
At ATypI 2008 in St. Petersburg, he ran a Linotype student type design workshop.

Speaker at ATypI 2012 in Hong Kong: Rounded sans in Japan.

View Akiro Kobayashi's typefaces.

Klingspor link. FontShop link. Eurostile Next review. Linotype link. Monotype link. MyFonts interview in 2017. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Akira Uchida

Akira Uchida (Hitachi, Ltd. and TypeBank Co, Ltd) developed a very useful free full Latin/Kanji/unicode "didone style" font called XANO-mincho-U32 (2003). Opentype included. A thing of beauty. Direct download. He also made another full (free) didone-style unicode font, Kandata (2004). Here you can download his Tsuitiku-Kana family from 2004 until 2005. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Original fonts for Mac and PC, mostly Latin letters, but also a few kana typefaces: AKAkubit12H, AKElephant3, AKMyPrince (2004), AKOsaruH, AKOsaruR, AK-Keroyon (2003, alphadings), Akubin (handwriting), AKAppriqueBlack, AKANGEL, AKAppliqueWhite, AKUNCIAL, AKCalligraphy, 09Keroyon (2004), AK Jelly Beans (2004), AK-Piyoko (2004, egg dingbats), AK woopaa, AK Roopaa, AK-Halloween (2004, dings), AK Sweet Prison (2004, Fraktur), AK-BlackCastle (blackletter, 2004), AK-WinterYawns (2004, winter dings). AK-Shanghai 1930 (2005), AK-Japonesque (2005), AK-My Baby (2005, child dingbats), KS Lovers (2007, handwritten Latin and kana). In 2008, they stopped offering free fonts. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alan Wood's Unicode Resources

Great Unicode jump page. Has a page showing all fonts that support the various Unicode ranges. Check, for example, his Shavian Unicode sub-page. Unicode font utilities. Some font downloads, including the Unicode font MPH Damase (2005, Mark Williamson). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Albert Chan

Hong Kong-based type designer whose Japanese / Chinese typeface Geometrika (2013) won an award in the kanji category at the Morisawa Type Design Competition 2014. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alex Ro

Japanese Fontsructor who made the display typeface One OK Rock (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Allen Vincent Hershey
[Hershey fonts]

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Japanese foundry. Creators of the free dingbat font AlohaFont 01 (2007). [Google] [More]  ⦿


Japanese type blog and news site. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Amanda Olson

Ann Arbor, MI-based creator of Kodomo Moji (2010, a kana children's font). [Google] [More]  ⦿


Japanese type foundry. In 2018, they published the modulated sans typefaces Amato Font and Amatohoso Font for Latin and Japanese. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Amazon fonts
[Dalton Maag]

The Amazon fonts can be freely downloaded. They consist of:

  • Amazon Ember (2015), a workhorse sans family. Originally developed by Dalton Maag for the Kindle Oasis, released in 2016. Followed in 2017 by Amazon Ember Condensed and Amazon Ember Display, and in 2018 by Amazon Ember Duospace and Amazon Ember Mono.
  • Bookerly LCD and Bookerly Display (2015-2017). Also by Dalton Maag, a text typeface for the Fire tablet.
  • The Japanese font family Amazon Shin Go developed by Morisawa in 2017.


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An Takemitsu

Based in Yokohama, Japan, An Takemitsu created the free connect-the-dots AI-format Latin font Portal (2014). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

André Germain

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Andreas Uebele
[Nice To Type (was: Übertype)]

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Android Open Source Project

Free downnloads of Ahem, Clockopia, DroidSans-Bold, DroidSans, DroidSansFallback, DroidSansFallback, DroidSansHebrew, DroidSansJapanese, DroidSansMono, DroidSansThai, DroidSerif-Bold, DroidSerif-BoldItalic, DroidSerif-Italic, DroidSerif, MotoyaLCedar-W3-90ms-RKSJ-H, MotoyaLMaru-W3-90ms-RKSJ-H. Droid (2007) and Clockopia (2009) are by by Google (2007) and Motoya is by Motoya Corporation (2010). Ahem (2010, Todd Fahrner) is for the CSS Samurai's browser testing. Motoya was created for mobile machines. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Andrzej Lapa

Katakana and hiragana fonts attached to commercial learning software by Andrzej Lapa. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Angel Falcon

Graphic designer in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria who created Rising Typeface in 2013, for which he took inspiration from samurai warriors. Artyca (2013) is Gill Sans, adapted to various symbologies. In 2015, he designed the minimalist hipster typeface Nara, which is inspired by the architecture of Japan's second historical period known as Nara. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Angel Vibes

Japanese outfit that made some free experimental and/or techno Latin fonts in 2008 and 2009: Angelica, Apricot, Celery, Citronella, Durian, Elder, Feijoa (dotted), Flax, Heliotrope, Liquorice (dotted), LoveApple, Mandarin, Marsh, Melissa (dotted), Paprika, Rosemary. Sorrel (puffy) was published in 2010. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Angeline Dy

Creator of the pixel typeface New Noise (2014), which was influenced by Pachinko games. This typeface was finished during her studies at UCLA. [Google] [More]  ⦿


The free handwritten kana font "Cinema" is here. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Japanese (a WSI truetype font with about 40 kanjis). Also, Retortot and Sumire, two katakana families by Yuji Saiki, 1999. Truetype. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Anke Arnold
[Anke Art]

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Anke Art
[Anke Arnold]

Wernau (was: Wendlingen), Germany-based Anke Arnold's free fonts: aa QWERTZ-Tasten (2012: German keyboard font), aa Halftone (2012: texture face), aa Tafelschrift (2012, school font), Car Go Frame (2011), Car-Go Plain (2011, modeled after German license plate lettering), Typo Garden (2010, alphadings), 80er Teenie Demo (2009), Acki Preschool (2009), Just Another Stamp (2009), Firlefanz (2009, curly letters), Pixelstitch (2006), AnkeHand (2003), Hole-Hearted (2003, Gill Sans with hearts), KRITZEL (scratchy pen), MilkyWay, FrightNight, Eminenz (2002), Scribble, Skribus, Why, TooLazyToPractice, XXX, CheapInkkilledmyPrinter, Storch (alphadings), Alexandras-Stempelkasten, Anatevka-Caps, BulletMix, Catwalk, Duke, Dukeplus (2000, blackletter), Riddleprint, Anke-Print, AnkeCalligraph, Titanic, Wasser, butterbrotpapier, distracted-musician, dyslexic, manko, quixotic, verrutscht, zladdi, barcoded, BulletMix2, CAR-GO-2, Fortunaschwein (nice curly script; no punctuation or numbers), Round, BigBrothers&Sisters, BoringLesson, CrimesceneAfterimage, Incognitype (old typewriter), Jenna'sPopsicles, Japanese Brush (1996), Knuffig (2000), MonkyBusiness, Olympia2000, Samba, Dandelion, Kritzel (2003, scratchy hand), Krystal (2000, snow simulation typeface based on Gill Sans), Nervous, ParryHotter (2001, a Harry Potter blackletter face), Pffft, Tschiroki, Heart2Heart (heart alphadings), Anke Sans.

English page. For 10DM (5 USD), Anke will make your handwriting into a font! Alternate URL. Dafont link. Another link. Open Font Library link. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Scary fonts at a Japanese site: GhostParty, BloodySlime, DingTheInsect, TheNeighbours, AlmostDead, AlmostDeadBloody. Fonts subpage. Alkternate URL. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Aoi Kageyama

During his studies at Kuwasawa Design School in Tokyo, Aoi Kageyama created the geometric solid typeface Katie (2017). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Apricot Color

Free handwritten full kanji (anzumoji) fonts made by Kyoko: Anzu, APJapanesefontPrecocity, APJapanesefontPrecocityT, APJapanesefont, APJapanesefontF, APJapanesefontK, APJapanesefontT. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Explanations of Japanese/Chinese typesetting. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Arabia Ware Benelux

Vendor of Mac and PC fonts for several languages and from a variety of companies, active ca. 1999. The fonts covered Japanese, Chinese, Russian, Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, Urdu, Tamazight, Turkish, Greek, Indic, Thai, Eastern European, and Korean. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Ichihara is the Japanese designer of Heartfont (2005, alphadings) and the destructionist typeface DESERT AREA-Q (2005). Dafont link. Yet another URL. Yet another URL. Fontspace link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Arief Budiman

Student at Tokyo Visual Arts, b. 1992. Designer of the display sans typeface Sambadha (2014). Behance link. Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Japanese font links by Toshiaki Yamazaki, not updated since 1998. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Arphic Technology Co

Taiwanese font company in Taipei. In 1999, they donated four TrueType fonts to the Open Source community under the Arphic public license. These four fonts consist of two Sung type typefaces and two Kai type typefaces, each for traditional and simplified Chinese: bkai00mp.ttf (AR PL KaitiM Big5), # # P L # # Big5 (14148) bsmi00lp.ttf (AR PL Mingti2L Big5), gkai00mp.ttf (AR PL KaitiM GB), gbsn00lp.ttf (AR PL SungtiL GB).

It sells the UniFonts 2000 package, as well as an XPDF font pack. Many of the free Chinese fonts on the web originate from Arphic. For example, here, one could download these fonts from 1998: Arphic-Mingti2-Light-BIG5, HerSin-Medium, InnMing-Bold, InnMing-Extra, InnMing-Heavy, InnMing-Medium, InnMing-Ultra, MaokaiEG-Bold-Big5, MaokaiEG-Extra-Big5, MaokaiEG-Heavy-Big5, NewGothic-Bold, NewGothic-Extra, NewGothic-Heavy, NewGothic-Light, NewGothic-Medium, OvlapRound_Outline-Ultra, PensinkaiEG-Light-Big5, PensinkaiEG-Medium-Big5, Pop1-Bold, Pop2EG-Bold-Big5, Pop3EG-Extra-Big5, Pop3EG-Medium-Big5, Pop3EG-Medium-Big565329, ShanHeiSun-Light, ShanheisunEG-Bold-Big5, ShanheisunEG-Medium-Big5, SingkaiEG-Bold-Big5, SingkaiEG-Light-Big5, StdKai-Medium, StdMing-Medium, StdkaiEG-Bold-Big5, StdkaiEG-Light-Big5, StdsungEG-Bold-Big5, StdsungEG-Heavy-Big5, StdsungEG-Light-Big5, TankuinEG-Bold-Big5, YankaiEG-Heavy-Big5, YankaiEG-Ultra-Big5, YenRound-Bold, YenRound-Extra, YenRound-Heavy, YenRound-Light, YenRound-Medium, YenRound-Ultra, ZuinnEG-Medium-Big5. Their Japanese fonts are sold by Dex Web. FireFly, a Taiwanese company, maintains the free font AR PL New Sung (2004), which was originally an Arphic font. Monotype sells many fonts, such as the sake barrel font Arphic PKanteiryu JIS. Alternate URL.

In 2018, they published the multilingual (Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and many other languages) font Jing Xi Hei (+Hair, +Thin, very nice weights), AR DC Qing Yuan, AR DC HY Jian Wei, AR Fang Xin Shu.

Typefaces from 2019: AR Shu Yuan Song.

People presently involved with Arphic include Teresa Mou (senior font designer), Jeff Wu (Genral manager), Grace Yang, Judy Lee (senior font designer), Edwina Lee (strategic cooperation manager), August Lan (head of Font Wizard), and Kaku Kuo (team leader and font designer). Alternate URL. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Arphic Technology: Free fonts

Four high-quality Chinese TrueType fonts generously provided by Arphic Technology (Taipei, Taiwan) to the Free Software community under the "Arphic Public License". The four free Chinese truetype fonts are about 10MB each: ZenKai-Medium, BousungEG-Light-GB, GBZenKai-Medium, ShanHeiSun-Light. Alternate URL. One more site. Yet another URL. This site has a file called fireflysung, which has the full Chinese font AR PL New Sung (1994-1999). CTAN download site. The license states: Everyone is permitted to copy and distribute verbatim copies of this license document, but changing it is forbidden. So I am hosting the fonts on my site: Download these fonts: AR-PL-KaitiM-Big5, AR-PL-KaitiM-GB, AR-PL-Mingti2L-Big5, AR-PL-SungtiL-GB. A large zip file with these fonts. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Art and Fonts by Sean (aka The BlackBox)
[Sean Moldenhauer]

Free fonts by Sean Moldenhauer of Michigan City, Indiana, a graduate of the Art institute of Chicago who apprenticed with Donna Karen. Sean has beautiful Japanese calligraphic prints (shodo style) as well as fonts based on carefully researched historical typefaces. Examples: JapaneseZenSampler1 (2001), TheTombwinterandspring1 (1997, "heavily inspired by the incised letters from the tomb of Henry III, Westminster Abbey, about 1272"), Thorns (1997), VampyresGarden (1997, initial caps inspired by a copy of the Romant de la Rose from the beginning of the 16th century), HoursintheRain (1997), SevenWavessighsSalome (1997, caps). Very nice gothic and medieval style creations. He showcases great Arab, Japanese and Chinese calligraphy. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Asaki Okamura

During his studies at Parsons the New School of Design in New York City, Asaki Okamura created the typeface Arsenal (2014), which showcases parts of different firearms. Before that, he lived in Singapore, Tokyo and Rio de Janeiro. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ascender Corporation

Elk Grove Village, IL-based company established in 2004, which specializes in font development, licensing and IP protection. It rose from the ashes of a major fire at Agfa/Monotype at the end of 2003. Its founders are Steve Matteson (type designer, formerly with Agfa/Monotype), Thomas Rickner (of Microsoft fame, where he hinted many Microsoft families), Ira Mirochnick (founder and President of Monotype Typography Inc in 1989 (where he was until 2000) and a Senior Vice President and director of Agfa Monotype Corporation (2000-2003), a self-proclaimed expert in font licensing issues and IP protection), and Bill Davis (most recently the Vice President of Marketing for Agfa Monotype). Also included in this group are Josh Hadley, Brian Kraimer, Jim Ford (since 2005), and Jeff Finger (as Chief Research Scientist, since 2006). On December 8, 2010, Ascender was acquired by Monotype for 10.2 million dollars.

Their typefaces include Endurance (2004, Steve Matteson, an "industrial strength" Grotesk designed to compete with Helvetica and Arial; it supports Greek, Cyrillic and East European languages).

In April 2005, Ascender announced that it would start selling the Microsoft font collection, which is possibly their most popular collection to date. They also started selling and licensing IBM's Heisei family of Japanese fonts in April 2005: Heisei Kaku Gothic, Heisei Maru Gothic and Heisei Mincho. Ascender's version of the CJK font Heiti is called ASC Heiti. Also in 2005, they started distributing Y&Y's Lucida family.

In October 2005, Ascender announced the development of Convection, a font used for Xbox 360 video games. Their South Asian fonts cover Bengali, Devanagari, Gujarati, Gurmukhi, Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu, and include Ascender Uni, Ascender UniDuo and Arial Unicode for general use across all Indic languages, and, in particular, the Microsoft fonts Vrinda (Bengali), Mangal (Devanagari), Shruti (Gujarati), Raavi (Gurmukhi), Tunga (Kannada), Kartika (Malayalam), Latha (Tamil) and Gautami (Telugu). Khmer SBBIC (2011) is a Khmer font at Open Font Library.

It does more type trading and licensing than type creation, although Steve Matteson has contributed fairly well to their new typefaces. Their brand value took a hit when they started selling scrapbook, handwriting and wedding fonts under the name FontMarketplace.com.

Recent contributions: Crestwood (2006, a house face, possibly by Steve Matteson) is an updated version of an elegant semi-formal script typeface originally released by the Ludlow Type Foundry in 1937.

In 2009, they started a subpage called GoudyFonts.Com to sell their Goudy revivals.

In 2010, they announced a new collection of OpenType fonts created specifically for use in Microsoft Office 2010: Comic Sans 2010 (including new italic and bold italic fonts), Trebuchet 2010 (including new black&black italic fonts), Impact 2010, Pokerface 2010, Rebekah 2010 and Rebus Script 2010. Ligatures in Comic Sans?

New releases.

View Ascender's typefaces. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

AsiaFont Studio

Font editor by Pyrus/FontLab for Asian type design. Mac and Windows. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Vendor of Korean, Japanese and Chinese software, including font packs for Mac and PC. AsiaSoft Inc./AsiaTech Inc. is located in Vero Beach, FL. Their font Urdu Naskh Asiatype (2001) for Urdu can be found here and here. Pashto Kror Asiatype (1994-2002) is here. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Asobo Desigbn
[Haruki Tominaga]

Osaka, Japan-based designer of these free Latin typefaces in 2019: Void, T-Rex, Nektons (sans), Manta Ray (a geometric sans), Super Villan (sic), New Hero, Old Hero. Download link at Asobo Design. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Kyoto, Japan-based designer of the free Latin circle-based typeface Hoop (2017). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Asyl Design

Japanese company which has made some commercial typefaces, typically sans serif: Asyl (Black and Dot), Composite (Bold New, Bold Old, Light, 360, 2000, 90's, 1900: sans adjusted to periods), Effects (New Regular, New Wide, Bold, Light: an octagonal family), Minimal (Regular, Round), Amsterdam (Regular, Bold, Light), Tadadah, 26 Dots, Hong Kong Express (black display sans). I don't know who among the staff designed these typefaces: Naoki Sato, Kazuki Ohashi, Yuu Sato, Rie Amaki, Mitsugu Mizobata, Shinichi Arakawa. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Atomic Media (was: SmartDust)
[Matthew Bardram]

Matthew Bardram (b. New York City, 1965) is the Tucson, AZ-based [T-26] founder of Atomic Media, who specializes in bitmap fonts. He designed Atomic, Centrifuge, Bromide (at T-26), Crackle, Klaxon. At Nakedface (now gone), he made Arachnid, Bitpak, Bylinear, DhexInline, Genetica, Economy Large, Empiric, Hypersigna (2005, bitmap face), Montreal (the family) and two katakana fonts. His Bitpack includes the following pixel fonts: Bylinear (2000), Cellular (2000), Genetica (2000, free download), Genetrix, Macroscopic, Metodic, Microscopic, Noir, Scriptometer, Remote (2000), Monocule (2000), Joystik, Centrifuge, Quantaa (2000), Bionika, Megalon (2000), Wired, Badfish.

Bardram's Digipak includes Atomic-Inline, Atomic-Outline, Bionika-Black, Bionika, Genetrix-Crossed, Genetrix-Square, Genetrix-SquareCore, Genetrix-SquareHollow, Joystik, Macroscopic-A, Macroscopic-B, Macroscopic-C, Macroscopic-D, Macroscopic-E, Methodic-Bold, Methodic, Microscopic, Noir, Scriptometer-SanScript, Scriptometer.

Additional typefaces: a 3D pixel font called Boxer 3D (2002), Neuronic (2002-2004, nice outlined pixel font; see also here), Fusionaire (2002, a display font) and Wijdeveld, a squarish font based on the lettering of poster artist Wijdeveld from The Netherlands. In 2005, these fonts were added: Magnetica, Imperium, Ratio, Hypersigna, Sequence and Tempora, all by Matthew Bardram.

Sausan Kare's pixel fonts at Atomic Media: Mini Food, Kare Dingbats, Biology, Everett, Harry, Ramona, Kare Five Dots, Kare Five Dots Serif, Kare Six Dots, Kare Six Dots Serif.

Alternate URL. Interview. Klingspor link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Atsuhito Kohda
[GT TrueType fonts]

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Atsuko Onozato

Designer of Pazool (Maniackers). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Atsushi Aoki
[Add (Aoki Digital Design)]

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Atsushi Asakura

Japanese designer of the futuristic (Latin) typeface Utopia (2019). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Atsushi Kadono

Atsushi Kadono is a Japanese type designer who sells his fonts via Font Pavilion. Check his dingbat font Monochrome City. There are also austere katakana font families, Asahi and Shin-Asahi. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Atsushi Kawakami

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Atsushi Miyasaka

Designer of ef4000cc, sold at Font Pavilion. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Atsushi Mizukami

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Atsushi Moda

Designer of the shareware font AngleBold (1998, Maniackers). [Google] [More]  ⦿

ATypI 2019

ATypI 2019 was held in Tokyo, Japan, from 4-7 September, at the Miraikan Museum. The opening keynote is by John Maeda, and the closing keynote by Petra Cerne Oven. Speakers include Jason Pamental, Ken Lunde, Chorong Kim, Wujin Sim, Rathna Ramanathan, Ian Lynam, Renee Elizabeth Salmonsen, Sumanthri Samarawickrama, Hisashi Iwai, Taro Yamamoto, Tomoko Ishikawa, Yuka Hayashi, Shinji Ogawa, Hiroto Ueda, Masahiro Yamada, Laurence Penney, Irene Vlachou, Irin Kim, Nathan Williams, Vinod Balakrishnan, Underware, Takuto Higurashi, Ryota Doi, Xuan Zhang, Promphan Suksumek, Petra Docekalova, Wei Ming, Yin Qiu, Thomas Mullaney, Milda Kuraityte, Ananda Kumar Maharjan, Sunita Dangol, Garret Rieger, Rod Sheeter, Edwina Lee, Matthew Carter, Kunihiko Okano, Shotaro Nakano, Sakura Taruno, Ryoko Nishizuka, John Berry, Sofie Beier, Dafne Martinez, Sandra Garcia, Neelakash Kshetrimayum, Jo De Baerdemaeker, Dohee Lee, Sebastien Morlighem, Akihiko Morisawa, Yukari Haruta, Kataoka Akira, Kudo Tsuyokatsu, Takahashi Yoshimaru, Masataka Hattori, Masahiro Ochiai, Min-Young Kim, Nora Bekes, Celine Hurka, Sovichet Tep, Alexandra Korolkova, and Wei-Hsiang Su.

Videos. ATypI on Twitter. Youtube channel for the presentations. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Autorain Font

Japanese foundry that markets about ten Latin and twenty full kanji fonts. Among its type families is LSN or Lambda Truetype Font. Finally, it sells a font editor for Japanese fonts, called LFEdit. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Avanti E-zine Fontshop

Japanese outfit where some free fonts may be found. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Aya Suzukon

Designer of handwriting fonts for Japanese: chimacoron (2004), chimacoronhoso (2004), Tinkling Bell (2003), OhiruneFont, kotorimojiFONT-TT (full kanji font, also called TheLittleBirdFONT), RuFont, WarabeFont, TheLittleBirdFONTS (2003, full kanji face, handwritten), WarabemojiKTT (2003, full kanji font). Home page. Alternate URL, which has these free Latin/kana techno fonts: ChimaChima, Dekaji, Funyaji, MaruMaru, MiniChima, MiniChimaKaku, all made in 2003 by Aya Suzukon. Is this by the same type designer? [Google] [More]  ⦿

Aya Yamamoto

Japanese designer of alphabets Ope Font, which can be downloaded here. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Designer of the Latin/kana handwriting font ayaFONT01. Alternate URL. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ayako Ito
[Ayako Ito (and: Type for Ukraine)]

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Ayako Ito (and: Type for Ukraine)
[Ayako Ito]

Ayako Ito is based in New York City and Tokyo, and graduated from Type@Cooper. She creates brand identities, books & magazines, typefaces, and illustratis in the fields of art, lifestyle and fashion. Ayako Ito set up Type for Ukraine in 2022 to help the people in Ukraine. All proceeds are donated to Doctors without Borders and the Voice of Children Foundation. Her typefaces:

  • Rinko.
  • Flora Roman (a headline serif) and Flora Display (2022). Simply exquisite.
  • Jasmine Display (2022). A calligraphic fashion mag serif.
  • Gabriel.
  • Luna.

Commissioned typefaces include Bubble Tea (a bubblegum typeface designed for Stone And Strand, a NYC based jewelry startup), Kafeteria (a phenomenal geometric sans as part of the brand identity for Kafeteria, a new café at the Statens Museum for Kunst in Copenhagen by renowned Danish restaurateur Frederik Bille Brahe; just like the menu and experience at Kafeteria, the typeface combines Japanese minimalism with Danish culture), Good Girl (a sans designed for Stone And Strand, a NYC based jewelry startup), August KBH (custom typefaces for August Journal Issue 05: Copenhagen), Moet Hennessy, Gemic (a custom stencil typeface for Gemic, a global growth strategy firm with offices in NYC, Helsinki, Toronto, and Berlin). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ayumi Hamasaki

Ayumi Hamasaki is the designer of A-STYLES (2003), all ornamented letter As. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ayumi Mori

Designer at Font Pavilion of Caramelfont (2000). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ayumi Takeshima
[Tanpopo Lion]

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Ayumi Takeshima

Kakuji1 (2000) is a great artistic font with some kanjis, designed by Ayumi Takeshima. Look also for his calligraphy called Hudeji and Kamon (1999). [Google] [More]  ⦿


Designers of the dingbat font A-Styles (2001), in honor of Japanese starlet Ayumi Hamasaki. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Chocolat Font]

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Two huge font files for Windows: Dameji (by Takuya Ando), Habadasa (by Tetsuya Hozaki). I suspect they are two kanji truetype fonts. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Azuki Font
[Azusa Hyuga]

Azusa Hyuga's Japanese foundry Azuki offers the handwritten Japanese font Azuki. Alternate URL. Uzura (2007) is a hand-printed Latin/Cyrillic/kanji font. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Azusa Hyuga
[Azuki Font]

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Baekmuk (was: Hwan Design)
[Jeong Hwan Kim]

Korean company that developed the freeware Hangul fonts Baekmuk Dotum (sans), Baekmuk Batang (serif), Baekmuk Gulim (warm rounded sans) and Baekmuk Headline (heavy). All fonts were made by JeongHwan Kim between 1986 and 2002, and cover Korean, Japanese and Chinese. CTAN download site. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Bagel & Co
[Ryoichi Tsunekawa]

Japanese foundry that offers these free Latin fonts made by Ryoichi Tsunekawa around 2005: Kiwi (geometric hairline), Bagel (roundish comic book face), Coconut (noisy outline face), Coconut Split, Fresh Tomato (LED simulation), Dried Tomato (LED simulation), Dutch Style, Mocha Harrar (great stencil face), 103 (experimental, Bank Gothic style), Airhead, ArealBlack, Awkward, BagelNew, BagelOld, Banbino, Bebas (2005, industrial sans), Berlin89, Blackout, Built-1970, Bunyan, Busted, Canstop, Chiangmai (Thai simulation face), DBLline, Dijkstra, Dutchstyle, Fling, Graphite, Harcomaso, Hiexplosive, Hitech, Honeycomb (hexagonal), Junkmix, Kanatypo, KemikalHi, Meegoreng, Mikrob, Natsupopy, Overwork, Palsu, Plamo, Plasitico, REC001, REC002, REC003, Resistance, SQRT, STdigi (LED font), Shandy, Superstar, Tembaga, Tenaga, Tomodachi, Tragedia, Trucker, VRdigital, VRembroidery, Welcome2M, Workaholic, Zeebraa, plot-A, plot-K, Appendix 3, Gesso, Pusab, Sushitaro, Typewrong.

Dafont link. Fontspace link. Kernest link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿


Free Japanese techno fonts Ionic Bond and Kaden-60. Aka em-DESIGNS E.d. Fonts.

Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Small commercial Japanese foundry specializing in handwritten and extreme brush fonts. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Baka Fonts (or: Kyakirun, KYA, Kyakirun's Pasomono)

Free fonts: OhHiGe (2003, OpenType), Kakudaron B (2003), Kakudaron IB (2003), GoJuOn (2003, kanji), Kurogama TsubuChan, After_Attack, CHOP!!!!!, MouTen-Dattayo-Soitsu-Wa (2002), Soitsu-Wa-MouTen-Dattayo (2002), Chain-Reaction, Chain-Reaction-Itaric, Kunyulla-Black, mimizu, HONEBONE-Ukokkei, PENTAGRON (2001), TALL-TWIN (2001), TECNO-STRESS, TECNO-STRESS-HIRAGANA, TECNO-STRESS-KATAKANA, Yura_Hiragana, Future-Chibaraki2, Tokyo Honey Chan (2002), DeJi (2002), Hone Bone Ukokkei, Hone Bone Hakkotsu (2001), Yurayura Hiragana, Tecno Stress, Before_Attack, KICK!!!!!, PUNCH!!!!!, Tall Twin (2001), Pentagron (2001), Chain_Reaction, Kemushi_Hira, Kemushi_Alp, Kemushi_Kata, Mystery-Circle, Oshare-Black, YuraH, TecnoS-K, TecnoS-H, Oshare-Honenuki, Suehirogari, JIHAI, MANZ, PINZ, SOUZ [the last four fonts are for mahjong and other games], The-ManPu, Chibaraki-Now, Future-Chibaraki, Oshare, IAmNotWeapon. Many fonts have Latin and kana versions.

Alternate URL. Yet another URL. Yep, another URL. One more URL. Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Batsuka Typeworks

Japanese outfit. Designed the commercial fonts Makuhari, Metropolis 2001, Yobatsuka. Roman and katakana versions. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Japanese page explaining about the use of Bézier curves in type design. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Hiroyuki Tsutsumi]

Japanese and other font utilities resource page kept by Hiroyuki Tsutsumi. Freeware utilities by him, developed from 2003 until 2005:

  • fonted (for taking truetype fonts apart)
  • img2ttf (image to ttf, bitmap style)
  • ttfdasm (truetype disassembler)
  • macttf2be (ttf trnasformed into a bitmap ttf and a format called bmf, BeBitmapFont)
  • bdf2ttf
  • bdf2bmf
  • mrk2ttf
  • ttfcnv_a (ttf ShiftJIS encoded to ttf Unicode)
  • ttc2ttf
  • ttf2ttc
  • edbmf (edits his own bmf format bitmap fonts)
  • mkbmf (ttf to bmf conversion)
  • bmf help utility
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Beer fonts

Free fonts by "Karo", made in 2001: BEER01-H-ENIKKI (kana), BEER02-A-CROSS, BEER03-H-HEBEREKE (kana), BEER04-A-FASTENER, BEER05-H-MEDAMA (signs), BEER06-H-LOLITA (kana). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Beijing Hanyi Keyin Information Technology Co Ltd

The Beijing Hanyi Keyin Information Technology Co is a joint venture between CAPT (the Chinese Academy of Printing Technology) and TAICEM, based in Singapore, and was established in 1993 in Beijing. The company developed many (principally Chinese and Japanese) fonts using the Ikarus system, and partners on many projects with URW++, which sells these Hanyi fonts: Fang Song, Hei, Song, Song Medium, Yuan, Hupo, Kai, Lishu, Wei Bei, Zong.

The Beijing Hanyi collection of Simplified Chinese fonts: HY Bai Qing, HY Bao Song, HY Cai Yun, HY Chang Mei Hei, HY Chang Song, HY Chang Yi, HY Chao Cu Hei, HY Chao Cu Song, HY Chao Cu Yuan, HY Chen Pin, HY Cu Hei, HY Cu Song, HY Cu Yuan, HY Cuang Song, HY Da Hei, HY Da Li Shu, HY Da Song, HY Fang Die, HY Fang Li, HY Fang Song, HY Hei Mei, HY Hu Po, HY Hua Die, HY Jia Shu, HY Kai Ti, HY Ling Xin, HY Mi Mi, HY Nan Gong, HY Qing Yun, HY Shen Gong, HY Shou Jin Shu, HY Shu Hun, HY Shu Song Er, HY Shu Song Yi, HY Shu Tong, HY Shuang Xian, HY Te Xi Deng Xian, HY Wa Wa Zhuan, HY Wei Bei, HY Xi Deng Xian, HY Xi Xing Kai, HY Xi Yuan, HY Xi Zhong Yuan, HY Xiao Li Shu, HY Xing Kai, HY Xing Shi, HY Xueun, HY Ya Ya, HY Yan Ling, HY Yuan Die, HY Zhen Zhu Li, HY Zhong Deng Xian, HY Zhong Hei, HY Zhong Kai, HY Zhong Li Shu, HY Zhong Yuan, HY Zi Dian Song, HY Zong Yi.

The Beijing Hanyi collection of Traditional Chinese fonts: HY Bai Qing HY Bao Song, HY Cai Yun, HY Chang Mei Hei, HY Chang Song, HY Chang Yi, HY Chao Cu Hei, HY Chao Cu Song, HY Cu Hei, HY Cu Song, HY Cu Yuan, HY Cu Zhuan, HY Da Hei, HY Da Li Shu, HY Da Song, HY Fang Die, HY Fang Song, HY Hei Mei, HY Hu Po, HY Jia Shu, HY Kai Ti, HY Ling Xin, HY Mi Mi, HY Shou Jin Shu, HY Shu Song Er, HY Shu Song Yi, HY Shu Tong, HY Shuang Xian, HY Wei Bei, HY Xi Deng Xian, HY Xi Yuan, HY Xi Zhong Yuan, HY Xiao Li Shu, HY Xing Kai, HY Xing Shi, HY Xueun, HY Ya Ya, HY Yuan Die, HY Zhen Zhu Li, HY Zhong Deng Xian, HY Zhong Hei, HY Zhong Li Shu, HY Zhong Yuan, HY Zhuan Shu, HY Zi Dian Song, HY Zong Yi. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Bertrand Loeulliet
[Fonderie de Bertrand Loeulliet]

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[Tamon Yahagi]

Free original fonts by Tamon Yahagi: Bharatic (Latin, all formats), Devanagarish (Indic simulation), Ananda (handwriting), Ame, Apparappa-House (2003, handwriting), Hiran-Kanan (kana).

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Biblos Font

Biblos is a commercial kanji font. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Birei Kitahara

Japanese type designer whose typeface Kitahara Gyosho (2013-2014, co-designed with Hirofumi Iguchi) won an award in the kanji category at the Morisawa Type Design Competition 2014. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Japanese site with some free pixel fonts for Mac and PC. Fonts: BMaztecA12, BMharry, BMbiscuitA9, BMblockA15, BMbugA6, BMchainA6, BMchocolatA9, BMcinemaA16, BMcorrodeA13, BMcubeA8, BMcutterK8, BMdelicoA16, BMdumplingA9, BMethnoA17, BMleavesA11, BMmazeA9, BMminiA8, BMnecoA29 (a cute cat ding font), BMplamoA9, BMreceiptA11, BMrizerA6, BMrubyA12, BMslyA10, BMsolidA11, BMspiralA13, BMstampA9, BMtoppoA12, BMGaudiA32, BMUtopiaA33, BMFeather, Tube, BMKitchen, BMPress, BMXRay, BMFigaro, BM Japan-A12, BMgreat-A9, BM-Army-A12, BM Wappen, BM Gaia-A10, BM Cafe, BM Pinhole, BMJoint, BMGermar. All fonts made in 2001-2004.

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Bitstream Cyberbit

From Bitstream's web page: "Bitstream Cyberbit is our award-winning international font. Based on one of our most popular and readable type designs (Dutch 801 BT [note: Bitstream's version of Times and Times New Roman]), it includes all the typographic characters for most of the world's major languages. Cyberbit is now available! The product release includes the roman weight of Dutch 801 BT, a "serif" font. (A serif font has small finishing strokes at the end of the main stems, arms, and tails of characters, while a sanserif font does not.) The font is in TrueType format for Windows 95 and Windows NT. Future releases will provide support for "sanserif" typefaces, other platforms, other font formats, and even more languages. Bitstream Cyberbit is a work in progress. Bitstream is now distributing the roman weight of Cyberbit, free of charge, over the Internet! Remember, this release is in TrueType format for Windows 95 and Windows NT". --- Well, Bitstream no longer offers the font. It is still out there however. Try here, here, here, or here. Has these unicode ranges: Basic Latin, Latin-1 Supplement, Latin Extended-A, Latin Extended-B, Spacing Modifier Letters, Greek, Cyrillic, Hebrew Extended (A and B blocks combined), Thai, Latin Extended Additional, General Punctuation, Currency Symbols, Letterlike Symbols, Number Forms, Arrows, Mathematical Operators, Miscellaneous Technical, Box Drawing, Block Elements, Geometric Shapes, Miscellaneous Dingbats, Alphabetic Presentation Forms, Combining Diacritical Marks, Enclosed Alphanumerics, Arabic, Arabic Presentation Forms-A and -B, CJK (Chinese, Japanese, Korean) Symbols and Punctuation, Hiragana, Katakana, Bopomofo, Hangul Compatibility Jamo, Enclosed CJK Letters and Months, CJK Compatibility, Hangul, CJK Unified Ideographs, CJK Compatibility Ideographs, CJK Compatibility Forms, Small Form Variants, and Halfwidth and Fullwidth Forms. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Four free fonts made by TypeBank and marketed jointly with Morisawa:

  • BIZ UDP Mincho (2022, Google Fonts) and BIZ UDM Mincho (2022, Google Fonts). They write: BIZ UD Mincho is a universal design typeface designed to be easy to read and ideal for education and business documentation. It combines high quality in readability and legibility while carrying on the stately Japanese Mincho type tradition. BIZ UD Mincho bases its design on one of the typefaces from the Morisawa font library, which has thicker horizontal lines than the traditional Mincho type style. Because most Mincho types have thin horizontal strokes, the style can be difficult to read on some displays or signs and for people with low vision. [...] UDMincho includes full-width kana. UDPMincho includes proportional-width kana. Github link.
  • BIZ UDP Gothic (2022, Google Fonts)and BIZ UD Gothic (2022, Google Fonts). They write: BIZ UD Gothic is a universal design typeface designed to be easy to read and ideal for education and business documentation. It is a highly legible and well-balanced design sans serif. In order to make the kanji more clear and identifiable, the letterforms are simplified by omitting hane (hook) and geta (the vertical lines extending beyond horizontal strokes at the bottom of kanji). Counters and other spaces are finely adjusted so that the overall balance of the type is not impaired even with the use in relatively large size. The kana are made slightly smaller than the kanji to give a good rhythm and flow when setting long texts in the lighter weights. UDGothic includes full-width kana. UDPGothic includes proportional-width kana. Github link.
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body-G katakana font site

Japanese foundry selling two katakana font packs. Mac. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Japanese designer (b. 1988) who made these free grunge, pixel or handwriting fonts for Latin and/or kana in 2008: def_puni2, def_rabbit, def_summer, def_summer2, hand, loveletter, toller_Ba-Ba-Banbi, toller_By-the-way, toller_Chelsea, toller_Don't-miss-it, toller_OCEAN, toller_amenimomakezu, toller_cassis, toller_crazy, toller_emoji, toller_fruit, toller_mocomoco, toller_mocomoco2, toller_no-name, toller_prettypuppy, toller_sarah, toller_shake, toller_sunshine, toller_vitamin. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Font site possibly related to Nan Sakurai's N+ Download. Find the dingbat font Efoodde (2001) and the kana fonts BSkkh, BScth, BSnjh. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Artist in Fukuoka, Japan. He FontStructed the ssquarish or octagonal typefaces Surrender Everything Bold Square Katakana (2010), Numb Elektrik (2010), Surrender Everything Bold Square Klone 1 (2010) and Surrender Everything Bold Square (2010). [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Synnoske Matsumi]

Breezesquad is Synnoske Matsumi in Fukuoka, Japan. FontStructor who made the sci-fi font Surrender Everything Bold Square (2010). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Brian Stell

Brian Stell works in the Font and Text team within Google's Internationalization Engineering group. He has been focused on engineering to make web fonts fast for all languages including Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.

Speaker at ATypI 2013 in Amsterdam: Roboto: faster than a speeding bullet. The abstract sounds interesting: This talk looks at the current status of Google's work to deliver fonts 'instantly' to Chrome users. With 'instant' fonts, website designers no longer have to choose between web fonts (that slow the site down) or 'web safe' fonts (that are only available in limited styles). Imagine being free to use your branding fonts in extra-light, book, normal, medium, bold, or ultra-bold - with italic, condensed, and slab variants. A brief overview of how the technology works is presented along with references to more information. Also discussed are efforts to make this work on other major browsers. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Bridge Corporation (aka Fontasma)
[Jin Hashiba]

Japanese site with original truetype fonts made by Jin Hasiba. Includes techno and pixel fonts, a neat Mahjong font, a Japano-English font (Lightmorning), and some katakana fonts. The font names: Amoebic-kana, Amoebic, BRIDGEco, Chicagothic, Chicagothic-Outline, Gear-Proportion, Gear, Harb, Lightmorning (1999, oriental simulation face), Liner-HH, Liner-HS, Liner-SH, Liner-SS (horizontally striped family), Mahjong, Millennium, PEZ-font (3d typeface), Shuttle-Form, Shuttle, disc, disc_black, Bc.BMP07_A, Bc.BMP07_K, Teacher_A (2001, rounded geometric family), Teacher_K.

Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Bruce H. Liu

Bruce works at Dynalab, which offers Japanese and Chinese fonts. Examples: DynaLab Premium 17 Japanese Truetype fonts for JWindows3.1 US $30. DynaLab Premium 30 Japanese Truetype fonts for JWindows3.1/95 or Mac. US $50. Lots of Chinese fonts on sale at 8$ per font. DynaLab 15 artistic Truetype fonts for Windows95 or Mac for US $50. Sample fonts: DFBiaoKaiShu1B, DFBiaoSong1B, DFFangSong1B, DFGirl1B, DFGuYinMedium1B, DFHeiBold1B, DFHeiMedium1B, DFHeiUBold1B, DFKaiShuMedium1B, DFKanTingLiu1B, DFLiFancySong1B, DFLiHeiBold1B, DFLiHeiLight1B, DFLiHeiMedium1B, DFLiKingHei1B, DFLiKaiShu1B, DFLiSongBold1B, DFLiSongLight1B, DFLiSongMedium1B, DFLiYuanBold1B, DFLiYuanXBold1B, DFLiShu1B, DFMingBold1B, DFMingLight1B, DFMingMedium1B, DFMingUBold1B, DFPOP1B, DFXingShuMedium1B, DFYuanBold1B, DFYuanLight1B, DFZongYiBold1B, DFLiSongLight1B-GB, DFFangSong1B-GB, DFHei1B-GB, DFKaiShu1B-GB, DFSong1B-GB, DFSongXBold1B-GB, DFWeiBei1B-GB, DFZongYiBold1B-GB. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Bruce Kwon

In 2011, with Nicolas Noh and Sung-woo Choi, Bruce Kwon co-designed the Apple system font Nanum Gothic (a sans for Latin, Chinese, Japanese and Hangul, NHN Corporation).

URL for NHN.

Google Fonts link: Nanum Gothic. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Bruno Fontenelle

Japanese-born Brazilian designer based in Toronto, Canada. Creator of the free lower case-only blackletter font Delirium (2019). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Bruno Selles
[Vasava Fonts]

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Brush Art Design Office
[Teruyoshi Matsui]

Brush Art Design Office is the Tokyo-based foundry of brush art designer Teruyoshi Matsui. His brush fonts include Lethal Fake (2009), Brush Type Italic (2009), Brush Type Michiko (2008) and Brush Type Standard (2008).

Klingspor link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Burner Graphics
[Shinobu Masuda]

Japanese outfit. Shinobu Masuda's font Moeyo (1998) may be bought from Font Pavilion. [Google] [More]  ⦿

burodestruct (or: Typedifferent.com)
[Lorenz Lopetz Gianfreda]

Lorenz Lopetz Gianfreda's foundry in Bern, Switzerland, est. 1994, called Burodestruct and Typedifferent.com.

Free fonts include(d) the gorgeous GalaQuadra (by Angela Pestalozzi, 1999), Eject Katakana (1998), Dippex (1995, grunge font), Ticket (1995), Rocket 70 (1996), Ratterbit (1995, pixel font), Plakatbau (1995), Lodel Fizler (1996), Flossy (1995), Faxer (1995), Console Remix (1998), Cravt (1998, by "Katrin"), Stereotype (1998, by M. Brunner), Brockelmann (1995, free), Kristallo (1997, very original display face) and Billiet (1996).

Other fonts: Acidboyz (1998), Alustar (1999), BD Asciimax (1999, ascii art font), BD Billding, Bdr_mono (1999), Brick (1996, like Kalendar), Cluster (1996), Console (1997), Doomed (1998), Eject (1998), Electrobazar (1995), Elside (1995), Globus (1996), Fazer (1996), Lofi (1997), Medled (1995), Paccer (1995), Solaris (1998), Spicyfruits_brush_rmx (1998, a nice high-contrast face), Spicyfruits_rmx, Wurst (free, by Heiwid, 2000), Relaunch (2000), Relaunch Katakana (2000, free), Rainbow (2000), DeLaFrance (2000, free, by Heiwid), Electronic Plastic (2000), Colonius (2001), Cash (2001), Cashbox (2001), Bilding (2001), Meter (2001), Mustang (2001), Bankwell (2001), BD Alm (2001), Balduin (2001), Tatami (2001, oriental look font), Hexades (2001, free), Nippori (2002, techno), Jura (2002), Bonbon (2002, free), Band (2002, free), Navyseals (2002, kitchen tile font), Ritmic (2002), BDR Mono (1999, OCR-like font), Mann (2003, ultra fat stencil), Aroma (2003), Zenith (2003), Nebraska (2003), BD Equipment (2004), BD El Autobus (2004), BD Unexpected (2004), BD Wakarimasu (2004, free kana face), BD Bernebeats (2004, futuristic), BD Deckard (2004), BD Spinner (2004), BD Victoria (2004), BD Designer (2004), BD Kalinka (2005, a curly ultra-fat display face), BD Equipment (2004), BD El Autobus (2004), BD Unexpected (2004), BD Varicolor (2005, stencil), BD Chantilly (2005), BD Memory (2005), BD Emerald (2005, beveled), BD Kalinka (2005, Cyrillic simulation), BD Extrwurst (2005), BD Aquatico (2005), BD Mandarin (2005), BD Polo (2005), BD Beans (2005), BD Tiny (2005, pixel face), BD Times New Digital (2006), BD Panzer (2006), BD Jupiter, BD Jupiter Stencil (2006), BD Pipe (2006), BDR Mono 2006 (2006), BD Fimo Outline (2007, free, by Nathalie Birkle), BD Bermuda (2007, experimental and geometric), BD Smoker (2007, psychedelic), BD Radiogram (2007), BD Mother (2007, exaggerated black Egyptian), BD Fimo Regular (2007, free), BD Demon (2007), BD Reithalle (2007, free), BD Halfpipe (2007, free), BD Broadband (2008, free; not to be confused with the much older fonts BroadbandICG or FLOP Design's Broadband), BD Viewmaster and BD Viewmaster Neon (2008), BD Electrobazaar (2008), BD Motra (2008, stencil), BD Virtual (2008), BD Spacy 125 (2008), BD AsciiMax, BD ElAutobus (2004), BD Equipment (2004), BD Ramen (2003), BD Retrocentric (2009), BDR A3MIK (2009, virile Latin and Cyrillic slab), BD HitBit (2009), BD Unicorse (2010, unicase and techno), BD Telegraph (2011), BD Schablone (2012, stencil face), BD Pankow (2013, stencil), BD Algebra (2014), BD Hiragana Kuro (2014), BD Qualle (2014, a fat poster typeface), BD Tribler (2015, a tribal font).

Alphabetical listing of their pre-2015 free typefaces: Algebra, Alm, Apotheke, AsciiMax, Baldrian, Band, Bankwell, Bardust, Beans, Billding, Billiet, Bonbon, Brockelmann, Burner, Cash, Cashbox, Chantilly, Circo, Console, Console Remix, Cravt, Delafrance, Designer, Destination, Dippex, Eject Katakana, ElAutobus, Elmax, Elside, Equipment, Faxer, Fazer, Fimo, Flossy, Fluke, Galaquadra, Geminis, Halfpipe, Hexades, Hiragana Kuro, Jayn Fonta, Kristallo, Lodelfizler, Lofi, Medled, Meter, Mustang, Outline, Paccer, Pipe, Plakatbau, Plankton, Polo, Ragout, Ramen, Ratterbit, Reithalle, Relaunch, Relaunch Ktna, Rocket70, Sirca, Sirca Rmx, Solaris, Spacy125, Spicyfruits, Spinner, Stella, Stencler, Stereotype, Ticket, Times New Digital, TinyFont, Tribler, Unfold, Wakarimasu.

Alphabetical listing of their pre-2015 commercial typefaces: A3mik, Acidboyz, Alustar, Aquatico, Aroma, Balduin, BDR Mono 2006, Bermuda, Bernebeats, Breakbeat, Brick, Broadband, Calamares, Central, Cluster (Corporate), Colonius, Deckard, Demon, Discount, Doomed, Edding850, Eject, Electrobazar 2008, Electronicplastic, Elk, Emerald, Endless, Extrawurst, Fontabello, Globus, Good Wood, Hell, Hitbit, Jupiter, Jura, Kalinka, Kameron, Kinski, Las Palmas, Mandarin, Mann, Memory, Mother, Motra, Naranino (2012: a children;s script), Navyseals, Nebraska, Nippori, Nokio, Orlando, Pankow, Panzer, Qualle, Radiogram, Rainbow, Retrocentric, Ritmic, Robotron, Schablone, Showlong, Smoker, St.Moritz, Stalker, Stonehenge, Sweethome, Tatami, Telegraph, Unexpected, Unicorse, Varicolor, Victoria, Viewmaster, Virtual, Wotka, Wurst, Wurst Directors Cut, Zenith.

In 2015, Gianfreda designed BD Barbeaux (a condensed typeface with the fashionable chic of the French art nouveau or film noir).

Typefaces from 2016: BD Kickrom Mono (LED emulation type).

Typefaces from 2018: BD Westwork.

Typefaces from 2020: BD Aubergin (an experimental poster font with Bauhaus elements), BD Microna (a pixelish variable font), BD Micron Robots (dingbats).

Typefaces from 2021: BD Supper (a food packaging sans), BD Roylac (a stylish poster font that evokes modern furniture), BDRmono 2021 (hipster style techno).

Alternate URL. Dafont link. Behance link.

View the Typedifferent typeface library. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

[Mikumo Sato]

Buuchan is a free handwritten Japanese kanji font, drawn by Mikumo Sato. Home page. [Google] [More]  ⦿

By Wahtung
[Vintage Font Lab]

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Designers in 2000 at Font Pavilion 12 of the simple fonts OMA2 (Latin, katakana, hiragana). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Caio Kondo

During his studies in Piracicaba, Goiania, Brazil, Caio Kondo designed the sans typeface Goiania (2014), the blackletter typeface York (2016) and the free didone typeface Chamuyo (2018).

In 2019, Caio Kondo designed the custom typeface Wixx Mono.

In 2020, he co-founded Inari Type with Satsuki Arakaki in Campinas, Brazil. With Satsuki Arakaki, he designed Nikkei Maru (2020) and Mori Gothic (2020), a seven-style geometric sans. Nikkei Maru is a tribute to Japanese immigration done typographically. The project started from a collection of photographs of the ships that brought Japanese immigrants to the American continent, and from our interest in researching the history of immigration, fueled by our own ancestry. In addition to the intercontinental transit, the research also addresses the arrival and establishment of Nikkei---Japanese living abroad and their descendants---on the new continent. The immigration process inspired other aspects of typography, such as newspapers from the Nikkei communities that were a reference for the lower case, and different experiences lived by immigrants which are represented in the dingbats.

In 2021, he published the 3-weight decorative serif family PP Eiko at Pangram Pangram. Characterized by sharp triangular serifs, PP Eiko is inspired by the work of Eiko Ishioka, a multitalented Japanese artist. It seeks to convey the spirit of his work in these typographic explorations. It is an original serif font with high contrast, including the syllable alphabet kana (hiragana and katakana), it can be seemlessly paired with Mincho style kanji fonts. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

CAI's Software Page

Yidao Cai's free software. Most interesting is CNPRINT: "CNPRINT is a utility to print Chinese/Japanese/Korean (CJK) text (or convert to PostScript) under DOS, VMS and UNIX systems. It works just as a print command on your system. Currently GB, Hz, zW, BIG5, CNS, JIS, EUC, Shift-JIS, KSC, UTF8, UTF7 and UTF16 formats are supported. With its full Unicode support, it should be able to print other language (e.g. Thai, Vietnames, Arabic as well)." Also, MSHei and MSSong truetype fonts for Chinese, Korean and Japanese, developed by Stone Corporation, Zhuhai, China. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Free Japanese handwritten kanji fonts: Armed Banana and Armed Lemon. Bondance and Flamenco are commercial. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Calvin Kwok

Type designer from Hong Kong who graduated from the MATD program in Type Design at the University of Reading in 2016. His graduation typeface is Havil, a multiscript (Latin, Arabic and Chinese) typeface family for branding and business documents. This beautifully balanced typeface was inspired by 19th century British and French letterpress poster typefaces.

In 2016, Kwok worked with the Apple Inc. Type Team where he contributed to the design and development of Latin and East Asian scripts. In 2019, he joined Sharp Type specializing in multilingual type design, lettering, and typography.

In 2018, he published the slab serif Urushi at Future Fonts and wrote: Urushi is the first Future Fonts release aiming to support Japanese Kana and Kanji, and Chinese Hanzi. This charming and slabby, reverse contrast is inspired by old Hong Kong movie magazines.

His all caps titling typeface Mosses Serif (2018) was designed for the bookstore Mosses. Still in 2018, he was working on the Japanese typeface Tottori. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Candy Machine

Designers of the font families CactusCurds, CactusFlowers (katakana, 2001), and LoveDollSalon (1999). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Capsule Machine

Original fonts by "Akiko": Hyper Capsule (1999), Kitsch Candy (hirgana), Childish Alpha, Creamberry (katakana). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Caramel Syrup Font Shop

Free original Latin and kana fonts by "Charlie": cute bit club band (pixel), 59th-street-bridge-song (2002, pixels), atarax-p-white, atarax-p, cute-bit-club-band (2002, pixels), copike-kana, kimidori-mugcup (2002, grid font), musekinin-katakana, musekinin (2002, handwritten), orange-phone, tomato_coffee (2002, elegant white on black dot matrix font).

Another URL. Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Carsten Strinkau

Graduate of Kunstschule Wandsbek in Hamburg, Germany. Designer at URW++ of FontForum CSPaket, CSCourtHandD (medieval calligraphy based on the handwriting of monks in the 16th century), CSFuzzyLogD and CSTakahashiD (oriental simulation, a hommage to the Japanese Manga artist Katsuhiro Otomo and his character/figure Takashi from the Akira-Manga). His fonts are sold under the name CS Fonts, and through URW++, and through MyFonts.com. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Cascading style sheets

The cascading style sheets info page on fonts translated into Japanese by Kazuteru Okahashi. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Cat House

Free Mac fonts: MoMo, Flowerbold, In-Apple, Mika Hiragana and Candy Bold (also hiragana). [Google] [More]  ⦿


Designers at the CDL (Communication Design Lab) in Japan of Eyecatch, a 2-glyph font. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Japanese commercial foundry. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Japanese type foundry based in Tokyo. Their typefaces include C&G Hankoin, C&G Reithic, C&G Bouquet, C&G Gyoukoku, C&G Ryurei Gyousyo, C&G Ryurei hutogyousyo, C&G Yukiha Futo Kaisyo, and Kanaface44. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Changchun Ye

Type designer. Finder is a multiscript typeface developed in 2020 at Black Foundry by Jérémie Hornus, Gaëtan Baehr, Changchun Ye and Zhang Miao. This neutral sans is intended for interface design, and covers Arabic, Cyrillic, Greek, Hangul, Hebrew, Japanese, Latin, Simplified Chinese, Thai and Traditional Chinese. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Channel 67

Japanese foundry which made Maniac 2K and Maniac 2A, available from Maniackers (MKS). [Google] [More]  ⦿


Japanese foundry. It has some free Latin fonts using FontStruct: A-CUTE (dot matrix), Cubic+ (3d face), Extension-Icons, FormaL (squarish blackboard bold), Hetare-Moji, KokubanBlackboard (white on black face), PSP-Logo, Scar (futuristic), S-Block, S-Simple, T-TEXT. The fonts were made by "Setsuna" in 2008. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Character Pavilion

About ten commercial dingbats drawn by Japanese designers for Font Pavilion/P22. Includes: PetSounds, Kisekae (Japanese kids), Ohanashi, Oshaberi (balloons), Mogmog-mix, Weapons-US, Weapons-German, Undersea, Cover Girl, Caramel Font, Kourin. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Chenying Wang

Chenying Wang was born in Taiwan and studied at Shih Chien University. Now based in Tokyo, he designed the decorative alphabet Perfume (2016). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Chiaki Okuno

Designer of Man-puku-ABC (1998, alphadings with men-shaped shadows), sold at Font Pavilion. [Google] [More]  ⦿


A fresh Japanese kanji and kana font. No downloads. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Chiba Design
[Hiroaki Chiba]

Free Japanese fonts Key (2014), Little Pig (2014), Bog (2014), Ribbon (2014), Iron Katakana (2014), Trick Kata (2014), Thin (2014). Also some commercial Japanese typefaces. Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Chiehou Bonjie

Fonts Bonji Chiehou and Bonjie (tattoo-based glyphs). Mac only. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Chiharu Tanaka

Chiharu Tanaka was born and raised in Japan. She completed her Bachelor's degree of Textile Design in Tokyo and worked at design companies for a few years. She subsequently received her MFA in Graphic Design from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco in 2009, and remained in San Francisco area ever since. She worked as a graphic and type designer for John McNeil Studio (2009-2010), Landor Associates (2009-2010), Psy/Ops (2010-present) and Morisawa (2016-present). Her typefaces:

  • The roman and ornamental retail typeface family HaruNami (2010, Psy Ops). She writes: HaruNami (spring wave) is a family of decorative typefaces which fuse together Japanese ornamentation with the Roman alphabet. My purpose with this project is to find a balance between the designs of the West and the East. My hope is to share the Japanese aesthetic with an International audience. HaruNami has a unique stylistic system that ranges from Simple to Ornate.
  • Corporate typefaces for Tokyu Hands (an icon set, dated 2002), Landor (San Diego Zoo), Psy/Ops (Chevrolet; Bollinger Motors). Louis, done for Chevrolet under the creative direction of Rodrigo Cavazos at Psy/Ops, is a six-style DIN-like industrial grotesque for Latin and Cyrillic.
  • The corporate typefaces Reitmans Script.
  • Tegaki. An experimental brush script.
  • Mie. A hand-drawn font that attempts to obfuscate the border between letters and art.
  • Txt 1010 (2014). An experimental typeface to make fancy borders using opentype prowess. Done together with Carolina de Bartolo while working at Psy/Ops.
[Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿


Handwritten Japanese fonts. Need a user ID to download them. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Chiho Aoshima

Chiho Aoshima's fonts are sold through Font Pavilion: Kodomo-Manju (Marshmallow) would make a nice Japanese comics book font. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Chika Kakazu

Designer in Tokyo. Creator of an ornamental caps alphabet for children in 2012. Chika also made Ribbon Alphabets (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Chikako Hannoura
[Cihpar Graphic]

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Chikako Larabie

Spouse of Ray Larabie in Nagoya, Japan. Chikako Larabie is a font design assistant for Typodermic Fonts, specializing in kerning, and languages. With Ray, she created From The Stars (2010, a consumer electronics / techno sans family), Hackensack (2010), Naked Power (2010, a geometric/industrial sans-serif font family in the style of the art deco typeface Novel Gothic (1929, ATF, Morris Fuller Benton and Charles H. Becker)), Moon Cresta (2010, modeled after Goudy Sans), Voivode (2010, headline face), Honfleur (2010, art deco all caps face), Hachimitsu (2010, Asian look face), Kadeworth (2010, rounded retro look sans), Gnuolane Jump (2010), Nagomi (2010, oriental simulation face), Biondi Sans (2010, a copperplate gothic without serifs in the style of AT Sackers), Board of Directors (2010, a Bank Gothic style family), and Wee Bairn (2010). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Chikao Ito

Japanese type designer associated with the Tokyo-based foundry Jiyukobo. His typeface Ei Ming Cho Tai (2013-2014) won the Silver Prize in the kanji category at the Morisawa Type Design Competition 2014. Inen Mincho Tai won an award in the TDC 2015 Type Design competition. Chikao also designed Nihon no Mincho Tai. Jiyu Kobo link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Chinki Tamushi
[Taikou Font]

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Free fonts: FAMania (pixel), Cinecaption (2003-2008, kana, kanji, Latin, Cyrillic, Greek handwriting font), Tompa (huge stick figure and pencil drawing dingbat face). Alternate URL. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Chocolat Font

Free Japanese and Latin fonts designed by Ayumu in 2006: biz-hiragana (Hiragana pixel font), Choco-oiwai (Latin, kana and kanji handwriting), biz_alp (Latin pixel font), biz_pencil (hiragana), Biz-Utatane (Latin and Cyrillic handwriting), biz-chocolat (curly lettering, Latin only). Alternate URL where we find the handwriting fonts Banana Chips (2008) and Burst Chocolate (2008). The designer is called Akira there, and another URL is given as well. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Chris Palmieri

Designer of an outline bitmap font in 2004. He works as a designer in Tokyo. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Christopher P. Cacho

Designer and lettering artist in Austin, TX, who created the warm display typeface Mainsail CPC (2012), and the masculaine rounded octagonal slab serif typeface Batten CPC (2013). In 2014, he made Scrimshaw CPC (Latin, kana and Cyrillic), Siren CPC, and Batten Sans CPC.

Typefaces from 2015: Armada CPC (a wide sans), Beach Ball CPC (a geometric solid font; Filled and Outline), Compass Rose CPC (a geometric sans family designed for web sites), Mutiny CPC (an angry all-caps brush typeface).

Typefaces from 2016: Waves CPC (pixel fonts), Wave Blackletter CPC (pixel fonts).

Behance link. Creative Market link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Chun Chou R

Graphic designer at Dhurakij Pundit University in Bangkok. Creator of the Japanese picture font Basker Jap (2012). All design elements are taken from Baskerville Old Face.

In 2013, Chun created TK Zygote (2013), a transitional Latin / Thai serif font. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Chung Lieh Yang

Taiwanese type designer who won the People's Choice award for Ruitai in 2016 at the Morisawa Type Design Competition 2016. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Cihpar Graphic
[Chikako Hannoura]

Commercial Latin fonts: Cihpar Font 04, 01 and 03. Kana font Cihpar Font 02. By Chikako Hannoura. [Google] [More]  ⦿

CJK Fonts

Listing of CJK fonts, as of 2009.

  • Simplified Chinese, serifed: Beijing (M), Bitstream CyberBit (W), Bitstream CyberBitCJK (W), Code2000 (M), Fang Song (M), Kai (M), MS Song (W), NSimSun (W), NSimSun-18030 (W), SimSun (M W), SimSun-18030 (W), Song (M), STFangsong (M), STKaiti (M), STSong (M), STSong Std Acro (W), TSC JSong S TT (W).
  • Simplified Chinese, sans: Arial Unicode MS (W), Hei (M), MS Hei (W), SimHei (W), STHeiti (M).
  • Traditional Chinese, serifed: Apple LiSung (M), BiauKai (M), Ming (W), MingLiU (W), MSung Std Acro (W), PMingLiU (M W), TSC FMing S TT (W).
  • Traditional Chinese, sans: Apple LiGothic (M), Taipei (M).
  • Japanese, serifed: Hiragino Mincho Pro (M), Kozuka Mincho Pro Acro (W), MS Mincho (M W), MS PMincho (W), MS UI Gothic (W).
  • Japanese, sans: Hiragino Kaku Gothic Pro (M), Hiragino Maru Gothic Pro (M), MS Gothic (M W), MS PGothic (M W), MS PMincho (M), Osaka (M), Osaka-Mono (M).
  • Korean, serifed: AppleMyungjo (M), Baekmuk Batang (W), Batang (M W), BatangChe (W), #GungSeo (M), Gungsuh (W), GungsuhChe (W), HY Shin Myeongjo Std Acro (W), #MyungjoNeue (M), PCMyungjo (M).
  • Korean, sans: AppleGothic (M), Baekmuk Dotum (W), Baekmuk Gulim (W), #GothicMedium (M), Gulim (M), Gulim Che (W), Gulim Old Hangul Jamo (W), New Gulim (W), Hangang (M), Seoul (M), #TaeGraphic (M).
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CJK Macro Package
[Werner Lemberg]

Werner Lemberg maintains the free CJK macro package of Asian btmap fonts for use in Latex2e. It includes the Hangul fonts han, han1 and hanja65 and the Japanese/Chinese fonts jfs56 (GB encoded, Fangsong style), jisksp40, kanji48, ntukai48 (Big5 encoded, Kai style), and the cns40 series (Song style). [Google] [More]  ⦿

CJK Quick Start

Pages by Gyula Zsigri on reading and writing Chinese, Japanese and Korean in English Windows. Mirror. [Google] [More]  ⦿

CJK Type Blog

The CJK Type blog was started by Gu Hua in Adobe's Beijing office, with active contributions by Ken Lunde. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Claudio Gomboli

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On November 15, 1998, Microsoft claimed a major breakthrough in font technology with what they are calling "ClearType". They state: "The effective tripling of horizontal resolution in ClearType subpixel rendering allows much greater fidelity to the true angle of italic type, and ClearType's patented color-filtering techniques maintain high contrast and so enable comfortable [on screen] reading". The book Now read this (John Berry and John Hudson, 2004, Microsoft Reading and Advanced Reading Technologies Group) explains the technology in more detail. In the ClearType project (2004), Microsoft releases six Western families (Calibri and Consolas by Luc(as) de Groot, Candara by Gary Munch, Corbel by Jeremy Tankard, Cambria by Jelle Bosma, and the extraordinary Constantia by John Hudson) and one full Japo-Western family, Meiryo, developed by Eiichi Kono and Matthew Carter. Review by Anne van Wagener: Calibri is a pleasure to read, Cambria is a formal and solid workhorse serif, the informal sans Candara is her least favorite, Consolas is a monospaced typeface, Constantia is her favorite--it is a clean and readable serif, and Corbel, a sans, is crisp and refreshing. On a trademark note: Constantia is the name of a pre-2000 typeface designed by Bill Horton (Foster & Horton)---if Bill plays his card right, he could make some good money off this. Typohile discussion. Microsoft we page on the ClearType font collection. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Clerk Ma

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Japanese foundry established in 2000. Has some gorgeous screen fonts. Fonts include Capsule-Maker, Childish-Alpha, Kitsch-Candy, Kitsch-Candy-Alpha, Micro-Bit+1, Micro-Bit, Minimum, Ozon, Petit, SilhousTwo, Speed, Yoppy. Also some kana fonts. At FRONTLINE 01, they published Dachshund (2002).

Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

CN Balloons

Archive with five full Chinese/Japanese fonts. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Codama Aya

Japanese type designer. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Coji Morishita
[M+ Fonts]

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Japanese font blog. Some links to interesting new free fonts. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Column about the Useful SoftWares on MS

Many links about Japanese fonts, character codes, unicode, and the like. [Google] [More]  ⦿

COM4t (or: Communicate by Four Typeface; was: Font Factory Field)
[Hideki Katayama]

COM4t (which was FFF or Font Factory Field) has some nice free fonts in all formats, by Hideki Katayama: COM4t Ascripta (2008, connected upright script), COM4t Ongac Script (2008, connected), COM4t Nuvu Regular (2008, upright script), COM4t Fine (2006), Melton (2005), EXCEEDMediumOblique (2002), EXCEEDMedium, EXCEEDNormalOblique, EXCEEDNormal, FamilianElderOblique, Elder (2003), FamilianElder, Familian (2001), FamilianOblique, Familian Son Oblique, Familian Son (2002), MaximumLine Speeder (2002), OLDNEW, Axis (2002, slab serif), OLDNEWSlider, QuillineScriptThin (2004, calligraphic handwriting), Spirequal Light (2003), COM4tSansMedium (2005). See also here. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Communication Design Laboratory

Japanese outfit who made the lofo font Eyecatch (2003). [Google] [More]  ⦿

ComStar: Japanese

Japanese commercial font software. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Copanda Varelser

Original Mac fonts: CPD-Orgel (screen font), Lego (dingbats), Tokyo-1 byte (pixel font), Comic, Invader, Illum (pixel font). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Corel 13 CD: CJK fonts

The CJK fonts on the Corel 13CD, all by DynaLab, made in 1997: DFGothic-EB, DFGothic-SU, DFGothic-UB, DFGyoSho-Lt, DFKGothic-Bd, DFKGothic-Md, DFKMincho-Bd, DFKMincho-Md, DFKaiSho-Lt, DFKaiSho-Md, DFKaiSho-SB, DFKaiSho-UB, DFKoIn-W4, DFKyoKaSho-W4, DFLeiGaSo-W9, DFMaruGothic-Bd, DFMaruGothic-Lt, DFMaruGothic-Md, DFMaruMoji-SL, DFMaruMoji-W9, DFMincho-SU, DFMincho-UB, DFMincho-W5, DFPOP1-SB, DFPOP1-W12, DFPOP1-W3, DFPOP1-W5, DFPOP1-W9, DFPOP2-W12, DFPOP2-W9, DFRuLei-W5, DFRuLei-W7, DFSinSo-W3, DFSoGei-W7, DFSoKing-W3, DFSumo-W12, DFTFLeiSho-W5, DFTFLeiSho-W7, DFTFLeiSho-W9. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Cosmic Graphics
[Shinji Shimada]

Original fonts by Shinji Shimada. Font Pavilion sells his Space Colony (katakana). Hiroshi Kumabe made HardBoiled, Niale, Pow-waw (flowery dings). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Cosmic Tower

Japanese site where we find these original techno fonts: Cool-High, Cool-High-Italic, Final-Century, HARD-EDGE, HARD-ROT, not-compaq, Parts-of-Future, ROLLDOT955, Wide-Impact. These are all made by Fumika (Pantograph). [Google] [More]  ⦿


Techno, dot matrix and pixel fonts made in 2001 by Kenichiro and Yoko from Sendai (Japan): Asianpearl, Blockn, CosmicdustST, Dotspitch, Funkyteam, Funpotch, Mahawa, Majispirit, Neroppu, OrientalSea, OrientalSeaB, Sexyimpact, Spacebit, Tibitto. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Hiroya Sato]

Fonts by Hiroya Sato. The two free fonts here are Cossamoji (dingbats of figures dancing like cossacks), Elena (kana and kanji, handscripted) and Hetarosia (handwritten Cyrillic font). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Coup Chips

Japanese pixel type designers, both for Latin and kana. The following fonts were made in 2002: rr_basic01, rr_basic02, rr_basic03, rr_basic05, rr_basic06, rr_basic07, rr_basic_k, rr_cinderella, rr_dogway, rr_laundry, rr_regular. At another site, we find more work by Guby (b. 1977), the Japanese designer of the fonts 0064_001 through 0064_011. The series through 0064_008 are pixel fonts for Latin and kana, and were made in 2001. 0064_009 through 0064_011 were made in 2002. Of these, the oriental simulation font 0064_011 is the most interesting. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Cout Works--Drop Design
[Daisuke Sato]

Cout Works publishes commercial fonts such as Cosmos8 (1998), Neural (Latin and kana), and Clip. At FRONTLINE 01, they published DSCF (2002). Daisuke Sato (Chiba, Japan) made Clip, Cosmos8 and Moon8, which he sold through Font Pavilion. Other recent fonts include Monolica and Monoloca (2014, octagonal).

The Cout Works fonts are also available under the company name Drop Design. Behance link [Google] [More]  ⦿

Craig Oda
[Linux and Nihongo]

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Craig Rozynski

Craig Rozynski (Australia and, since 2010, Japan) created the free Comic Sans derivative typeface family Comic Neue in 2013. This typeface family improves strictly over Vincent Connare's original Comic Sans. The main drawback is that the letters are too widely spaced. See also Github, Google Fonts, CTAN and at Open Font Library. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Creation Freefont (or: C-font; was Creation Design Font)
[Masato Shimojima]

From Iwata City, Japan, Masato Shimojima's fonts at C-font/Creation Freefont include about 90 free fonts (Mac PS, PC truetype): Cabin (2011, beveled face), The JapaneseBaseball dingbat font (2006), Check (2007), Chair07 (2007), Corner (2007, octagonal), Chape2AL (2005), Chape-001 (2005), Century Solid (2004), Cream Bold (2004), Cream Regular (2003), Caldia (2003), Hope Regular (2003, typewriter type), Speed Solid (2003), Speed (2002), CeresTriangle (2002), PC Button (2003), Cask4Bitmap (2002), CoolBitmap9 (2002), Cheese (bitmap), Crash, Crash Bold, Camel Open, Crash-12Bit, C-Numf, CamelBold, CamelliaExtraBold, CamelOpen, Camellia, CandyBold, CelboBold, CelboExtraBold, Celbo, CelonBold, ChaingothicBold, ChaingothicExtraBold, ChaingothicLight, Chaingothic, ChapeOpen, CharacterBold, CharacterOpen, CharacterShadow, Circle20, CityBold, CityExtraBold, City, ClearBold, ClearKana, ClearLigh, Clear, CliperBold, CliperLKana, CliperOKana, CliperOpen, CliperSKana, CliperShadow, ComdoBold, ComdoShadow, ComonsBold, ComonsExtraBold, ComonsLight, Comons, Consolekana, ContactBold, ContactExtraBold, ContactLight, Contact, Coronaslyz, Cosmos, CootBitmap, CubeBitmap, CreamLight, Cube2000, Cube2000Open, CupolaBold, CupolaOpen, Cupola, CupolaRoman, Cute (oriental simulation font), Cool, CoronaBold, Crossbar, Coot2000, Coot2002, Comdot series. Font Pavilion sells Chape, Connect and Console. Go here for Chain, Chair, Chariot and Condle.

Direct access. Newest fonts. The shareware fonts are called C-NUM followed by two digits. Some fonts have katakana versions.

Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Takahiko Yamashita]

Publishers in 2000 at Font Pavilion 12 of ImoFont, a font designed by Takahiko Yamashita. [Google] [More]  ⦿

CSS Fonts

Listing of the most popular CSS fonts specified in Japanese web pages. At the top: MS P Gothic, MS UI Gothic, Osaka, Times New Roman, MS Gothic, Arial, Verdana, MS P Mincho, Courier New, Comic Sans MS, and so forth. [Google] [More]  ⦿

CSS Sans
[Yusuke Sugomori]

Japanese computer scientists Yusuke Sugomori (University of Tokyo) and Masanari Kakamu created a (free) font implemented entirely in CSS. Each character is a distortion of a plain black HTML div element. Github link. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Dense Japanese font site with many links. No font downloads. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Tsong-Min Wu]

Some Taiwanese Free Software Foundation supporters designed a number of free Chinese truetype fonts under the guidance of Edward J. Lee between 1999 and 2005. People involved include Tsong-Min Wu and Tsong-Huey Wu. As of 2005, the fonts are cwTeXFangSong, cwTeXHeiBold, cwTeXKai, cwTeXMing, cwTeXYen. All fonts cover Chinese, Korean and Latin as well. The project is part of CLE (Chinese GNU/Linux Extensions) located in Taiwan. The fonts are especially useful with cwTeX. [Google] [More]  ⦿


CYanHeiHK is an OpenType font based on Source Han Sans (SHS) from Adobe and Google (it is called Noto Sans CJK when distributed by Google). A number of glyphs have been modified so that it is more suitable for use in Hong Kong. Note: Source Han Sans / Noto Sans CJK were originally designed by Ryoko Nishizuka (kana & ideographs), Paul D. Hunt (Latin, Greek & Cyrillic), Wenlong Zhang (bopomofo), Sandoll Communication, Soo-young Jang and Joo-yeon Kang (Hangul elements, letters & syllables). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Cyclone Graphix (or: sav-wo)
[Nobutaka Sato]

About 15 original fonts, of which about half are katakana fonts and the others are romaji. Several fonts are free, and others cost about 25USD. Especially interesting are the thick kana fonts juicyfruits2.0 and spicyfruits, and the Latin typeface Retroheavy Future (1998). Some would classify these as Japanese techno fonts. Alternate site. Font Pavilion sells Juicy Fruits and Metro (1998). Models (silhouettes of people) was designed by Nobutaka Sato (1998). All fonts are designed or co-designed by "savwo". These include Aquasky 2.0, TGR 3.-, Typeout2097 and Space. Alternate URL. With Shin Sasaki at Extra Design, he made Cubicle in 1999. He also made Fat Ultra (1998, Extra Design).

Dafont link. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿


CYMingHK is an OpenType font based on Source Han Serif from Adobe and Google (it is called Noto Serif CJK when distributed by Google). A number of glyphs have been modified so that it is more suitable for use in Hong Kong. Note: Source Han Serif / Noto Sans CJK were originally designed by Ryoko Nishizuka (kana & ideographs), Paul D. Hunt (Latin, Greek & Cyrillic), Wenlong Zhang (bopomofo), Sandoll Communication, Soo-young Jang and Joo-yeon Kang (Hangul elements, letters & syllables). [Google] [More]  ⦿

D Mario

100 font-archive with many Latin and some kana fonts. [Google] [More]  ⦿

D. Paul Alecsandri
[Every Witch Way]

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Dai Nippon Printing Co

Dai Nippon Printing Co., or DNP, est. 1876, is one of the largest comprehensive printing companies in the world. It was originally known as Shueisha. Designers of the Japanese typeface family DNP Shueitai. They write: Shueitai is a typeface that has been undergoing development for more than a century. As Japan underwent rapid modernization during the early years of the Meiji era, Shueisha, believing that printing was a business befitting a modern civilized society, began operations with a focus on letterpress. Before long the company expanded into developing its own typefaces. In 1912 it completed a full range of Mincho type, in sizes from Sho-go (#0 size, 42pt) through Hachi-go (#8, 4pt), which it called Shueitai, a new style that came to form one of the two mainstreams of Japanese typefaces and continues to have a significant influence on font design even today. The Shueitai typeface is distinguished by abundant variations matching the size of type and the changing demands of the times. Whether it is the spirited and powerful Sho-go, the delicate and flowing San-go (#3, 16pt), or the bright and solidly reassuring Shuei-Mincho L, all Shueitai typefaces share a vibrant brushwork that adds an expression of eloquence and a burst of brilliance to every printed word. Currently, Shueitai is composed of 17 kinds of fonts.

The DMT Shuei family, published in 2018, consists of DMT Shuei Mincho Pr6 Light, DMT Shuei Mincho Pr6 Medium, DMT Shuei Mincho Pr6 Bold, DMT Shuei YMincho Std Medium, DMT Shuei YMincho Std Bold, DMT Shuei Shogo Mincho Std Heavy (a didone style), DMT Shuei Gothic Kin Std Light, DMT Shuei Gothic Kin Std Medium, DMT Shuei Gothic Kin Std Bold, DMT Shuei Gothic Gin Std Light, DMT Shuei Gothic Gin Std Medium, DMT Shuei Gothic Gin Std Bold, DMT Shuei MGothic Std Light, DMT Shuei MGothic Std Bold, DMT Shuei Anti Std Bold, DMT Shuei 4go Std Medium, and DMT Shuei 4goB Std Heavy. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Daichi Koida

Niigata, Japan-based designer of Block (2015, a constructivist font), Beens (2015, a soft rounded sans typeface) and Liner (2015, a tall display sans). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Dainippon Type Organization

Japanese commercial foundry. Creators of the commercial fonts Military (Kata, hira), Y.M.C.font, UnionJack, KUROFUNE20000, Typostock, Dentypo, and kurofune95. Some free stuff: English-Kunyomi font "Kurofune". This font is present to the admiral Perry he came to Uraga in 1853. This is "Kanji-font" meets "English-font" (sic). Older URL. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Daisuke Fukushi

Japanese type designer, who won the silver prize in the kanji category at the 22nd Morisawa Type Design competition in 2019 for NibuShibu. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Daisuke Monma

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Daisuke Nagatani

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Daisuke Sato
[Cout Works--Drop Design]

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Daisuke Sugisawa

Daisuke Sugisawa is a Japanese type designer who sells his fonts via Font Pavilion. BackSeat is a Japano-Latin sales ad font. Go here for Chopress-825683, and here for Backseat, Marmelade (1997) and Pomade. In Font Pavilion 12 (2000): Giddy-Alphabet, Giddy-Katakana, TeaSpoon-Alphabet, TeaSpoon-Katakana. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Daisuke Suzuki
[VL Gothic]

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Daisuke Yajima

Japanese designer. Together with Hiroaki Nagai, he won an award at TDC55 for an experimental typeface called Utsuba Moon Avant Garde (2009). [Google] [More]  ⦿


Free Latin and Japanese pixel fonts: Untitled, momoarufa, momokana1, momokana2, momokana3, momokana4, momokana5. In addition, this site has a number of dingbat typefaces, many containing hearts and cute objects: momofancy1, momofancy2, momohana, momoharu, momoheart, momoheart2, momohorror, momokira, momoosyare, momotegaki. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Dalton Maag
[Amazon fonts]

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Damedame Corporation

Designers in 1999 of the font Katakana Textbook. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Damien Haikal

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Dan Bailey

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Das Nest der Qualle
[Ren Kiryu]

Ren Kiryu is the Japanese creator in 2007 of RN-DawnRaid (hand-printed), RN-Digitalian (LED simulation), RN-EasyCirclet-OL, RN-EasyCirclet-WL, RN-EasyCirclet, RN-Fraktur1 (blackletter), RN-Gothic1 (blackletter), RN-HoneyBlade, RN-Italic1, RN-Laboratory, RN-Lagopus, RN-LovelyBaby, RN-MilkCafe, RN-RibbonSweets (curly), RN-RoughhewnRomancer, RN-SealingClub, RN-SugarRuskHoney, RN-SwingingJohn, RN-UncialHalfUncial1, RN-disStrayedGhost. Free downloads. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Cloer (kitchen tile font from FLOP Design), Humanbuilding, Pilgi2 (Hangul font), SAKURAhira (kana font), SnowDream, Toon-Plain, VintageDingbats, ZingDing. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Daughters of the Nile
[Melinda Windsor]

Melinda Windsor from Ocala, FL (b. 1960) (but maybe also from Lincoln, NE), designed the occult dingbats font OccultDiary02 in 2001. Free Tamil fonts designed by her: KoothuCapsPlain, KoothuTamelTee, KoothuTamilFont, KoothuTamilFontBold, ThinaKoothuPowderCakes. Frigate (2001, Apostrophic Labs) is a display font family that includes kana characters as well. She is making a new font set, Plastic, at Apostrophic Labs. The Cyrillic/Latin version of Plastic No. 28 (2001). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Daylight Fonts
[Shinya Okabe]

Japanese foundry with excellent web pages on early 20-th century type design. Shin Oka, or Shinya Okabe (b. 1976, based in Himeji) created various revival fonts in or just before 2009, many connected in some way to Tom Carnase and the phototype era. He specializes in 1970s and 1980s typefaces, often with open counters and high contrast. His fonts:

  • Bentley (2010). This is the same as Avant Garde Gothic.
  • Bernhard Neo DF (2010).
  • Caslon223 DF (after ITC/LSC Caslon 223 by Tom Carnase). Other Caslons include Caslon Headlione DF (2010) and Caslon Swash DF (2010).
  • Didot DF (2008).
  • Garamond DF (2010).
  • Grouch DF (after ITC Grouch by Tom Carnase and Ronne Bonder)
  • Lubalin Graph DF (after ITC Luabalin graph by Herb Lubalin, Ed Benguiat, Joe Sundwall, and Tony DiSpigna)
  • Busorama DF (after ITC Busorama by Herb Lubalin and Tom Carnase)
  • L&C Hairline DF (after L&C Hairline by Herb Lubalin and Tom Carnase)
Additionally, they identified the fonts on many covers and albums from the 1960s and 1970s. Further revivals of photolettering era fonts:
  • Baby Teeth (2009): after the art deco typeface of Milton Glaser, 1968, PhotoLettering.
  • CBS Didot (2009): after the original by Freeman Craw, 1970s.
  • Indigo (2009): after a font by Albert Hollenstein, 1970s.
  • Pacella Collegiate (2009): after Vincent Pacella's typeface at PhotoLettering.
  • Penny Bee (2009): a Peignot lookalike.
  • Tiffany Heavy With Swash (2011). A swashy Didot display face. This type was used by Quentin Tarantino's movie Jackie Brown in 1997. Tiffany Heavy (Ed Benguiat, Photolettering) is basically identical to Benguiat Caslon Swash (1960s) and to Foxy Brown (1974). Similar typefaces include LSC Book with Swash by Herb Lubalin and Tom Carnase (ca. 1970).
  • Wexford (2009): after the typeface of Richard A. Schlatter, VGC, 1972.
They are working on Permanent Massiv (after a 1962 Ludwig&Mayer font by Karlgeorg Hoefer---comparable to Impact or Compacta in its massiveness and masculinity), Michel, Didoni, Tiffany, Ginger Snap, Patriot, Motter Ombra, Pistilli Roman, Benguiat Caslon (a large size display Caslon by Ed Benguiat at PhotoLettering; digitized at House Industries by Christian Schwartz and Bas Smidt), and Via Face Don.

In 2020, Shin Oka released the caslon-sinspired Ivy Ivy, the piano key version of a fat Bodoni, the fashionable Gara Gara, the 1970s font Bern Bern, Super Bodo Bodo, the art deco / Bauhaus typeface Sophi Sophi, the art deco typeface Fifty Four, the fashion mag typeface Rache Rache, the Peignotian sans typeface Mid Mid Sun Sun, and the display didone Fau Fau. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Death Hand

Japanese techno fonts (katakana, hiragana): Galaxy, Galaxy Seventeen, Widow, Widow Bold. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Kochi Mincho and Kochi Gothic: public domain kanji truetype fonts. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Debian JP Project

Free Postscript interpreter w/ Japanese text processing capabilities, Aladdin copyright: package gs-aladdin-vflib 5.10-7.2. Page by Atsuhito kohda. Note: package contains a kanji truetype font from the Kakugawa font library. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Freely distributable complete Japanese truetype fonts: wadalab-gothic, watanabe-mincho. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Font links from a site in Japan. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Dejima fonts
[Yoshiki Hayashi]

A free Japanese font derived from Tsukiji Mincho, by Yoshiki Hayashi: Dejima Mincho (2006-2008). [Google] [More]  ⦿


Free image generator (for Japanese) using any text message. Written by Kiyoka. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Demiplane Cultural Bureau--Japanese Language

A free XWindows kanji font, and a free PostScript kana font. Plus some Japanese language links. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Denenchofu Design
[Shuichi Ono]

Original kana and Latin fonts by Shuichi Ono, often of the comic book type. Fonts: Paranoia (2003), DD PARANOiA-MAX (2003, kana), November, DDDynamiteRave-N (2001), Poppers, Miracle Moon, Allnight, PetitCapsule, Dynamite Rave, Boys, DDboomboomkana, DDboomboom, DDbwonderland, DDheroBold, DDheroItalic, DDheroNormal, DDMiracleHiragana, DDMiracleNormal, DDwonderful, DDwWonderland, DDmerrowBold, DDmerrow, DDboomboomkadakana, DDMiracleKadakana, SacchiHiragana, Paranoia, Brilliant2U (circled letters), Lucky Love (pixel font), PetitLove (pixel font for kana), Kaorin (irregular handprinting). The latter fonts are not free. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Denis Roegel
[LaTeX Navigator]

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Organized font archive. Many subcategories including Party fonts, Holiday fonts, Balloons, Halloween, Christmas, screen fonts, phonetic fonts, African, Balinese, Bengali, Burmese, Cambodian, Croata-glagolitic, Cyrillic, Ethiopic, Georgian, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hmong, Japanese, Javanese, Khmer, Lao, Malayan, Nepali, Nko, runes, Tamil, Vietnamese. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Design Signal

Japanese foundry with some interesting output: Whisper (1997, curly Latin display font), Walk (2000, kanji font at Font1000), Shunyo Sora (2000, handwritten kanji face), Shunyo Yama (2000, handwritten kanji face), Shoten (2000, liquid Japanese face), Gakuen (2000, kanji as written by school kids), Bokusui (2000, minimalist kanji face), Bokkoku (2000, a sword-blade style kanji face), Kogatana (2000, sans serif kanji?), Tsumikishin (1999, a very liquid kanji face), Suiken (1999), Momotaro (1999, from the famous children's comic strips), Sekiin (1998), Kinshun (1998), Taikairei (1997, ink-run kanji face), Tsumiki (1997, rectangular letters), Taikaishinsyo (1997), Kururun (1997, curly kanji face), Bobu (1997, comic book font), Shunin (1996, ancient way of drawing kanji), Maimu (1996, geometrical kanji), Shunboku (1994), Buhin (2000, Latin letters made up from mechanical parts). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Design Signal Co
[Yasushi Saikusa]

Successful Japanese type designer, b. 1956, Nagasaki Prefecture. Creator of Gakuen, the gold prize in the 6th Morisawa Awards International Typeface Design Competition, 1999. A simple schoolyard kanji typeface of utter beauty available from Morisawa.

Equally gorgeous and inventful is his Shoutenkaku and Shoutenmaru family, which won an award at the TDC2 2005 type competition.

Saikusa published some Japanese typefaces at FONT1000.

His own company, Design Signal, published Hikari, Picolo, Strong, Corydance, Azure, Magokoro Bro., Type7, Ungrou, Yutampo, Soyokaze, Namikaze, Akari, Highcollar, Kinshichi, Rakugaki, Ayumin, Mambo, Rumba, TA Kirigirisu (used in many book covers, TV ads and web designs in Japan), Fudeshichishichi, Dada, Arinco, Showwa 70, Ikikoku, Flaming, Tomorrow Dream, Tomorrow Skip, Stage 1, Birthday 19, Birthday 21, Tomorrow Walk, U-min Walk, Ryushichi, Fudeshichi, Baby Walk, Itaikoku, Kirigirisu, Shotenkaku, Shotenmaru, Kotsubu, Mayumin Walk, Walk, Kokoro No. 1, Kokoro No. 2, Kokoro No. 3 (all together in TA KokoroF), Ryusen Haru, Ryusen Natsu, Ryusen AKi, Ryusen Fuyu.

His awards not mentioned above include three Ishi awards, and a Morisawa award at the 5th Morisawa International Typeface competition.

Typecache link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Design Studio Blue

Japanese commercial foundry. They offer Latin fonts as well. Among dingbats and special fonts, we cite Benzion, Fraktura, MathFont, Nota, Numerals, Ornament, PiGraphA, PiGraphB. Designers of Takoyaki, sold at Font Pavilion. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Doo-Yul Kwak]

Major Korean type foundry set up in 2014 by Korean type designer Doo-Yul Kwak. Design210 takes credit for about one thousand orginal fonts. Kwak developed several major corporate typefaces for clients that include Samsung and KIA Motors. Design210's typefaces published at MyFonts all cover Latin and Hangul:

  • 210 Namoogothic (2021, by Doo-Yul Kwak). A clean sans style with over 20 thousand glyphs covering also Japanese and Chinese.
  • 210 Kookminchejo. A sans style with a squarish Hangul part.

With Nicolas Noh, Doo-Yul Kwak codesigned the Latin/Hangul script font Nanum Brush Script (2010, NHN Corporation), which is an Apple system font. URL for NHN. Nanum Brush Script at Google Fonts.

While working for Sandoll, he won an award in the Granshan 2014 competition for Sandoll Tokyo. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Designers HIGH (or: Keisuke Asami Design)
[Keisuke Asami]

Keisuke Asami's fonts at Designers HIGH include kana and Latin versions for each typeface. Commercial, sold through Font Pavilion: KSKD3 (2003), DAF (2003, liquid crystal font), Strange Days, Arc and Line (1999), Octagon (1999), Massive, Ecoda. Free: 4or5H, Bitween10A, Bitween10A2, Bumpy (pixel font), COMMUNICATIONA, COMMUNICATIONH, COMMUNICATIONK, EDIFICE, EDITION12A, Elephant A, Elephant K, EQUIPMENT10, EQUIPMENTMONO, EQUIPMENTMONOLight, EQUIPMENTMONORoundLight, EQUIPMENTMONORoundRegular, FONTDELIC, KEY14A, KSKDATA10 (2000, pixel face), MASSIVE10A, MASSIVE10K, MULTIPLIESH, NERIMA, QUIPMonoRegular. Almost all are geometric techno fonts with Roman and Japanese versions. In Font Pavilion 12 (2000), they published MASSIVE, a Latin/kana font family. At FRONTLINE 01, they published Elephant (2002) (Elephanta, 2003). [Google] [More]  ⦿


Japanese outfit. Designer of Designitica Neue, sold at Font Pavilion. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Dex Web

Dex Web or Dex Image is a Japanese font vendor. It also sells Shotai style (brush stroke) kanji fonts. Samples: Dex Ninja, Dex Seigetsu. Other URL. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Dharma Type
[Ryoichi Tsunekawa]

Yet another foundry of Nagoya, Japan-based designer Ryoichi Tsunekawa, who also runs Flat-It, Prop-A-Ganda, and Holiday Type. The first download is the industrial grotesk typeface Bebas Neue (2010), which was followed in 2014 by Bebas Kai, in 2018 by Bebas Neue Semi Rounded and Bebas Neue Rounded, and in 2019 by Bebas Neue Pro. Bebas Neue can now be had for free at Open Font Library and at FontFabric, where new weights and a Cyrillic were added. Bebas Neue v2 is free at Github and Google Fonts. Dedicated web site.

The connected signage typeface Sneaker Script and the 19th century set of ornaments Gothic Extras followed in 2012 and 2011, respectively. Great Victorian (2012) follows the prototypical Victorian style.

In 2015, Dharma Type published the great ultra-black creamy signage script Piepie. In 2016, he published the powerful layered Mighty Slab.

Typefaces from 2017: Pansy Bo (calligraphic), Nothing (script), Daisy Lau (calligraphic), Banana (script), Lily Wang (calligraphic), Calling Code (monospaced programming font), Commuters Sans (elegant wide sans), Mighty Slab, Rigid Square (octagonal), Taro (sans), Concrete Stencil.

Typfaces from 2018: Victorian Orchid (a transitional text typeface characterized by a Victorian era A and a frolicking lower case g), Dr Slab (an extraordinary layerable and colorable rounded slab poster typeface), Code Saver (a condensed monospaced programming font), Sometype Mono (a free programming font family; MyFonts link).

Typefaces from 2019: City Boys Soft, City Boys (sans), Slow Tempo (a relaxed sans family), Baby Baby (an experimental layerable font), Dharma Gothic Rounded. Like Dharma Gothic, it is an antiqued condensed sans serif designed inspired by 1800s-style wood type. It comes in 42 styles.

Typefaces from 2022: Debugger (a 6-style octagonal monospaced programming font).

Dafont link. Creative Market link. Behance link. Graphicriver link. Adobe link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Dick Pape
[Dick Pape: Renji Murata]

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Dick Pape: Renji Murata
[Dick Pape]

In 2009, Dick Pape created the scanbat typeface Range Murata. He writes: Renji "Range" Murata (born October 2, 1968 in Osaka) is a Japanese artist and designer, known for his unique style combining Art Deco and Japanese anime elements. He is best known for his conceptual design work on anime series Last Exile and Blue Submarine No. 6. Download page. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Commercial katakana/hiragana fonts. Several families such as Blade, Electric, Ghost, Rally, Twinkle, Reindeer, Slender. For the Mac, type 1. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Didier Mas

Didier Mas designed the Sword Kanji font (2002), a Japanese font based on the Jim's Kanji font by Jim Kurrasch. Basically, Mas placed all the glyphs in one unicode-compatible font. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Japanese techno fonts (katakana, hiragana): Astro Pop, Cage, Cocoon, Cyborg Assassin, Discotic, Metallic Combatant, Spermula, Spermula Oblique, Spermula Ultra, Spermula Ultra Oblique, Terror Reverse Wing, Terror Wing, Third World Cinema Kana, Third World Cinema Latin, Ultraman Album Collection. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Digital Agent Factory (or: DAF)

Japanese site with free original Mac fonts: Drop, Dodgem, Garage, Doodle, R1999, PeachMelba, Nicoyan. The designer is called "Mao". [Google] [More]  ⦿

Digital Flame Studios
[Kokkei Mizu]

Japanese site which has Kokkei Mizu's free fonts, such as the screen typeface Pixelation (2005). Dafont mentions that the designer is Sindre Smâ (b. 1993, Norway).

Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Digital Works Upside K

Japanese foundry. At some point, some of its fonts were part of FRONTLINE 01. The list of fonts fonts (free, kana only): Kannana, Hitsujigumo, Harigane, DB Straight10 (pixel font, Latin), Aoi-Kaku, Ayase, Madara, Hanahata, Ohzakai, Motogi, Gaura. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Yoshiyasu Ito]

Yoshiyasu Ito's free fonts (Roman and Katakana): the gorgeous Calligraphism, the interesting Labyrinthism. More complete list: D3-Archism, D3-Archism-I, D3-Beatmapism, D3-Beatmapism-Curve, D3-Beatmapism-Neo, D3-Biscuitism, D3-Biscuitism-Bold, D3-Calligraphism, D3-Concretism-typeA, D3-Concretism-typeB, D3-Cosmism, D3-Cosmism-Hiragana, D3-Cosmism-Hiragana-Oblique, D3-Cosmism-Katakana, D3-Cosmism-Katakana-Oblique, D3-Cosmism-Oblique, D3 Craftism (3d face), D3-Cubism, D3-Digitalism, D3-Digitalism-Italic, D3 Egoistism (octagonal), D3-Euronism, D3-Factorism-Alphabet, D3-Factorism-Italic, D3-Factorism-Katakana, D3-Factorism-Katakana-Italic, D3-Guitarism, D3-Honeycombism (hexagonal), D3-Honeycombism-Bold, D3-Honeycombism-Sorround, D3-Isotopism, D3-Labyrinthism-katakana, D3-Labyrinthism, D3-Mochism, D3-Mouldism-Alphabet, D3-Mouldism-Round-Italic, D3-Mouldism-Katakana, D3-Mouldism-Round-Alphabet, D3-Parallelism, D3-PazzlismA, D3-PazzlismB, D3-PipismS, D3-PipismW, D3-RoundSquarism, D3-Stonism, D3-Streetism, D3-Streetism-Katakana, D3-Sufism, D3-Surfism_I, D3-Surfism_IO. Alternate download place where you can also find D3-Circuitism, D3-Circuitism-Oblique, D3-Concretism-typeA, D3-Concretism-typeB, D3-Cozmism, D3-Cozmism-Hiragana, D3-Cozmism-Hiragana-Oblique, D3-Cozmism-Katakana, D3-Cozmism-Katakana-Oblique, D3-Cozmism-Oblique, D3-Electronism, D3-Electronism-Katakana, D3-Smartism-TypeA, D3-Smartism-TypeB, D3-Witchism.

Dafont link. Klingspor link. Fontspace link. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Commercial Japanese font outfit, involved in various font activities. Their fonts are featured at and sold by P22 in the Font Pavilion CD series. Each set features several Roman and Katakana fonts in TrueType for Windows and PostScript for Macintosh. Of particular interest is the DPI72 series, all screen pixel fonts in type 1 format:

  • Eriko Tomita: 10GIRLS series (1999), JISBIT11 series (1999).
  • Takafumi Miyadima: 4030STARCH (1999).
  • Kato Masashi of FLOP Design: AMI-alp and AMI-kat (1999).
  • Masahito Hanzawa of Power Graphix: ASTROCREEP-7pt (1999), Eightball-8pt (1999).
  • Takuya Sato: BrokeBack series (1999), Pastel (1999).
  • Yuji Adachi: CODE14X (1999), DryBones7 (1999), Tempo9 (1999).
  • Taku Anekawa of Param: Dannybitman-7pt, DingBit-FreeSoul, DoshinFont.
  • Yosiro: Echo8 (1999), Riddim7 (1999), Vibes10 (1999).
  • Hideaki Ohtani of fontgraphic.com: F2-BoldScriptALP, F2-BoldScriptKT, F2-ScriptALP, F2-ScriptKT.
  • Hyperion Graphics: GIGANTIC-9 (1999), HELLFIRE series (roman, katakana, 1999), Inferno series (roman and kata, 1999), Starlight9 (1999).
  • Sasuri\245Vivs: Kyosen-TsukaenaiMappo (1999).
  • Atsushi Aoki: PointN (1999).
  • Masayuki Sato of Maniackers Design: Zerozero series (2000).
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Japanese font CD-ROM vendor. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Dmitrii Egorov

Designer of the free pixel typeface Simple Pixels (2016). I covers Latin, Cyrillic and kana. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Dom's Kanji Tattoo Archive

Kanji pictures. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Dong-hwi Kim

Seoul, South Korea-based creator of Spoqa Han Sans (2015-2016), an open source typeface family based on Noto Sans and Lato. It covers Latin, Korean, and Japanese. Githib link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Donna M. Stewart

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Doo-Yul Kwak

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Designer(s) of the free kana and alphading typefaces DOT-BAMBI (groovy kana), DOT-CHAMELEON (curly kana), DOT-FROG (alphading), DOT-MARGARET (kana), DOT-PICKLES (comic book kana). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Dot Colon (also: Arro, Alt Rivet)
[Sora Sagano]

Japanese foundry, formerly Alt Rivet. Superb free fonts: Route 159 (2016, a sans designed for legibility), Eunomia (2013, a sci-fi sans), Seshat (2012), Penna (2011, beautiful hairline sans), Ferrum (roman capitals inspired by the logo of the Final Fantasy series), Medio (didone), Vegur (sans), all developed from 2004 until 2011. Tenderness (2007) is a high-legged beauty of art deco heritage loosely inspired by Garamond and Optima.

In 2014, Seshat became available via TipoType and in 2016 vie Open Font Library. They published the sans family Aileron in 2014 as well. Open Font Library link for Aileron.

Arro. Klingspor link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Download Tantei

Free Nihongo-dayori 48x48 pixel bitmap printer font for Japanese (.exe format, 1.5MB). [Google] [More]  ⦿

DPI '72

About 60 commercial pixel fonts for 70 USD, Mac and PC. Drawn by Japanese designers for Font Pavilion/P22. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Downloads of many truly free font packages for all languages. Besides the Ghostscript type 1 collection, the free Charter fonts, and the Utopia, Luxi and Courier series, we find these truetype fonts: 09t@, AndaleMono, Antiqu@rk, Arial-Black, Arial-BoldItalicMT, Arial-BoldMT, Arial-ItalicMT, ArialMT, Baekmuk-Batang, Baekmuk-Dotum, Baekmuk-Gulim, Baekmuk-Headline, Bandal, BitstreamCyberBase-Roman, BitstreamVeraSans-Bold, BitstreamVeraSans-BoldOblique, BitstreamVeraSans-Oblique, BitstreamVeraSans-Roman, BitstreamVeraSansMono-Bold, BitstreamVeraSansMono-BoldOb, BitstreamVeraSansMono-Oblique, BitstreamVeraSansMono-Roman, BitstreamVeraSerif-Bold, BitstreamVeraSerif-Roman, BousungEG-Light-GB, ComicSansMS-Bold, ComicSansMS, CourierNewPS-BoldItalicMT, CourierNewPS-BoldMT, CourierNewPS-ItalicMT, CourierNewPSMT, Eunjin, GBZenKai-Medium, GeometricSlab703BT-Light, GeometricSlab703BT-LightItalic, Georgia-Bold, Georgia-BoldItalic, Georgia-Italic, Georgia, Impact, LuxiMono-Bold, LuxiMono-BoldOblique, LuxiMono-Oblique, LuxiMono, LuxiSans-Bold, LuxiSans-BoldOblique, LuxiSans-Oblique, LuxiSans, LuxiSerif-Bold, LuxiSerif-BoldOblique, LuxiSerif-Oblique, LuxiSerif, Kochi-Gothic, Kochi-Mincho, Ongdalsam, Sazanami-Gothic-Regular, Sazanami-Mincho-Regular, ShanHeiSun-Light, TimesNewRomanPS-BoldItalicMT, TimesNewRomanPS-BoldMT, TimesNewRomanPS-ItalicMT, TimesNewRomanPSMT, Trebuchet-BoldItalic, TrebuchetMS-Bold, TrebuchetMS-Italic, TrebuchetMS, UnBatang-Bold, UnBatang, UnBom, UnDotum-Bold, UnDotum, UnGraphic-Bold, UnGraphic, UnGungseo, UnJamoBatang, UnJamoDotum, UnJamoNovel, UnJamoSora, UnPen, UnPenheulim, UnPilgi-Bold, UnPilgi, UnShinmun, UnTaza, UnYetgul, Verdana-Bold, Verdana-BoldItalic, Verdana-Italic, Verdana, Webdings, ZenKai-Medium. They cover European, Chinese, Korean, and Japanese. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Drop In

Japanese foundry. Besides a few katakana and hiragana fonts, they have these Latin pixel fonts made in 2002 and 2003: HM-Applique, HM-BitBox, HM-Break-Bit, HM-Coron, HM-D-HaryuBitOne, HM-EasyBitHR, HM-EasyBitKT, HM-Fine-Bit-Beam, HM-Fine-Bit-Edge, HM-FineBit, HM-FirmBit, HM-HaryuBitOne, HM-LankyBit, HM-LeanBit, HM-OthelloBlack, HM-OthelloWhite, HM-Sinker-Bit, HM-SlenderBit, HM-SquareBitHR, HM-SquareBitKT, HM-TinyBit, HM-Typer-Bit, HM-Wire-Bit. The designer is Haryu. Old URL. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Dry Heaves Fonts (was: Phil Fonts)
[Phillip Andrade]

Not to be confused with Phil's Fonts, Phil Fonts offers charityware fonts by Phillip Andrade who uses the nicknames Dry Bohnz, neatoguy and spamboy. Most fonts are grungy, and were designed roughly between 1999 and 2003.

The list: BlownDroid, Neatified, HappyLarry, IShotTheSheriff, Alien Marksman, EvilCow, Corporate Suit, BadHairDay, Tiptonian, Philbats. Grouped as Scroll fonts from the dead Sea, we find: Habbakuk Scroll (Hebrew), Manual of Discipline (Hebrew), Parthenon (Greek), Ambrosius, Problem Secretary (old typewriter), DeadCircuit, MoldyPillow, Pastorswrit, RadiatedPancake, StolenLlama, Untitled, WetNapkin, Worn Manuscript (1999, grungy blackletter), DustyWombat, NasalDrip, Alphasnail, CarbonatedFont, RaptorAttack (2001), Warped Greased Monkey, Alphasnail (2001), Beth David (1999, Hebrew), Greased Monkey (2001), Lost City (1999, Hebrew), Missing man out (2001), No Brainer (2001), Raptor Kill (2001), Spazbats (2002, dingbats), Speed of Oatmeal (2001), Troglodyte (2001), Polyphemus (2000), Infestation (2000), Hand Drawn Wasabi (2002, katakana font), I Am A Font Designer (2003, scanbats), Neosight (2003), FirstTemple (2003, an old Phoenician lettering font), ScreamingGuitar (2002, guitar dingbats), DHUgaritic (2003), PeskyPhoenicians (2003).

Devian tart link. Alternate URL. Fontspace link. Dafont link. Abstract Fonts link. [Google] [More]  ⦿


DSEG (2017) is a free set of original 7 segment and 14 segment (LED style) fonts, ten fonts in total. It contains DSEG7, DSEG14 and DSEGWeather (weather icons). The designer is Keshikan, who is based in Japan. Github link. Open Font Library link. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Japanese company that produced the dingbat fonts KamonJTCC, KamonLTCC in 2001. Other fonts are mostly kana fonts: FKG5, Gdmc5, Ioa5, Ss5, Ufo5 (kana). Hkf is Latin connected handwriting. Gdks is a partially full kanji font. Alternate URL. [Google] [More]  ⦿

DynaComware Corp

Taiwan-based foundry involved in the production of both Chinese and Japanese fonts, est. 1987 as DynaLab. It now has offices in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Taipei. FontShop link. It made fonts such as LiSong Pro (2003, distributed with Apple software), LiHei Pro (2003, for Chinese, which can be downloaded here), Biau Kai (1995, distributed with Apple software), DFP Kantei Ryu, DFP Kyokashotai, and DFP Reisho.

Linotype sells these (incomplete list): DF Brush Japanese Font Family, DF Bu Ding Simplified Chinese Font Family, DF Bun Cho Min Japanese Font Family, DF Cai Dai Simplified Chinese Font Family, DF Craft Japanese Font Family, DF Dan Kai Sho Japanese Font Family, DF En En Japanese Font Family, DF En Kai Japanese Font Family, DF Fang Yuan Simplified Chinese Font Family, DF Ga Gei Japanese Font Family, DF Gan Kai Sho Japanese Font Family, DF Gang Bi Simplified Chinese Font Family, DF Glide Japanese Font Family, DF Go Hitu Gyo Sho Japanese Font Family, DF Gyo Kai Sho Japanese Font Family, DF Gyo Sho Japanese Font Family, DF H G Kai Sho Japanese Font Family, DF Hai Bao Simplified Chinese Font Family, DF Hei Simplified Chinese Font Family, DF Hibi Gothic Japanese Font Family, DF Hibi Gothic Japanese Font Family, DF Horror Japanese Font Family, DF Jin Wen Simplified Chinese Font Family, DF K Kai Sho Japanese Font Family, DF Ka Gei Japanese Font Family, DF Kai Simplified Chinese Font Family, DF Kaku Pop Japanese Font Family, DF Kaku Tai Hi Japanese Font Family, DF Kann Tei Ryu Japanese Font Family, DF Kann Ting Liu Simplified Chinese Font Family, DF Ken Ryu Gyo Sho Japanese Font Family, DF Ki Sou Kyu Japanese Font Family, DF Kin Bun Japanese Font Family, DF Ko Tai O Hi Japanese Font Family, DF Kyo Geki Japanese Font Family, DF Kyo Sui Japanese Font Family, DF Lei Ga So Japanese Font Family, DF Li Jin Hei Simplified Chinese Font Family, DF Long Men Simplified Chinese Font Family, DFK Mincho Korean, DF Naughty Japanese Font Family, DF Neko Maru Japanese Font Family, DF PenJi Japanese Font Family, DF POP 1 Simplified Chinese Font Family, DF POP 2 Simplified Chinese Font Family, DF POP 3 Simplified Chinese Font Family, DF POP Mix Japanese Font Family, DF Ren Ren Japanese Font Family, DF Renga Japanese Font Family, DF Ribon Japanese Font Family, DF Script Li Traditional Chinese Font Family, DF Script Miao Traditional Chinese Font Family, DF Script Er Traditional Chinese Font Family, DF Script Hsiu Traditional Chinese Font Family, Liu Traditional Chinese Font Family, DF Script Tsai Traditional Chinese Font Family, DF Script Ya Traditional Chinese Font Family, DF Script Yun Traditional Chinese Font Family, DF Script Chu Traditional Chinese Font Family, DF Script Mo Traditional Chinese Font Family, DF Script Pao Traditional Chinese Font Family, DF Script Tou Traditional Chinese Font Family, DF Script Qiao Traditional Chinese Font Family, DF Shao Nv Simplified Chinese Font Family, DF Shi Yi Simplified Chinese Font Family, DF Shou Jin Simplified Chinese Font Family, DF So Sho Japanese Font Family, DF Song Simplified Chinese Font Family, DF SP Lei Sho Japanese Font Family, DF Star Gothic Japanese Font Family, DF Std Kai Traditional Chinese Font Family, DF Std Song Traditional Chinese Font Family, DF Stick Japanese Font Family, DF Tan Li Simplified Chinese Font Family, DF Taru Gothic Japanese Font Family, DF Tegaki Warabe Japanese Font Family, DF Toge Pop Japanese Font Family, DF Wa Wa Simplified Chinese Font Family, DF Wie Bei Simplified Chinese Font Family, DF Ya Song Simplified Chinese Font Family, DF YaYi Simplified Chinese Font Family, DF Yu Ga So Japanese Font Family, DF Yuan Simplified Chinese Font Family, DF Zong Yi Simplified Chinese Font Family, DF Zou Kei Japanese Font Family.

Wawati (2012) is an Apple system font. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Major producer of Chinese and Japanese fonts. Dynafont OpenType 127 Chinese Fonts (2006) is Dynafont's latest OpenType Chinese font package with 127 fonts. It retails for 200 USD. see also here. [Google] [More]  ⦿

DynaFont 54 CD-ROM

54 full-fledged Japanese fonts on one CD. Price: 150 USD. Windows or Mac. See also here. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Japanese company, selling Japanese and Chinese postscript fonts here. Example: 38 fonts for 2400 USD. Demo download page. See also here. The Corel 13 CD has these DynaLab CJK fonts, dated 1997: DFGothic-EB, DFGothic-SU, DFGothic-UB, DFGyoSho-Lt, DFKGothic-Bd, DFKGothic-Md, DFKMincho-Bd, DFKMincho-Md, DFKaiSho-Lt, DFKaiSho-Md, DFKaiSho-SB, DFKaiSho-UB, DFKoIn-W4, DFKyoKaSho-W4, DFLeiGaSo-W9, DFMaruGothic-Bd, DFMaruGothic-Lt, DFMaruGothic-Md, DFMaruMoji-SL, DFMaruMoji-W9, DFMincho-SU, DFMincho-UB, DFMincho-W5, DFPOP1-SB, DFPOP1-W12, DFPOP1-W3, DFPOP1-W5, DFPOP1-W9, DFPOP2-W12, DFPOP2-W9, DFRuLei-W5, DFRuLei-W7, DFSinSo-W3, DFSoGei-W7, DFSoKing-W3, DFSumo-W12, DFTFLeiSho-W5, DFTFLeiSho-W7, DFTFLeiSho-W9. [Google] [More]  ⦿

East End
[Shinpei Ino]

Shinpei Ino graduated from a Japanese art school and worked for two design firms before founding East End in 2017. In 2021, he released the counterless geometric solid typeface Sails Next.

Typefaces from 2022: Chet (a sans inspired by the lettering on the signs of American diners and gas stations in the 1950s and 60s). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿


Commercial Japanese foundry. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Eco Michiba

Designer at Font Pavilion of COVERGIRL2000 (2000). [Google] [More]  ⦿


Japanese commercial foundry. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Edge of Perspective (or: EOP_takeshi)
[Takeshi Ooya]

Takeshi Ooya (Edge of Perspective owner) designed the Latin and kana fonts EOPcouponE, EOPcouponE, EOPlaahiragana, EOPlaakaakana, EOPlava, EOPshion, all made in 1998. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Edo Moji

Edo Moji are letter forms from the Edo period (when Edo was the capital of Japan). Hand-painted letters on storefronts and lettering on consumer goods led to many styles, often plumpish. We list a few:

  • Kanteiryu. A style of calligraphy used for publicity and programs for arts like Kabuki and others. It is characterized by its extremely dense texture.
  • Yose Moji. A handwritten style for Japanese theater.
  • Sumo Ji. A special style for sumo rankings and announcements.
  • Kago Ji. Caged letters, thick and squarish.

The Edo Moji are still in use today. The evolution of these letters until today was sketched by Tomoko Ishikawa in her presentation at ATypI 2019 in Tokyo. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Edomoji Type
[Aiden Catbagan]

American designer / programmer Aiden Catbagan describes himself in this way: Aiden Catbagan uses a combination of programming and traditional design tools to create typefaces from historical sources. By his using the latest technology and methods available the design process is streamlined and the results are of the highest quality.

In 2021, he published New Kakuji, as well as the most common surnames in Japan, in addition to many other historically and culturally significant words, going well beyond the scope of characters that were used in the Edo period. No other font has expanded the character set of the Kakuji Style to the same extent as New Kakuji. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿


Five commercial Japanese truetype fonts by EduThink in their "KanjiKit 2000": TAmadam, TAsamurai, TAamayadori, TAtegaki, TAtsurara. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Edward G.J. Lee
[LGJ Font Notes]

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Efont (Electronic Font Open) project
[Hiroki Kanou]

A Japanese font project at Sourceforge being led by Hiroki Kanou. Fonts in this distribution include Kochi-Gothic, Kochi-Mincho (both are spindly), Sazanami-Gothic-Regular, Sazanami-Mincho-Regular (for Sazanami, see also here). Related projects: VL Gothic, Electronic Font IOpen Laboratory, Project Vine (by Daisuke Suzuki). The VL-Gothic-Regular and VL-PGothic-Regular (2006; VL stands for Vine Linux) also evolved from the Wada fonts but are associated with the Vine Linux Project and Daisuke Suzuki. Another subpage of links. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Eiichi Ishii

Japanese FontStructor who made an attempt at a pixelized art deco face, Test Font (2011). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Eiichi Kono

Japanese type designer. He started out in the photo optical industry in Tokyo with Carl Zeiss and American Optical. He studied type design at the London College of Printing and the Royal College of Art. From 1979 until 1985 he worked at the graphic design firm Banks&Miles in London. There he redesigned Johnston Underground Sans for text setting as well as display use, now known as New Johnston, and carried out a feasibility study for space saving and legibility for the BT telephone directory, proving that Matthew Carter's Bell Centennial was the best suited typeface for the purpose. He also taught typography at Middlesex Polytechnic between 1980 and 1988. With Matthew Carter, he developed the full Roman and kanji OpenType font family Meiryo (2004), as part of Microsoft's ClearType project. Other participants on this project included Takeharu Suzuki of C&G and Yukiko Ueda. Meiryo won the Tokyo TDC 2007 award. He is currently a senior research fellow at University of Brighton, leading research into Edward Johnston's legacy. From 2015 until 2016, he is president of Double Crown Club in London, a dining club and society of printers, publishers, book designers and illustrators in London that was founded in the 1920s.

At ATypI 2007 in Brighton, he spoke about Sustainability and typography.

In 2012, he designed CC Art Sans for CCA Kitakyushu.

With Lida Lopes Cardozo, he designed Kindersley Street Italic, a typeface created to accompany Kindersley Street (2005), which in turn is a revival of David Kindersley's MoT Serif (1952).

In 2020, he published LDN Kono and LDN Kono Hairline at London Type. LDN Kono is a clean humanist sans family originally designed by Eiichi Kono for the Center for Contemporary Art Kitakyushu under the name CCAArt Sans. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Eiji Nishidai

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Eiji Sunaga

Designer in 2000 at Maniackers Design of Tanrei Katakana, a Latin simulation in katakana. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Eishu Ohno

Japanese type designer. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Eisuke Furukawa
[Hyperion Graphics]

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eKanji fonts

Japanese page, where you can download Kanji bitmap fonts. From the Human Sciences Institute at Kyoto University, by Niwa and Katsumura. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Shinji Yamaguchi]

Electron is a Japanese site. Click on menu, then sozai, and then font to find these truetype bitmap creations by Shinji Yamaguchi: ele-chromosome, ele-cryptozoite, ele-digital-sneezing, ele-electrolysis-a, ele-electrolysis-k, ele-electrocardiogram. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Wataru Tonohka]

Free fonts by Wataru Tonohka (Electropithecus) made in 1999-2000: ET Aluminium, ET Electrotype, ET Technokid, ET Rocketype, Zipangu, Metal, BoogieBlocks (1999), BT6001, BT7001, BT8001, ET BT Ultra9, ET QtFunny, ET BT11B, ET BT 11A. Mostly computer simulation fonts. See also here. Fontspace link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Mattias Jakobsson]

At elefont (and before that at subform) we could fond the free (non-commercial use only) fonts Halvar, Bailando, Onaka (katakana) and Atmosphere (fantastic LED font), designed by Swede Mattias Jakobsson in cooperation with Daniel Brandt. Elefont disappeared but is revived at typOasis by CybaPee. Dafont link. Fontspace link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Elena Suzuki

During her studies at Tokyo University of the Arts, Elena suzuki created Blur Lines (2014), an all caps typeface that consists of horizontally striped letters based on Trajan. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Elephant Shape Productions (ESP)

Great futuristic fonts for the Mac and PC by an unnamed designer: Doubt, Porhythm, Offon, Sneakout, Stride, Cosmos0, and a katakana font, ESPF-9806. Direct access.

Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Eliza Ling Suet Fung

Designer of Yuuku, the silver prize in the 6th Morisawa Awards International Typeface Design Competition, 1999. A great brush kanji font. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Elmer Keddy

Designer of the free handwritten Latin and kanji fonts ElmerFont and ElmerPFont. Alternate URL. Download page. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Emi Tulett

Yokohama, Japan-based designer of the Victorian layered typeface Modern Cirque (2015). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Emperorsoft (was: Tetsu, or Death and Graphics)

Original fonts by Tetsu such as Devil Head (1997), ASAKI-YUMEMISI, Benzen-Ring, COASTER-TO-HELL, DEGI-pulse, GRCaGoon, JIGOCK-COASTER, MATH-BOOK, Panda-Boy, PromptDream, X-dotz, bonapalt-F, devil-head, gulchagon-gothic, hell-2. Alternate URL. Site vanished. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Japanese creators of free techno fonts in 2009: 134217728 (dot matrix), Mondroid, Athlobatica, Energear, Ocatazke (almost Kafkaesque), Sorobin, Xbywire, Siki on koo, Octatrax. The hexagonal typeface Eusocia was added in 2014.

Fontspace link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Enfour Media Laboratory

Japanese outfit based in Sendagaya, Tokyo, which made the commercial truetype font Keitai, based on a 12x12 bitmap. See also here. Other products include the Enfour Type Collection and the Type Bank Professional Font Series. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Epson Japan


Eri Nagae

Japanese designer with Masayuki Sato of Stitch AL (2008, Maniackers). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Eriko Tomita

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Japanese designer(s) of the pixel typefaces Bwnsnw-Bitmap, Bwnsnw, Fanda-Black, Fanda-Egyptian, Fanda-Sans, Tdmex-Bitmap, and the display typefaces SukplenaPS (2004), Pruspic-Openface, Pruspic-Paint, and the art nouveau sans fonts Val-Blanc-Bold, and Val-Blanc. All typefaces are from 2001-2002, except where indicated.

Fontspace link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Every Witch Way
[D. Paul Alecsandri]

D. Paul Alecsandri designed the runic fonts Futharc (2001), NewSymbolFont (2000) and Samaritan (2001). We also find the rather complete Unicode truetype font Roman-Unicode (2001), which cover all European, Arabic, Hebrew, Greek, Cyrillic, Thai and Indic languages, and provide kana as well (but not kanji). All parts of unicode covered. See also here.

Samaritan (2001) deals with a pre-Samaritan or pre-Babylonian Hebrew.

Originally designed for linguistics, the free typeface Chrysanthi Unicode (2001) contains all Unicode Latin characters (including Basic Latin, Latin 1 Supplement, Latin Extended A&B, IPA, and Latin Extended Additional) as well as Greek, Cyrillic, Hebrew, and everal others.

Fontspace link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

evm web channel (was: e-val Monkeys)

Free Mac and Windows fonts: the katakana SteelEdge and Heroic, and the Latin fonts Cootan, Cyclops and CKP (Chuck Kichit Pichit). The last three fonts are commercial. Some of these may be bought through Font Pavilion. Flower. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Extract (was: Extra Designs)
[Shin Sasaki]

Extract is a design studio in Sapporo, Japan, which consists of Nobutaka Sato, Yusuke Ohba, and Takuya Inomata. Before that, it was called Extra Designs.

As Extra Designs, it offered free original fonts designed by Shin Sasaki. There were also commercial fonts. The original list of typefaces included Takugin (romaji, kata, commercial), Animals, Compact, Cubicle (1999, 3d lettering, done with Nobutaka Sato), Dotchinhime, FatUltra, HelvetikanaBold, Leaves (original!), Nippon-Bold, Roundstyle, Diet (commercial, 2001, a simple script), Pavement, Squaretype 1.0 and 2. Direct access. Some of these are katakana fonts.

At Shift Factory: Nippon Bold 2.0, Helveticana Bold, Squaretype 2.0, Fat-Ultra 2.0, Animals, Leaves, Child Blocks, Sebastian. Paraline (2001) is a circle-geometric tri-line font family. Dub Ainu (2013) is a custom typeface for the Dub Ainu band.

Homepage. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Eyeballbaby (or: All Blue Baby)

Japanese pixel font maker also called "eyeballbaby and the unlucky land cycommunications": abb.bitz-evilyou (2003), abb.bitz-nerdcore (2004), abb.bitz-shortcut (2003). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Family Font Mart
[Akihiro Oya]

Free fonts by Akihiro Oya in truetype format for Mac and PC: Nishichiba, NerimaNumber, BERLIN-REDRAIN-Italic, BERLIN-REDRAIN-Regular, Canarendon-Broken, Chubu-08-Normal, G.B.BOOT, GENERAL, GUNJU (very original stencil font), Horror-Impact-B, KANEIWA-alp-regular (simulated Japanese), Logic-twenty-five-A, Logic-twenty-five-Normal, Logic-twenty-five-Q, MEN'S-COSME, MINIMALHARD, MINIMALHARD2, NAKAMURA, Overheads, R.P.G.-KATAKANA, R.P.G., TAPEMAN, Telavision, VIET-MAP-LOVE, cubic-millimeter, enikusu-HG, square-millimeter, super-detective-kids, tamio-qn6, trattorian-2, videobeast-80's, namco_regular. Two of these are katakana fonts. All of them may be classified as experimental. Many can be used at small sizes on screens ("pixel fonts").

Dafont link. Fontspace link. Abstract Fonts link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fancy Graphic
[Keita Soejima]

Keita Soejima's fonts are sold through Font Pavilion: Squash, SPORTS WEAR, Portable, Cheese, Mog (2000), Plamoframe, Scooter E, Scooter J, Sportswear Sweat E, Sportswear Sweat J. Many fonts have katakana and romaji versions. Home page. Newest additions: Cartridge E, Edit E, Sponge E, Basic E, Portable E, Squash E. Mac fonts by Keita Soejima and Yo-Yo: two free Roman fonts (French Curve, Marking Marker), one Thai font (Taikana) and an experimental hiragana font (Koike) at this site run by Keita Soejima. Page at DEX Image. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Clerk Ma]

Free Opentype Chinese fonts for Chinese typesetting available via CTAN, the Math TeX archive. The Fandol team consists of Clerk Ma and Jie Su. Created in 2013, the font family covers the basic Chinese styles, FandolSong (like didone), FandolHei (like sans), FandolKai (calligraphic) and FandolFang (like slab serif). All fonts cover Latin and Chinese, and some have Japanese coverage as well. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Hiroyuki Watanabe]

Hiroyuki Watanabe (fatdesign) is a Japanese free font maker whose motto is It is one vomited by the individual. Designer at FontStruct in 2008 of fatbitboy. Their other creations from 2008, both Latin and Hirgana/Katakana, are often techno or experimental: FDF_Adapter, FDF_Architectsis, FDF_Beehive, FDF_HiragaNize, FDF_IrishIrish (stitching font), FDF_MiCRO-MINI (pixel face), FDF_Modanium, FDF_NANAMETTA-PIENETTA-TAKANA, FDF_Taspotron, FDF_WeatherPictgram. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Japanese page which explains the nature and design of pixel typefaces, and gives an overview of the main font formats. Another subpage of links. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fedora Project: ZY Song

This archive contains ZY Song (2001, ZhongYi Electronic Co.), a 30,000 plus Chinese font. It covers these languages: Asu, Bemba, Bena, Bulgarian, Chiga, Chinese, Congo Swahili, Cornish, English, Gusii, Indonesian, Japanese, Kabuverdianu, Kalenjin, Kinyarwanda, Luo, Luyia, Machame, Makhuwa-Meetto, Makonde, Malay, Morisyen, North Ndebele, Nyankole, Oromo, Rombo, Rundi, Russian, Rwa, Samburu, Sangu, Shambala, Shona, Sichuan Yi, Soga, Somali, Swahili, Taita, Teso, Tibetan, Vunjo, Zulu. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Field's Colour

Souka designed these mostly hand-printed Latin and/or kanji fonts: FC-Wind, FC-Earth, FC-Flower, FC-Grass, FC-Stone, FC-Sun, FC-Water. [Google] [More]  ⦿

figfonts-cjk 2.2-3

Chinese-Japanese-Korean fonts for figlet, a GNU Linux program by Francesco Tapparo. "Figlet is a program that creates large characters out of ordinary screen characters. It can create characters in many different styles and can kern and "smush" these characters together in various ways. Figlet output is generally reminiscent of the sort of "signatures" many people like to put at the end of e-mail and Usenet messages. " Fonts included: Fang Song Ti, Song Ti, CNS, Jiskan 16, Hanglg16, Kanglm16. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Finder is a multiscript typeface developed in 2020 at Black Foundry by Jérémie Hornus, Gaëtan Baehr, Changchun Ye and Zhang Miao. This neutral sans is intended for interface design, and covers Arabic, Cyrillic, Greek, Hangul, Hebrew, Japanese, Latin, Simplified Chinese, Thai and Traditional Chinese. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fisher Virginia

Download Ming Liu (TrueType) for Chinese Traditional, MS Hei (TrueType) for Chinese Simplified, MS Song (TrueType) for Chinese Simplified, MS Gothic (TrueType) for Japanese, MS Mincho (TrueType) for Japanese. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Ryoichi Tsunekawa]

Japanese foundry in Nagoya that offers free and commercial Latin fonts made by Ryoichi Tsunekawa, who also runs Bagel & Co, Dharma Type, HolidayType and Prop-A-Ganda. Most of his work was done at Flat-It. His typefaces:

  • 2021: Best Choice (a monospaced sans), Short Films (an art deco sans in twelve styles), Golden Decades (a 16-style sans that borrows from several sans genres).
  • 2019: Mid Century Sans, Tamba Sans, Rama Gothic Rounded, Bio Sans Soft.
  • 2018: Fairweather (clean sans), Kaneda Gothic (a basic severe condensed gothic), Vincente (a tall condensed display didone family).
  • 2017: Calling Code (monospaced programming font), Commuters Sans (elegant wide sans), Mighty Slab, Rigid Square (octagonal), Taro.
  • 2016: Bio Sans, Gomme Sans, Quiet Sans, Siro (sans).
  • 2014: Pero (condensed rounded organic sans), Kiro (minimalist organic sans), Graphie (modern geometric sans), Compasse (semi-condensed sans), Como (rounded sans).
  • 2013: Spoon (organic, rounded, monoline sans family), Antoinette Monogrammes (based on early 1900s embroideries by Janon Co; with frames), Clonoid (a sci-fi family that pays tribute to arcade game logos in 80s and 90s), All Round Gothic Demi (a sans based on perfect circles), Griffon (copperplate titling face), Antique Spenserian (based on Spencerian Script by Mackellar, Smiths and Jordan).
  • 2012: Geom Graphic (a retro sci-fi family that can be considered as a squarish version of Eurostile), Sheepman (modular), House of Cards, Space Colony (a lovely monoline futuristic techno family), Rama Slab (an antiqued wood-style slab serif), Rama Gothic. An antiqued sans serif family that recalls the wood type era), Diamond Ring (an art deco typeface inspired by Japanese cosmetics-packaging designs and posters from the late 19th and early 20th centuries), Controller (techno meets organic in this rounded squaris sans family), Revolution Gothic (an extended version of PAG Revolucion), 2008, which was inspired by retro propaganda posters and wallpainting in Cuba from the 60s to 80s; Revolution Gothic P followed in 2014), Diamond Ring (art deco).
  • 2011: Yummo (monoline organic sans), Sheepman (based on the wood type No. 506 of William Page), Onick (2011, an art deco neojaponist fat display face done for Wordshape), Shiva (2011, hairline sans), Mocha Mattari (2011, grunge), Dharma Slab (2011, inspired by 1800s-style wood type), Dharma Gothic (2011, +P), Rama Gothic (2011, also inspired by 1800s-style wood type), Dimensions (2011, squarish), Design System (2011, a large family based on 70s style techno typefaces), Speedometer (2011, condensed piano key face).
  • 2010: Stereo Gothic (2010: an extended all caps slightly techno sans family), Behrensmeyer Vigesimals (2010, a pixel format connected script), Civilite Vigesimals (2010, pixelized Civilite), Flat10 Arts and Crafts (2010), Flat20 Hippies, Flat10 Segments (2010), Flat10 Antique (2010), Flat20 Gothic (2010), Flat20 Streamer (2009, pixelized ribbon font), Flat10 Fraktur, Flat10 holy, Flat10 Holly, Flat10 Stencil, Flat20 Headline, Flat10 Artdeco, Word From Radio (2008-2010). Cigarette (2007, Bauhaus/Peignot-style).
  • 2009: African Elephant Trunk (2009), Concrete Script, Concrete Stencil (2009, a stencil calligraphic script), Perfect Magic (2009), HT Maison (2009, signage face), HT Farmacia (2009, connected school script), HT Espresso (2008, upright script), HT Cartoleria (2008, connected script), HT Cafe (2009), Sneaker Script (2009).
  • 2007-2008: Bistro Mono (2007, an awkward monoline face), Thousands (2007), Balaghat (2008), Garash Script (2008, a Halloween face), Woodstamp (2008), Banana (2008, brush script), Rebel Train Goes (2007, a piano key font), Rouge (2007, an elegant lipstick-on-the-bathroom-mirror pair of typefaces), Yasashii (2007, a great geometric art deco Broadway-style family, famous for being used in Damien Chazelle's La La Land, the 2017 blockbuster movie), Lily Wang (calligraphic script), Nothing (2007), Garash (2007, Arabic simulation), Moon Star Soul (2007, Western saloon font), Grandes Vacances (+ Une, Deux) (2007), Pansy Bo (calligraphic), Dremie (2007, an art deco headline typeface with Open and Fill weights), Grandes Vacances (2007, based on 19th century billboard letters), Xesy (2007, a fantastic "ronde" high-contrast upright connected script), Deluta Black (2007, a soft blackletter), Cotoris (2007, a 4-style family that takes inspiration from Koch Antiqua and the art nouveau movement).
  • 2006: Daisy Lau (calligraphic), Agedage Luxeuil (based on a monasteric script from the 8th century), Agedage Cancellaresca, Agedage Beneventan, Agedage Simple Versal (2006, Lombardic caps simplified), Amsterdam Modern (art nouveau influences), Flat10 [Holly, Holy, Stencil, Fraktur] (a set of pixel typefaces), Machiarge (a heavy connected brushed signage script), Chic Hand (connected script), Double Dagger (geometric stencil family), Fault (an art deco striped lettering face), Killernuts (headline serif typeface with brush stroke endings), Underconstructionism! (a rectangular look family with associated dingbats), Machia (decorative script), Kiwi (geometric hairline), Bagel (roundish comic book face), Jaguarundi (distressed), Boycott (distressed), Tokyotrail (futuristic techno family), Coconut (noisy outline face), Coconut Split, Fresh Tomato (LED simulation), El Piedra (letterpress emulation), Dried Tomato (LED simulation), Dutch Style, Mocha Harrar (great stencil face), 103 (experimental, Bank Gothic style), Airhead, ArealBlack, Awkward, BagelNew, BagelOld, Banbino, Bebas (2005, industrial sans), Bebas Kai (2014: free!), Bebas Neue (2010: free!), Bebas Neue Bold, Berlin89, Blackout (redesigned in 2011 as the ulta-narrow Dimensions), Boycott (grunge), Built-1970, Bunyan, Busted, Camera (2007), Canstop, Chiangmai (Thai simulation face), DBLline, Dijkstra, Dutchstyle, Fling, Graphite, Harcomaso, Hiexplosive, Hitech, Honeycomb, Junkmix, Kanatypo, KemikalHi, Machia (a calligraphic family), Meegoreng, Mikrob, Natsupopy, Overwork, Palsu, Plamo, Plasitico, REC001, REC002, REC003, Resistance, SQRT, STdigi (LED font), Shandy, Superstar, Tembaga, Tenaga, Tomodachi, Tragedia, Trucker, VRdigital, VRembroidery, Welcome2M, Workaholic, Zeebraa, plot-A, plot-K, Appendix 3, Gesso (grunge), Pusab (ultra round; one free weight), Sushitaro, Typewrong, Celtics Modern (a Celtic family of fonts). At T-26, he published CRZ (2006), Guppy, Ohana (octagonal), Picnica (2006), and Wearetrippin.

MyFonts link. Fontsquirrel link for their free fonts such as Bebas (2005, industrial sans), Boycott, Gesso, and Pusab.

Typefaces from 2022: Senpai Coder, Madromit (a layerable futuristic font inspired by the early computer fonts), Tokyo Olive (art deco), Poipoi (a layerable 3d or bubblegum font).

YWFT link. Bagel & Co. link. Klingspor link. Dafont link. Dafont link.


View Ryoichi Tsunekawa's typefaces. Kernest link. Adobe link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿


Japanese outfit. Designed the commercial katakana comic book font Comic. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Flop Design
[Kato Masashi]

Japanese site with original fonts by Kato Masashi (b. 1973), who lives in Takasaki (Gunma prefecture, Japan): Parismatch (2004), SAKUalp (2000, handwriting), Steeltype, Broadband, Hivision, Cinematime, Ultracomic, Ice Cream, Be Happy, Summer Beauty, Flyermix, Cheerscript, Breakstyle, Breakfont, Round, H-Five, Natsucomi, Long Vacation, Lovers, Breakfont (2003, graffiti style), Pokkaman, BeHappy, Natsucomi, Momolcan, Seasons Dings, Electron, Round, Lovers, FlyerMix (fifties style), CheerScript (comic book style), Hi-Five (pixel font), Summer Beauty, SummerDrive, White Day, Long Vacation, Amayadori (high contrast kana font), Fuyucomi, Icecream, Pickett, 321, Pingpong, Frontline, Ginza, Yago (nice free dings), Polaris, 321eng, 321kana, APPLE, CLIQUE, Clover (kitchen tile font, 1998), DIGI, Eneneng, Enenhira, FDalp, FDwhie, Hnoodle, Hanko (free black on white stamp font, 1998, see also here), MKCuer, MOOGIRLALP, MOOMILKKANA, Noodle, Origami, Pers, SA0kmh, SA100kmh, SA50kmh, SK0kmh, SK100kmh, SK50kmh, Template6, Tenten, Ami Font, Speedfont, Supercar, Sakura, Regoty, Shopping Famiry, Ticket, Yohic, Recording, Akachan, Wafont, Frontbit7, MusicNetwork, Yakitori (free handwriting font), Ticket, Folkdance (pixelized people), Human Building (dings of famous buildings), Bunny (free), Frontline0, Side5 (pixel font), Side6, Side7. Some pixel fonts, many techno fonts, some kana fonts, and the Japanese kids dingbat font, Folkdance. Some fonts, such as his Latin/Japano font ShoppingFamily (1998), are sold by Font Pavilion. Major Japanese free font links.

In 1999, he published the AMI screen pixel font series in Digitalogue's DPI72 package. Other commercial fonts: Pine Apple, the WM family, Cutie Girl, Astratic, PictPlasma, Minivan, Frontbit 7, Ginza, Zoological.

Free fonts as of 2007: Aiko, a 4-weight rounded sans with support for Latin and kana (see also here). Fonts made in 2007-2008: MobileDisco, AbbeyRoad-Alternative, HighwayStar, Kompakt, AbbeyRoad, Prefuse, Readymade (didone inspired by Corvinus and Giorgio).

Additions in 2009: Kanna W4, Sweet Doughnuts (rounded sans).

Fonts made between 1998 and 2008: 321, AirExpress, AirTickt, AMAYADORI, AMIFONT, APPLE, ASTRA, AYANO, BeHappy, bitneon, BORDER7, BREAKFONT, BroadBand, BUNNY, CALENDER, CheerScript, CinemaTime, CLIQUE, CLOVER, CutieGirl, Departure, DIGIT, ELECTRON, FlyerMix, FolkDance, FOLKDANCE2, FrontBit, FRONTLINE, FRONTLINE01, FUYUCOMI, GINZA, HANKO, HappyEnd, hiFive, HumanBuild, IceCream, ICHIGO, JAPON2, KAKIZOME, KEYMODE, LabLife, LongVacation, LoversMINIMONO, MKCUTTER, MOMOKAN, MooFont, MusicNet, NATSUCOMI, Nenga, Noodele, OnePiece, oneBox, Origami, ParisMatch, Pers, Pickett, PICTdings, PictPlasma, PineApple, PingPong, pokkaman, Polaris, PopStar, Puzzle, Recoya, REGO, ROUND, SAKURA, SAMACAN, Seazons, Shopping, SIDE5, SIDE51byte, SIDE6, SIDE61byte, SIDE7, SPEED, STAMPER, SteelType, SummerBeauty, SummerDrive, SuperCar, Template5, TenTen, Ticket2, UltraComic, WHITEday, Yabako, Yago, Yakitori (handwriting of Mayumi Kakegawa), Yothic, Zoological, Nippondings, Caredings, TraficSignsWLD, TraficSigns, JPN, Kamondings, Kamondings2, Kurashidings, Okonomi, FunnyFace, Hotsuma, Toyokuni, Constellation, SunnyDay, BOXdings, Machinedings, CLICKdings, Berrys, Container Box, Twinkleline, Minivan, Akachan.

Dingbats: Kurashidings, IchigoC, TraficsignsWLD, TraficsignJPN, Nenga, Kamondings2, Kamondings, Breakstyle, Pictdings, Zoological, Caredings, Clickdings, Funnyface, seasons, Pictplasma, Humanbuilding, Nippondings, Yago, Boxdings, Toyokuni, Constellation (astrological symbols), Machinedings, Hotsuma, Folkdance, Calender.

Japanaese handwriting fonts: Aiko, Haruka, Syuntaro, YUKI, Ryunosuke.

Futuristic/ geometric fonts: MobileDisco, AbbeyRoad-Alternative, HighwayStar, Kompakt, AbbeyRoad, Prefuse.

"Funny" fonts: IchigoR, Ultracomic, Amayadori, Parismatch, hanko, LongVacation, Cinamatime, Natsucomi, Okonomi, IceCream, Yakitori, Cutiegirl, Monokan Wa, Shopping, Lovers, Fuyucomi, Berrys, Akachan, Bunny, Clover, Pokkaman, Pickett, Electron.

Cool fonts: Sunnyday, HiVision AirTicket, Lablife, Flyermix, Popstar, AirExpress, Broadband, Recording, Breakfont, Frontline, Ami, Minivan, Side5, Side6, Summerdrive, Digit, Supercar, Frontline00, BeHappy, Steeltype, Onepiece, Puzzle, Astlatic, Stamper.

Download page of their free silhouette dingbat images. In 2014, they created the free art deco typeface Jazzkissa. In 2018, they published the full CJK font Soukou Mincho (by Ken Lunde and Masataka Hattori) at Fontsquirrel for free download.

Dafont link. Abstract Fonts link. Fontspace link. Direct access. Alternate URL for free stuff. And another URL. Klingspor link. Fontsquirrel link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Flucky Frog
[Masachika Yamasaki]

With the help of Mark Abbott I finally located the free fonts on this Japanese page: click prod [van icon], then go to the pull down menu on the right. The fonts: Basicdots, Chimneyb12, Hachy, Harchar, Iceleven, Moonglow, North-Pole, Risingsun, Skyliner, Hachicro. These are mostly pixel fonts, all created by Masachika Yamasaki. The foundry is/was associated with "North Pole". [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Sakura Hatsuki]

Aka fluffybanana101 and Font Fabulous. Tokyo-based creator (b. 1990) of the primitive hand-printed typefaces Primrose (2013), Picture This (2013), Tree Hugger (2013), Confetti Falling (2013), Proper Princess (2013), Sugar Lemonade (2013), Cream Donut (2013), Study Notes (2013), Love Struck (2013), Bacon Farm (2013), Doodles (2013), Daydreamer (2013), Love Me Again (2013, +Two), Mary Kate (2013), Lovestruck (2013), Miss Terious (2013), Pretty Pastel (2014).

Dafont link. Fontspace link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Flyer's Feeling
[Izumi Najamura]

Izumi Najamura is the Japanese designer of these free fonts: FF_FamilyCockpit (2006, blocky), FF_Himekazura-H (2006, blocky hiragana), FF_Himekazura-K (2006, blocky katagana), FF_LogicBox, FF_PetitBiscuit1.9, FF_SingaSong, FF_Suzuki-Al, FF_Suzuki-K. Mostly, these fonts are experimental and incomplete. [Google] [More]  ⦿

FOD (was: HyperNova, or: Demon Hill Font Factory)

FOD:4 stands for Fonts Over Drive Four. Free truetype fonts for PC and Mac: DH-Angry-Santa-Claus, DemonCubicBlock-NKP, DemonCubicBlock-NKP-Black, DemonCubicBlock-NKP-Dark, DemonCubicBlock-NKP-Shade, DemonCubicBlock-NKP-Tile, DemonCubicBlockFont, DemonCubicBlockFont-Black, DemonCubicBlockFont-Dark, DemonCubicBlockFont-Shade, DemonCubicBlockFont-Tile (a family of 3d block fonts for Latin and katakana), DemonDaDaFont, DH-GENTRY, DH-GENTRY-(SIDE-B), DH-O-Ne-Sho, Hayasaw, DemonicHyperNovaFont, DemonKakubariFont, DemonMetallicFont, SonicDemonFont, Windows, DemonWipeOutFont, DemonWipeOutFont-Proportional, DemonicWipeoutXLFont, DemonWipeoutXLFontProportional.

Home page in Japan. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fonderie de Bertrand Loeulliet
[Bertrand Loeulliet]

Fonderie de Bertrand Loeulliet was a Paris-based foundry specializing in foreign languages in the 19th century. Léon de Rosny and Bertrand Loeulliet published Spécimen de caractères japonais Kata-Kana / gravés par Bertrand Loeulliet; sous la direction de Léon de Rosny in 1858. This 4-page folio is available at the Bibliothèque royale de Belgique in Brussels. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Japanese font links. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Font & Graphic Land

Banda Aceh, Indonesia-based designers of the script typefaces Luxurious Line (2015), Ramsteinz (2015: calligraphic), Gracias (2015, thick brush), Hello Listie (2015), Glytten (2015), Adelle Script (2015) and Loft Yian (2015), the display typeface Vardy (2015, film noir style), and the wonderful rough brush font The Mistie (2015).

Typefaces from 2016: De Black, Fortescue, Heart Signal, Hey Dory, Toretto, Honey Land (brushed calligraphic font family), Ravenclaw (Halloween font), Jaguar (dry brush), Champagne (an inky brush typeface), Sharktooth, Lovely Kenzie, Labyrinth (bilined), Cashy Allen (brush script), Joker (handcrafted), Coralie (curly script), La Viola (free thick brush typeface), Captain America (octagonal and interlocking), Brightscales (curly script), Chicksar, Typefloss (a nice dry brush font), Lovelight, Alexandria (Greek simulation font), Brushello, Cherry Blossom (a children's font), Woodpecker (wood plank typeface), Cataleya (free).

Typefaces from 2017: Luxurious Line, Camelone, Glamorous Silhouette, Russell, Vardy, Forester (vintage slab serif), Soeltin, Almera, Relevant, Mellany (script), Tomodachi Hiragana. Behance link. Another Behance link. Aka Voryu. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Font Aid V

Located in Oakland, Font Aid V was created for the sole purpose of collectively designing a commercial pictotype called Made for Japan (2011) to support the victims of the terrible 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

The contributors:

  • Jonathan Abbott, Rui Abreu, Frank Adebiaye, Tim Ahrens, Anonymous, Eero Antturi, Leonardo Aranda, Hector Carrillo Aspano, Danielle Atnip, Alejandro Cabrera Avila.
  • Christophe Badani, Joanne Gyo Young Bae, Ben Balvanz, Cynthia Bataille, Priyanka Batra, Donald Beekman, Hannes Beer, David Berlow, Kevin Beronilla, Fabian Bertschinger, Nicole Bittner, Bart Blubaugh, Dathan Boardman, Andrew Boardman, Joel Vilas Boas, Konstantin Boldovskiy, Scott Boms, Michael Browers, Vickie Burns, Matt Burvill.
  • Daniele Capo, Seymour Caprice, Mauro Caramella, Matevz Cas, Eli Castellanos, Sarah Castillo, Tom Censani, Pinar Ceyhan, Ivette Chacon, Hin-Ching Chan, Sarah Charalambides, Karen Charatan, Sinde Cheung, Todd Childers, Justin Chodzko, Felipe Coca, Antonio Coelho, Jefferson Cortinove, Alan Lima Coutinho, Nick Cox, Nick Curtis.
  • Girish Dalvi, Christopher DeCaro, Thomas C Dempsey, Matt Desmond, Chank Diesel, Anum Durvesh.
  • Suzie Eland, Engy Elboreini, Craig Eliason, Emi Eliason, James Elliott, Grace Engels, Exljbris.
  • Hillary Fayle, Carol Fillip, Jeff Fisher, Scott Fisk, John Foley, Stuart Ford, Mathias Forslund, Brock French, Anina Frischknecht, Eric Frisino, Chiyo Fujimori.
  • Kaela Gallo, Ayesha Garrett, Harald Geisler, Alfonso Gómez-Arzola, Adriana Esteve González, Richard Gregory, James Grieshaber, Grupoingenio, Kemie Guaida, Carlos Fabián Camargo Guerrero.
  • Rachel Han, Erin Harris, Stefan Hattenbach, Magnus Hearn, Marissa Heiken, Georg Herold-Wildfellner, Jamie Homer, Ed Hoskin, David Hubner, Jonathan Hughes, Rian Hughes, Grant Hutchinson.
  • Xerxes Irani, Masayuki Izumi.
  • Jan Janecek, Hyun Kyung Jang, Julien Janiszewski, Dusan Jelesijevic, Cal Jepps, Meghan Jossick, Evamaria Judkins, July Twenty Fourth, Erica Jung.
  • William K, Claes Kállarsson, Kapitza, Asutosh Kar, Arno Kathollnig, Sami Kaunisvirta, Hajime Kawakami, Scott Kaye, Richard Kegler, Anna Keroullé, Bizhan Khodabandeh, Lara Assouad Khoury, Ilona Kincses, Becky King, Sean King, Megan Kirby, Max Kisman, Keith Kitz, Romy Klessen, Akira Kobayashi, Kokin, Kozyndan&Silas Dilworth, Atushi Kunimune, Andreas Kuschner.
  • John Langdon, Ray Larabie, Jess Latham, Kelly D Lawrence, Matic Leban, Chien-Hao Lee, Bryan Levay, Enrico Limcaco, Andreas Lindholm, Andrew Loschiavo, Chris Lozos, Ian Lynam, John Lyttle.
  • Gustavo Machado, Jonathan Mak, Ricardo Marcin, Jeannie Mecorney, Steve Mehallo, Cristina Melo, Martin Mendelsberg, The Midnight Umbrella Studio, Goro Mihok, Ojasvi Mohanty, Ahmed Mohtadi, Alixe Monteil, Veronica Monterosso, Dani Montesinos, Masanobu Moriyama, Misa Moriyama, Pedro Moura, John Moy Jr, Marc Marius Mueller, Shoko Mugikura, Joachim Müller-Lancé, Diane Myers.
  • John Nahmias, Yoshihisa Nakai, Hiroshi Nakayama, Reiko Nara, Nathoo, Titus Nemeth, Nathanael Ng, Ngoc Ngo, Antoninus Niemiec.
  • James Ockelford, Kunihiko Okano, Naotatsu Okuda, Toshi Omagari, Onikeiji, Ozlem Ozkal.
  • Jason Pagura, Hrant Papazian, Brian Jongseong Park, John Passafiume, Patrick Griffin, Alejandro Paul, Vian Peanu, Dylan Pech, Rebecca Penmore, Peter Brugger, Jean-François Porchez, Carolyn Porter, Andrew Pothecary, James Puckett, Rachel Hernández Pumarejo.
  • James Random, Liam Roberts, Tom Rogers, David Jonathan Ross.
  • Sumio Sakai, Sana, Stuart Sandler, Rafael Saraiva, Riccardo Sartori, Ai Sasaki, Yee Wen Sat, Agnes Schlenke, Giovanna Scolaro, Roland Scriver, Alessandro Segalini, Shawn Semmes, Jane Sheppard, Josh Sherwood, Paulo Silva, Mark Simonson, Luis Siquot, Greg Smith, Owen Song, James L. Stirling, Nina Stössinger, Tanya Turipamwe Stroh, Kevin Strzelczyk, Neil Summerour, Superfried.
  • Shiho Takahashi, Shuji Takahashi, Yusuke Takeda, Naoyuki Takeshita, Bruno Tenan, Chung-Deh Tien, Tom, Ryoichi Tsunekawa, Alex Tye, Matthew Tyndall, TypoVar.
  • Virginia Valdez, Beatriz Valerio, Tom Varisco, Brayden Varr, Catarina Vaz, Andy Veale, Yvette Claudia Velez, Marie-Anne Verougstraete, Abbie Vickress, Ray Villarreal, Pat Vining.
  • Courtney Waite, Hoyle Wang, Viola Wang, Jim Ward, Grace Watling, Terrance Weinzierl, Robert Weiss, Stuart Weston, Kevin Wijaya, Dave Williams, Beau Williamson, Delve Withrington, Katherine Wood, Neil Woodyatt.
  • Jesvin Yeo, Yokokaku, Kazuhi Yoshikawa, YouWorkForThem, Matt Yow, Charlton Yu, Yuriko.
  • Ron Za, Jayson Zaleski, Víctor Zúñiga .
[Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Font Avenue

Type series sold by NEC consisting of 18 full kanji fonts. See also here. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Font de Material

Cute Japanese archive with over 500 fonts. Some original fonts and alphadings by "Michon" such as Chemi, DARUMA, Hearts, LadyBug, Michousa1, Michousa2, CometBitFM*11, Cute-2, Cute-3, Cute-3D, Cute-Bag, Cute-Cutout, Cute, HeartBitFM, Michotulip, PampBit*fm15, RabbitBitFM, Shodo, SimpleBitFM13, Snake-one, Till-Party*20. Some of these are pixel fonts. No font, however, has any punctuation symbols. Has a Valentine font archive.

Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Font Fan Hybrid 2

Vendors of a 12,000-font DVD in Japan. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Font Frontline

A collection of fonts by Japanese artists (not free): FRONTLINE01 (Bonus Title Font), Add (AddBlackImpact), COOZ (BMspiral), C-FONT (Cube01), CLOPS (Dachshund), COSMIC-COSMOS/Kenichiro (Neroppu), COUT WORKS (DSCF), Designers High (elephant), DigitalDreamDesign (D3 Groovism), Digital Works Updside K (Aoi-Kaku), FLOP DESIGN (FRONTLINE), Graphic Arts Unit (editmode16), GRAYVISION (Solidstate), KEIY (Pipot), Kivart (Punition), kuzumiHK (DustGhost), Miffies (M42_FLIGHT 721), Maniackers Design (ARAWASU), Naba (STONE), norm09 (Virus), nowconceptsite/makoto (sandpaper), PSYCHOGRAPHERS!/KOU (BIRDISH), SHAKAGRAPHICS/COLA (GRIDSYSTEM), Smile Girls with FD (Cutie Girl), softroclub (Janis Heavy), Third Entertainment featuring MKSD (Honey), Tosouka Utaru (Gatload), holiday (Ribbontic), Love Radio (TMRfont), YUKI (flow&passage), ZETUEI FONTS (emiwareru -oblique (Hiragana)), RIM FILMs (Suehirogari+90), kurihara taketugu (Frost-Medium), Denenchofu Design (poppers), Petuko (OLDA), OHMINATO Kazuaki Design (Twist(Katakana)), Wing.zero (TYPE-CHAIR), plus about four other fonts. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Font Laboratory (A.S.P.)
[Yuko Otobe]

Seems to be a Japanese page by Yuko Otobe, where the dot matrix font Pointech may be found. Not sure if it can be downloaded from here. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Font Mura no Fude Yoko-chou
[Ikuo Fujimori]

Font Mura no Fude Yoko-chou offered commercial Japanese fonts for public displays or comic books: Amakara, Sekizou, Fight, Shanaari, Mokuhen, Kiraku, Kamifuusen, Kareha.

The company ceased all activities in 2006. In 2021, Mutsuba Jouhou obtained the rights to edit and sell two of his fonts, Amakara and Fight from Ikuo Fujimori, former owner and type designer, in 2017. These typefaces were updated and improved in the process and released in 2021. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Font Museum

Japanese language font site. Links, and an archive. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Font Pavilion

A set of 15 font CDs from Digitalogue in Japan, marketed through P22. 1000USd for the full collection. About 70USD per CD, with each collection containing about 50 fonts from about 20 Japanese designers. Font names. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Font School
[T. Kengo]

Dead link. T. Kengo's explanations, in Japanese, of the major font classifications. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Font Silo

Free bitmap/screen fonts. Also, these outline fonts: Voltage, Starbow, StarDust, Cocoon, Horn Medium, all made in 1993. Also: Crescent Moon, Millennium, Whie Hole, Black Hole, Egghead, Cross-Stitch, Hypnosis, Spaghetti, Soft Cream, Town House Maxixe, Sikibu, Kurenai. I have no idea how to download these. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Font Utility Made in Japan

Links to made-in-Japan font utilities: FontPeeper 1.4, FontShop 1.2, SmallCaps 1.34, FontList 1.2, Hetaji 7. Mac only. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Font Zone 108

Designer of the free Google font Potta One (2020) for Latin and kanji. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Commercial Japanese foundry. Alternate URL. Typecache link.

The type designers:

  • Aki Toyoshima
  • Akio Okumura
  • Hiroshi Iseya
  • Ikumi
  • Itsuo Arisawa
  • Iwao Yamaguchi
  • Jun Tsuchiya
  • Junior Aoki
  • Kazunari Nishida
  • Keiko Takahashi
  • Kenji Takeuchi
  • Masahiko Yamada
  • Masahiro Suzuki
  • Masanobu Moriyama
  • Masanobu Narusawa
  • Saori Aruga
  • Seinai Kumano
  • Shinichi Nakamura
  • Shinji Tanase
  • Shinsaku Hasegawa
  • Shintaro Ajioka
  • Tadaharu Ohtsuki
  • Tadashi Aoyama
  • Takafumi Ikegami
  • Takafumi Miyajima
  • Takayuki Kuwahara
  • Takeshi Yamamoto
  • Tatsuji Kato
  • Tetsuya Kimura
  • Tomomi Kanda
  • Toshio Kamitani
  • Ushiroebisu Kaori
  • Yasunobu Wada
  • Yasushi Saikusa
  • Yoshiharu Osaki
  • Yoshihiro Yoshida
  • Yukichi Takada

The typefaces include TA-Aotama, TA-Kai L, TA-Kai R, TA-Kai M, TA-Kai B, TA-Kai E, TA-Hogan K250, TA-Hogan K375, TA-Hogan K500, TA-Hogan K625, TA-Hogan M250, TA-Hogan M375, TA-Hogan M500, TA-Hogan M625, TA-Houdate K250, TA-Houdate K375, TA-Houdate K500, TA-Houdate K625, TA-Houdate K700, TA-Houdate M250, TA-Houdate M375, TA-Houdate M500, TA-Houdate M625, TA-Houdate M700, TA-Anzu R, TA-Anzu, TA-Roman, TA-Kinmokusei, TA-Hanamaki, TA-Maruhanamaki, TA-Chushobokunen, TA-Sakura, TA-Tsubaki, TA-Nara, TA-Megadot 9, TA-Kesera, TA-Walk, TA-Mayuminwalk, TA-Babywalk, TA-Ryusen-haru, TA-Ryusen-natsu, TA-Ryusen-aki, TA-Ryusen-fuyu, TA-Kotsubu, TA-Shotenkaku, TA-Shotenmaru, TA-Kokoro No. 1, TA-Kokoro No. 2, TA-Kokoro No. 3, TA-Kirigirisu, TA-Itaikoku, TA-Ryushichi, TA-Fudeshichi, TA-Kiraku L, TA-Waraku M, TA-Gagaku M, TA-Gagaku B, TA-Suruga U, TA-Karuta EL, TA-Karuta BOLD, TA-Porkadot, TA-Kotatsu, TA-Ruby, TA-Intore, TA-Donmai, TA-Tanteidan, TA-candy, TA-toriA, TA-toriB, TA-Pochi, TA-Plus, TA-Marusan, TA-Sampobito, TA-24H, TA-Jgu, TA-Jcheki, TA-Countryroad, TA-Booing, TA-Sekka, TA-Neuron, TA-Dejikombu, TA-Kikori, TA-Tsurumaru, TA-Omusubi, TA-Suzume, TA-Andante, TA-Aki, TA-CousinAun F, TA-Hasemomo R, TA-Ikku, TA-Sigma, TA-Doramin, TA-Quadra, TA-Kotodama L, TA-Kotodama R, TA-Kotodama F, TA-Kotodama U, TA-KintetsuMi BT, TA-KintetsuMi DT, TA-Shirabe, TA-Love Kaku L, TA-Love Kaku R, TA-Love Kaku M, TA-Love Kaku B, TA-Love Kaku U, TA-Love KakumaruL, TA-Love KakumaruR, TA-Love KakumaruM, TA-Love KakumaruB, TA-Love KakumaruU, TA-Love Maru L, TA-Love Maru R, TA-Love Maru M, TA-Love Maru B, TA-Love Maru U, TA-Love Marumaru L, TA-Love Marumaru R, TA-Love Marumaru M, TA-Love Marumaru B, TA-Love Marumaru U, TA-MomoG L, TA-MomoG R, TA-MomoG M, TA-MomoG DB, TA-MomoG B, TAKazunnikoro B, TAKazunnikoro H, TAKazunnikoro BI, TAKazunnikoro FH, TAKazunnikoro FBI, TAKazunnikoro FO, TA-Wakusei K-L, TA-Wakusei K-R, TA-Wakusei K-M, TA-Wakusei K-B, TA-Wakusei K-U, TA-Wakusei A-L, TA-Wakusei A-R, TA-Wakusei A-M, TA-Wakusei A-B, TA-Wakusei A-U, F1-Jaroku B, F1-DoudouKaisho, F1-Seiryu L, F1-Lineboard B, F1-Tegami, F1-Circle, F1-Yogurt, F1-Hierosu R, F1-TogetsuKanteiryu, F1-Clip M, F1-Tombo, F1-13049PIC-JPN10, F1-Stick M, F1-Yamabiko B, F1-Blockline, F1-Hiro. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Hajime Kudo]

Japanese foundry of Hajime Kudo. Its fonts include Cinema (Mincho, Gothic), Gal (Muromachi, Gothic), Seizen (Gothic, Roman), Classic, GCRef, Old GCRef, Shinso (+Mincho), Pop.

The full list of typefaces: Cinema Mincho Kana, Cinema Gothic Kana, Gal-ji Gothic Kana, SF Muromachi Gal Kana, SF Seizen Roman Kana, SF Seizen Gothic Kana, Classic Mincho Kana, Classic Gothic Kana, SF G Clef Kanak, SF Old G Clef Kana, SF Kaku Pop-tai Kana, SF Shinso Gothic Kana, SF Shinso Mincho Kana, Classic Mincho W3-IPA, Classic Gothic W3-IPA, Comic W4-IPA, TowerGothic, KesaranPasaran, qoocRoman, Sampomichi, Tokage-no-Shippo HR.

Typecache link. Old URL. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fontazilla (was: Psychographers)
[Kou Nakamura]

Fontazilla (was: Psychographers) is a Japanese foundry that offers free and commercial comic book fonts made by Kou Nakamura.

Free fonts: Bradlies (2006, athletic lettering), Garbage (2002), GIANtX (2001, octagonal athletic letters), GORG (2001, comic book face), KICKS (2001, comic book style), Losers (2007, comic book style), Monomen (2007), QUICKONE (2004), Saucerama (2004), Sparkle (2007), Wheels (2007).

Commercial fonts: Saucerama2 (2004, athletic lettering), Laserboy, Birdish (2002, FRONTLINE01), A-Bop (Frontline 02). [Google] [More]  ⦿


Vietnamese site. It has an archive of Vietnamese, Korean, Latin, Chinese and Japanese fonts. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Japanese type foundry. Their typefaces include:

  • Shippori Antiquei (2017-2019). A free Japanese font for comic books and mangas.
  • Shippori Mincho (2020). Shippori Mincho is a family intended for novel writers who are looking for a beautiful and free Mincho style family. It is based on the famous Tokyo Tsukiji Type Foundry No. 5 Mincho style. Google Fonts link for Shippori Mincho. Google Fonts link for Shippori Mincho B1.
  • Mochiypop (2018-2020). A free Japanese / Latin font in a casual "kawaii" style.

Github link. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Font marketplace that will open in the spring of 2019. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fontes Japoneses

Small Japanese font archive: KanjiStrokeOrders (2006), Kochi-Gothic (Wada Lab), Kochi-Mincho, aquafont (2002, aquablue, hand-printed), Epson Gyosho, Aoyagi Kouzan. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Annotated and rated Japanese font links. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Digital font FAQ, in Japanese. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Hideaki Ohtani]

Hideaki Ohtani is the main designer at fontgraphic.com. In Digitalogue's DPI72 package, he published the screen fonts F2-BoldScriptALP, F2-BoldScriptKT, F2-ScriptALP, F2-ScriptKT. Old pagers with about 15 pixel/dot matrix fonts with kana and Latin glyphs, very legible on screens. Font list: F5-Normal, FN35, FR57, F0 through F5, Diagon, DK, BK, Codename DB, Codename DKB. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Michael Hernan]

Creator of the Neotechnic series of (free) fonts: Accudigit Regular, Accudigit Body, Parma, Intermatrix (1998), Matricies, Hako, Basic. The designer, Michael Hernan made these fonts between 1995-1998, and writes: About Neotechnic Series: This series of Fonts reflect the information industry at the end of the 20th century and its obsession with classification. Each typeface captures a different aspect of our recent info-culture. He obtained an MA in typeface design from the University of Reading in 2008. At Reading, he designed Pseudo (2008). He started FontGroup in 2008, but that no longer exists (and the link died). His old site, sitehernan, has not been updated in many years. The last typefaces shown at FontGroup before its demise included: Isoglyph (2009), Pseudo (2008-2009), Helvetica Kiss Fit (2006), Helvetica PointSign, Helvetica MultiDigit, UnicaDeux (2006, after an André Gürtler design), KataKana, Galactic Slab, Hako (dot matrix), Bodoni Arabic Numerals, Accudigit Body (1997, pixel face), AfterModule (1997, pixelish), Basic RCT (1995, pixel face), Block Normal (1993), EuroPop, 469 (numerals), g1055, InterMatrix (1998, dot matrix), Matricies Positive (1996, gridded), Matricies Negative (1996), Newer Alphabet, Octane (2005, octagonal and geometric), Fuiji Numbers (pixel face), Parma Sixtyeight (1996, inspired by a No. 6 on the side of Nelson Piquet's 1984 Brabham Racing car), Photo Numbers (pixel face), Pre Recollect, Quartz, Readable Dog, Shasyoku Moji II, Steiner Numbers (2005, numerals), Week Day, Alumi (1996, a squarish typeface based on a design by Saul Bass), Astra (1996, after a 1973 Letraset typeface called Star Marquee), Epps Evans (1995-1997, after Herbert Spencer), New Alphabet (1996, experimental, minimal, based on Wim Crouwel's alphabet), Volume Control (1999, dings), Fine Line (1994), Humana, Clock Face (1995, numbers for clocks). See also here. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Japanese language site that categorizes and lists many (mostly free) Japanese fonts in a systematic manner. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Kazuo Kanai]

Commercial Japanese foundry set up in 2002 by Kazuo Kanai, who won the first Morisawa type design competition back in 1983. Kazuo Kanai has published fonts at Morisawa, Dai Nippon Printing, Type Bank and his own label, Ren Font. At Font-Kai, he sells the exquisite 12-weight kanji family called Kai. Alternate URL.

In 2021, Font-Kai released these Japanese fonts at Google Fonts: Kaisei Decol, Kaisei HarunoUmi, Kaisei Opti (a modern font), and Kaisei Tokumin (a headline font; the name is an abbreviation for Tokuta Mincho Kana).

Github link. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Listing and showing of many fonts by Japanese foundries. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Michel Bujardet]

Michel Bujardet (a Frenchman living in West Hollywood, CA) runs Matchfonts, and started Fontmenu.com in August 2001. Commercial fonts, and free demos in all formats.

A partial list of fonts:

  • Square Text (old English).
  • Block Letters (orthography for kids), Skryptaag (2001, educational).
  • Boulons (letters made from nuts and bolts).
  • Kindergarten (funny typefaces), Learning Handwriting (K2), Learning Cursive Handwriting (Grade 2-4), Japanese Hiragana-Katakana (Year 1).
  • Morse code.
  • Dictionary phonetic notation for pronunciation.
  • The calligraphic fonts Chancellerie Moderne (1998, chancery hand), Oncial, Rodolphe, Willegha.
  • The dingbat fonts Dinosotype, Matched Potato, Nahkt hieroglyphs, SilBooettes, Angelots, Sceaux, Seraphiques, Talismans.
  • The monospaced fonts Bordofixed, Dactylographe (1997), Normafixed, Oloron fixed width screen font).
  • The mathy fonts Oloron program, Hexalist and Numberslist.
  • The handwriting fonts Charlotte, Louise, Mariette, Milko, Pierre, Quinze, Raoul, and Thibault.
  • The pixel font 8-PinMatrix.
  • The Bauhaus font BabyFace.
  • The Chinese simulation font Chinoiseries.
  • The LED fonts Diode, Cristolikid and Display.
  • The Greek simulation font Grecques.
  • The display fonts Zébrures (striped letters), Venitiennes, Ruban Dis-Moi, Parador, Osselets, Octogone, Metropolitain (art nouveau), Malabars, Halloween Match, Coulures, Chapou Relief, Candy Kane, Calebasse, Bujardet Freres and Big Bacon.
  • The MICR font MICR E13B.
  • The serif typefaces Baguad, Chap Clerk, Parlante, Presse, TSF&Co (art deco; +Heavy).
  • The sans serif typefaces Bordini, Boum-Boum, Halotique (a sans family), Junien, and Normographe.

Alternate URL for his shareware typefaces. MyFonts link for his commercial typefaces. Alternate MyFonts link. Fontspace link. Dafont link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

FontMiru 1.0

Kei Matsumoto's Windows font viewer (for Japanese and Latin fonts). Free. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Creator of the free Japanese font Yasashisa Gothic (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Yoshihisa Nakai]

Free fonts made in Japan from 2006 until 2007 by Yoshihisa Nakai: FontopoBREEZE, FontopoELEPOP, FontopoFONTOPO, FontopoHATOPOPPO, FontopoNEUTRAL, FontopoNIKUKYU, FontopoORIENTAL, FontopoSOLID, FontopoSUBWAY, FontopoYANWARI. Mostly typographical experiments with incomplete character sets. Some handwriting fonts. Kana and Latin. Other designs: Synapse (2007), Planet to Planet (2007), Retro Paradise (2007), Fontopo Sunny Day, Planetarium, Dancers, Hannari, Kodomo Light, Kodomo.

Old URL. Dafont link. Another link. Link at Typingart. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Dan Bailey]

Fontosaurus (est. 1996) has about 75 original giftware fonts by Dan Bailey (b. Minnesota, 1972) from Eagan, MN and now Coon Rapids, MN: Blowfish (2001), Negotiated (2006), GhettoBooty (2003), Laika (2003), Amerinese, Heptathalon, Riffic (2002), XMR (2002), Amerikatakana (2002), Experimenta (2002), Tapdance (2002, a great ultra-high contrast Broadway face), Casual Roman (2002, not free), Casual Roman Capitals (2002, not free), Heater (2001), Crank (2001), Halloweenies (2001), GaramOrbital (2001), Microbial (2001, pixelized), Inception (20USD), Fallen Thyme (a hacker font: letters are overlayed in Chank Diesel's Thymesans), Candycorn Overdose (2001), Statebats (2001), Whackbats (2001), 5by (bitmap font for the Mac), Deadwrong (2001), Alien Artifact (2001), Hoodoo Two (2001), Noonan (2001), YChrome (2001), Martini (2001), DresdenFirestorm (2001), Backlash, Brainwave, Whiplash, BlockheadInsecure, Blockhead, BlockheadSpeedy, CancunSiesta, CitizenDick (double writing), CSDAnorexic, CSDMegabold, CSDNormal, CSDPhattie, Danwriting, Eagan, Ebola Jones (2001), FallenDirty, Fallen, KaffeinePsychosisHeavy, KaffeinePsychosis, LucidityNormal, LuciditySlasher, MankatoHalfwit (outlines), MarsColony, MyFriendPoopa, OralExpulsive, Preternatural, Psychoactives (great!), RadiationBurn, Soviet2002, Starvetica, 989MaxProtect, Ablative (2001), Crackaddict, Harleysville, Juggernaut, LoveBot (a mashed Times Condensed), Packer, Sexypants (reworking of Calligraphic 421), Shadowboxer, Skylab (2000), Arduous, Bewbz, BungholioSurprise, Crotchrot, Numatrix, Oddziab, RonnieRaygun, Rusch (2006), Runningback, 1978NYC, Erg, Exclaim, Gigaton, Grackle, Kiloton, MashedPotatoes, Megaton, Moonbase, Mullet, Pornstar, PornStarAcademy, Scumbucket, SnowCrash (hacker face), Speeddealer, SpringBreak, Statebats.

Gumbo (2001) and Tirade (2001) are commercial. Does also custom work. At some point, it was part of the Chank Army, where Fontosaurus had the commercial pixel font Noonan (2002).


Creator of Jantze (2003), a comic book font based on the cartoon The Norm by Michael Jantze, and whose profits will go to the Lance Armstrong Foundation.

Dafont link. MyFonts link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Fontpark 2.0 Morisawa

Annoying Japanese site by Morisawa in which users can play with glyph components to create new things. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Mizuki Takanashi's Japanese font software for Windows. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fonts and font facilities supplied with ghostscript

Information on fonts in ghostscript. Discussed are the 35 free URW type 1 fonts, Basil Malyshev's Paradissa fonts for Computer Modern, the use of the Fontmap, the prfont.ps program for printing a sample sheet, the free Hanzi font (Chinese) by Jackson Technologies, the free Kanji type 1 fonts by Tetsurou Tanaka of the Department of Engineering, University of Tokyo, N. Glonty and A. Samarin's CM Cyrillic fonts, the bdftops (BDF font to type 1 font) conversion program, and many technical details. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fonts available

Links to major Japanese foundries. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Japanese commercial foundry. Their typefaces (for Latin and Japanese) include SF Cross, SF Limone, SF Tenduex (a font heavily used for seals) and SF Olive. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿


Font archive (Japanese). Has some original kana fonts such as Mind Force, Orbit 9, Orbit 9 Oblique, Orbit One, Orbit One Oblique. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fontsonic (or: Newconceptsite)

Fontsonic (Newconceptsite, also known as Makoto) is Japanese pixel font maker. Their delicate and well-balanced PC and Mac fonts include BesideAL01, BesideAL02, DotAddAL01, DotAddAL02, ShadowAL01, StreamAL01. All fonts made in 2001 and 2002 by "Makoto", who lives in Tokyo. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Japanese foundry with free and commercial fonts. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Japanese Mac and Windows font vendor. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Japanese font vendor. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Japanese font editor. Will create a variety of Japanese glyphs based on simple instructions. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fontworks (Japan)

Japanese type foundry based in Tokyo and Fukuoka, est. 1993. They write: Fontworks is a leading developer of Japanese fonts for desktop publishing. We are revolutionizing the way Japanese fonts are designed and produced with our ground-breaking, stroke based Kanji software tools. These tools automate much of the routine work associated with Japanese font production, enabling our designers to concentrate on development of new typefaces. A set of 24 Japanese fonts costs 14,000USD. Individual (one weight) fonts at 1000USD a shot. Their catalog includes:

  • The Lets Collection: FOT-AnitoStd, FOT-AnticCezannePro, FOT-AraletStd, FOT-BudoStd, FOT-CaratStd, FOT-CezanneBokutohPro, FOT-CezannePro, FOT-CezanneProN, FOT-ChiaroStd, FOT-CometStd, FOT-ComicMysteryStd, FOT-ComicReggaeStd, FOT-DotGothic12Std, FOT-DotGothic16Std, FOT-DotMincho12Std, FOT-DotMincho16Std, FOT-GMaruGoPro, FOT-GrecoStd, FOT-HoureiStd, FOT-HummingStd, FOT-KakureiStd, FOT-KleePro, FOT-KokinEdoStd, FOT-KokinHigeStd, FOT-KurokaneStd, FOT-LyraStd, FOT-MacaroniStd, FOT-ManyoGyoshoStd, FOT-ManyoKoinLargeStd, FOT-ManyoKoinStd, FOT-ManyoSoshoStd, FOT-MatisseElegantoPro, FOT-MatisseHatsuhiPro, FOT-MatisseMinoriPro, FOT-MatissePro, FOT-MatisseProN, FOT-MatisseVPro, FOT-MatisseWakabaPro, FOT-ModeMinAStd, FOT-ModeMinBStd, FOT-MysteryStd, FOT-NewCezannePro, FOT-NewCezanneProN, FOT-NewCinemaAStd, FOT-NewCinemaBStd, FOT-NewRodinPro, FOT-NewRodinProN, FOT-OedKtrStd, FOT-PopFuryStd, FOT-PopHappinessStd, FOT-PopJoyStd, FOT-RaglanStd, FOT-RailwayStd, FOT-RampartStd, FOT-RampartTLStd, FOT-ReggaeStd, FOT-RocknRollStd, FOT-RodinBokutohPro, FOT-RodinCamillePro, FOT-RodinCattleyaPro, FOT-RodinHappyPro, FOT-RodinHimawariPro, FOT-RodinMariaPro, FOT-RodinNTLGPro, FOT-RodinPro (2008), FOT-RodinProN, FOT-RodinRosePro, FOT-RodinWanpakuPro, FOT-RowdyStd, FOT-SeuratCapiePro, FOT-SeuratPro, FOT-SeuratProN, FOT-ShadowStd, FOT-ShadowTLStd, FOT-SkipStd, FOT-SlumpStd, FOT-SteelworkStd, FOT-StickStd, FOT-TsukuAMDMinStd, Tsukushi Antique Gothic, FOT-TsukuARdGothicStd (2010-2013: an Apple system font aka Tsukushi A Rounded Gothic), FOT-TsukuBMDMinStd, FOT-TsukuBRdGothicStd, FOT-TsukuGoPr5, FOT-TsukuGoPr5N, FOT-TsukuGoPro, FOT-TsukuMinPr5, FOT-TsukuMinPr5N, FOT-TsukuMinPro, FOT-TsukuOldMinPro, FOT-UtrilloPro.
  • The Lets Collection additions from 2013-2014: FOT-AokaneStd-EB, FOT-arcStd-R, FOT-BabyPopStd-EB, FOT-KafuTechnoStd-H, FOT-SkipStd, FOT-TelopMinPro, FOT-TsukuAntiqueLMinStd-L, FOT-TsukuAntiqueSMinStd-L, FOT-TsukuBMinPr6-L, FOT-TsukuBMinPr6N-L, FOT-TsukuCOldMinPr6-R, FOT-TsukuCOldMinPr6N-R, FOT-TsukuOldGothicStd-B, FOT-UDKakugo_LargePro, FOT-UDMarugo_LargePro, FOT-UDMinchoPro.
  • Kana fonts, such as the MinoriYaMat family (Kinichi Imada), the WakabaYaMat family (Kinichi Imada), the HatsuhiYaMat family (Kinichi Imada), the WanpakuRod family (Yutaka Sato), the HimawariRod family (Toshiyasu Sato).
  • Free Google fonts: Reggae One (2021: a popular display font often used in Japanese boys' magazines and digital content, characterized by sharpened terminals), Stick (2021: a stick or tape font), Rock n Roll (2021: in pop style), Dot Gothic 16 (2021: a pixel font).
  • Fonts on their Github site: Train (2020: an inline font), Klee (2020: handwriting), Rampart (2019: an outlined shadow font).

Fontworks also markets Gaijimaster, software for oriental stroke-based fonts. Alternate URL. Opentype subpage. Github link. Google Fonts link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Francesco Mistico Canovaro
[Zetafonts (or: Studio Kmzero, or: ZeroFont)]

[MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Freaky Bunny

Free dot matrix and dingbat fonts by "2001Nisicasino" from Osaka, Japan. Some names: Chemi, ETC, Washing_indication, chemi, fb_kiriko, fb_onroad, khemi, licabitz-box, licabitz, licadotz-box, licadotz, FB Nyan (cat dingbats), Mapmark, Kiriko, OnRoad, EtcLicabitz-bitmap.

Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Free Font

Jump site for free Japanaese fonts. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Free Font Frontline

Japanese links to free fontsC active from ca. 2006. Discontinued in 2020. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Free Handwritten Japanese Font

Links to free handwritten Japanese fonts, with a blog-style discussion. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Spanish language site for various non-Latin language fonts. A sampling: Afus Deg Wfus 2 (for Berber), AlKatib1 (2001, an Arabic typeface by Naseem Amjad), Albanian, Alice_0 (Lao typeface by by Ngakham Southichack), LAOMAY_5 CHAREUNSILP (Lao typeface by by Soupasith Bouahom), Arial AMU (1999, Armenian typeface by Ruben Tarumian), BaltFrutigerLight, BaltHelveticaMedium, BaltNewCenturySchoolbookMedium, BaltOptimaMedium, BaltTiffanyMedium, BaltUniversityMedium, CarloAtor (1997, Arabic family by Timm Erickson, Summer Institute of Linguistics), Caligraf-W, Ciula (1996, a Romanian typeface by Paul Hodor), Cursiv (Romanian), AnlongvillKhek, GabrialAtor (another Arab family by Timm Erickson), Gin, Greek (1993, by Peter J. Gentry&Andrew M. Fountain), HandSign (1993, Sam Wang), HFMassisShantNUnicode (1990-1994, an Armenian unicode typeface by BYTEC Computers and Massis Graphics), HONGKAD (1994, a family by Dr. Hongkad Souvannavong), IsmarBold, IsmarLight, Lakshmi, X000000A (1994, a lao typeface by Sith Bouahom), LAOMAY_2-CHAREUNSILP, Alice3Medium, Alice0Medium, Langagedessignes (1998, by Philippe and François Blondel), NorKirk (1997, a great Armenian typeface by Ruben Tarumian), NovaTempo (for Esperanto), Pazmaveb (for Armenian), ILPRumanianB100 (1996, by Charles J. Coker), Saysettha-Lao, Saysettha-LaoBold, SenzorgaAnhok, Timok, Tribuno, Turn-W, TimesUnicode, ArialAMU, PoliceTypeAPI (for Armenian), Cieszyn-Regular, PoojaNormal, Shibolet (1995, Hebrew), Shree-Ass-0552 (2000, by Modular InfoTech), Tudor-Semi-Lite, Webdunia, TimesNRCzech, TNRLiboriusVII (2001, a fully accented Times typeface by Libor Sztemon), GreatMoravia (2001 Libor Sztemon, Czechia), Johaansi-ye-Peyravi (2001, a full accent blackletter typeface by Libor Sztemon, Czechia), TimesNREuskaraEuransiEsperanto (2001, Libor Sztemon). [Google] [More]  ⦿

FS Fonts

Free Japanese public domain fonts, FS Gothic and FS Mincho. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Japanese font link jump site. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Japanese site with some original fonts. Creators of Mofuji (2007), a very original display face. Makers in 2007 of the free Latin/Cyrillic/Greek/kana/kanji papercut grunge font Kirieji. Other fonts: Minamoji, 3D Kirieji, Ibaraji. Alternate URL. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fukuhara Hiroshige

Fukuhara Hiroshige's FCL Equi and FCL-Thyroxine are sold through Font Pavilion. Check also FCL-HeavyMossR. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Shusuke Fukuzaki]

FUKU-SUKE's designer, Shusuke Fukuzaki made Fukidash-Air (balloons and Japanese comics typefaces), sold at Font Pavilion. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Full Scratch Font
[Inoue Yoshikazu]

Free techno and pixel fonts by Inoue Yoshikazu (aka M. Urawa): EGG!, NO1,itaric, NO1, NO10, NO12, NO13, NO13a, NO14, NO15, NO16, NO2, NO5, NO6, NO7, NO8, NO9, Q, Q2, core, ic, otete, pipe, trapezoid, trapezoid2, unknown1-, unknown2, katakana,block, katakana,core, katakana,ic, katakana,pipe, katakana,trapezoid1, katakana,trapezoid2, katakana,runner, wire, ZERO, NO11, NO3, NO4, runner, dama, f,f,techno.

Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fumihiro Yamamoto

Fumihiro Yamamoto's fonts are sold through Font Pavilion. He made the alphading font Robot 1. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Cosmic Tower]

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Furantsu Sumi

Japanese type designer, who won an award in the kanji category at the 22nd Morisawa Type Design competition in 2019 for Kanraku Mincho. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Furi no fonto de

Japanese blog on the theme of free fonts. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fu's Page

Marukan font (Mac only). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fuyuki Hashizume

Designer and art director in Tokyo. His Latin typefaces include Rail Line Alphabet Tokyo (2013, based on parts of the Tokyo subway map), and Cunard Proto (2013, a beautiful calligraphic typeface family). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fuziman Graphix

Designer at Font Pavilion 12 of Sechinparadise (2000). [Google] [More]  ⦿

G2 Systems

Japanese foundry where you can download the Mac fonts Starpoint and Circular 9. At Shift Factory, we can buy Shannin, Lemon 2.0, Circular9, and Sprite Bold. [Google] [More]  ⦿

GADGET (also: SubGraphics)
[Rikiya Nishimura]

Original techno fonts Rikiya Nishimura for Windows and Mac: Sub, Camouflage, Deformation, Deformation Super (the last two fonts are katakana), Airgun (katakana), alpha (katakana), Dust, Ape, System-K, F.M.J., Prompt (katakana), Green Hill, Ninja2, Dust2, Sub 2000, Fude (great Japanese simulation), Square. Dead link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Gaia Production

Free fonts by the Japanese group called Gaia: Teigay, DaiChalk (handwriting), TimeTrek (blocky MICR font), the handwriting Gaiasian (2001), FudenM, Floydian (scratchy, Treefrog style), the hiragana font REO, the display fonts Daipop, Daiblur, DaiheadB, and the geometric experiment Kackin-01. Virtually no punctuation. Unclear who the designers are: Masako Ibayashi, Daisuke Katayama, Masako Tsuda or Naoki Matsui. Site not updated since 2001.

Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Characters not normally available in Japanese fonts. In the glyph shown on the right (example borrowed from Philip Ronan), we read Mori Ogai, an author who lived from 1862 until 1922. The middle kanji, the "O", which means seagull, is an old kanji character that no longer forms part of the standard set of JIs-approved characters, yet Mori used to write his name with it. One has to look for special fonts to find the "gaiji" glyphs. [Google] [More]  ⦿


GakuSoft markets KingKanji, a free Japanese flashcard program for Windows.a Included are free Japanese, Chinese and Hangul fonts. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ganta Uchikiba

Japanese type designer. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Toshiyuki Takahashi]

Gau stands for "Graphic Arts Unit". Original Latin fonts made by Toshiyuki Takahashi starting in 2001: Root Normal, Modern Semi-Round, Cube (Regular, Bold), Private Regular, Pop Magic, Milk Choco, Over Drive, White Base, Love Rocket (+Neo), Spy Letter, Exposition, Rubber Soul.

His kana fonts include GAUfontkana0816, GAUfontkanaAtomic, GauFontKusanagi, GauFontShirousagi, GAUfontkanaRefresh, GauFontKarin91, GauFontRelax, GauFontTampopo, GauFontDonutShop.

Finally, he made Editmode16 (commercial screen dingbats font, 2002).

Dafont link. Old URL. [Google] [More]  ⦿


A free Japaneses font made in 2011. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Keiichi Satoh]

Advertised as a Japanese game font site. It carries these original creations (Latin alphabet) of Keiichi Satoh: Commune, Corner Boy, Gebapolis, Fantasy-Gezone, GSP-RADE, GamelTry, Gebange, Gebrider, Gebulasray, Geho-Daisakusen, Gradion-Txt-Style-III, geppon, OGEBA-FIGHTER, Gradion, The-Yellows, Borderheaven, Sencoron. Plus the kana game font Hyria-kana. All made in 2003-2007.In 2011, he added EVAC AH, EVAC FH, Tonti But, UNCR-DFMN, Super Gezone.

Klingspor link. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Japanese free font maker. Besides some kana fonts, the following Latin fonts were available in 2007-2009: GKZ-0701 (pixel), GKZ-BurnBurn (pixel), GKZ-CLB (pixel), GKZ-Frox (party face), GKZ-GAZI, GKZ-KAKU, GKZ-Oriduru (oriental simulation), GKZ-Speedwrite, GKZ-crossjam, GtsAbstract, GtsArcadia, GtsImprovisation, Gtsfrontline, Gtsgazigazi, Gtslandscape, Gtsprogressive, Gtsshiranami, Gtstransition. Most of these are pixel fonts or experimental. Hiragana typefaces: GKZ-Okome, GKZ-Shiranami, Katakana typefaces: GKZ-ORIDURUKANA, GKZ-RAIGEKI, GKZ-Radiohour (pixel), GKZ-Sryder. Obsolete URL. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Gen Hori

Designer at Font Pavilion of STEREOTYPE (1999). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Gen Mori

Gen Mori's fonts are sold through Font Pavilion: Stereotype is an experimental font. [Google] [More]  ⦿


The 10MB font file has the Microsoft collection, plus Dynalab's MingLiu (1996), and some standard Monotype fonts. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Genocide Graphixxx

Free original Mac and PC (techno or pixel) fonts at this (now defunct) Japanese foundry. Made in 2001: AuroraGenocide1, Chopper, Cowgirl, GENOCIDE, MarsAtack, ROCKY, Robo, Toybox (dingbats), Hagane. Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Genshichi Yasui

Genshichi Yasui's free truetype fonts that emulate screen pixels. Direct access to all Techno fonts. List of fonts: G7-Gradius3-TTS, G7-Genshichi-Kana-1, G7-Check-writer-(TT), G7-Copic-TTF, G7-cute-pop, G7Tani-6-Medium, G7Tile(Katakana), G7Tile(ver2), G7Teishi(FL), G7-Genshichi-Tani-4-L-TTE-ver, G7CoconaworldDIGITAL, G7CoconaworldTTF, SpellofMagic, SpellofMagicDigital. Some katakana and kanji fonts, such as RsbNVhE. Game fonts: G7_1943-TTF, G7-Mr.Do!,-vs-unicorns,-wild~, Solomon's-Key-True-Type, Solomon's-Key-True-Type-Smoose, G7-After-Burner-TTF, G7-A-Jax-TTF, G7-Walt-Disney's-Aladdin-TTF, G7-Assault-TTF, G7-Atomic-Robo-kid-TTF, atari_rounded, G7-Athena-TTF, G7-Butasan-TTF, G7-Chelnov,-Trio-the-punch-TTF, G7-Cho-Makaimura-TTF, G7-Cocona-world-TTF, G7-Command-TTF, G7-Dragon-Spirit-TTF, G7-Exed-Exes-TTF, G7-Family-stasium-TTF, G7-Final-Fantasy-Font-TTF, G7-Flicky-TTF, G7-Gemini-Wing-TTF, Gradius,-Gradius-2-TTF, G7-Gradius3-TTF, G7-Gradius3-TTS, G7-Hydlide2-for-MSX-TTF, G7-Image-Fight-TTF, G7-Kiki-Kaikai-TTF, G7-Adventures-of-Lolo-2-TTF, G7-Mahou-Daisakusen-TTF, G7-Makaimura-TTF, G7-Meikyujima-TTF, G7-Moero-!!-Pro-Yakyu-TTF, G7-Nakayoshi-to-issyo-TTF, G7-Newzealand,-Dondokodon-TTF, G7-Parodius-TTF, G7-PuLiRuLa-TTF, G7-R-Type-TTF, G7-Ryger-TTF, G7-Same!-Same!-Same!-TTF, G7-Shalom-MSX-TTF, G7-Silkworm-TTF, G7-Chee_chai-Alien, G7-Spelunker-TTF, G7-Family-Tantei-Club-1-TTF, G7-Tashiro-Masashi-no-princess, G7-Twinbee-for-arcade-TTF, G7Wakuwaku7, G7-Wizardly-for-famicom-TTF, G7-Xevious-TTF. Fontspace link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Gernot Hassenpflug

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GH Fonts
[Hiroki Gomyo]

Hiroki Gomyo (GH Fonts, Tokyo) created these fonts: GH Pentago (2013, pentagon-shaped letters), GH Tsunageru (2013) and GH Wadachi (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ghost Workshop
[Toshimichi Aoki]

Toshimichi Aoki (Ghost Workshop) is the designer of the OpenType font AokiTegaki (2002, handwriting). This also exists in type 3 format. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ghostscript and Wada fonts

Craig Toshio Oda explains how to use the free Wadalab kanji fonts with ghostscript. And here, we find instructions for using the Wada fonts with ghostscript on the Mac. [Google] [More]  ⦿

GHS Web Graphica

Japanese outfit. Designer of the commercial katakana fonts Cleaning (1999) and Moriguchi (1999). Check also Snake Cube Font (interesting!). P22 connection. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Gigamix (MSX Association)

Free sample kana/Latin truetype fonts by Gigamix: MSX-WIDTH32J, MSX-WIDTH40J. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Giichi Okazaki

Japanese type designer who won the Bronze Prize in the kanji category at the Morisawa Type Design Competition 2014 for Cho-yo. [Google] [More]  ⦿

GKR Karate

Creators of the Japanese typeface Epgyosho. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Glavy Fonts
[Jason Glavy]

Jason Glavy, who lives in Yokohama, runs Glavy Fonts. He has created some free fonts: JG Lepcha (2001, a South asian language font), JG Chantabouli and JG Sasettha (cleaned up and extended unicode vesions of Sasettha and Chantabouli fonts created by John Durdin), JGAksaraBali, JGBasicLao, JGChamVer2, JGChamCambodia, JGChamVN, JGChantabouliLao, JGHurufJawaSanskrit, JGLaoOldArial, JGLaoOldface, JGLaoTimes, JGSoyombo (Tibetan), WL-LatinIPATimes. He used to have a bunch of Japanese fonts on his web site, including his Jindaimoji series. He also created three fonts for Makassarese/Buginese. At some point, he was associated with Saronix Japan. His Hmong page had JGCwjmemFinalVersion, JGCwjmemSecondVersion, JGCwjmemThirdVersion, JGNaadaasFinalVersion, JGNaadaasSecondVersion, JGNaadaasThirdVersion, JGPahawhFinalVersion, JGPahawhSecondVersion, JGPahawhSourceVersion, JGPahawhThirdVersion, JGPuajTxwm, all made in 2002: of these, the Pahawh series is original, while Cwjmem and Naadaas are improvements of other fonts. West African fonts designed by him: JGBassaVahHandwriting, JGBassaVahPrint, JGBete, JGKpelleA, JGKpelleB, JGNKo, JGVaiA, JGVaiB, JGVaiC. These fonts are well researched, and are based on drawings and findings by Dalby, Dr. Welmer, and Jensen. Some of Glavy's fonts for other languages: JGBasicLao, JGChamCambodia (1998), JGChamVN (1998), JGChantabouliLao, JGHurufJawaSanskrit (2001), JGLaoOldArial, JGLaoOldface, JGLaoTimes, JG Lepcha (2001), JGSoyomb (2001). See also SIL's Mingzat (2019) for the Lepcha language of South asia, wich is based on JG Lepcha. [Google] [More]  ⦿

GO!GO! POP FONT (or: M--M Font Design)

Japanese site with free original fonts (Pop (1998), Restaurant (1998)--note, the T is missing; it can be hacked to reappear, by the way), Soda (kana font), and some commercial fonts (3 Cinderella dingbats, and 11 animal shape dingbats called Cookies). Mac and PC, T1 and TTF. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Gomarice Font (or: Goma Shin)
[Shintarou Nakayama]

Japanese foundry, est. in Fukuoka in 2005 by Shintarou Nakayama (Goma Shin), b. 1982. It offers these free fonts, many of which are in the grunge or techno styles: Steel Boy (2005, techno), Manzyu (2005, liquid), The Past (2004), Atama (2004, liquid), Atama Serif G (2010), BAT-MEN__G (2004), BIG-BURGER__G (2010), Ballpoint-Pen (2004), Beer-Cape__G (2006), Boro-Slim__G (2003), Boroboro (2003), Chocolate__G (2008), Coffee-&-Curry-Shop__G (2009), Edamame Western (2012), Fude-Enogu__G (2006), GOMA-STANDARD__G (2010), Gomadelic (2003), Gomanema (2007), Goth-Goma__G (2006), Kamone__G and Kamone 6 (2006-2011, heavy mechanical / octagonal face), Kamone 7 (2012, polygonal typeface), Kigasuru__G (2006), Marker__G (2004), MINI POP__G (2010), Mukasi_Mukasi__G (2003), Mukasi_Mukasi_a__G (2005), Rihapop__G (2006), Rocks__G (2004, stone face), Simple-Slum__G (2005, informal poster face), Steel-Boy__G (2005), Tomipop__G (2006), honey-bone__G (2007), kamone-2__G (2009), kamone-3__G (2010), Yaki Goma (2010), Goma Western (2010), Goma Western 2 (2012), Mousou Recode (2010, ultra fat rounded face), Hot-Chocolate__G (2011), Milk-Chocolate__G (2011), Syouwa Retro Pop G (2011), Spicy Curry Rice (2011), Sikakusimen (2011, fat and rounded), Nantoka Western (2011), Goma Cookie (2012), Sandome G (2012: a beautiful rounded sans display face), Morning Wasabi (2012, a rounded black headline face), Goma Standard 02 (fat and rounded), Doughnut Monster G (fat elliptical typeface), Kaiju Monster (2012), Fine Serif Hosomozi G (2012), Melting Ice Cream, Wasabi Gum (2013, bubblegum face), Soy Sauce Junky (2013), Cyankonabe G (2013: oriental simulation face), Kensuco Stencil G (2013), Omotenashi (2013), Old Book (2013), Rockin Record (2014), Morning Karashi (2014: a great poster typeface), Kamone 8 (2014: octagonal), Zombie Shooting (2014; for those who still believe that zombies can shoot), Goma Block (2015), Okuba Cloud (2015), Hyouzi Display (2015), The Past (2015), What's Love Konnamozi (2015), Shibuya Zero (2015, stencil), Atama Simple (2015), Game Music Love (2016, Western font), GType (2016), Game Continue 02 (2016), Marker2 (2016), Nanikano Capsule (2016), Usuazi Hosomozi (2016), Nandaka Western (2017), No Continue (2017, squarish), Kaizen Seisaku (2017), Gogono Cocoa Mochi (2018), Kirie Fu (2018), Mucha Wo Minagara Milk Tea (2018), Katamari Serif (2018: headline slab serif), Shmup in the Zone (2018: octagonal), Yatsurano Western (2018), Heysel Synthesizer (2018), Toy Block Maestro (2019: a Western font), Round Pop (2019: rounded sans), Tanomuze Cowboy (2019: Western style).

Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Japanese font links. [Google] [More]  ⦿


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Gothic Japanese typefaces

The Japanese "gothic" typefaces (gosshiku) are equivalent to the Latin sans-serif typefaces. Typically, strokes have a uniform width and do not have any decorations. There are two main categories, the standard gothic and the maru (= round) gothic, which is a style in which the ends of the lines are rounded off. Maru gothic is the typeface used in Japanese road signs. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Goto Osamu

Japanese creator of the katakana typeface Himuka (2013). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Gracie the Mouse

Japanese page with an original dingbat font, Gracie. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Claudio Gomboli]

Originally from Turin, Italy, Claudio Gomboli now lives in Osaka. He set up Grafisticceria. Claudio created a commercial icon font called World Outside in 2012.

Creative Market link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Graphic Groove
[Hiromu Tsuboi]

Graphic Groove is a Japanese foundry run by Hiromu Tsuboi and Tamito Sawaguchi. In FontPavilion01, they published Framework. In FontPavilion07, they published Funya-Chara (an absolutely fantastic series of dingbat fonts). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Graphic Trash
[Takayuki Hasimoto]

Takayuki Hasimoto is the designer of Broken Circulator, sold at Font Pavilion. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Free and commercial (predominantly techno) fonts. Among the free fonts: KZ-Cubist, KZ-Gravity, KZ-Turbo. The commercial fonts are sold on a CD: KZ Tank, KZ Spellbound, KZ Scratcher, KZ Radiostar, KZ Racer, KZ Lord, KZ Cybone1 and 2. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Grass Onions

Free original fonts in truetype (PC) and type 1 (Mac): Beat, Soul, Motor, Popy (katakana), Saffraan (katakana), Tiruru (hiragana), Airron (kata), Marchen (kata), Coupe, Plate, Eagle (kata). GoMotor (1997) is in the Pavilion collection. GoSoul (1999) can be downloaded at DaFONT.

Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Gray Graphics
[Kotaro Hatano]

Free Latin fonts: Nationalyze-ALP, Snow Dream, Lumine Sign, Pollyanna, Quick Express and Milky Well, designed by Kotaro Hatano. Find also the katakana fonts Orange Ade, Happy Frame, Panda Chang Bold, Technopolish, Fancy Balloons, CandyStore, LivingToys, Nekoyanagi, Commercial Break, Citrus Fruits, Nationalyze, NatsuMikan, and Lovely Capsules. Font Pavilion also sells his Fancy Balloons (romaji, katakana for comics).

Klingspor link. Fontspace link. Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Hiroki Itoh]

GRAYVISION is a Japanese foundry. Free fonts: Diesel, G.I.Jackie (2002), Monobits+, Monobits, Muschavroui (2002, kana), Drop, Genesis, Handwriting-E, handwritingja, Qubrick, Smarten, Solidstate (kana), Thread. Most of these are great pixel fonts (Mac and PC) designed by Hiroki Itoh (b. Niigata, Japan, 1984). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Greg Bland

Horsham and Cambridge, UK-based designer who proposed the Kobi Serif typeface in 2014: I found the idea of Kobigraphs whilst researching methods of communication for the blind. The website dotlessbraille.org was the sole proprietor of the Kobigraph idea and it was virtually unknown outside of that website. Researching the website further I became curious about the idea of this typographic bridge between embossed braille for the blind and visual letterforms for sighted persons to read braille more easily. Braille is becoming something of a dying form even though it is extremely important for blind people to know some form of written communication. Fewer than 1% of the two million visually impaired people in the UK are users of Braille. Yet 66% of blind or partially sighted people of working age are unemployed as a result of a lack of some form of literacy. It seemed to me that helping to make braille as accessible as possible to everyone through using the Kobigraph would help raise awareness of the issues of blind literacy and encourage everyone to try learning braille. The Kobigraphs visual form can be read by sighted persons at a glance as opposed to braille - which is usually colourless dots printed on a page. And as the Kobigraph uses the same cell structure as braille, the dots could be raised to allow blind users to read too. The links between cell dots could also be raised to help users further guide their way around a letterform more easily if they have not built up the necessary tactile abilities needed to sense individual dots.

In 2014, he made a multilingual display typeface for Latin, Devanagari and Hiragana called InterSans. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Grooming Gi-Gi (or: Pepelemoko Studio)

Original fonts at this Japanese site: CacheCache, RendezVous. Mac PS and Windows TT. [Google] [More]  ⦿


The package distributed in this site provides the patches for gs6.50 to handle CJK (Traditional/Simplified Chinese, Japanese, Korean) TrueType fonts as CID-keyed fonts and some improvements upon CID-keyed font handler in gs6.50. We also aim to add our results to the original Aladdin/Artifex ghostscript. The developers are Toshiya Suzuki, Masatake Yamato, Taiji Yamada, Hideyuki Suzuki. [Google] [More]  ⦿

GT TrueType fonts
[Atsuhito Kohda]

Free Kanji truetype fonts developed in 2001 for use with Debian Linux by Atsuhito Kohda: GT2000-01, GT2000-02, GT2000-03, GT2000-04, GT2000-05, GT2000-06, GT2000-07, GT2000-08, GT2000-09, GT2000-10, GT2000-11, GT2000-K1, GT2000-K2. They are Unicode compliant and contain also complete Latin, Cyrillic and Greek character sets. Alternate URL at Open Text. Yet another URL. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Takaaki Goto]

GT&CANARY, a New York City design lab, was founded in 2004 by Takaaki Goto (b. 1966, Japan), a.k.a. GT, who specializes in global brand identity and package design. Takaaki Goto designed the slightly arched Kana Sans type family (2012). In 2014, he created the organic sans typeface Morebi Rounded (+Stencil). In 2015, he added the beautiful geometric sans typeface family Mirai (meaning, the future). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

[Addax Designs]

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Gutenberg Labo

Japanese font foundry committed to making open license fonts based on old prints. It is run by Judicare and Eunice. Fontspace link. The fonts:

  • GL SnowBentley (2018). Snow crystals after photographs by Wilson A. Bentley.
  • GL Morris (2017-2018). After William Morris's blackletter typeface Troy Type (1891-1892).
  • GL-MahjongTile (2009). In 2018, they added a color SVG style web font called GL-MahjongTile-Clr.
  • GL-Grimoire-MajKey and GL-Grimoire-MinKey (2007-2009). The former is from the medieval grimoire "The Greater Key of Solomon" (font for the Sacred Pentacles). The latter is from the medieval grimoire "GOETIA The Lesser Key of Solomon" (font for the medieval grimoire "GOETIA The Lesser Key of Solomon").
  • GL-Runen (2007-2009): Elder Futhark runes.
  • GL-Nummernschild-Mtl and GL-Nummernschild-Eng (2009): German license plates typeface (FE-Mittelschrift, FE-Engschrift). The original goes back to Karlgeorg Hoefer.
  • GL-DancingMen (2007-2009): Cipher from "The Adventure of the Dancing Men", The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle. See also GL Dancing Men Org (2017-2018).
  • GL-Suetterlin (2008): German formal blackletter-inspired handwriting taught in schools for some time. Renamed GL German Cursive in 2018.
  • GL-Antique (+GL-AntiquePlus) (2002-2017): Japanese antique style font containing kanji, hiragana and katakana. These fonts are quite complete and contain hundreds of dingbats, arrows, and symbols.
  • The GL-Tsukiji family (2008-2009): hiragana and katakana fonts from the Meiji era type foundry Tokyo Tsukiji Kappan. Open Font Library link.
  • GL Otomanopee (2006-2007 and 2017-2018). Hiragana and katakana.
Sourceforge link. [Google] [More]  ⦿


69 Chinese/Japanese truetype fonts. About 400MB in all. Slow page, but good quality fonts. Unfortunately, this server shut down. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Toshiyuki Imamura]

Full Japanese/Latin font in the public domain, Habian2000. Alternate URL. The fonts: Habian2000, habian2k, habian2kh. The letters are monospaced and Courier-like. The fonts are based on the old bitmap fonts jiskan16-1990.bdf and jisksp16-1990.bdf, which were merged with newly designed characters by Toshiyuki Imamura and Hanataka Shinya. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Hajime Kawakami

Japanese graphic designer, b. 1953, who started out as an industrial designer, and became a graphic designer in 1974. He won the 1990 Morisawa International Typeface Design Competition with an Honorable Mention in the Latin Category. The list of his typefaces:

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Hajime Kudo

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Small commercial Japanese foundry specializing in handwritten and extreme brush fonts. Gorgeous stuff! Examples: Hakushu Sosho Kyo, Hakushu Tensho Kyo, Hakushu Gyosho, Hakushu Kaisho, Hakushu Reisho, Hakushu Sousho. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Masanori Maruoka]

Hakusyu is a Japanese font vendor. Their Hakusyu Kyoiku kanji fonts (HakusyuGokubutoKaisyoKyo, HakusyuGyosyoKyokan, HakusyuInsoutaiKyo, HakusyuKaisyoKyokan, HakusyuKointaiKyokan, HakusyuReisyoKyokan, HakusyuSeigyosyoKyo, HakusyuSousyoKyo, HakusyuTensyoKyokan, HakusyuTenkoinKyo), all made in 1998-1999 by Masanori Maruoka, can be downloaded here.

See also here. The latter page has more Japanese font links and a small Latin font archive. Specilaizing in calligraphic and old writing style fonts. Recent additions: Geikai, Kyomadoka, Samurai, Shunpu, Karakusa, Tenshin, Hakuu, Seigetsu, Konshin, Ohka, Sousho, Inshou, Reisho, Gyosho, Koin, Kiwami, Kaisho.

Typecache link.

A recent list of their typeface library: Geikaisuikou, Kyomadoka, Samurai, Shumpu, Karakusa, Ohka, Konshin, Kasumi, Ohhige, Ninja, Kintoki, Aun, Bukotsu, Mamekichi, Mamekichi 2, Hakushu Sosho Pro, Hakushu Reisho Pro, Hakushu Kointai Pro, Hakushu Shotai Kiwame, Hakushu Kaisho Pro, Hakushu Gyosho Pro, Hakushu Insotai, Hakushu Tenkoin, Hakushu Shoten, Hakushu Kokotsu, Hakushu Tensho, Hakushu Kujoten, Hakushu Kakukuzushi. [Google] [More]  ⦿


This company sells a gorgeous artistic hand kanji typeface called Samurai. [Google] [More]  ⦿

HAM Fonts

Download some Japanese kanji fonts. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Hanako Takeuti
[HBF (was: HanayaBellBellDoh)]

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At Hanazono University in Japan, we find a free full kanji font called HanaMin (2007-2009). A part of this font was completed with the support of Grant-in-Aid for Publication of Scientific Research Results from Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (2005) and the International Research Institute for Zen Buddhism (IRIZ), Hanazono University. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Handwritten Japanese fonts

Article by Kyoko and Uleshka for Ping Mag in 2006 on the hand-drawn letters found on the streets of Japan. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Daisuke Nagatani]

Japanese studio of Daisuke Nagatani and Ranna Sakai. Creators of the iFontMaker font Bontan (2010, hand-printed alphadings). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Han-Yi Shaw
[HYS Design]

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Happy Child's Town

Original fonts by Yokoyoko: bmbold, bm-kirakira, bmshironuki, heart-emboss, heartfont, kakurin-Font, kerokero, kerorin. Alternate URL. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Happy Island

Japanese foundry, also called "Noize of Zappin". Their free Mac and PC fonts, all made in 2002-2003, include 25th-Miseducation, Bit-Boy!---d, Bit-Boy!, Dockin'-Dots-Bold, Dockin'-Dots, Don't-Make-Me-Blue, Go-Right!!---italic, I-wanna-be-a-Happy-Star!, It-is-so-Busy, Laser-Grill, Mozaix-Matrix-reMix---d, Mozaix-Matrix-reMix, Open-----Bind-*advanced---d, Open-<->-Bind-*Advanced, Open-<->-Bind, Piled-Boy,-Stackin'-Girl---d, Piled-Boy,-Stackin'-Girl, Pinch-Up-Bold, Pinch-Up, Shi-No-Bi---d, Shi-No-Bi, TYO-Jimbouchoh, TYO-Kamata, TYO-Kameido, TYO-Kichijohji, TYO-Monzen-nakachoh, TYO-Nishi-Shinjuku, TYO-Shiodome, TYO-Tsukiji, TYO-Udagawachoh, Transforming-Trancer, Vivid-*-Curry---d, Vivid-Curry, Vivid-Stew---d, Vivid-Stew, Wipe-in, Wipe-in, blinkin'-blicks, chill-out---c, chill-out---f, degaussed-pipeline, diecut, trickish-tribute. The Mozaix series is in a kitchen tile style. Most others are pixelized. Update in 2004: TYO-Jimbouchoh (gorgeous oriental simulation font), TYO-Kichijohji, TYO-Kameido, TYO-Kamata (pixel face), TYO-Monzen-nakachoh (labyrinth face), TYO-Nishi-Shinjuku (3d blocky look), TYO-Shiodome (multiline face), TYO-Tokiwa (oriental simulation face), TYO-Tsukiji, TYO-Tokyo (pixel face), TYO-Tokyo---d, TYO-Udagawachoh. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Harano Aji Fonts
[Masamichi Hosoda]

Japanese designer, who renamed Adobe's Source Han Sans and Serif (2014-2018) Harano Aji Gothic and Mincho (2019-2020), respectively. CTAN links: I, II. Github link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Hare Gon

Japanese commercial foundry related to Jikji Soft, Hanyang Systems and Yoon Design. Fonts:

  • From Jikji Soft (Korean): KRJBatang120, KRJBatang125, KRJBatang130, KRJBatang140, KRJBatang150, KRJBatang210, KRJBatang220, KRJHangSer, KRJSongMyung, KRJDotum110, KRJDotum130, KRJDotum135, KRJDotum140, KRJDotum150, KRJDotum230, KRJDokDo, KRJFreeTourM, KRJGMokPan, KRJJunEum, KRJKidM, KRJMokPan, KRJMyungMoon, KRJNonSquare2M, KRJNonSquareM, KRJORyoun, KRJRGra, KRJSatGat, KRJSeVal, KRJSunFlowerM, KRJTimeMachineM, KRJWallin.
  • From Hanyang Information&Communications Co: KRHYMokPTrace-Bold, KRHYMokPTrace-ExtraBold, KRHYMokPTrace-Medium, KRHYNamu-Bold, KRHYNamu-Light, KRHYNamu-Medium, KRHYPillGi-Light, KRHYPMokGak-Bold, KRHYPMokPan-Bold, KRHYPMokPan-Light, KRHYPop-Bold, KRHYPop-Light, KRHYPop-Medium, KRHYPost-Bold, KRHYPost-Light, KRHYPost-Medium, KRHYSam-Bold, KRHYSam-Light, KRHYSam-Medium, KRHYSan-Bold, KRHYSan-Light, KRHYSan-Medium, KRHYSeNse-Bold, KRHYSeNse-Light, KRHYSinGraPhic-Medium, KRHYTaJa-Bold, KRHYTaJa-Light, KRHYTaJa-Medium, KRHYTaJaFull-Bold, KRHYTaJaFull-Light, KRHYTaJaFull-Medium, KRHYTeBack-Bold, KRHYYeaSo-Medium, KRHYYeaSol-Bold, KRHYYeatGul-Bold, KRHYYeatGul-Medium, KRHYYoyo-Bold, KRHYYoyo-Light, KRHYYoyo-Medium, KRHYBackSong-Bold, KRHYBada-Bold, KRHYBada-Light, KRHYBada-Medium, KRHYBaram-Bold, KRHYBaram-Light, KRHYBaram-Medium, KRHYBuDle-Medium, KRHYBuwhaL-Bold, KRHYBuwhaL-Light, KRHYBuwhaL-Medium, KRHYChunjyin-A, KRHYChunjyin-B, KRHYCrystal-Bold, KRHYCrystal-Light, KRHYCrystal-Medium, KRHYCSWheysang-Bold, KRHYCSWheysang-ExtraBold, KRHYCSWheysang-Medium, KRHYDongNyuk-Bold, KRHYDongNyuk-Light, KRHYDongNyuk-Medium, KRHYGraPhic-Bold, KRHYGraPhic-Medium, KRHYHaeSo-Medium, KRHYInyoen-Bold, KRHYInyoen-Light, KRHYInyoen-Medium, KRHYKang-Bold, KRHYKang-Light, KRHYKang-Medium, KRHYKumgangsan-Bold, KRHYKumgangsan-ExtraBold, KRHYKumgangsan-Light, KRHYKumgangsan-Medium, KRHYMokGak-Bold, KRHYMokPan-Bold, KRHYMokPan-Light, KRHYGungSo-Bold, KRHYMyeongJo-Bold, KRHYMyeongJo-ExtraBold, KRHYMyeongJo-Light, KRHYMyeongJo-Medium, KRHYMyeongJo-Ultra, KRHYSinMun-MyeongJo, KRHYSinMyeongJo-Bold, KRHYSinMyeongJo-Medium, KRHYSooN-MyeongJo, KRHYGoThic-Bold, KRHYGoThic-ExtraBold, KRHYGoThic-Light, KRHYGoThic-Medium, KRHYHeadLine-Bold, KRHYHeadLine-Medium, KRHYKHeadLine-Bold, KRHYKHeadLine-Medium, KRHYRGoThic-Bold, KRHYRGoThic-Medium, KRHYSuPungSun-Bold, KRHYSuPungSun-ExtraBold, KRHYSuPungSun-Light, KRHYSuPungSun-Medium, KRHYTeGoThic-Bold, KRHYWulNunDo-Bold, KRHYWulNunDo-ExtraBold, KRHYWulNunDo-Light, KRHYWulNunDo-Medium.
  • From Yoon Design: KRYD-Mincho110, 120, 130, 140, 150, 160; KRYD-Gothic110, 120, 130, 140, 150, 160, 220, 230, 240, 250; KRYD-Yoon [B, M, L, UL]; KRYD-GamenB, KRYD-GamenM, KRYD-GamenL, KRYD-HawheB, KRYD-HawheM, KRYD-HawheL, KRYD-TogeB, KRYD-TogeM, KRYD-TogeL, KRYD-SapphireB, KRYD-SapphireM, KRYD-SapphireL, KRYD-KaisouB, KRYD-KaisouM, KRYD-KaisouL, KRYD-ChildB, KRYD-ChildM, KRYD-ChildL, KRYD-GyosonB, KRYD-GyosonM, KRYD-GyosonL, KRYD-TonboB, KRYD-TonboM, KRYD-TonboL, KRYD-KasasagiB, KRYD-KasasagiM, KRYD-KasasagiL, KRYD-DirtyB, KRYD-DirtyM, KRYD-DirtyL, KRYD-PanchiGo, KRYD-PanchiMin, KRYD-SaleB, KRYD-SaleM, KRYD-SaleL, KRYD-KakkouB, KRYD-KakkouM, KRYD-KakkouL, KRYD-KaiB, KRYD-KaiM, KRYD-KaiL, KRYD-YamabikoB, KRYD-YamabikoM, KRYD-YamabikoL, KRYD-ShosetsuB, KRYD-ShosetsuM, KRYD-ShosetsuL.
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Japanese commercial foundry. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Haruki Tominaga
[Asobo Desigbn]

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Haruta Design Studio
[Yukari Haruta]

Haruta Yukari is a graphic designer. Author of Kawaka Ikehara, A Hundred Vistas of Letters #98 (Robundo, 2000), Kawaka Ikehara: A Man between Calligraphy and Type, Japanese Modern Type: Shozo Motoki And His Surroundings (the Committee of the Japanese Modern Type: Shozo Motoki and His Surroundings and NPO Modern Printing Preservation Society, 2003), and a thesis titled Early Modern Hiragana Type and Its Designer: Kawaka Ikehara and His Surroundings (Japan Society of Typography Journal #09, 2016). She is the principal of Haruta Design Studio and a lecturer at Robundo Shinjuku Private Typography School from 2006 to 2018.

Speaker at ATypI 2019 in Tokyo. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Drop In]

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A list of links to useful free fonts for Latin and Japanese. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Hatena Diary

Japanese type news. Not updated since 2005. [Google] [More]  ⦿

HBF (was: HanayaBellBellDoh)
[Hanako Takeuti]

HBF (ex: HanayaBellBellDoh) is a Japanese site by Hanako Takeuti. Fonts include HB-Hanabell-Font (curlies), HB-FontHANA, HB-LOVE, HB-Naturals, HB-T-AND-J, HB-TUMIKI, HB-MyDetective. Alternate URL. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Keigo Hara]

Japanese outfit that sells its fonts through Font Pavilion. Its main designer Keigo Hara made the techno fonts Roove and Underground. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Heart Font

Three kanji/kana/Latin fonts by Zen and Syoko: heart-font-by-syoko, Heart-Font-by-zEn, Heart-Font(w)-by-zEn. Free, truetype. Alternate URL. [Google] [More]  ⦿

heart font

Two free fonts, syoko and zEn. Japanese site. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Helmut Schmid

German type designer, b. 1942, Austria, d. 2018, Japan. He started out apprenticing as a typesetter. In the 1960s, he studied in the Basel School of Design in Switzerland under the direction of Emil Ruder, Kurt Hauert and Robert Buchler. Schmid went on to West Berlin and then Stockholm (where he created covers for journal Grafisk Revy). Schmid traveled extensively and worked in Canada, Germany, Sweden, and Japan, before relocating to his permanent home in Osaka in 1977. This was where he developed his iconic design aesthetic that blends European and Japanese elements. One of his most notable works was the brand identity for Japanese sports drink Pocari Sweat, which is still in use in East Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East today.

Schmid wrote several essays about typography for global design magazines including Baseline, Idea, and Typografische Monatsblätter. His books include Typography Today, Helmut Schmid: Design is Attitude and Japanische Typographie und Schweizer Typographie, published in Comedia, edition 03-1, 2003. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Henry Warwick

New Jersey native who lives in San Francisco. He states: "Over the years I've had the good fortune to be very involved with photolettering and type design. In the 1980's I set headlines, letter by letter by letter, on a VGC Typositor at Phil's Photolettering in Washington DC. The desktop computer quickly destroyed that entire industry, and that is how I became involved with computer graphics. In the early 1990s, I designed type for FontBank, and consulted for several other type companies, including Microsoft and Galoob Toys. It's nearly impossible to make a living in type design these days, as the industry was basically done in by a combination of legal precedents and rampant piracy. Having worked on "conventional" / Wester / Roman fonts for so long, I've acquired a preference for unusual or obscure fonts or alphabets. I am always available for type design work or consulting." His designs (not downloadable) include Coptic Chelt, Fruthrak Sans, Ojibway Futurae, Cyrillic-Helv-Flash-8pt, KTR-katakana10, Celestia, Daggers, Enochian Times and Nugsoth. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Designer of the font "hg10". [Google] [More]  ⦿

Hershey fonts
[Allen Vincent Hershey]

The Hershey Fonts are stroke-based fonts that were created in 1967 by naval scientist Dr. A.V. Hershey who worked at the U. S. National Bureau of Standards. They were described in Hershey's report Calligraphy for Computers (1967). Alternate link. The description of the strokes is done according to a scheme invented by Hershey. Free download of the English and Japanese font sets.

In 2019, Elias Hanzer and Lucas Liccini based their experimental font Vincent on Hershey Script 1.

For a more complete digital revival, see Luuse's Hershey Noailles (2020). [Google] [More]  ⦿

HG (Happy Goblin)

Japanese outfit. Designed the commercial dingbat font Dojikon. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Hideaki Ohtani

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Hidekazu Sakakibara
[iAi-jp (was Fontage and Kivart)]

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Hideki Inaba

Tokyo based designer and head of Hideki Inaba Design. Designer of TEST (katakana, 1997), sold at Font Pavilion. At Shift Factory: Musasabi, Throw Underthrow, Note Font. WDFB (2001, Hideki Inaba Design) was made for a Japanese children's clothing company. He also designed the dotted line font Designate (1999). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Hideki Katayama
[COM4t (or: Communicate by Four Typeface; was: Font Factory Field)]

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Hideki Nakajima

Hideki Nakajima is a Japanese art director and graphic designer active since about 1985. He designed record/CD sleeve design for numbers of artist such as Ryuichi Sakamoto, Editorial and book cover design for Ryumei Yoshimoto, Banana Yoshimoto, Masachi Ohsawa and Kodansha General Knowledge Books Department. He also worked for fashion and beauty brands such as Issey Miyake. Other brands in his portfolio include TAG Heuer, Seiko and Marginal Glamor. Nakajima has won numerous design awards both in Japan and abroad ncludes uch as the New York ADC, Tokyo ADC, Tokyo TDC grand prix, and New York TDC. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Hideki Saijo

Tokyo-based designer of the thin decorative didone advertising typeface Ginza Mitsukoshi 2015 (2015, for the department store chain). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Hidemi Kurishashi

Designer of the Latin/Cyrillic/Greek/Kana/Kanji handwriting font Zatuji. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Hidemi Nanao

Japanese type designer. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Hidenori Motoyama

Tokyo-based graphic designer. He created the experimental typefaces HM02 (2011--a free 3d face), Spokeroom (2010, geometric and counterless), and Yellow Cream (2010, fat bubblegum face). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Hideo Akiba

Designer of Sousui, the bronze prize in the 6th Morisawa Awards International Typeface Design Competition, 1999. A simple, light and elegant kanji font. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Hidetaka Yamasaki

Graduate of Kyoto University and the the University of Reading's MATD program. Hidetaka Yamasaki (Japan) designed several typefaces:

  • Clare. A clean and clear typeface ideal for journals, such as newspapers and magazines. It covers Latin and Thai.
  • Carl Marx. A geometric but warm rounded typeface based on a sketch drawn by a German painter who studied at Bauhaus, Carl Marx (1911-1991). It was published in 2018 in the Adobe Originals collection. Adobe writes: This typeface is based on lettering by Carl Marx (1911-1991), designed during his first semester at the Bauhaus in Joost Schmidt?s class, in 1932. Although the letter proportions are based on Schmidt's teachings, the forms are not constructed from compass and ruler, but drawn with brush and marker, lending the words a warm and lively touch. Hidetaka Yamasaki redrew the letters from scratch and added all missing characters for today's needs. A set of hanging figures, alternates for some critical letterforms (such as f, r, and t) as well as several ligatures make CarlMarx especially suitable for use in body text. As suggested by Marx, Yamasaki captured two weights from the original drawing and perfectly adjusted light and bold to highlight words and create hierarchy in headlines without losing or adding space. True to the original, Yamasaki captured the wobbly contour in CarlMarx, preserving warmth in the condensed geometric style of the early 1930s.
  • Sandberg Grotesque. A quirky typeface based on a black face used in Willem Sandberg's catalogues in 1950s; outstanding feature of tapering serves for display use, but will disappear in small size to turn out a useful text typeface.
  • Stylus. A simple, slightly lively text typeface for matching Latin with Arabic in small size.
  • Rudolph. A typeface for greeting cards and picture books, a three-day project as the first assignment of the MATD.
  • Luke (2019, The Northern Block). In the style of Caslon's English Blackletter (a textura), and named after the Caslon family tomb in the churchyard of St Luke Old Street in London.
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Hideyo Ryoken

Japanese type designer associated with Type Project. Between 2012 and 2017, Akira Kobayashi (Monotype) and Isao Suzuki, Hideyo Ryoken and Saori Ooshima of Type Project co-designed SST Japanese. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Hikaiti Kingdom

Font archive located in Japan. [Google] [More]  ⦿


A corporate URW studio sans family published in 2009. The 6-font family sells for over 5000 dollars and covers Turkish, Baltic, Romanian, Cyrillic, Greek, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Japanese, Korean, Thai, Arabic, and Hebrew. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Hinting and Japanese fonts
[Hiroshi Utumi]

Hiroshi Utumi states: Hinting is not good for square characters (Japanese, Chinese etc). Run kcontrol and disable hinting please. $ kcontrol Font -> Settings -> Hinting style -> Choose "None". His advice is for Linux users. Mire specifically: see here. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Hiro W

Osaka, Japan-based designer of the curly typeface Bone in Plant (2018) and the stencil typeface Cyber Grotesque (2018). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Hiroaki Chiba
[Chiba Design]

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Hiroaki Nagai

Japanese designer. Nagai and Daisuke Yajima won an award at TDC55 for an experimental typeface called Utsuba Moon Avant Garde (2009). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Hiroaki Yokoyama

Tokyo-based designer, who created the connect-the-dots typeface Architect (2015). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Hirofumi Abe

Japanese type designer. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Hirofumi Iguchi

Japanese type designer whose typeface Kitahara Gyosho (2013-2014, co-designed with Birei Kitahara) won an award in the kanji category at the Morisawa Type Design Competition 2014. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Hirofumi Nishida
[Psy Zo Lab (was: Psyborg)]

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Hirofumi Suzuki

Hirofumi Suzuki's fonts are sold through Font Pavilion: Kerpentine is a katakana font. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Hiroki Gomyo
[GH Fonts]

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Hiroki Inoue
[Hiroki Mighty (or: Mighty's Notebook)]

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Hiroki Itoh

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Hiroki Kanou
[Efont (Electronic Font Open) project]

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Hiroki Kato

Nagoya, Japan-based designer of the roman typeface Gooey (2016) and the free roman typeface Chandelier (2016).

Typefaces from 2017: Enker (a geometric sans). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Hiroki Mighty (or: Mighty's Notebook)
[Hiroki Inoue]

Free handwritten kanji fonts by Hiroki Inoue: Maitei-Kaisho-Pro-T (2005), Maitei-Kaigyo-Beginners-S (2004), Maitei-Kaigyo-Beginners-T, Maitei-Sosho-. There is also a demo version Mighty's-Kaisho-Pro-Eval (2003). And by Jirou: yuta_maru, Yuta-Semicircle (letters made out of semicircles), yuta-Underline, yutapon_Coding_Plus_BMP, yutapon_Coding-PlusBMP-spc. Some of these are full handwritten-style kanji fonts. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Hiroki Takahashi
[Moji Waku (or: Kajiru Kawagoto, or: MJ-Work)]

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Hiroko Sakai

Hiroko Sakai (Tokyo) created Tape Font (based on masking tapes) in 2013. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Hiroko Takiguchi

Designer at Maniackers of a series of Holiday fonts (all formats; done with Masayuki Sato), with Latin, katakana and hiragana glyphs. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Hiromasa Mori

Hiromasa Mori's fonts are sold through Font Pavilion: Talk is a katakana font. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Free kanji font, Hiromi (handwriting). Alternate URL. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Hiromi Nakano

Tokyo-based designer of a few Latin display typefaces (2015). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Hiromu Tsuboi
[Graphic Groove]

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Hiroshi Komiyama

Hiroshi Komiyama is a representative of Japan's Sato Typography Design Institute, type design adviser to DynaComware Corp. in Taiwan and Samsung Electronics and a special reviewer of Tokyo TDC's Type Design Department. He studied type design under Sato Kenosuke, Komiyama is a recognized authority in Japanese type design and Japanese typographical history. He has designed several fonts including the Heisei Mincho font, and Ryobi's phototypesetting font. His publications include The Basics of Type Design (2010), The History of Movable-Type Printing (2009), The Open Type Version of Japanese Movable Type Collection (2007), and Chronicles of Book and Movable-Type Printing (2000). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Hiroshi Kumabe

Font Pavilion sells the Cosmic Graphics fonts HardBoiled (alphadings), Niale, and Pow-waw (flowery dings), which were all made in 1998. Fontspace link, where one can get Hiroshi Kumabe's fonts for free. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Hiroshi Morishima

At Photolettering, Hiroshi Morishima created the Latin display typefaces Funletter and Hiroshi Bold. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Hiroshi Ozaki
[Jet Bros]

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Hiroshi Tachibana
[Musescore Shakuhachi]

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Hiroshi Utumi
[Hinting and Japanese fonts]

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Hiroshi Utumi
[Japanese Fonts 01]

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Hiroshima University

Big Japanese free font archive. Includes the free fonts that come with GIMP (from URW), many BDF and PK bitmap fonts, Kanji bitmap fonts, X-Windows fonts. Plus useful installation instructions for X-Windows/UNIX platforms. Lots of links to UNIX utilities and software. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Hiroya Sato

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Hiroyuki Furuta

Tokyo-based designer of a triangle-based typeface and of another geometric display face called Shutter Moment (2015). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Hiroyuki Tsutsumi

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Hiroyuki Watanabe

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Hisashi Iwai

Hisashi Iwai is a type designer and educator. He earned his BA and MA from Tokyo Zokei University and Aichi University of the Arts, respectively. In 2007, Iwai joined Jiyukobo Ltd., where he was involved in numerous font-development projects, including the Yu Type Library and OEM fonts. He is a visiting lecturer at Bunsei Art University and Kyoto Seika University.

Codesigner with Toshinobu Nagata of the Japanese typeface Ashitano Maru Gothic, which won an award at ProtoType in 2016.

His project Fides won the Type Design Prize in Tokyo TDC Annual Awards, 2019.

Speaker at ATypI 2019 in Tokyo on the topic of kana.

Award winner at 25 TDC in 2022 for Uwabami. He writes: Japanese texts have always been written in a vertical direction since their beginning. Uwabami follows the tradition and is designed exclusively for vertical typesetting. Each character included in Uwabami conforms to the size/proportion of the historical form of Kana and is placed in a proportional body. By designing beyond the space of the body, the neighboring characters may be overlayed by chance, which adds a distinct personality to the composition. Uwabami's character set mainly utilizes Hentaigana, kana that are marginally used today. While this renders the characters almost indecipherable to most modern people, this striking feature helps achieve a unique, archaic flair. Some characters have alternate forms that automatically switch depending on the previous characters. Uwabami is also equipped with abundant ligatures for aesthetic enhancement. These factors diversify character shapes and lead to a richer typesetting experience. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Hiyoshi Takao

Takao Mincho and Takao Gothic (2010-2011) are two free Japanese kanji fonts named after Hiyoshi Takao, the original designer of TypeBank Mincho and Gothic, which in turn led to the development of the IPA fonts. IPA Fonts are high-quality Japanese outline fonts developed by the Information-technology Promotion Agency (or IPA) in Japan under a very free license. Takao font maintainers are Arne Goetje, Fumihito Yoshida, Hideki Yamane, Jun Kobayashi (head), Kazuhiro Nishiyama, Kevin Huang, Nobuto Murata, and Satoru Matsumoto. [Google] [More]  ⦿

H=Jan Poland on CJK Fonts
[Jan Poland]

Jan Poland explains how to work with Japanese and CJK fonts in LaTeX. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Rufu Suzuki]

Free handwritten kanji fonts by Rufu Suzuki: Nikukyu, HONYA-JI-F, HONYA-JI. He also made the free Latin pixel font series called PITIJI. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Hourglass Fonts

From this Japanese foundry, these free Latin typefaces: 5389, digi, dizzy, ghost, ghost-wave, kaku, makz, mist, stupid, vn-3, vo-0, 11432, bones, cell, devil, devil-em, devil-hop, digi-white, ghost-pt.2, gidi, glass. All fonts were made in 2001, except vn-3 and vo-0, which were made in 2002. [Google] [More]  ⦿

How to Compile and Install Ghostscript 5.50 + Japanese Kanji fonts

Instructions on ghostscript 5.50 and vflib, kanji, Wada kanji (Uix), and kanji (Windows), by B.H. Far at the Department of Information and Computer Sciences, Saitama University. [Google] [More]  ⦿

HTML International

Japanese company specializing in Chinese character sets. You can download sample TrueType files (single byte). HTML International is the USA counterpart of Dynalab in Hong-Kong, Japan and Taiwan. [Google] [More]  ⦿

HTMLCOM's Chinese and Kanji fonts

Bruce H. Liu. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Hui designed these free Japanese handwriting fonts in 2004: HuiFont, HuiFontP. In 2005-2006, OhisamaFont and MakibaFont were added in 2008. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Gernot Hassenpflug]

Gernot Hassenpflug provides half-width katakana Type 1 fonts in SJIS encoding are provided to integrate with the Wadalab fonts for use with, for example, the CJK package. The origin of the font is the Wadalab gothic font katakana glyphs, which have been modified to make up the JIS X 0201 set of half-width katakana characters using Fontforge. The Wadalab fonts need to be available for this package to work. The original Wadalab fonts were designed by Tetsuro Tanaka. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Hyperion Graphics
[Eisuke Furukawa]

Hyperion, a Japanese outfit, has commercial fonts, mostly made by Eisuke Furukawa: Cosmotron11, Gigantic, Inferno, Hellfire and Starlight9 are all pixel or futuristic fonts. Eisuke Furukawa also made Zodiacok (1999), Falcon and Believer, another pixel font. Other fonts, some of which used to be shareware: Biomechanic, Capsule-3, Controler-demo, DotfontEng, TECSCRIR, TECSCRIS, Hexaglamorous, Mirage/Illusion, Overloader, Es, DotFontKat, MirageJap, PhantomK, Stargate, Crossbreed, Future 3000, Reflex.

Font Pavilion site. At Shift Factory, we find FBI, Hyperion, Techno Script, Dreamer, Biomechanic 2.0, Controller-demo, Capsule 3, Falcon, Controller, and Galaxy.

Free fonts as of 2012: Ghost, Neutral10 (pixel font), Vector (arrow font), Believer12 (pixel font), Phantom, Overloader, ControllerDemo, Capsule, ES10 (pixel font), ES, Mirage. [Google] [More]  ⦿

HYS Design
[Han-Yi Shaw]

Redmond, WA-based type designer whose Chinese typeface Qingyu Lishu won an award in the TDC Typeface Design competition in 2017. Award winner at 25 TDC in 2022 for these two Chinese / Japanese typefaces:

  • Shinbakusai Reisho: A modern revival typeface that is rooted in the imperial collection of enamelled porcelain (yousai in Japanese, yangcai in Chinese) of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912) of China. In contrast to calligraphic clerical scripts (reisho in Japanese, lishu in Chinese) found in the imperial collection, this typeface harmoniously blends yet juxtaposes soften-curves and sharpened-tips in key designated stokes. The distinguishing aesthetic attributes have also been further applied to Japanese hiragana and katakana for usage in Japan.
  • Qing Mocai Lishu: A modern revival typeface that finds its roots in the imperial collection of enamelled porcelain (yangcai) of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912) of China. In contrast to calligraphic clerical scripts (lishu) found in the imperial collection, this typeface harmoniously blends yet juxtaposes soften-curves and sharpened-tips in key designated stokes.
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Hyun Guk Ryu

Born in Republic of Korea, Hyun Guk Ryu obtained a Ph.D. at National Kyushu Institute of Technology Graduate School of Design. Presently, he teaches type design and design history at National University Corporation Tsukuba University of Technology Faculty of Industrial. His professional studies are focused in typography and design history of Korean (Haeseo Style), Chinese (Ming Style), and the manufacturing of Latin alphabets for the multilingual typesetting in 19th century Japan and China.

Speaker at ATypI 2012 in Hong Kong: A study of collision among and the coexistence of different Korean typeface designs. At ATypI 2011 in Reykjavik, Hyun Guk Ryu spoke about the history of Hangul type design. Speaker at ATypI 2013 in Amsterdam: Directionality in Korean type design. [Google] [More]  ⦿

I Love Ayu.com

Designers of the neat Japanese doll dingbat font Ayupan (2003). The name "I Love Ayu" is derived from Ayumi Hamasaki. [Google] [More]  ⦿

I Love Epson

Great full free kanji truetype fonts: epgyobld, epgyosho, epkaisho, epkgobld, epkyouka, epmarugo, epmgobld, epminbld. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Original fonts, mostly katakana and hiragana, but also some Latin alphabets. Some pixel and manga fonts, but overwhelmingly, this collection is techno. The font names: ArabiaConsole (2002), ArtificialSatellite, AstroN, AstroT, BiscuitBank, Cocoon, ComBattler, CyborgClassic, DanceMixN, DanceMixR, Discotic, DragonBird, EosE, EosK, FatManLite, FirstGundam, FuwafuwaFururuHS, FuwafuwaFururuHW, FuwafuwaFururuKS, FuwafuwaFururuKW, GalaxyI, GalaxyN (2002, pixel font), HappyChicken, Hearts (parts one and two), HyperLalabellEI, HyperLalabellEN, HyperLalabellJI, HyperLalabellJN, Ideon, JointBump, Jojomix, KoukakuE (2002, pixel font), KoukakuJ, MacrossE (2002, pixel font), MacrossJ, MechaPlate, MobileSuit, Potted, PrePrePretty, Raideen, Robodatch, ShortPart, SpaceResortLite, Sunplaza, SuperLovelyI, SuperLovelyN, TechBonR, TechBonS, TechnoBrush, Thoroughbred, TrigunMaximumE, TrigunMaximumJ, TumblinDiceE (dice: note that there are errors in the dice!), TumblinDiceJ, Vifam, VitaminTabletE, VitaminTabletJ, Xanadu (2000, pixel font), Zambot J Lite. [Google] [More]  ⦿

iAi-jp (was Fontage and Kivart)
[Hidekazu Sakakibara]

Tokyo-based Hidekazu Sakakibara runs iAi-jp, and before that, Frontage and Kivart. He is the [T-26] designer of the 3d typeface Toit (1998). He created several free fonts, including several brush typefaces, some dingbats of samurai fighters, and several experimental and techno typefaces: 26Floor, Ange-Italic, Ange-Regular, Ange-Symbol, Anneau, Asie, Ballon (bubblegum type for Latin, hiragana and katakana), Ballon-HKF, Ballon-KKF, Canne, Canon (a lava lamp font), Dactylo (circled typewriter letters), Fantome, Faux, Fleur, Flow (free for Latin and hiragana), Garcon, Glace-HIRAKANA, Glace-KATAKANA (3d typefaces), Goutte-Alphabet, Goutte-HKF, Goutte-KKF, iAi (Latin, hiragana, katakana), Ivresse-fleurs (free), Moped, Neige, Ombre, Orchestre26 (decorative alphabet), Paresser, Phoque, Pollen-Alphabet, Pollen-HKF, Pollen-KKF, Prise, Punition, Raffine-Hiragana, Raffine-Symbol, Ruban, Slide, Stitch-Beads, Stitch-Single, Stitch-Vase, Stitch-draft, Valse, Vitesse, Volant.

Dafont link. Behance link. Klingspor link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Ian Lynam

[MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Iceman's Emulation Page

OS X fonts in truetype: HardGothicNormal (squarish; a full kanji font as well), AppleGaramond-Bold, AppleGaramond-BoldItalic, AppleGaramond-Italic, AppleGaramondLight, AppleGaramondLight-Italic, AppleGaramond (all by Bitstream, 1991), LucidaGrande (Bigelow&Holmes). [Google] [More]  ⦿


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Idea mag

Great Japanese design magazine, possibly the best design mag out there today, often featuring articles on typography. It published Typography Today, a book edited by Helmut Schmid that introduces selections from 88 designers. It traces the course of modern typography from Lissitzky, Tschichold, Zwart, Emil Ruder, Karl Gerstner, Herb Lubalin, to Wolfgang Weingart, Wim Crouwel and Kohei Sugiura. The new edition includes art by Neville Brody, April Greiman and Ahn Sang-Soo. See also IDEA NO. 305: Type Design Today (2004), which has articles by

  • Robin Kinross: "Some features of the font explosion"
  • Jean-François Porchez: "Type design that changed the outlook of Paris"
  • Fred Smeijers: "From punchcutting to digital type design"
  • Akira Kobayashi: "Originality and Redesign of Typeface"
  • André Baldinger: "Succeeding experimental typefaces"
  • LettError: "Twin Cities - Typeface represent a city"
  • François Rappo: "Didot Elder - Radical revival of Historical Typefaces"
  • Matthew Carter: "Yale University Typeface Project"
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idfont (was: Inoue Design)
[Inoue Masaru]

Inoue Design (idfont) is Inoue Masaru's Japanese foundry: there are about 30 original kana fonts, often of the comic book style. They are named Kaiseki (2003), Kaifu2 (2003) and Kaifu3 (2003). Other fonts: Kairyu (full kanji font), Kai (kanji font), Kaiseki (kanji font). Kairyua and the kanji fonts have a good representation of Latin, Cyrillic and other characters. The full list of font names: Kaifu2 (2003, thin Latin letters), Kaifu3 (2003, thin Latin letters), kairyu1 (2003, thick roman letters, full kana and kanji set), kairyu3 (2003, thick roman letters, full kana and kanji set), kaiseki, kana001, kana001p, kana002, kana002p, kana003, kana003p, kana004, kana004p, kana005, kana005p, kana006, kana006p, kana007, kana007p, kana008, kana008p, kana009, kana009p, kana010, kana010p, kana011, kana011p, kana012, kana012p, kana013, kana013p, kana014, kana014p, kana015, kana015p, kana016, kana016p, kana017, kana018, kana018p, kana019, kana019p, kana020, kana020p, kana021, kana021p, kana022, kana022p, kana023, kana023p, kana024, kana024p, kana025, kana025p, kana026, kana026p, kana027, kana027p, kana028, kana028p, kana029, kana029P. Alternate URL. People are saying good things about his hairline sans id-Kaze2OT-Light. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Tomonaga Tokuyama]

iFontMaker (2010) is a 7 dollar app for iPad that lets one make finger (truetype) fonts on the go. The developers are in Japan: Pentacom and Tomonaga Tokuyama. Review by Brian Hudson. Another review. Rina Miele's review. Examples.

Born in 1984, Tomonaga studied in Kyoto and is an artist and self-taught programmer.

A gallery of free fonts made with the software:

Looking for an author? Replace the %s string in this URL by the name. Showcase. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Igor C. Barros

Sao-Paulo-based illustrator (b. 1976) who designed Coverface SE (2014, a great rounded sans typeface family), Mauryssel (2013, a comic book face), Caravel (2012), (2012-2013, a comic book typeface family), Arigatou-Kamisama (2000), Mottley-HorneyHiragana (2000), Morte e Vida Severina (1997).

Fontspace link. Devian tart link. [Google] [More]  ⦿


iJiFu is a Japanese site run by Fujii. Original fonts: Dali (2001), EmpireofLighsAL (2001), IjifuROBO (2001), IjifufonBlade (2001), IjifuBIN (2002), IjifuHORO (2002), IjifuROBOBlack (2002), Ijifupeopleworld (2001), IJifuex (2001). Direct access. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ikuo Fujimori
[Font Mura no Fude Yoko-chou]

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illllli.com (was: YaFontWeb)
[Yoshihide Arai]

Yoshihide Arai's Japanese foundry which produced these free fonts from 2003 until 2007: Acidpunk, Aqutone Circle (only black circles), Blockbox3D, BlockboxHeavy, BlockboxLigh, BlockboxMaruheay, BoxboxboxHeavy, Bubble, CharacerAfro, ChildrenLigh (children's scribbles), Circle, Genjiko, Genshi, Gucle Bold, Handoo, Heainz, Hexagon (hexagonal letters), Hieroglico A, Korrekt (techno), Korrekt Oblique (techno), Majipane (kana face), Marudo (pixel face), Mimot Bold (curly), Mixertype (dings), MonolinRegular (upright script), Morphon, Newdo99 (pixel face), Nwnwn, Omocha No. 1 and No. 2 (dingbats), Rippen Regular and Bold (octagonal), Teks Bitmap, Ufons, Webicon1 (dingbats), Acidpunk. Old URL of its predecessor, YaFontWeb. Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Imano Kohei

Japanese designer of TTT (2018), which stands for Tokyo Typeface for Train. [Google] [More]  ⦿

IMUG: The International Macintosh Users Group

"A new generation of Asian language software for Windows. RichWin is an add-on software that fits between Non-Chinese Windows and other Windows applications, enabling users to process the two-byte languages Chinese, Japanese and Korean on non-Chinese Windows and on other platforms. It provides 30 different Chinese fonts." For more info, email Bruce Liu. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Inaka Software

Mike McGee sells a Japanese Font Pack for Mac OS users, which has all hiragana and katakana symbols, and some kanji characters. Some (free?) downloads. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Information-technology Promotion Agency, Japan

A large free Japanese kanji font that also covers IPA and comes in several styles: IPAGothic, IPAMincho, IPAPGothic, IPAPMincho, IPAUIGothic. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Information-technology Promotion Agency (or: IPA)
[Takayuki Yato]

A Japanese unit that created the free (type 1 format) IPAEX fonts in 2003-2011. They can be downloaded from the CTAN archive. Alternate URL. The CTAN package has been put together by Norbert Preining (Austria). This typeface family includes IPAexGothic, IPAexMincho, IPA Gothic, IPA Mincho, IPA P Gothic and IPA P Mincho. Since 2013, the copyright belongs to Takayuki Yato, who took over the responsibility from IPA. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Inoue Masaru
[idfont (was: Inoue Design)]

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Inoue Yoshikazu
[Full Scratch Font]

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Commercial katakana/hiragana and Latin fonts such as the Moosaka family (Moosaka stands for Minimalism Obsessed Oosaka) and the Container family. These fonts are adjusted for screen displays. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Introduction to Japanese calligraphy

Grahan Hawker's intro page to Japanese calligraphy. [Google] [More]  ⦿

IS X 0213:2004 vs Unicode mapping table
[T. Fujiwara]

Listing of glyphs with their Kuten, JIS, SJIS and Unicode numbers, as well as their Unicode names. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Isaac Zamora i Sitja

Tokyo, Japan-based designer of the compass and ruler font Ginza (2019) and Triangle Font (2018). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Isao Suzuki
[Type Project]

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[Matius Gerardo Grieck]

The gorgeous fonts by London-based Matius Gerardo Grieck at this commercial foundry include: Dysthymia, Typographiction, Idiosynoptium (very very original), Arsmagna, Transhuman, Xyperformulaic, Requiem (phenomenal face!), Karoshi, Nanoscopics, Kunstware (techno font), Circumcision (1999, simulating Hebrew), CQN-Molecular, Anthropolymorphics (2000), Arsmagna, Dysthymia, Hypertexturion, Karoshi, Metastases, Netopath, Transhuman (has a katakana component), Transkryption (one of the latter fonts in the family was done by Tsuyoshi Nakazako). Great web page (but a bit slow). Some of the fonts are also available at T-26.

Another MyFonts link. Klingspor link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿


Free kana and Latin destructionist fonts by Shin (Isotope): S_Series-0001 through S-Series-0017. Alternate URL. Defunct URL. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Issei Ryou

Designer in Tokyo who made the soft sans Latin typeface Infant in 2017. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Isuzu Akatsuki

Japanese designer (b. 2000) of the hand-drawn alphading typeface Font Cats (2016) and the artificial language font Yelekish (2020). Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Itoh Lab

Very interesting software development at Itoh Lab in Japan. Software includes the generation of scratched or brushed calligraphic bitmap images from truetype fonts. Some of the programs use fuzzy reasoning, fractals and "brush-touch" (sic) cursors. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Itou font

Japanese commercial font maker. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Itou Inzai

Small commercial Japanese foundry specializing in glyphs used in historical documents. [Google] [More]  ⦿

ITP Berkeley

A 2MB file Fonts.zip has a full Unicode font FGGYM_0 (with Cyrillic, Greek, Japanese, Chinese), and the font Transistor. [Google] [More]  ⦿


"Ryo" is the Japanese designer in 2006 of mixed Latin/hiragana handwriting fonts: AP-hiragana, APJapanesefontBLUEt, APJapanesefontBLUE. The latter two also have handwritten kanji letters. Free downloads. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Japanese foundry. Commercial fonts (such as Shohin) and free Japanese fonts (such as Hotaru). Alternate URL. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Yutaka Ozawa]

Commercial Japanese foundry in Saitama. Vendor link. Typecache link.

Typeface library: Iwata Mincho-tai Old, Iwata Gothic-tai Old, UCDA Fonts, Iwata UD Gothic, Iwata UD Maru Gothic, Iwata Shimbun Mincho-tai, Iwata Shimbun Gothic-tai, Kodoken Seicho-tai, Iwata UD Mincho, Iwata UD Shimbun Mincho, Iwata UD Shimbun Gothic, Iwata Mincho-tai, Iwata Maru Gothic-tai, Iwata Shin Gothic-tai, Iwata Kaisho-tai, Iwata Shin Kaisho (2014), Iwata Gyosho-tai, Iwata Reisho-tai, Iwata Souchou-tai, Iwata Kantei-ryu, Iwata Kyokasho-tai, Gakusan Kyokasho-tai, Gakusan Mincho-tai, Gakusan Gothic-tai, Gakusan Maru Gothic-tai, Gakusan Shin Gothic-tai, Hitsujun Font, Kambun Font, Iwata Kaku Pop-tai, Iwata Maru Pop-tai, Iwata Antique-tai.

Some fonts can be bought at URW++: PMT Casa bold, PMT Casa light, PMT Casa medium, PMT Gokufuto Gothic standard, PMT Iwata Chu Gothic standard, PMT Iwata Chu Mincho standard, PMT Iwata Futo Gothic standard, PMT Iwata Futo Mincho standard, PMT Iwata Hoso Gothic standard, PMT Iwata Hoso Mincho standard, PMT Kunko light.

In 2018, Iwata joined MyFonts. At MyFonts, one can buy Iwata New Reisho Std, Iwata New Reisho Pro, Iwata Souchou Pro, Iwata Souchou NK Pro, Iwata News Gothic NK Std, Iwata News Gothic Std, Iwata UD Gothic, Iwata Mincho Old Std, Iwata New Gothic, Iwata Seichou, Iwata Kaisho Pro, Iwata Kaisho Std, Iwata Reisho Pro, Iwata Reisho Std, Iwata Kyokasyo Std, Iwata Kyokasyo Pro, Iwata Maru Gothic Std, Iwata Mincho Std, Iwata News Mincho NK Pro, Iwata News Mincho NK Std, Iwata News Mincho Std, Iwata News Gothic NK Pro, Iwata Gothic Old Std, Iwata Gyousho Std, Iwata Gyousho Pro, Iwata GNew Gothic Pro, Iwata GKyoukasho Pro, Iwata GMincho Pro, Iwata GMaru Gothic Pro, Iwata GKyoukasho Pro N, Iwata G Gothic Pro, Iwata UD Maru Gothic Pro, Iwata News Gothic Pro (ca. 1990), Iwata Mincho Pro, Iwata New Gothic Pro, and Iwata News Mincho Pro (ca. 1990).

Typecache link. En Fontke link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Iwill Ill

Saitama, Japan-based designer of two decorative sans typefaces in 2017, one based on arcs, and one based on circles. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Creator of the hand-printed fat finger font Izawa Font Junior (2011, iFontmaker). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Izumi Najamura
[Flyer's Feeling]

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Creator of Ghetto Dot Alphahira (2010, FontStruct), a dot matrix typeface for Latin and hiragana. Funki Fuji (2010, FontStruct) is a starred outline typeface for Latin and hiragana. Kool Korean (2011, FontStruct) mixes Latin and Korean. Ukikusa (2013) is a hand-drawn hiragan font. In 2014, he published Pirate Power (a grungy blackletter typeface). In 2015, he added Rnd Symbz (dingbats) and Sloppy Koetsu (handwriting). In 2017, he designed DeGerm LoCase (an irregular blackletter), Tracedots, CmpHand, Gizagiza and Lindbergh Baby (ransom note font). In 2020, he added Oddballz. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jack Three Five (was: Jackal Devil)
[Makoto Sakai]

Makoto Sakai (Jack Three Five, and before that, Jackal Devil) is the designer of the pixel fonts JACKAL_07, JACKAL_07X_CURVE, JACKAL_07X_OUT, JACKAL_08_K01, JACKAL_08, JACKAL_08_2s, JACKAL_08_sw, JACKAL_08s (2002) and of BlockAL01 (2001) and Squall (2001). Some non-pixel typefaces too. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Two Chinese/Japanese fonts. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Japanese font site links. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Japanese font links. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jan Poland
[H=Jan Poland on CJK Fonts]

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Japan Typography Association

JTA (Japan Typography Association) page. They have a Japanese type mag called Typographics T. Old URL. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Japanese brush calligraphy

Japanese brush calligraphy (shodo) comes in various styles:

  • tensho: the style of seals.
  • reisho: scribe's style.
  • kaisho (square or block style): write one stroke after another. Time-consuming, and not often used.
  • gyosho: semi-cursive style, a bit less legible than kaisho, but more fluent.
  • sosho: cursive style, even less legible, but often used.
Materials used include the suzuri (heavy metal ink pot), the fude (brush), the hanshi (thin calligraphy paper), the sumi (solid black goo that must be mixed with water in the suzuri to get black ink), the bunchin (metal stick to keep the paper flat during writing), and the shitajiki (soft black mat). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Japanese calligraphy

Introductory page with links. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Japanese Calligraphy

List of books, and some history of Japanese calligrahy. By Graham Hawker. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Japanese font links

Huge list of Japanese font links by the ComStar company. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Japanese font technology

Great article by Ross Evans, president of Fontworks International Limited on Japanese font technology. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Japanese Fonts 01
[Hiroshi Utumi]

Links to free Japanese and Chinese fonts. Plus a free direct downloads, such as

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Japanese free font

Links to free Japanese fonts. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Japanese sake barrel fonts

Article by Kyoko for Ping Mag in 2005 on the letters found on sake barrels, all dating back to the Edo era, and thus called edo-moji. The characters with swooshy wind-blown endings are called hige-moji (hige is a whisker). The most frquent character is the ultra-black one, naturally called sumo-moji. The more subtle Kanteiryu is designed from the image of a female Kabuki character. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Japanese Standards Association

Association that developed some Japanese fonts, such as the Heisei Kaku Gothic, Heisei Maru Gothic and Heisei Mincho families at Adobe. IBM commissioned their own versions of the Heisei family. These IBM versions can be bought and licensed from Ascender Corporation. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Japanese typefaces

Classification of Japanese typefaces (with passages taken from a beautiful document by Philip Ronan:

  • Mincho. The Mincho style is clean, legible, and used just about everywhere, including books and newspapers. Strokes often start and/or end with small "serifs", and vertical strokes tend to be narrower than horizontal strokes. Examples: Heisei Mincho W3, Heisei Mincho W9.
  • Gothic. Japanese Gothic typefaces (also called "Kaku Gothic") consist of plain rectangular strokes of equal width and with little or no serifs. They are highly legible even at small point sizes, and are used as widely as Mincho styles. Examples: Heisei Kaku Gothic W3, Heisei Kaku Gothic W9.
  • Round Gothic. Also called "Maru Gothic". These are Gothic styles in which the angles at the middle and end of all the strokes have been rounded off. They are similar to Western rounded sans-serif typefaces such as Arial Rounded. Examples: Heisei Maru Gothic W4, Heisei Maru Gothic W8.
  • Kaisho (block script). Anyone who studies Japanese calligraphy will start by learning the Kaisho style. It consists of discrete strokes drawn with various hooks and flourishes. Typical uses include formal notices and new year cards. Examples: Arisawa Kaisho, Hakushu Gokubuto Kaisho.
  • Kyokasho (textbook). This is a print typeface derived from the Kaisho style for use in primary school textbooks. It minimizes the use of flourishes, resulting in a neat, legible typeface that provides a good example of writing style to learners of Japanese. Example: DFP Kyokashotai,
  • Gyosho (semicursive script). A reasonably legible style of calligraphy in which it is possible to see a flowing motion between one stroke and the next. The basic character shapes are similar to those of the Kaisho style. Typical uses include greetings cards. Examples: HG Shonan Gyoshotai, HG Kyokusui E.
  • Reisho (clerical script). An old Chinese style consisting of simplified characters that could be drawn quickly and easily. It is still used in official documents such as certificates and banknotes, and in newspaper mastheads and other types of logo. Examples: DFP Reisho, Takahashi Reisho.
  • Kantei-ryu. The Kantei-ryu style originated from the Japanese kabuki tradition over two centuries ago. It consists of broad, curving, closely-packed strokes. Typically used in connection with traditional Japanese arts and crafts. Examples: HG Edomoji Kantei-ryu, DFP Kantei-ryu.
  • Koin. A printed style resembling the appearance of old printed characters, including simulated aging effects such as lumpy broken strokes. Typically used to give an antiquated feel to text in book covers and headings. Examples: Hakushu Tenkoin Kyo, HG Han Koin.
  • Pop styles. Japanese pop styles typically resemble characters drawn with a broad felt pen, like the "Special Offer" signs you see inside shops. They are sometimes used only for Japanese (kana) characters, with regular Gothic typefaces used for the Chinese (kanji) characters. Examples: HG Pretty Frank H, HG Soei Iori, HG Soei Kaku Pop, HG Soei Maru Pop.
  • Tensho (seal script). Sosho (cursive script) This is a very old style that is still used in the name seals that pass for signatures in Japan (like the red name stamps that are used to sign Japanese artwork). It is usually quite difficult to read. Example: Hakushu Tensho Kyo.
  • Sosho (cursive script). A highly stylized form of calligraphy in which entire characters are often drawn with a single stroke of the brush. Although prized as an art form, this style is almost impossible to read, and therefore serves more of a decorative role. Example: Hakushu Sosho Kyo.
  • Pen styles. Pen styles emulate the appearance of characters written with implements such as ballpoint pens, fountain pens and fibre tip pens. These styles often have a flowing structure similar to that of Gyosho styles. Examples: HG Chiba Pen, HG Hakushu Pen Kaisho, HG Soei Pen.
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Japanese typography

Flickr group on Japanese type, mostly signs and signage on buildings. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Japanese Unicode Fonts

Japanese Unicode font page by David McCreedy. Has tens of downloads as well. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Japanese font archive. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Japanese outfit present on Dafont. In 2010, they designed a dot matrix typeface called Orandakan Kana, and the monoline family Tomato Round. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jason Glavy
[Glavy Fonts]

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The Jaspell Jaldi multilingual word processing software comes with three free truetype fonts: JHIRAG01, JKATAK01, JROMAJ01, for hiragana, katakana and romaji. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Sim Jun Han]

An archive with 36 display style katakana fonts. Main page with more blogging on Latin and other typography. It is run by Sim Jun Han ("Jayhan") who graduated in graphic design from KBU International College, and now works in a games production company called John Galt Games Malaysia, located in Kuala Lumpur. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Original free Mac fonts: Frippa, Hayarn, Fifth-rotten, Fifth, Tisyo, Cream, Snoop, Hawaian, Mikan, Orange, Esnical, Milmil, Bazaar. Type 1 and truetype. Half the fonts are katakana, and half are Latin. Dead link. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Japanese dictionary. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jeong Hwan Kim
[Baekmuk (was: Hwan Design)]

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Japanese foundry that produced the free fonts Cube (white on black), omochi (futuristic font), torn (dot matrix font), WAGAYA (incomplete handwriting font). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jet Bros
[Hiroshi Ozaki]

Original typefaces Jet Character (dingbats) and Jet Nyanstance by Hiroshi Ozaki. [Google] [More]  ⦿

JETAA Region 9

Links to Japanese computing and fonts. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jim Breen

Australian researcher and Japanese typography expert. Maintains an on-line Japanese dictionary, and offers many useful links on Japanese. Jim Breen is/was at the Department of Digital Systems, Monash University, Clayton, Victoria, Australia. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jim Kurrasch
[Jim Kurrasch's Kanji]

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Jim Kurrasch's Kanji
[Jim Kurrasch]

Jim's Kanji are shareware kanji characters (2550 in all) drawn in 1994 by Jim Kurrasch from Goleta, CA. James Kenneth Kurrasch (1948-2003), a Vietnam veteran and Japanese sword expert, died in 2003. His fonts can be downloaded here and here. They were converted to type 1 in 1999 by Jim Parsons (Verge). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jimba Osamu

Art director in Tokyo, who designed a letterpress typeface family, Neo (2014), which has several styles for layering, and a beveled style. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jimmy Campbell

Creator (b. 1985, USA) of the free pixel typefaces Litebulb 8Bit (2014, based on the current logos of Nickelodeon and its blocks and sister networks: Nick at Nite, Nick Jr., Teen Nick, and NickMom) and Early GameBoy (2014, after the Nintendo game). Both fonts were made with FontStruct. In 2014, he made the pixel typeface Arcadepix Plus, which is based on Arcadepix by Reekee of Dimenzioned (includes katakana and Cyrillic). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jin Hashiba
[Bridge Corporation (aka Fontasma)]

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JIS codes

Japanese character coding scheme. [Google] [More]  ⦿

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.

Free trial font.

Alternate URL. Nifty Japanese font design explanations. Typecache link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

[Y. Ishibashi]

Free Windows fonts by Y. Ishibashi at J-Junction: Dancing Doll, NiseHangle, DetaraMe, Innchiki (hiragana), Jichitai (katakana), Dancing (dingbats), Morse, Gaiden (wonderful deep sea creatures dingbats), MachineGO. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Joe (Hsuan-Hao) Chang

Taiwanese graphic designer Joe (Hsuan-Hao) Chang (Taipei) has unveiled his typeface Wafflu in 2012. Joe, who has worked as a type designer for Dynacomware and also as a freelancer at Tenten Creative, was inspired to create the typeface by Dutch waffles and by Japanese scripts.

In 2012, he graduated from the TypeMedia program at KABK, Den Haag. Wafflu was his graduation project.

During his studies with Paul van der Laan at Type & Media in the KABK in Den Haag, Joe Chang created a revival of a 1927 typeface by Sjoerd H. de Roos called Meidoorn (2012). For this, he used printed material as well as original punches.

In 2012, for Peter Verheul's course at the KABK, he created the sturdy text typeface Mayweather. Before his studies at KABK, he created the Latin typeface Rubbery (2009).

Principal of Typetrix.

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Johan Ahlberg
[Swamp Design]

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Johan Prag

Johan Prag is a Swedish Art Director living and working in Tokyo, Japan. Before coming to Tokyo, he was part of renowned design agency Stockholm Design Lab where he among other things worked on the rebranding of Scandinavian Airlines System. His typefaces include SUN (for UA's SUN album), and Breathe (for UA's Breathe album). [Google] [More]  ⦿

John Manjiro

Original fonts by John Manjiro: Full-House20, Manjiro'sHw21.

Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jojo Font

Original handwritten kana font Bizareadventure (2002), made by "out of base". [Google] [More]  ⦿

JRPM noarch

Japanese kanji fonts in truetype: wadalab-gothic, watanabe-mincho. Page by Kazuhisa Furusawa. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Julien Mercier

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[Julien Mercier]

Foundry in Tokyo. Creator of the techno typefaces Naname Kun (2010, a 3d octagonal family), Otsuki Sama (2011, a delicate high-contrast geometric fashion mag font), Julmeme Kun (2009) and Kaminari Kun (2009).

The foundry is run by Swiss-born Julien Mercier (b. 1983), who works as a graphic designer in Tokyo.

YWFT link. Behance link. Klingspor link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Jun Itadani

Designer of Millio NN (multiple master katakana), sold at Font Pavilion. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jun Tomita

Kyoto-born Creative Alliance designer of Monolith, marketed as a Zen font. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Junichi Omi

Japanese designer of Omiyage (2007, Maniackers, with Masayuki Sato), a simple script font with Latin, katakana and hiragana versions. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Junior Aoki

Japanese type designer who published some Japanese typefaces at FONT1000. His site is called Design Base Tokyo. Typefaces: Jaraku, Jaipo, Jaipo-Min, Jaroku, Jaipo-K. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Junko Matsumura

Japanese type designer who won the Gold Medal in the kanji category for Shimanami in 2016 at the Morisawa Type Design Competition 2016. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Junko Mori

Junko Mori's fonts are sold through Font Pavilion: Forestype. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Junya Yamada

Designer at Maniackers Design of Bobo (2005) and Drip KT. With sayuki Sato, he also made ManiacVersion2 at Maniackers. [Google] [More]  ⦿

K. Hamaura
[Macross Plus]

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K. Yoshida

Designer of PictureFont (kana, Latin handwriting). [Google] [More]  ⦿

K3 Online

K3 Online is a Japanese font outfit offering fonts designed by Ukino. These include UkinoMaruHira, UkinoMaruHira, UkinoMaruHiraLight, UkinoMaruHiraNormal, UkinoMaruKanaNormal, UkinoPopnCircleNormal (dot matrix font, 2002). [Google] [More]  ⦿


Kaaya's links to font sites in Japan. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Love Font Vapour Trail]

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Kaiser Zhar Khan

Kaiser Zhar Khan (b. 1980, Chile), aka Zanatilja, used to run a new defunct archive called True Type Fonts. He also designed many typefaces himself. The most famous among these is his free African-themed typeface South Afirkas 2100 (2009), which is downloadable from Dafont.

In 2012, he made Stickerman Bad Times, Rock X Start TFB, Aespiro TFB, Perspectivo TFB (3d face), Desgarvuda (textured face), Estancofida TFB (textured face), LEDisplay TFB, Restroom Signs TFB, Chinese Cally TFB, Discontinuo, Suast Ornad TFB (a textured face), Scoolar TFB (3d face), Katakana TFB, Hiragana TFB, Dragons TFB, Arrows TFB, Old Retro Keys TFB, Pycuaf, Pycuafodi, Dragon Ball TFB, Escaned (texture face), Chess TFB, Seagram TFB, Army Weapons TFB, Stamp Seal TFB, Logos TFB, Scripto TFB, Another Ornaments TFB, Vintage Auto Cars TFB, Simple (a monoline sans), Travesia TFB (information design dings), Music TFB (dingbats), Xmas Cartoon, Wings of Wind TFB, Mickey M TFB, Pincel Handwrite, Jigsaw Pieces TFB, Valentines Day TFB (heart dingbats), Proportional TFB (squarish sans), Stars TFB, Working Signs TFB, Signs Language TFB, Ornaments Labels and Frames, Snowflakes TFB, Christmas Nativity TFB, Chinese Zodiac TFB, Zodiac TFB, Only Skulls, Calendar Note TFB, Sports TFB (sports silhouettes), Old Retro Labels TFB, 11 Vator TFB, Xmas TFB (Christmas dings), Trees TFB, Clothing Logos TFB, Dirty Sweb, Can Dog TFB, Ornaments, Finger Print, Kitty Kats TFB, Batman Logo Evolution TFB, Light TFB (avant garde sans), Digital Display TFB (LED face), Skullx (dingbats), Tribal Tattoo (dingbats), Klingon, The Meme Font (dingbats), Rongorongo (a system of glyphs discovered in the 19th century on Easter Island), Strangferfixcs, Hotel Transilvania and Frankenwine.

Typefaces made in 2013: Pudahuel Sans, Variada TFB (simple circle-and-arc-based sans), Estorea TFB, New LED Board TFB, Rayada TFB (textured face), New Barcode Font TFB, Estrellas TFB (stars), Estrellass (sic) TFB, Spirits Dots Drinks, Mero Ornad TFB (fishnet textured), Toolz TFB, New Stencil TFB, Logocarsbats TFB, Caritons TFB (smilies), Illustrations TFB (scanbats), Edgebat TFB (knives), Crossbats TFB (crosses), Abstrec TFB (organic sans), Frames TFB, BitxMap Font TFB, Austera Simple TFB, Traffic Signs TFB, Extranger Sol TFB, Rifle Bats TFB, New X Digital TFB (LED typeface family), Dasgastada TFB, El Alambre TFB, Punk Not Dead TFB, Triangled TFB, Noxtrey Auf TFB, Cross LED TFB (+Bold), Cursi Extra TFB, Hearts Shapes TFB, Ornamentsss TFB, Eggfaces TFB, Orniste TFB, Shadded TFB (sic) (shadow face), Spoghetti Western (sic) (Italian Far West face), Groovy Font (shaded), Fireguns TFB (dingbats), Only Revolver TFB (dingbats), Aeg Flyon Now (condensed sans), Espinuda TFB, T1 Logoso TFB, Social Logos TFB, Hearts and Flowers for valentines, Astrology Astrological TFB, Ornametss TFB, Astrology TFB, Old Ornaments, Old Foundry Prints TFB, Old seals TFB, English Two Line TFB (pearly alphabet from 1796), Amame TFB (dot matrix face), Fontesda TFB (sketched face), Flowers Dots Bats TFB, Queen Destroy TFB, Bicycle TFB (dingbats), Stone Army, Ancient Weapons TFB, Numismatic Bats TFB, Elizabethan Initials TFB, Anome Ibul, Big Daddy LED, Mavole Sinpo TFB (spurred), Dowted Remix TFB (dot matrix face), QR Font TFB, Another Barcode, Display Free TFB (LED face), Cadabra Debilex, Initials TFB, Music Logos TFB, Toxic Waste TFB, Ornad Dentro TFB, Logos and Logos TFB, Amore Mio, Hearts Shapes TFB, Another X Display TFB (dot matrix), Pro Display TFB (dot matrix), Juino Net, Quiwo Luse TFB, Aliencons Two, Cargante TFB, News Board TFB, Aliencons TFB, Barcode TFB, Birthday Balon TFB, Birds TFB (silhouettes), Le Fish (fish silhouettes), Motos TFB, Love You Too TFB (Valentine's day font), LED LCD 123, Noteame (fat sans), Badopus TFB (monoline script), Estrellado TFB, Love You TFB (Valentine's Day font), Cubs LED TFB (LED / dot matrix typeface), Text Inside TFB (textured face), Kuwa Ronmcie Q (circle-based face), Zebra TFB, Distrogrunge TFB, Carillas TFB (smilies).

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[Donna M. Stewart]

Japanese art site run by Donna M. Stewart ("Kajika") (b. 1985), who lives in Scotland. Alternate URL. She created Urbain and his pigs organ (2005, comic book script) and Perry's Magic Hat (2005). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kakibito Sirazu

Japanese foundry with experimental kana fonts: ahiru-tate, ahiru-yoko, ajichi, katakamuna. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kamimura & Co. (was: Studio Antwork, or: Detail Type Foundry)
[Makoto Kamimura]

Kamimura & Co (or Detail Type Foundry, and earlier, Studio Antwork) are Makoto Kamimura's studios in Shibuya, Tokyo. Makoto created the compass-and-ruler roman corporate typeface Delilia (2011), as well as Geometric Light Display (2011).

In 2017, he released the slightly flared typeface Soma.

In 2019, he designed the 40-style neo-humanist sans family Astro. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Two free truetype fonts, PJ-Hiragana, and PJ-Katakana. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Full Japanese/Latin font, Kandata. In the public domain too. [Google] [More]  ⦿


From Nippon Information&Science Ltd (1994), the full Unicode kanji/Latin/Cyrillic typefaces Haru-Regular, Haru-Bold, Haru-Tohaba-Regular. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kanji fonts

Page about kanji fonts, in Italian. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kantaro Aruga

Sapporo, Japan-based designer of the dotted Latin typeface Tsubu (2015). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kaolla Su

Designer of the free hand-printed kana typeface Sakura_Irohanihoheto (2008). Born in 1988, Kaolla lives in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Kao-moji: Japanese emoticons (smilies), very different from their Western counterparts. No fonts here, but could someone please make one? [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kaori Inada

Designer at Maniackers Design of Sennin-AL (with Masayuki Sato). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kaori Takahashi

Kaori Takahashi's fonts are sold through Font Pavilion. Look for the katakana fonts AirPacking and Kome. She also designed Crawler (1998, Fontaxe Digitype). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kaoru Yamashita

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[Beer fonts]

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Kasai Hakuh

Kasai Hakuh's site called The longing fonts has a few free fonts grouped under the heading TenjiFont. They appear to be fonts for Braille. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Katakana Text Key V3.3

Free katakana truetype font. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kataoka Design Works
[Akira Kataoka]

Japanese foundry whose designers include Akira Kataoka (b. 1947), Ayumi Kiryu and Yuji Kataoka. Kataoka is also director of Kinuta Font Factory.

Commercial fonts include the extensive Iroha Gothic family (2005: Popura, Momi, Kaede, Matu, Icho, Tubaki, Keyaki, Kiri, Ume, Momiji, Nire, Sakura), the MaruMaru Gothic family (2008), Donguri (2011), Yuji3, the Marumin family (2000: Tikuma, Kiso, Shinano, Fuji, Yoshino, Katura), Yamamoto-An (2013), Shin (2014), Kinuta Minchotai L (2017) , and Kana Reiwa (2019).

Author of Mojihon.

Alternate URL. Typecache link.

Speaker at ATypI 2019 in Tokyo. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kato Masashi
[Flop Design]

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Kato Masashi
[Pocket iLAND]

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Katsumi Asaba

Born in 1940 in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan, Katsumi Asaba founded the Katsumi Asaba Design Studio in 1975. He has designed many advertisements for Japanese companies. He produced the poster of the Nagano wintertime Olympics, for example.

Asaba is the chairman of the Tokyo Type Directors Club (TDC) and of the Japan Graphic Designers Association (JAGDA). He is a committee member of the Tokyo Art Directors Club (ADC).

His principal area of expertise lies in the pictographic Dongba script used in rituals by the Naxi tribe in China.

He has been awarded the Tokyo ADC Grand Prix, and the Medal with purple ribbon. Keynote speaker at ATypI Hong Kong in 2012.

Portrait by Frank Kawamata. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Katsunori Aoki

In 1996, Aoki won Silver Prize at the annual Tokyo Type Designers Club competition for a logotype he designed for Hiromichi Nakano Design Office. Born in Tokyo in 1965, and employed by San-Ad Co., Ltd. since 1989. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Katsunori Watanabe

Katsunori Watanabe's fonts are sold through Font Pavilion: New Bauhaus Dessau, New Bauhaus K8. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Katsuya Kawata

Codesigner of Junkissa (Latin/katakana/hiragana font family), sold at Font Pavilion. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Katsuya Nakamura

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Katsuyoshi Kappon Okuhara
[Sonic Fucktory]

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Creator of free hand-printed Japanese fonts. These include KTegaki (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kawaka Ikehara

Kawaka Ikehara is credited with the design of the first Japanese metal types. According to Yukari Haruta, his typeface provided a bridge between the unique Japanese calligraphy (Wayo) in use until the late Edo period and modern typographic forms from the Meiji period, and its influence deserves wider recognition. Ikehara was not as well-known as Tomiji Hirano and Shozo Motoki, who are usually credited with the importation of Western typography to Japan in the late nineteenth century. However, it was Ikehara who provided them with the drawings of their typefaces. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kawasemi's font main

Commercial Japanese fonts by Kawasemi. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kaz Oomori

Designer of Katakana Naniwa Scratch, sold at Font Pavilion. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kazuaki Miyatani

Kazuaki Miyatani's hacm (2012) is a free TeX package to typeset the Arka alphabet. Arka is Seren Arbazard's constructed language, which is quite elaborate. The nine official fonts in the package are kardinal, alblant, fenlil, nalnia, olivia, lantia, inje, defans, fialis. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kazuaki Ohminato
[Ohminato.jp (was: Ohminato Kazuaki Design, or OK's Design)]

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Kazuhiro Nakazato

Designer of OS Cinema (1998, hiragana), sold at Font Pavilion. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kazuhiro Takahashi

Kazuhiro Takahashi's fonts are sold through Font Pavilion: Crawler, Pacifica. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kazuhiro Yamada

Member of a type design team at Monotype that created the Tazugane Gothic typeface in 2017. Designed by Akira Kobayashi, Kazuhiro Yamada and Ryota Doi of the Monotype Studio, the Tazugane Gothic typeface offers ten weights and was developed to complement Neue Frutiger. It is the first original Japanese typeface in Monotype's history. Variable fionts published in 2022: Tazugane Gothic Variable, Tazugane Info Variable. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Kazuhisa Furasawa

Wadalab-Gothic and Wadalab-Mincho kanji fonts in truetype format. Free. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kazui Press

Japanese foundry dealing in metal type, with great showings of classical typefaces. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kazui Press

Exquisite font specimen pages at the Kazui Press in Japan. They sell wood types. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kazuki Takada

Designer of the free truetype screen fonts somybmp01_7, somybmp02_7, somybmp03_7, somybmp04_7, somybmp05_8, somybmp06_12, all made in 2002. The readme file gives another name, Kazunori Yasuda, while the ttf files show Kazuki Takada.

Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kazunori Yamazaki

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Kazuo Kanai
[Ren Font]

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Kazuo Kanai

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Kazuyoshi Ishikawa

Japanese creator in 2002 of the oriental simulation typefaces typefaces KZBLADERUNNER1 and KZBLADERUNNER2, the 3d typefaces KZCUBIStSKELEtON, KZCUBIStSOLID, the techno typefaces KZEXCELALP and KZWEDNESDAYAL, the psychedelic typeface KZGRAVItY, and the display faceKZtURBO. He lives in Tochigi and was born in 1969. Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

KBS Japan

Archive of commercial type 1 fonts for Chinese (DLCHei, DLCSong, DLCKaishu, DLCFangSong, DLCZongYi, DLCWeiBei, GBYen, HeitiCSEG, TankuinEG, HeitiEG), Thai (DBErawan, DBFongNam, DBNarai, DBPradit), Hangul (HYGothic, HYTeGoThic, JCLIGHT, HYMyeongJo), Vietnamese (Vina family), Cyrillic (Vina, Helvetica, Newton), and Arabic (Geezah, Nadeem, LotusTT, Yakoot, DedanAB). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kei Homepage
[Kei Matsumoto]

Two free original font sets by Kei Matsumoto: KeiBoots (free grungy truetype Latin character font), KakuKaku1 (1998, 3 Kanji font sets, unclear whether free or not). The latter font is angular and almost of comic book style, at least is Latin part. Download site. See also here and here. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kei Matsumoto
[Kei Homepage]

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Keigo Hara

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Keigo Hirooka
[Square Soft]

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Keiichi Hosokawa

Keiichi Hosokawa's fonts are sold through Font Pavilion. These include Quarry, an irregular LED font. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Keiichi Satoh

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Keiichi Yamaguchi

Keiichi Yamaguchi's fonts Period and Some Bricks are sold through Font Pavilion. Check also Sakana, Fish, the former being the katakana version of the latter. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Keisuke Asami
[Designers HIGH (or: Keisuke Asami Design)]

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Keita Soejima
[Fancy Graphic]

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Keitaro Hiraki

Japanese type designer. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Keitaro Sakamoto

A graduate of RISD, Keitaro works in marketing at Morisawa Inc in Japan, since 2008. Speaker at ATypI 2014 in Barcelona. Speaker at ATypI 2016 in Warsaw on Deep Neural Network in Typeface. In the latter talk, Keitaro Sakamoto and Tetsuo Sakomura show an experiment on the recognition of a Japanese character and its components by a deep neaural network. They investigate how a Latin typeface can be recognized or "learned". Speaker at ATypI 2018 in Antwerp. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[White boX]

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Ken Graphix
[Ken Hoshino]

Ken Hoshino's free fonts for the Mac (T1 and TT): grasshopper, plus a katakana font. Ken Hoshino (b. 1969) lives in Aichi, Japan. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ken Hoshino
[Ken Graphix]

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Ken Lunde

Dr. Ken Lunde is Manager of CJKV Type Development at Adobe Systems Incorporated, San Jose, CA. He holds a Ph.D. (1994) in Linguistics from The University of Wisconsin-Madison. He wrote Understanding Japanese Information Processing (O'Reilly&Associates, 1993), and CJKV Information Processing (O'Reilly&Associates, 1999). He also wrote CJKV Information Processing: Chinese, Japanese, Korean&Vietnamese Computing (O'Reilly). In 2010, Adobe will release the first genuinely proportional Japanese font, Kazuraki (by Japanese type designer Ryoko Nishizuka), which was developed at Adobe in 2009 under his management.

Ken managed the Source Han Sans project---these are open source fonts released in 2014 by Adobe and Google for Japanese, Chinese and Korean. He also headed the development of Source Han Serif.

In 2018, Ken Lunde and Masataka Hattori co-designed Soukou Mincho (free at Fontsquirrel).

In 2019, he created the experimental variable font Width at Adobe. Github link.

Speaker at ATypI 2019 in Tokyo on the topic of The History of Japan's Era Name Square Ligatures, and in particular, the two-kanji square ligatures for the five most recent eras, Reiwa (2019), Heisei (1989), Shouwa, Taishou and Meiji. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kenichi Tanaka
[Kenichi Tanaka Design]

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Kenichi Tanaka Design
[Kenichi Tanaka]

Tokyo-based graphic designer. In 2016, he designed the handcrafted typeface Charity Gothic. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kenichi Uehara

Japanese designer of The Writing of Atlantis (2005). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kenji Ohta

Dot matrix truetype fonts by Kenji Ohta: 35dot-LCD_E, 35dot-LCD_J. Latin and kana versions. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kenji Takeuchi

Kenji Takeuchi's Mac fonts (free) are beautiful. The list: 24H-A, 5ZIRA, AJfry, Birthday, Country Road-A, Country Road-H, Country Road-K, Diet, Heavy Q-A, Heavy Q-H, Heavy Q-K, Hirarin, Janken, Jinba, Okumusasi, OshaberiCat, Panic, Picnic, Satellite-K, Sub3, Takao, Take1, Teatime, funrun, kannaduki, pomeranian, satellite-N. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kenji Uebayashi

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Kenjo Kito

Designer of the Japanese font CKbonji-Font (1999). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kentaro Fujimoto

Designer of Electronica-Akihabara, Electronica-Manseibashi, Electronica-Sotokanda, all sales-type katakana; and Urban Children (romaji, hira, kata), sold at Font Pavilion. Kentaro is the cocreator of Nendo. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kentaro Terajima

Japanese graphic designer in Barcelona, where he studied at Eina. His typefaces:

  • In 2010 he created the large x-height roman typefaces 06RM and 12RM so that Latin text could be set in small sizes alongside Japanese text (and in particular, with the Japanese font Ryumin M-KL).
  • He recreated the 1930s German newspaper art deco styles in his elegant typeface Tageszeitung (2010).
  • He is involved in an information typography project for the Barcelona metro.
  • Alps (2011). A bilined display typeface inspired by the lettering of Japanese artist Shinro Ohtake.
  • Abend (2012). An art deco grotesk inspired by German news headlines from the 1930s.
  • 156 (2011). A clean sans typeface inspired by the shapes of numbers in the streets of Sao Paulo.
  • Colophon (2011). An avant-garde typeface based on the movie The War of Roses (1989).
  • A hypermodular typeface (2018).

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

KF Software

A free kana truetype font with calligraphic lettering by "Kyuh": KF HentaiKanaFont. Alternate URL. [Google] [More]  ⦿

KF Studio
[Sachie Shimokawa]

Japanese foundry of Sachie Shimokawa. Free fonts made by them include KFhimaji, KFhimajiMONO. Subpage with marker fonts for Latin such as Fel and Toho and for kana such as Mojii, all dated 2003-2005. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Khaito Gengo

Khaito Gengo (Des Moines, WA, and Seattle, WA) graduated from High School in Australia. From 2005 to 2008, he worked as a graphic designer at his father's interior design company, Gengo Space Design Institute, in Japan. After that, he graduated from Highline Community College, WA, and was mentored by Laura Worthington. Sola (2011) is a minimalist modern sans serif type typeface with rounded corners. It features a standard set of information design pictograms. Asbel (2011) is an octagonal family. Hideko (2011) is midway between sans and serif, and is rooted in Japanese calligraphy. Air Factory (2011) is a simple geometric sans work horse family, that includes a Stencil style and Air Factory Rounded (2012, by Pablo Balcells, according to MyFonts---can this be correct?).

In 2012, he published Mr and Mrs Peter, Garamono (a pattern font).

Behance link. Klingspor link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Kikita Katsue

Designer at Hyperion of the futuristic font Zodiacok (1999), with Eisuke Furukawa. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Team Hana&Hana]

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Kilometer Garage

Japanese foundry where you can download the gorgeous pixel/futuristic font family called Fragile. Mac type 1 and truetype. Fonts designed by "Hiro". [Google] [More]  ⦿


Asian font archive. Carries Dynafont, CREOFont, Vodafone Opentype, Ricoh Valuefonts, Osaka.ttc, and more. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kimie Suzaki

Kimie Suzaki's fonts are sold through Font Pavilion: Flamingo is a Latin-Japano font family (1999). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kinema Moon Graphics
[Yuichi Nakagawa]

Kinema Moon Graphics has Yuichi Nakagawa's fonts. Some free fonts: Betulehem, Fude (2008, handwriting), Fushi, Fuu, GolgothaObliqueE, GolgothaObliqueJ, Golgotha, HOSHI, Hane, InKanji, In, Ishi, Ito, KADOkaku, KADOmaru, Kakato, KATACHI, Kodama, Koto, Looper, Mizu, Moleculemodel, Namida, OTOchouha, OTOtanpa, Sakura, Shiziku, Sinobi, Sora, Sputnik (1998), Take, TenRegularE, Tsuno (gothic), Tsuta, V2, Yoru. Commercial fonts: Toge (2007-2008, gothic), Yari (2008, a pointy blackletter), Some of its commercial fonts are sold through Font Pavilion. Check here for the very nice medieval Spanish-look font Ibara (Roman and Japanese versions). In Font Pavilion 12 (2000), we find SORA-RegularE and SORA-RegularJ. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Yoshizaku Imada]

Commercial Japanese foundry that sells the typefaces of Yoshizaku Imada.

The typeface library: Seicho Mincho-tai Kinryo, Seicho Mincho-tai Kinryo B, Shincho Kankokutai Keisetsu, Shisen Souchou-tai Ryusou, Sakigake, Fumite, Shiori, Saotome, Madoka, Hokuto, Uguisu, Ishibumi, Kurofune, Yabusame, Takasago, Bateren, Genroku, Edo, Hayato, Kizahashi, Sakuragi, Kotonoha, Sayoi, Motoi, Ikehara, Manabu, Kuramochi, Hisanaga, Yukawa, Minami, Taira, Akebono, Sagano, Naniwa, Aoi, Kamome, Hanabusa, Taoyame, Kuretake, Masurao, Waji Oh Hanabusa, Waji Oh Kuretake, Waji Oh Kotonoha, Waji Taoyame, Waji Masurao, Imarisu, Pokkuru, Hatsuhiyamato, Wakabayamato, Minoriyamato, Hanarenge, Hanakocho, Hanabotan, Nanohana, Shogakukan Antique, Kana Minyu Mincho, Kana MInyu Gothic, Tsuya, Go Curl, Heisei Maru Gothic-tai, Mincho, Koran Hoso Socho, Bokassy, Imaryu, Imaso.

They have a special section on kanji fonts for children and schools.

Typecache link. En Fontke link. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Gorgeous Japanese kanji fonts. No downloads. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kinuta Font Factory
[Yuji Kataoka]

This Japanese foundry, est. 1995, sells the typefaces designed by Akira Kataoka, Ayumi Kiryu, Yuji Kataoka and Michiya Yamamoto: Kinuta Minchotai, Marumin, MaruMaru Gothic, Yuji-3, Donguri, Yamamoto-An, Shin and Kiriko.

In 2021, some of its typefaces made it to the Google collection, such as Yuji Boku, Yuji Mai and Yuji Syuku. Yuji is a series of fonts digitizing handwriting by calligrapher Yuji Kataoka.

Home page. Github link. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Japanese outfit. Designer of the commercial font Saicorops (has also dice). [Google] [More]  ⦿

KI's Atelier Moonglow

Japanese foundry, est. 2003, which made the (incomplete) kana/Latin display font Doraemoji, the Hankyu Station font, 55font*, DOUTOR (stencil), The-Font-of-DRUAGA-, guruhude (curly kana), HABBO, KAIJI-no-"ZAWA", Laundry, PSX! (2003, futuristic design), Quintetto, UNAO-JAPON-PRO (handwritten kanji face), UNAO-JAPON, UO-FONT, womusubikun, Strawberry (2004), Goonies (2004), Siusendo (2004, handwritten kanji face), Hentaikana (2004), Osushi (2004, sushi ding font), Strawberry, Ozen (2004, sushi ding font). Alternate URL. Font names: 70:nine-round, Akou-47, 70:ARAHABIKA, 70:BIKKORO, 70:D-FONT, DORAEMOJI, 70:DOTTY-SQUARE, 70:DOUToU, 70:The-Font-of-DRUAGA, 70:GOOONIES, GuruguruFudemoji, 70:HABOBO, 70:Hankyu-Station, HenTaiKana, 70:O-DE-N, 70:O-SU-SHI, 70:PSPS, 70:Quintetto, 70:reclining-chair, Siusen-Do-Font, Siusen-Do-Font, 70:SPOOK, 70:-STRAWBERRY-, 70:Sakura-Valuation-Stamp, 70:Syouwa-Nostalgie, 70:TIROLING, 70:TOYBOX, UNAO-JAPON-pro--new--, UNAO-JAPON-PRO, UNAO-JAPON, 70:UO-FONT, 70:womusubikun, 70:Wonta, 70:ZAWA-ZAWA, 70:Laundry, 70:Mushroom-Land, 70:M*O*O*N*G*L*O*W (moon phases). [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Kishin (Art Path Finder)]

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Kishin (Art Path Finder)

Kishin from Japan, had a page with about 40 free fonts, all called Line Art Fonts by "Kishin". These were great-looking typefaces with a simple aesthetic feel, Mac only. Dead link. Kishin asked me to remove his email as well. [Google] [More]  ⦿


A free Japanese (kana/Latin/kanji) hand-printed font, Rufuji. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Designers of Kaos (Latin and kana). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Koaunghi Un
[UnBatang Odal]

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Twenty nice commercial display and dingbat fonts (Mac, PC) at this foundry in Kobe, Japan. List: KOBEAIR, KOBECHIFFON, KOBEFUNK, KOB, KOBEHEX, KOBEJAZZ, KOBELEAF, KOBEMODERN, KOBEMUFFIN, KOBEQUEEN, KOBERAIN, KOBESHELL, KOBESNOW, KOBESOUL, KOBESUMMER, KOBEWEBSIGNNO1, KOBEWEBSIGNNO2, KOBEWEBSIGNNO3, KOBEWIND, KOBEWIND_3D, KOBE_EDGE, KOBE_SCREEN, KOBE_PANDA. They also made the OpenType typeface KyuKyoryuchi (2004). Alternate URL. Yet another URL. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kochi fonts

Free kanji truetype fonts Kochi-Mincho and Kochi-Gothic. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kohei Ishikawa

Japanese designer of the didone fashion magazine typeface simply called #01 (2011). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kohei Miura

Japanese calligrapher who did the lettering for the Cacharel logotype. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Koichi Namimoto

Japanese type designer. He was a multiple award winner at the Morisawa Type Design Competition 2014, obtaining the Gold Prize in the kanji category for the rounded sans typeface Wakatsuki Maru Gothic (2013-2014), and the Bronze Prize in the Latin category for Kulin (2013-2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Koji Naito

Koji Naito's Instant Font series is sold through Font Pavilion: Airline (1997), Capsule (LED), Chocolate, Hamster (alphadings, 1997), Lemonade (katakana). On the Font Pavilion 08 CD: Astronaut 2001 (1998), Mechanics (1998). Both fonts have roman and katakana versions. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Koji Nakamaru

Page by Koji Nakamaru from which you can download these CID fonts (PostScript) for Japanese: Kochi-Mincho (like Ryumin-Light), Kochi-Gothic (like GothicBBB-Medium). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Koji Yoshiike

Designer of PTAF, sold at Font Pavilion. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Freelance artist and type designer in Japan, b. 1963. He designed many logos such as the Shanghai World Financial Center, Tokyo Station City, Mizuho Financial Group, Nissan Mortors, Odakyu, Fusion Communications, Mitsui Garden Hotels, Natchan! (suntory), Acerola Drink,The Premium Malts (Suntory), and Orangina (Suntory). His typefaces:

  • He digitized TBGM, TGKO-M, TGYU-M at TYPEBANK in 1991-1992.
  • He designed three Japanese fonts for Fontworks.
  • He created one Korean font for Yoon Design.

Speaker at ATypI 2010 in Dublin. Speaker at ATypI 2012 in Hong Kong: Special meaning of black and white in Japan. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kokkei Mizu
[Digital Flame Studios]

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A web app that converts a font from/to ttf, otf, woff and woff2, written by a coder in Tokyo. Github link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kool Type Lab
[Naonori Kato]

Kool Type Lab sells its techno fonts through Font Pavilion: Jerusalem, Spacecraft. The type designer is Naonori Kato. Katakana versions included. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Korean Computing and Tools

Links to Korean fonts and font software. Includes six Type 1 Mac or PC fonts for free download: these are Frank's Breve fonts that allow the transcription of Korean and Japanese according to the systems of McCune-Reischauer and Hepburn. Mainly Mac-oriented page. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kosuke Takahashi

Japanese designer (b. 1993, Tokyo) who studied at Keio University, Fujisawa, Japan, where he obtained a Bachelor of Art in Environmental Information. Creator of Braille Neue (2017), a typeface that combines Braille and Latin. According to Takahashi, Braille Neue is a universal typeface that combines braille with existing characters. This typeface communicates to both the sighted and blind people in the same space. Braille Neue consists of two typesets - Braille Neue Standard which is for English alphabet and Braille Neue Outline which is for Japanese and English. Our aim is to use this universal typeset for Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics 2020 to create a truly universal space where anyone can access information.

In 2013, he designed the free sans typeface Ootori. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kotaro Hatano
[Gray Graphics]

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Kotone Takahashi

Japanese designer of a snake-themed Latin and kana font, Hebisan (2020). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kotonoha Kuju

Yokohama, Japan-based designer of the great free oriental brush font Yozakura (2016). Dafont link. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kou Nakamura
[Fontazilla (was: Psychographers)]

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Makers of commercial Japanese brush/calligraphic fonts. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Japanese commercial foundry. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kouga Grotesque

Original Japanese type family. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Atsushi Kawakami]

Japanese designer Atsushi Kawakami is Koushiki, a studio located in Himeji. Creator of the free grotesque typeface Koushiki (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kousuke Nagai

Aka Kyosuke Nagai. Japanese designer of the free Japanese hand-printed Mincho style Google font New Tegomin (2021) and the free (variable) Latin penmanship font Kapakana (2020). [Google] [More]  ⦿


Japanese designer of AoyagiKouzanFont2, AoyagiKouzanFontSousyo2, both handwritten kanji fonts. Alternate URL. See also here. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Japanese designer of a number of experimental typefaces in 2012, such as Techno, Trippy, and Icy.

In 2013, he designed the sans caps typeface Mathilda. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Designers of the commercial font (Latin, kana) Uscita. [Google] [More]  ⦿

K's Bookshelf
[Yoshio Kobayashi]

Yoshio Kobayashi is a Japanese font maker. Free fonts by him include Elements Kanji, K's-BarCodeFont-Code39, K's-Floral-Dings, K's-Numeral-Arabic-1, K's-Numeral-Arabic-GC, K's-Numeral-Arabic-GCN, K's-Numeral-Arabic-RC, K's-Numeral-Arabic-RCN, K's-Numeral-Roman-1, K's-Road-Sign-Symbols-J (2001), K's-Japanese-Shogi-Pieces (2001), K's-Snow-Crystals, WeatherJ (2001). Old URL. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ku Isis

Graphic Designer, born 1980 in Taiwan. Living and working in Tainan, Taiwan. His lettering can be seen, e.g., on the logo of the Japon Kabob Bar. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Designer of the Latin/kana pixel font Font-666 and of Bonji-Font. Alternate URL. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kunihiko Okano

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Designers of the Koubou and Fontametsuti fonts. Alternate URL. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Designers of the Syoubou font. Alternate URL. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Apricot Color]

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Kyoko Katsumoto

Designer of Logo Jr Black (2007, with Shigeru Katsumoto), a winner in the TDC2 2008 competition. Katsumoto is associated with Visual Design Lab in Japan. It also won at Letter 2 (2011). Kyoko's KyoSensha (2010) won an award at D&AD 2011. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Japanese makers of an initial caps font in which letters are related to torture chamber tools and anatomy, and of the anatomical dingbat typeface Hone Font. Alternate URL. Still another URL. Fontspace link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kyonosuke Takayasu

Tokyo, Japan-based illustrator, b. 1986, Tokorozawa. Designer of the nice kanji lettering pieces called July's Makanai and August's Makanai (2016). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kyota Sugimoto

Kyota Sugimoto (1882-1972) was a Japanese inventor who developed the first practical Japanese typewriter. He received the Blue Ribbon Award and the Small Asahi Ribbon. Out of the thousands of kanji characters, Kyota's typewriter used 2,400 of them. The following description of his carrerr and achievements is taken from Kris Sowersby's page on the occasion of the publication by Kris Sowersby, in 2018, of a monospaced version of Futura called The Future Mono.

Kyota Sugimoto was born in Okayama prefecture in 1882. Because of his desire to become a specialist in communication technology, he entered the Training Institute for Communication Technology in Osaka, and completed his studies at the training institute in 1900. At that time, typewriters were already commonly used in Europe and America, but no practical type of typewriter had been developed yet for the Japanese language, which would make it possible to write Japanese (Kanji) without using a pen. After he completed his studies at the training institute, Kyota Sugimoto started working in the letterpress technology field, and then turned his attention to development of a typewriter for text in Japanese. At that time, typewriters which could be used to write Japanese utilized characters arranged either on a cylindrical surface or on an arc-shaped surface, but either way only a few characters were available. In order to really adapt typewriters to kanji, which has a huge number of characters, Kyota Sugimoto carefully considered the nature of this writing system, including the frequency of use of characters used in public documents. The 2,400 characters chosen as a result were arranged by classification on a character carriage, and the chosen character was raised by a type bar that could move forward and backward and left and right. The character was then typed against a cylindrical paper supporter. He obtained the patent rights to the Japanese typewriter that he invented, first in Japan (1915, Patent No. 27877) and somewhat later in the USA (1917, Patent No. 1245633). This invention amounted to an epoch making design on which current typewriters for Japanese are based, contributing greatly to efficient processing of documents and creation of different types of documents. In year 1953 he was decorated with the Blue Ribbon Award, and in the year 1965 he received the Small Asahi Ribbon Award. He died in the year 1972. Until the popularization of word processor technology, the Japanese typewriter contributed greatly to increased efficiency of document preparation at Japanese companies and government offices. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Japanese site with alphadings: T-kuma-Font, t-kuma2-Font, T-piyo-Font, T-wan-font. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kyouji Kotani

Kyouji Kotani's fonts are sold through Font Pavilion: KK Finger (all letters are fingers), KK Speed. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kyouzai (or: Techno Advance Company)

Free fonts: TAbimyou_Add, TAbimyou_Add_p, both handwritten kanji fonts by the Techno Advance Company, 2003-2005. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Atsushi Mizukami]

Atsushi Mizukami's fonts are sold through Font Pavilion: Toy is a toy soldier alphading font (1998). Bug is just a techno font. In Font Pavilion 12 (2000), he published Toy-123. Other fonts include TOY-3D (1999). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Lallasoo Poopo Lab

Japanese outfit. Designer of the commercial font Lallasooset (dingbats). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Lan Shirou

Japanese designer of the free font LS Sanskrit (1999-2000). [Google] [More]  ⦿

LaTeX Navigator
[Denis Roegel]

General links on typography and fonts, compiled by Denis Roegel (with earlier contributions by Karl Tombre who is no longer involved). Very, very useful. This page contains, among other things:

  • METAFONT for Beginners (Geoffrey Tobin)
  • The METAFONT book (TeX source) (Donald E. Knuth)
  • How to Create Your Own Symbols in METAFONT and for use in LaTeX Documents (Richard Lin)
  • Milieu -- METAFONT and Linux: A Personal Computing Milieu (Thomas Dunbar)
  • Simple drawings with METAFONT (Zdenek Wagner)
  • Some METAFONT Techniques (article from TUGboat, 10 pages) (Yannis Haralambous)
  • List of all available Metafont fonts
  • Liam Quin's Metafont Guide (last version)
  • MetaFog: Converting METAFONT Shapes to Contours (Richard J. Kinch)
  • METAFONT source
  • Design of a new font family (slides) (Gerd Neugebauer) (1996)
  • PERL Module for reading .tfm files (Jan Pazdziora) (1997)
  • fig2mf (UNIX manual) (Anthony Starks)
  • bm2font (Friedhelm Sowa)
  • Essay on math symbols by Paul Taylor
  • drgen genealogical symbol font by Denis Roegel, 1996
  • Chess fonts
  • The Marvosym Font Package (Martin Vogels)
  • Eurosymbol, another font for the euro symbol
  • Lots of stuff on virtual fonts
  • P. Damian Cugley's Malvern (Greek) font
  • Yannis Haralambous's Omega project
  • DC and EC fonts by Joerg Knappen
  • Technical notes on Postscript fonts, and Postscript fonts in TEX
  • Computer Modern type 1 fonts
  • Articles on computer typography by Sebastian Rahtz, Aarno Hohti&Okko Kanerva, Richard J. Kinch, Basil K. Malyshev, Hirotsugu Kakugawa, Karl Berry, Victor Eijkhout, Vincent Zoonekynd, Tom Scavo, David Wright, Erik-Jan Vens, and Nelson H. F. Beebe.
  • Articles on mathematical symbol fonts
  • Links to essential pages for Cyrillic, Japanese, Berber, Khmer, Chinese, Korean, Greek, Indic, Syriac, Hebrew, Hieroglyphic, Tibetan, Mongolian, African fc
At FontStruct, he created Sixer (a pixel face) and Smallish (bold unicase). [Google] [More]  ⦿


Latinotype was founded in 2007 by Felipe Soto and Miguel Hernández, and is based in Concepción, Chile. Catalog of their typefaces. Latinotype now also includes the work of Daniel and Enrique Hernandez, Luciano Vergara and Joaquín Contreras. Their typefaces:

  • Stgotic Textura and Pintana (Daniel Hernandez) are pixel font award winners at Tipos Latinos 2008.
  • Patagon (2011, Latinotype) is a rounded wood-inspired poster typeface done with Daniel Hernandez and Luciano Vergara.
  • Selaive (2011, Paula Nazal) is a geometric monoline sans with an extreme hairline weight, Selaive Light.
  • Sanchez (2011) is a large slab serif family. The Regular weight is free at Fontsquirrel.
  • In 2011, he cofounded Los Andes Type, and published the fat round typeface Fatta (2011) there.
  • Mija (2011). Inspired by vernacular signs.
  • The Google Web Font Ceviche One (2011). This is an angular yet curvy extra black expressionist sans serif type.
  • Sail (2012). A didone script.
  • Sofia (2012). An upright script, free at Fontsquirrel.
  • Tikal Sans (2012).
  • Lolita (2012, Miguel Hernandez). A playful rounded sans family.
  • Chela One (2012). A bold condensed brush script, free at Google Web Fonts.
  • Arquitecta (2014, by Daniel Hernandez ad Miguel Hernandez). A 1930s sans with small x-height, great readability and an odd g, promoted as an alternative for Futura, Kabel or Avant Garde. It was followed later in 2014 by Arquitecta Office and Arquitecta Standar.
  • Via Sans (2014, Daniel Peralta). A wayfinding typeface family inspired by Steile Futura and DIN 1451.
  • In 2014, he co-designed Uomo with Tania Chacana at Latinotype. Uomo is a contemporary typographic system that explores the geometric sans style and Italian art deco in combinations of four widths and three weights.
  • In 2014, Daniel and Miguel Hernandez co-designed Texta, a geometric sans for all.
  • In 2015, the Latinotype team developed the 60-style semiserif typeface family Corporative [Corporative was developed by Javier Quintana and Cesar Araya, under the supervision of Luciano Vergara, and Daniel Hernandez], the 64-font family Corporative Sans, the 64-style Corporative Soft [Corporative Soft was developed by Javier Quintana, Eli Hernandez and Rodrigo Fuenzalida, under the supervision of Luciano Vergara and Daniel Hernandez], the 32- style Corporative Sans Round Condensed (dated 2016; developed by Elizabeth Hernandez and Rodrigo Fuenzalida, under the supervision of Luciano Vergara and Daniel Hernandez], and the 28-style headline wood-inspired Titular.
  • Revista (2015, Paula Nazal Selaive, Marcelo Quiroz and Daniel Hernandez, at Latinotype) is a typographic system that brings together all the features to undertake any fashion magazine-oriented project. It has Revista Script (connected style), Revista Stencil, Revista Dingbats, Revista Inline and the didone Revista all caps set of typefaces. Revista won an award at Tipos Latinos 2016.
  • Lota Grotesque (2017).
  • Inter Sans (2017). An information design sans. In 2021, they released Inter, which was advertized as a sans Rockwell.
  • Letteria Pro (2021). A script/sans/slab font trio by the Latinotype team.
  • Rebrand (2021). A 33-style Latin sans in Text and Display versions.
  • Osbourne (2021). A 20-font wedge serif that revives Keystone Type Foundry's Salem.

View the Latinotype typeface library. View Miguel Hernandez's typefaces. Fontsquirrel link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Laura Luppani

Freelance graphic designer in Buenos Aires who graduated from UADE (Universidad Argentina de la Empresa) with a degree in Graphic Design. In 2010, she created a Japanese-look and Japanese-feel typeface called Dekiru.

Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿


FontStructor who made the squarish typeface Leafy (2011). With over 1600 glyphs, it covers Basic Latin, More Latin, Extended Latin B, Extended Latin A, Greek and Coptic, Cyrillic, Katakana, Hangul, Georgian, Bopomofo, Even More Latin. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Pilar Cano]

Letterjuice is the British type foundry of Pilar Cano, who graduated from the University of Reading, 2006, but started out life in Barcelona. After graduation, still in 2006, she co-founded Mídori, a graphic design studio specialised in editorial design. Letterjuice is based in Brighton, UK.

Coauthor, with Marta Serrats, of Typosphere (2007, Harper Collins). Creator of these typefaces:

  • Edita (2006), an informal sans family that also covers kana for Japanese. This typeface was finally published in 2009 at Type Together. It was followed in 2011 by additional weights in Edita Book.
  • Techarí (2006, +Extra) comes from a commission in which the brief consisted of the creation of a typeface family to be used for the design of the third disc of the band called Ojos de Brujo based in Barcelona. This disc was called Techarí, which means free in Caló, the language of the Spanish gypsies---it also has a stencil version.
  • In 2010, she is working on an elliptical sans that covers Latin, Cyrillic and Greek.
  • Techarí (2010) is an extremely elegant custom family.

    Xuppis (2012) is a commissioned logotype for a candy shop in El Masnou, Barcelona.

    Together with Lluis Sinol, she designed the custom sans typeface SEAT (2013) for Latin, Greek and Cyrillic.

  • Quars (2013). This angular typeface family, co-designed with Ferran Milan, grabs elements from Scotch Roman and old Dutch typefaces.
  • Sapmi (2013). A custom typeface for the Sami children.
  • Baldufa (2014, Ferran Milan Olivares): an award-winning flared, calligraphic and subtly rounded serif typeface family for Latin and Arabic. In 2021, Ferran Milan and Pilar Cano released Baldufa Greek Ltn (Greek and Latin), Baldufa Greek, Baldufa Cyrillic Ltn, Baldufa Cyrillic and Baldufa Paneuropean.
  • Aanaar (2014) was originally designed for children's textbooks.
  • Seat Sans is a corporate typeface co-designed with Minsk Disseny in 2014.
  • Catalana Serif won an award at Granshan 2014 in the Greek typeface category.

    Pilar Cano, Spike Spondike and the Dalton Maag team won an award at Granshan 2014 in the Thai typeface category for HP Simplified.

  • In 2017, Jordi Embodas's Trola family was updated, improved and expanded to Cyrillic. The Cyrillic version was designed by Letterjuice (Pilar Cano & Ferran Millan) under the supervision of Ilya Ruderman and Yury Ostromentsky.
  • Bespoke typefaces include Saffron Display (2017), Screwfix (2017) and Catalana (2016).
  • Pilar Cano and Ferran Milan bundled their efforts once again in 2018 for the Latin / Thai typeface family Arlette (TypeTogether).
  • In 2020, she published Portada Thai at TypeTogether to complete the text typeface Portada (2016) by José Scaglione and Veronika Burian.
  • Nawin Arabic (2022). An informal Arabic typeface inspired by handwriting by Pilar Cano and Ferran Milan.

Interview by Unostiposduros. Cargo Collective link. MyFonts link. Behance link. Wiki page. Klingspor link. Behance link for Letterjuice. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

LGJ Font Notes
[Edward G.J. Lee]

Taiwanese type designer Edward Lee has some font information pages (in Chinese). He has useful technical discussions on Metafont, OpenType, Truetype and type 1. Downloadable full CJK fonts include cwHBMono (2008, Tsong-Min Wu, Tsong-Huey Wu and Edward G.J. Lee).

This archive contains about 30 free full Chinese fonts in the WT, WTS, WP, and WCL series created in 2004 by Taiwanese type designer Edward G. J. Lee. The font names are: HanWangMingMediumChuIn, HanWangKaiMediumChuIn, HanWangMingMediumPoIn1, HanWangKaiMediumPoIn1, HanWangMingMediumPoIn2, HanWangKaiMediumPoIn2, HanWangMingMediumPoIn3, HanWangKaiMediumPoIn3, HanWangMingLight, HanWangMingMedium, HanWangMingBold, HanWangMingHeavy, HanWangMingBlack, HanWangYenLight, HanWangYenHeavy, HanWangHeiLight, HanWangHeiHeavy, HanWangLiSuMedium, HanWangFangSongMedium, HanWangKanDaYan, HanWangKanTan, HanWangZonYi, HanWangYanKai, HanWangShinSuMedium, HanWangCC02, HanWangCC15, HanWangGSolid06cut1, HanWangGB06, HanWang-KaiBold-Gb5, HanWang-WeiBeiMedium-Gb5, HanWang-FangSongMedium-Gb5, HanWang-SinSongThin-Gb5. All fonts are copyright Dr. Hann-Tzong Wang, 2002-2004. [Google] [More]  ⦿

L-H Favorite Fonts

Commercial Japanese fonts at the LightHouse Inc: Higagino-Mincho family, Higagino Gothic family, Higagino Tokubuto Gyosyo. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Japanese Mac and Windows font vendor. Has fonts by Dynafont, NIS, Ryobi, Adobe, Morisawa, Iwata, Motoya, Ricoh, Canon, Fujitsu, Nihon Lieral, Arphic, Fujisoft, VDL, Taka, NTF, Fontworks, Maruokahakushu, Souei. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Lilly's Site

Japanese font archive with Jim's Kanji font and many kana fonts: Akihibara, ArawasuKatakana, ColopocleKT, Chicagothic, DigiMode1988K1, DigiMode1988, GtinformatAL, GtinformatKT, HachipochiA, HachipochiK, PJ-Hiragana, Japanese, JHIRAG01, JKATAK01, JROMAJ01, JayCons, PJ-Katakana, NihonbashiKatakana, OrangeLight, Parade20A, Parade20K, Shear-15_A, Shear-15_H, Shear-15_K, typoBokankaakana, Teacher_A, Teacher_K, AirlineKatakata, OrangeLightK1, Receipt43K, StampyK. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Limit Type

Free fonts made in Japan: Lt-alphaDot (pixel face), Lt-angular, Lt-etudy-alpha, Lt-etudy-katakana, Lt-failsafe-alpha, Lt-failsafe-hiragana, Lt-failsafe-katakana, Lt-handy (hand and finger dingbat face), Lt-hexen, Lt-Hatukari-Alpha, Lt-Hatukari-Kana, Lt-kanaDot, Lt-precautor, Lt-regulator, Sans-Copperplate-Gothic, Lt-strings-alpha, Lt-trisos. Alternate URL. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Limit.type fonts

Alternate URL. Original roman and kana fonts: Hatukari-Alpha, Hatukari-Kana, Sans-Copperplate-Gothic, alphaDot, angular, etudy_alpha, etudy_kata, failsafe, handy [hands], hexen [oriental simulation font], kanaDot, precautor [dingbats], regulator-b-01 [dingbats], strings, trisos. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Japanese foundry. The free fonts:, all dated 2002 Albero, Antico, Coda, Curva, Diritto, Droga, Edificio, Forma, Largo, Puro, Solido, Spicchio. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Linux and Nihongo
[Craig Oda]

Craig Oda's page on Japanese in Linux. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Chinese archive: Gulim (Latin/Cyrillic/universal and Korean typeface by HanYang, 2000), Hiragino Maru Gothic Pro W4 (OTF by Dainippon, 2002), Hei (for Mac), Heiti (Chinese font by Changzhou SinoType Technology Co, 2002), Lihei Pro (Chinese font by DynaComware Corp, 2003). Also, the Luxi family. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Living Typedrive (or: Living Plant)
[Takafumi Miyadima]

Takafumi Miyadima is a Japanese type designer who sells his fonts via Font Pavilion. The Living Typedrive 1.0J CD has 2070 Polyester, 2100 Celluloid, 2120 Latex. The Living Typedrive 1.0J CD has 2010 Silicone, 2040 Concrete, 2130 Uranium. The Living Typedrive 3.0J CD has 2080 Acrylic, 2110 Titanium, 2170 Glucose, typically with romaji, katakana, hiragana. There is also 2021 Carbon, 2051 Plastic, 2030 Urethan, 2060 Rayonne, 2081 Acrylic, 2091 Steel, 2140 Xylitol, 2160 Nickel Alp (1999), Acrylic 2081 (kata, romaji). At Digitalogue, he designed 4030STARCH (1999). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Logix Press

Japanese font maker that released fontface4550, SymonGW3P and Gothic (a kanji font). [Google] [More]  ⦿


Free Latin and kana pixel fonts by C-moko, dating from 2001: BM_diet_09, BM_dokan_11, BM_fatakana, BM_gatakana, BM_moko_07. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Lonesome Type Factory
[Susumu Tanaka]

Susumu Tanaka's fonts such as Desert-J, D1980s-West, CamouflageWoodland, CamouflageDesert. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Lorenz Lopetz Gianfreda
[burodestruct (or: Typedifferent.com)]

[MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Love Font Vapour Trail

Japanese foundry with principally free bitmap-style truetype fonts and some techno faonts, all made in 2001: BlockBlackBitA12, BlockWhiteBitA12, CherishBitH7, CherishBitK7, ChibiBitA5, DayDreamTrainH, DayDreamTrainK, DayDreamTrain, FloppyBitA16, HappyBirthdayMoon, JungleGymBitA6, OneBitA10, PopsceneBitK9, PopTuneBitA12, PopTuneOutBitA12, PopTuneRound, RadioRadioRadioBitA10, Romantic, SavouryBitK7, ShoplifterABitA16, ShoppingBitA10, SoLongBitA15, SpreadBitA10, StadiumBitA10, StartBitA10, StetchBitA13, SugarBoy, TinyBoxBitA10, TinyBoxBlackBitA8, TinyBoxCollageBitA12, WeekBitA10. The designer is "Kaaya". [Google] [More]  ⦿

Lovedesign Company
[Wataru Osakabe]

Lovedesign offers free fonts, mostly by Wataru Osakabe (aka J. Brain). Many are techno typefaces. A partial list: Fool22, CommonPixel, Haris, SecretPassage, SucideNote, Vanilla, Arupino (2001, kana), CherryBlossom (futuristic, 2001), Metropolis (Bauhaus style, 2001), Lovedesign 99 font kana, Gulico Extra Bold, Han-Rice (2000, Asian lookalike font), Tytyle kana, Tytyle Regular (kitchen tile face), Cobra-Ld Regular, ErisKana, MonnaLisa, LovelyDesign, Aurora Devil, Tonight Tonight, Cobra2, GENOCIDERMX, GameOver, HEIGHt, Loedesign99HIRABold, Metamorphose, SweetDays, Poo, tonighonigh, Tytyle, Romantic9 (2004, with Junichi Kato), Papicon (techno), Gameboy gamegirl, Ookami-girl, Hirakumo, Ikkoue, TKO Crazy, F39 Gold (stencil), Fickle, Mr. Chan, Aurora Dance, Masshimo (dingbats of figures made by Akiko Yaeshima). As of January 2004, these can be downloaded: LVDCCLASSIX, LVDCCobra4AL, LVDCCobra4KN, LVDCDisco02, LVDCDubKana, LVDCErisSQ, LVDCFool22, LVDCGOLD, LVDCGulico3, LVDCIKKOUE, LVDCLovelydesign, LVDCMirinda, LVDCNextGames, LVDCOtsukaDream, LVDCPapicon, LVDCPoo3, LVDCSecretPassage, LVDCSucideNote, LVDCSweetDays, LVDCTonightTonight, LVDCVanilla, LVDCauroradance, LVDCver5, LVDCArupino, LVDCBloodyValentine, LVDCCommonPix2, LVDCDubKana, LVDCHaris, LVDCauroradevil, LVDCHanricever3, LVDCMrsChan, LVDCGarnet (2004), LVDCMelos (2004), LVDC Berlin, LVDC Rebirth, LVDC Parthenon, LVDC Nina.

Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Loves Devine
[Mellow Fonts]

[More]  ⦿

Lucifer Web

Japanese font links. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Luke William Turvey

[MyFonts] [More]  ⦿


Custom fonts made by Martin Majoor for Technische Universiteit Eindhoven in 1999. In truetype: TUELogosVLBold, TUELogosVL, TUEMeta-Book, TUEMeta-Medium, TUEMetaWide, TUEScala-BoldItalic, TUEScala-Bold, TUEScala-Italic, TUEScala. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Free Japanese fonts: IPAGothic, IPAPGothic, IPAUIGothic, IPAMincho, IPAPMincho. All copyright of Information-technology Promotion Agency, Japan. [Google] [More]  ⦿

M 150

Yokohama, Japan-based designer of M150 Simple Round Font (2020: a monolinear sans). [Google] [More]  ⦿

M+ Fonts
[Coji Morishita]

Free font producer in Japan that started out as a bitmap font specilaist. The M+ Fonts Project is jointly run by Coji Morishita, Hiroki Kanou, Imazu Kazuyuki and Taro Muraoka.

All fonts are totally free: Unlimited permission is granted to use, copy, and distribute them, with or without modification, either commercially or noncommercially. . Download page. Free monospaced and variable width outline fonts containing kana, kanji (97% coverage of jinmeiyo), Chinese (81% coverage of traditional Chinese), Korean, Cyrillic, Greek, Hebrew, and Latin (sans), all made between 2006 and 2016 and still being developed: mplus-1p-black, mplus-1p-bold, mplus-1p-heavy, mplus-1p-light, mplus-1p-medium, mplus-1p-regular, mplus-1p-thin, mplus-2p-black, mplus-2p-bold, mplus-2p-heavy, mplus-2p-light, mplus-2p-medium, mplus-2p-regular, mplus-2p-thin.

In 2018, they published MPlusRounded1c at Google Fonts. Additions in 2021: M Plus Code Latin, M Plus 1 Code. Mplus 1 Code is a sans serif programming font with seven weights from Thin to Bold, supporting 5,700+ kanjis for Japanese with GF Latin Plus. iM Plus Code Latin is a multi-weight programming font for Latin only. Both have variable fonts as well.

Open Font Library link. Local download of the M+ family. Google Fonts link. Github link. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Creator of the iFontMaker fonts Macoron-Kana2 and Macaroon2 (2010, a sketch face). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Macross Plus
[K. Hamaura]

The truetype font MacrossPlus used in the popular Japanese animation series Macross Plus. Made by K. Hamaura a.k.a. SeyfertSluw. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Macware Font

Mac font archive. Has some Japanese fonts: ASLFont+ (by Hiroo Yamada), Kagurazaka12a (by Keitarou Hiraki), Makuhari and Narita (by Tosiaki Oorui), Setsugetsuka (by Emuxu), Youxi (by Tomohiro Sudo). There are many fonts by Marty Pfeiffer, and a Mac Chess font by Rolf Exner. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mad Panda Design Studio

Japanese foundry where you can download some free truetype Mac fonts: Anarchy, CrazyMonkey, Destroyed, Hyorofont, artwork, magicmushroom. The designer is Koiji (b. 1972). It seems to have gone commercial around 2006. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Maikeru Fukurou

Kyoto, Japan-based designer of these display typefaces:

  • The Latin display typeface Eagle Sight (2018).
  • The spurred typeface Redwood (2018).
  • The hand-drawn serif Sequoia (2018).
  • The fashion mag titling typefaced Chic (2021).
  • The stylish typefaces Monica (2021), Rosemary (2021), Liquide (2021) and Moonlight (2021).
  • Skyline (2021).
[Google] [More]  ⦿

Maikeru Kitsune

Tokyo, Japan-based designer of the all caps Latin slab serif typeface Northern Lights (2019), Elegance (2020: a fashion mag sans), and the all caps sans typeface Loyalty (2020).

Typefaces from 2021: Exposed (a fashion mag serif), Jonquil (a high contrast and stylish serif), Kokoro (a stylish sans). [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Fontsonic (or: Newconceptsite)]

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Makoto Kamimura
[Kamimura & Co. (was: Studio Antwork, or: Detail Type Foundry)]

[More]  ⦿

Makoto Sakai
[Jack Three Five (was: Jackal Devil)]

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MT_TARE (2003) and MT_TARE-P (2003) are two full kanji/kana/Latin/Cyrillic/Greek handwritten truetype fonts, free to download. See also here. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mame Shibori

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Mami Kobayashi

Codesigner, ca. 2007, with Masayuki Sato (Maniackers Design) of Detroit Type City-AL, Foood-AL, KT, Pokupoku-AL, KT, HR, Ball2-AL, Box2-AL, Button2-AL, Xtal-AL, KT, HR, Ikaho-AL, KT, MD Radiogram-KT, HR, Nepon-AL. By herself, still at Maniackers, the following fonts were designed: Ikaho-HR, TypeCantabile-KT, Kotodama-KT, Sandy-AL / 2Type, Yonimofushigina-AL, KT, Cloooud-AL, Yonimofushigina-HR, Timber-AL,KT, HR, Sunday-AL / 3Weight, Hyonnakotokara-AL, KT, HR. In 2009, Mami designed the pen scratch typeface Dandro AI. [Google] [More]  ⦿


In their Global Type collection, URW++ has MAN (2012), a private corporate typeface family for the MAN company. There is a limited retail version for the volume at 7,500 Euros. It covers Turkish, Baltic, Romanian, Cyrillic, Greek, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Japanese, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, Arabic, and Hebrew. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Manabu Koga
[Pepper Shop]

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Maniackers Design (or: MKS)
[Masayuki Sato]

About 150 free original fonts by Masayuki Sato (from Futaba and/or Takasaki, Japan), over half of them pixel fonts. Maniackers designers started in 1995. For most fonts, he has a Latin alphabet (denoted by AL) and a katakana alphabet (denoted by KT). Some also have a hiragana version (denoted by HR). All fonts were made between 1998 and 2009.

  • By Masayuki Sato&Tsuyoshi Nagae: Merumo-AL, KT, PonyPony-AL, KT, HR, Topo-AL, TM Extended-AL / 2Type, MinnanoUta-AL, KT, HR, Seele-AL / 2Type, Robin-AL, Peco-AL, KT, Honey-AL, Blur-AL.
  • By Masayuki Sato&Eri Nagae: Stitch-AL.
  • By Masayuki Sato&T. Waka: Chihuahua-AL, KT, HR / 3Type.
  • By Masayuki Sato&Mami Kobayashi: Alphabet Man, Detroit Type City-AL, Foood-AL, KT, Pokupoku-AL, KT, HR, Ball2-AL, Box2-AL, Button2-AL, Xtal-AL, KT, HR, Ikaho-AL, KT, MD Radiogram-KT, HR, Nepon-AL.
  • By Mami Kobayashi: Ikaho-HR, TypeCantabile-KT, Kotodama-KT, Sandy-AL / 2Type, Yonimofushigina-AL, KT, Cloooud-AL, Yonimofushigina-HR, Timber-AL,KT, HR, Sunday-AL / 3Weight, Hyonnakotokara-AL, KT, HR.
  • By Eiji Sunaga: Tanrei 2.0-KT.
  • By Junya Yamada (Channel 67): Drip-KT, Bobo-AL.
  • By Masayuki Sato&Junya Yamada: Maniac 2-AL, KT.
  • By Atsushi Moda: Angle.
  • By Shinji Naka: Typobokan katakana (at least, the graphics of this comic book style font were by Shinji Naka).
  • By Masakazu Fukushima: Lucha-doll mask (a fantastic mask dingbat font).
  • By Atsuko Onozato: Pazool.
  • By Malte Haust of Bionic Systems: DorisOrange.
  • By André Nossek: Collage Rmx-AL, Hard Rmx-AL.
  • By Masayuki Sato&Hiroko Takiguchi: Holiday Bitmap14-AL, Holiday Ultra-AL, KT, HR, Holiday Bold-AL, KT, HR, Holiday-AL, KT, HR, Holiday-illust, Holiday Tategaki-KT, HR, Holiday-MDJP03 / 2Byte, Holiday-MDJP02, Ribbontic 2.0-AL.
  • By Masayuki Sato and Masashi Kato: Pico (2009, rounded comic book style).
  • By Masashi Kato&Mayucco: Yakitori-AL, KT, HR / 2Byte.
  • By Masayuki Sato&Ryo Asoda: Wallpainting-AL, Cosmic-AL, Bellows-AL, KT.
  • By Masayuki Sato&Kaori Inada: Sennin-AL.
  • By Masayuki Sato&Shizuka Yamazaki: SwingingBird-AL, KT, HR.
  • By Masayuki Sato&Junichi Omi: Omiyage-AL, KT, HR.
  • By Masayuki Sato&Rollingcradle: Poranger-AL, Lucha doll-mask.
  • By Masayuki Sato&Omnikono: Gt informat-AL, KT.
  • By Masayuki Sato: Donki-KT (2010), Cherry-Cherry KT (2010), 239 Schablone-AL (2010), RBIO-AL (2010), FSB08 Klang-AL (2010), 224 MKSD-AL (2010), 223 MKSD-AL (2010), 235MKSD (2009, thin octagonal), Nepon-KT, Nepon-HR, Monday-AL / 3Type, Childish-AL, KT, HR, Volt-AL, KT, HR, Gavadon Ultra-KT, Building 2-AL, KT, Gachapon 2-KT, CinemaMa-AL, KT, HR, Skinny-AL, Magatama-AL, Astro 3.0-AL, KT, 160MKSD-AL, KT, TypoBokan-KT (3DCG), Lunch-KT, HR, Partner-AL / 3Type, Pico Super Ultra Bold-AL, 096MKSD-Synapse-AL, Millennium 5lines-AL, Tekuteku Round-AL, Warp-AL, Cherry Cherry-KT, Donki-KT, 078MKSD Medium Con-AL, Poco-AL, Temporary Extra-AL, 071MKSD Medium-AL, KT, 071MKSD Bold-AL, KT, Paco-AL, Collage-AL, Zerozero Nine-AL, KT, HR, Finger Five-AL, Electronica Nine-AL, Drifter Five-AL, Ultra Seven-AL / 3Type, Thaitype Ten-Thai, AL, KT, Gogo Five 2.0-AL, System Seven-AL / 7Type, 201MKSD-AL / 4Type, Fluorescent-AL / 2Type, FSB07 Astra-AL, KT, HR / 4Type, Nihonbashi 2.0-AL, KT, 176MKSD-AL, Continue-AL, Spaghettini-AL / 3Type, Pinponpan2, 3, 4-HR / 3Type, Pico-AL / 2Type, Kokecco2-KT, Charakyoro-AL, Coppepan-AL, KT, HR, Sardinen-KT, HR, Hachipochi Eight-AL, KT, Janis Heavy-AL, Futaba-KT, April Fool-AL, KT, HR, Arawasu-KT, Airline-AL, KT, HR, Astro 2.0-KT, Snail-AL, KT, Akachan-AL, KT, HR (Flop Design), Dorisorange-AL, KT (T26), Parade20-AL, KT, UFOnt-51silhouette, Rabbit35-silhouette, Dog30-Silhouette, Coil-AL, KT / 3Type, Frankfurter Custum Black-AL, COLOR-AL, Fivemani-AL, KT, Astroro-AL, KT, Puco-AL, 184MKSD Omnibus-AL, Alfadental-AL, FSB08 Klang-AL, KT / 3Type, TDA140607-AL, Shotaro V3-AL, KT, Colopocle-AL, KT, Melt-AL / 3Type, Tekuteku-AL, Crayon-AL, Digits-AL, Performar-AL, Pinponpan-HR, Airplane 2.0-AL, KT, Button-AL, Ball-AL, Box-AL, OLD CUBE-AL, Elekitel-HR, Retroket-AL, MKS Dot-AL, RikuKaiKu-Illust, Angle-AL, FontRemix 02 (36-kanji dingbat font). Font Pavilion sells these fonts: Building, Gavadon (kata), Volt (romaji, kata), Colopocle (katakana, romaji), Shotaro (katakana, romaji). Typo Bokan, Sennin, Snail. At Digitalogue, he published the screen font series Zerozero in 2000.
  • Between 2009 and 2011 he designed 232 MKSD Round.
Abstractfonts link. Fontspace link. Artistic rendering of a kanji character. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Marie Kubo

During her graphic design and illustration studies at Tama Art University in Tokyo, Marie Kubo created the ironwork-inspired Iron Font (2015). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mariko Ebine

During her graphic design studies at Nottingham Trent University, Mariko Ebine (b. Tokyo) created a typeface family called Circus (2012), which consists of a prismatic typeface that was inspired by beams of light, and an art deco titling typeface. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mariko Takagi

From her CV: Having lived and worked as a half-Japanese and half-German in Germany for a long time, the focus of my artworks was to create books about Japanese culture. The intention of writing and designing books about Japanese topics was to make German readers curious about the strange and foreign culture and to give them insights into it. In the last eleven years I have published six books talking about Japanese culture. Since 1998, I ran my own design office with a focus on corporate design, corporate publishing and catalogue design. Since 2002 I was teaching at several Universities in Germany. Moving to Hong Kong and teaching as an assistant professor at the Academy of Visual Arts of Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) since 2010 gives me new influences and inspiration for starting research projects focused on Chinese typography. My background of teaching typography as well as graphic design in Germany over eight years gives me the necessary background for starting a research project not only to learn more about my new cultural environment, but also to make the Hong Kong design culture more visible to international audiences.

At Typography Day 2012 she spoke on Typographic Culture of Hong Kong.

Speaker at ATypI 2012 in Hong Kong: Typography between Chinese complex characters and Latin letters. Speaker at ATypI 2013 in Amsterdam: Hanzigraphy. In the latter talk, she deals with the problem of the joint use of Latin and Chinese on pages. The research project Hanzi-Graphy: Typographic translation between Latin letters and Chinese characters will be published late in 2013 by a publisher in Hong Kong.

In 2014, she graduated from the MATF program at the University of Reading. Her graduation typeface was Gion, a serif typeface for multi-lingual typesetting in Latin, Japanese and Chinese. She writes: As a contemporary interpretation of Modern typefaces, Gion synthesises historical stylistic features of Modern typefaces with characteristics and qualities that ­enhance comfortable and continuous reading in longer text.

Speaker at ATypI 2016 in Warsaw on Tanaka Ikko and the Japanese Modern Typography. A convergence of Western inspiration and Japanese aesthetics. In that presentation, she spoke about Tanaka Ikko (1930-2000), the Japanese grand master of graphic design, and emphasized his encounter with typography. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mario Work

Tokyo-based designer of the zipper-themed typeface Fastener Font (2016). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Marshall's Japanese Web Page

Marshall Ramsey's page is dedicated to programs and information for Japanese language learning including freeware and shareware Kanji flashcards. Download Union Way's Mincho TTF, or one of the two Microsoft TTFs (Mincho, serif, or Gothic, sanserif). Lots of links as well. See also here. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Marukan font

Japanese pixel font sample and link site, with some downloads. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Masaaki Hiromura

Masaaki Hiromura was born in Aichi, Japan. In 1977, Hiromura entered Tanaka Ikko Design Office and in 1988, he founded Hiromura Design Office. He has done extensive work on signage systems, CI and VI for commercial facilities and museums. Major awards obtained by him include the Mainichi Design Awards, the KU/KAN Award, the Grand Prize at the SDA Awards, the Good Design Award (Gold Prize). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Masachika Yamasaki
[Flucky Frog]

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Masahiko Kozuka

Japanese type designer and type director, b. 1929. Designer of the Kozuka Mincho (serif) and Kozuka Gothic (sans serif; poster by Ray Hansen) kanji families at Adobe, available in OpenType.

Masahiko Kozuka began making type in 1952. At that time, he had started working at the Mainichi newspaper, one of the leading nationwide daily newspapers in Japan, where he made hot metal text and headline typefaces. He worked at Mainichi from 1950 until his retirement in 1984. In the 1970s, in the transition from hot metal to digital type, he redesigned many fonts of Mainichi's newspaper typefaces. From 1984 to 1992, as type design director for Morisawa&Company, he supervised many type development projects such as the popular ShinGo typeface family, which is the main typeface in use in Japan today.

From 1992 to 2001, he supervised the Adobe Originals Japanese typeface development, and designed the Kozuka Mincho and Kozuka Gothic typeface families. He served as a part-time lecturer at Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music from 1979 to 1997.

Download these OpenType fonts for free: KozGoPro-Medium, KozMinProVI-Regular, developed from 1997-2004. In 2009, the 15,713-glyph Kozuka Gothic Pro was published. see here.

Typedia link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Masahiro Naruse

New York-based Japanese designer of the experimental vertical typeface Falling Script (2020), which won an award at 23TDC.

In 2021, he released MetamorBit, a pixel font for Latin and kana.

Future Fonts link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Masahiro Ochiai

Speaker at ATypI 2019 in Tokyo. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Masahiro Suzuki

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Masakazu Fukushima
[Rolling Cradle]

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Masamichi Hosoda
[Harano Aji Fonts]

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Masanobu Narusawa
[M's Studio Inc]

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Masanori Maruoka

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Masanori Nakayama

Masanori Nakayama's fonts are sold through Font Pavilion: 209Cotton, 209Lap. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Masashi Kato

Font designer at Maniackers, where he made Pico (2009, with Masayuki Sato, a rounded comic book face) and Yakitori-AL, KT, HR / 2Byte (with Mayucco). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Masataka Hattori

Masataka Hattori received his degree in graphic design from Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music in 1994. He joined Adobe the same year, and is currently a Senior Designer of Japanese Typography. Masataka was a member of the team that designed and developed the first Adobe Originals Japanese typefaces such as Kozuka Mincho and Kozuka Gothic. He also contributed to various font development projects, such as Kazuraki, the world's first fully-proportional OpenType Japanese font. He had a hand in the production of and creation of ideographs (kanjis) for the Source Han Sans fonts released in 2014 by Adobe and Google for Japanese, Chinese and Korean.

In 2017, Hattori contributed to Ten Mincho, a set of traditional Mincho-style fonts that feature a full set of Latin glyphs and several color (SVG) emojis.

In 2018, Ken Lunde and Masataka Hattori co-designed Soukou Mincho, which is free at Fontsquirrel.

Speaker at ATypI 2012 in Hong Kong, ATypI 2014 in Barcelona (on Designing a Large Multilingual Typeface)ATypI 2019 in Tokyo (on Developing a Concept CJK Variable Font Based on Source Han Sans). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Masatake Ito
[Masatake Ito's Graphics Gallery]

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Masatake Ito's Graphics Gallery
[Masatake Ito]

Free fonts: MSTKELEGBold1, MSTKKEY, MSTKboundroundBold, MSTKboundroundlight, MSTKdeep1, MSTKextreme2, MSTKfirst2, MSTKhude1a, MSTKhude2a, MSTKkatana, MSTKmno1, MSTK Rufcut, MSTKrufrufBold. Mainly Mac fonts, TrueType and T1. Direct access. Some kana fonts. Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Masato Shimojima
[Creation Freefont (or: C-font; was Creation Design Font)]

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Masatoshi Hirano

Masatoshi Hirano's fonts are sold through Font Pavilion: Emus 101 and Emus-202 were made in 1998. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Masayo Nakamura

Masayo Nakamura's fonts are sold through Font Pavilion: his GuruGuru is a curly hiragana font. Maharani has both hira and kata versions. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Masayuki Harada

Designer of the free kana/kanji/Latin fonts SR1Jproto, SR1math-proto, SR1proto. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Masayuki Sato
[Maniackers Design (or: MKS)]

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Masayuki Yamamoto

Masayuki Yamamoto graduated in visual communication design from University of Tsukuba before he studied typography at University of Reading. He taught graphic design at the Department of Fine Arts&Music, Hyogo University of Teacher Education, and is now professor at Tama Art University. He spoke at ATypI 2005 in Helsinki on Harmony of type mixture in Japanese typography, and at ATypI 2007 in Brighton on Measuring harmony of type mixture. These statistical studies concern the Latin/Japanese type mixture focusing on four recent fonts: Heisei-Mincho W3 (1991), Hiragino-Mincho W3 (1993), Kozuka-Mincho R (1997), Yu-Mincho R (2002), and various sans (gothic) fonts for Japanese. At ATypI 2009 in Mexico City, she spoke on legibility research of Japanese typography. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Matius Gerardo Grieck

[MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Matthew Arciniega

Designer of Surakarta (1992, screen font for the traditional Javanese script called Hanacaraka) and KepatihanPro (for the Central Javanese musical notation system called Kepatihan). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Matthew Bardram
[Atomic Media (was: SmartDust)]

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Matthew Skala

British Columbia and/or Winnipeg-based computer scientist who obtained his PhD from Waterloo. Currently, he is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Manitoba, in the Computational Geometry Laboratory of the Department of Computer Science. He developed these fonts:

  • Two free OCR fonts in truetype and type 1 formats: ocra10 (2006), ocrb10 (2006). Matthew points out that these fonts were generated from an existing metafont bitmap via mftrace.
  • In 2010, he adapted Anthony I.P. Owen's StarFont (for astrological symbols) and placed type 1 versions together with the originals on CTAN.
  • The free symbol font Genjimon (2010) in metafont and truetype.
  • Tsukarimashou (2011) is a free metafont for Latin and kana, with an accompanying Opentype. A kanji extension is planned. This probably is the first metafont for Japanese. Styles include Kaku, Maru, Anbiruteki, Tenshi no kami, Bokukko, Mincho.
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Mattias Jakobsson

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Max Everyday
[Max Yao]

Taiwanese developer of many free and open source CJK fonts. TAs of 2020, these include Swei Bow Sans, Swei Bow Leg, Swei Bat Sans, Swei Toothpaste, Swei 3T Sans, Swei Nut Leg, Swei Nut Sans, Swei B2 Leg (derived from Noto Serif CJK), Swei B2 Sans (derived from Noto Serif CJK), Swei Gothic Leg, Swei Rainbow Leg, Swei XD Pearl (derived from Noto Serif CJK), Swei D Lucy (derived from Noto Sans CJK), Swei Gothic (derived from Noto Sans CJK), TaiwanPearl, Swei Gothic, Swei Sans, Swei B2 Serif, Swei Meatball (derived from Noto Serif CJK), Swei Spring (derived from Noto Serif CJK), B2 Hana, Hana Meatball, Naikai (derived from Seto), Bakudai, Massa (a brush script), Fake Pearl, Yu Pearl (derived from Huninn), JasonHandWriting.

Github link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Max Yao
[Max Everyday]

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Maya Shirakawa

Jewelry designer in Utsunomiya, Japan, who created the handcrafted Latin typeface Piccolino Kodomo (2015). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mayuka Nanbu

Japanese type designer. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mayuko Kanazawa

Tokyo-based designer of Sim Card (2018). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mayumi Kakegawa

Designer of the Latin/Kana brush typeface Yakitori, which can be found here. [Google] [More]  ⦿

m.d.cafe design
[Satoru Haneishi]

Japanese outfit. Its main designer Satoru Haneishi's fonts are sold through Font Pavilion: MassPro (techno font with katakana and romaji), Showa73 (1998, romaji and katakana). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Megumu Otani

Designer in Tokyo. Home page. He created a skeletal number alphabet called skNumber (2011). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Meguro Design
[Yukiko Ooi]

Japanese outfit. Designers of Sabure (kata, hira), Tuki-ALP (by Yukiko Ooi, 1998), sold at Font Pavilion. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Melinda Windsor
[Daughters of the Nile]

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Mellow Fonts
[Loves Devine]

Designers of the Japanese doll fonts Mellow Fonts 1 (2005) and 2 (2005). Alternate URL. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Merald E. Wrolstad

Designer of Typos (1971), a Japanese typeface. He wrote "Design of a New Japanese Typeface: Typos", Visible Language. 5; 4; 309-318, 1971. [Google] [More]  ⦿


A corporate URW typeface family published in 2009. The 17-font family sells for nearly 10,000 Euros. There are sans, serif, semi-sans and semi-serif subfamilies. This family started out as a design for the Merck company. URW writes: URW++ is authorized by Merck KGaA to deliver the Merck corporate typeface family for a license fee to external users, i.e. Merck KGaA suppliers such as ad agencies, signmakers and the like. The Merck corporate typefaces are available in four different volumes with correspondingly multi lingual character encoding. All Merck Global Fonts contain approximately over 45,000 glyphs including the complete CJK glyph set (China, Japan and Korea). Besides all Latin, Greek, and Cyrillic glyphs as well as the complete CJK glyph set also cover Japanese Katakana and Hiragana plus Korean Hangual syllables. Furthermore they are supporting Thai and Arabic (including Farsi and Urdu) plus Hebrew and Vietnamese as well. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Michael Banks

Michael Banks at Johnson Banks designed Phonetikana (2012), a typeface that helps Europeans read katakana. A great idea! [Google] [More]  ⦿

Michael Hernan

[More]  ⦿

Michel Bujardet

[MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

[Font de Material]

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Seattle-based company involved to some extent in typography. Until 2002, the fonts developed by them were free. That is no longer the case. They are major players in multilingual typeface development, type for on-screen use, and type formats such as OpenType. A listing of their typefaces:

  • Andale: a monospaced TrueType font by Microsoft developed specially for Web applications by Steve Matteson. Formerly known as Monotype.com from Monotype.
  • Impact: designed by Geoffrey Lee, based on an issue by the Sheffield foundry, Stephenson Blake.
  • Arial: a sans serif family. Functional, but ugly.
  • Times-New Roman and Courier are the bread and water.
  • Comic Sans: designed by Vincent Connare.
  • Verdana (sans serif) and Georgia (serif): font families by by Matthew Carter.
  • Trebuchet: a humanist sans serif by Vincent Connare.
  • Webdings: designed in 1997 as a collaborative work between Microsoft's Vincent Connare and top Monotype designers Sue Lightfoot, Ian Patterson and Geraldine Wade. The images are intended for web designers who wish to include live fonts as a fast way of rendering graphics.
  • Nina: the latest typeface (2000), a pixel font signed by Matthew Carter. Hinted by Tom Rickner, it is designed to show well on screen at small point sizes.
  • Calibri and Consolas (2004): a sans and a monospaced/typewriter font family by Luc(as) de Groot developed as part of the ClearType project. Calibri received a TypeArt 05 award.
  • Candara (2004): a playful sans font family by Gary Munch developed as part of the ClearType project. Candara received a TypeArt 05 award.
  • Cambria (2004): a font family by Jelle Bosma developed as part of the ClearType project.
  • Corbel (2004): a simple sans font family by Jeremy Tankard developed as part of the ClearType project.
  • Constantia (2004): a beautiful serifed text font family by John Hudson developed as part of the ClearType project. [Personal note: the name Constantia is already used for over a decade by Foster and Horton.]
  • Meiryo UI, Meiryo UI Bold, Meiryo UI Bold Italic, Meiryo UI Italic (2004). Meiryo is a modern sans serif Japanese typeface developed by Microsoft to offer an optimal on screen reading experience and exceptional quality in print, as part of the Cleartype project. The Japanese letterforms are generously open and well-proportioned; legible and clear at smaller sizes, and dynamic at larger display sizes. The beauty of Meiryo is that it sets text lines in Japanese with Roman seamlessly and harmoniously. Meiryo was designed by a team including C&G Inc., Eiichi Kono, Matthew Carter and Thomas Rickner. It won a 2007 type design prize from the Tokyo Type Directors.
Download the Microsoft core fonts in one file from a German site maintained by Dirk Burghardt. See also here and here. Consolas download. And from this Russian archive. Download the Meiryo family here or here.

The information below was written by Microsoft itself. The Typography Group at Microsoft is responsible for both fonts and the font rendering systems in Windows.

Since version 3.1 the primary font system built into Windows has been the TrueType system, licensed from Apple in a deal (with hindsight) remarkably beneficial to Microsoft. Working with Monotype, the Microsoft Typography Group produced fine TrueType versions of Arial, Times New Roman and Courier New, tuned to be extremely legible on the screen; these were all ready for the launch of Windows 3.1. Since then these core fonts have been developed to cover more and more of the world's languages.

In the mid-1990s under Robert Norton a program of truly new type designs was begun, using TrueType technology to render faithfully the bitmaps and outlines designed by Matthew Carter (Verdana, Georgia, Tahoma) and by in-house designer Vincent Connare (Trebuchet, Comic Sans). Until August 2002 these core fonts were offered freely over the Web, where they made an undoubtedly positive contribution in terms of legibility and font choice.

In 1996 the OpenType initiative with Adobe was announced; this is touted as "the end of the font wars", whereby advanced multilingual text layout becomes available, native rendering of PostScript fonts becomes part of Windows 2000, and unwieldy font formats are rationalized.

In 1998 the group announced ClearType. This is a very ingenious method to increase legibility on color LCD screens, individually targeting the 3 subpixels (red, green and blue) that make up each pixel. Such a leap forward in readability on these screens is a crucial element to the success of nascent eBook technology.

Simon Daniels at the Group's website keeps font fans and font developers up to date with most aspects of the digital typography scene, and communicates the technicalities of how fonts work in Windows.

Updating us about the current (October 2000) activity of the Group, Simon notes: 1999 saw several members of the group leave to join Microsoft's eBooks group. These included technical lead Greg Hitchcock, developers Beat Stamm and Paul Linerud as well as former Monotype hinters Michael Duggan and Geraldine Wade.

On August 12, 2002 Microsoft discontinued the free availability of the core fonts, noting that the downloads were being abused in terms of their end-user license agreements. Most commentators took this to mean the company objected to the fact that the fonts were being installed with Linux distributions.

View Microsoft's typefaces. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Microsoft fonts for Chinese, Japanese, Korean

Someone posted this on alt.binaries.fonts. To obtain a free Japanese TrueType font from Microsoft: (1) run Microsoft Internet Explorer (MSIE); (2) go to any web page; (3) change the View menu / Encoding item to Japanese; and (4) wait for several megabytes to download. Use the same procedure for Chinese or Korean. Microsoft has a web page for these downloads. Search for the keywords "Chinese", "Japanese", or "Korean" (without the quotes) on the http://office.microsoft.com/ web site. You want the "language pack" downloads. These pages often move, but recently were: Japanese (2557 KB with the "MS Gothic" font), Korean (1985 KB with the "GulimChe" font), Simplified Chinese (2561 KB with "MS Hei" and "MS Song" fonts), Traditional Chinese (3541 KB with the "MingLiU" font). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Microsoft Japan

Japanese fonts by/for Microsoft. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Microsoft: New Fonts in Windows 7

The list of new fonts in Windows 7 in 2009:

  • Aparajita, Aparajita Bold, Aparajita Bold Italic, Aparajita Italic: Devanagari family originally designed in 2001 by Modular Infotech, Pune, India.
  • Ebrima, Ebrima Bold: Microsoft fonts from 2008 with many symbols and special characters.
  • Gabriola: Script typeface by John Hudson (2008).
  • IskoolaPota Bold.
  • Khmer UI, Khmer UI Bold: By Microsoft (2008).
  • Kokila, Kokila Bold, Kokila Bold Italic, Kokila Italic: Devanagari family originally designed in 2001 by Modular Infotech, Pune, India.
  • Meiryo UI, Meiryo UI Bold, Meiryo UI Bold Italic, Meiryo UI Italic. Meiryo is a modern sans serif Japanese typeface developed by Microsoft to offer an optimal on screen reading experience and exceptional quality in print. The Japanese letterforms are generously open and well-proportioned; legible and clear at smaller sizes, and dynamic at larger display sizes. The beauty of Meiryo is that it sets text lines in Japanese with Roman seamlessly and harmoniously. Meiryo was designed by a team including C&G Inc., Eiichi Kono, Matthew Carter and Thomas Rickner. It won a 2007 type design prize from the Tokyo Type Directors.
  • Microsoft New Tai Lue, Microsoft New Tai Lue Bold: A 2008 family by Microsoft, DynaComware and Ascender.
  • Microsoft PhagsPa, Microsoft PhagsPa Bold: A 2008 family for Mongolian by Microsoft, DynaComware and Ascender.
  • Microsoft Tai Le, Microsoft Tai Le Bold: A 2008 family by Microsoft, DynaComware and Ascender.
  • Raavi Bold: Gurmukhi typeface by Raghunath Joshi (Type Director) and Apurva Joshi (2008).
  • Sakkal Majalla, Sakkal Majalla Bold: Arabic family by Mamoun Sakkal (2008).
  • Segoe UI Light, Segoe UI Semibold, Segoe UI Symbol: Controversial family by Microsoft (2008), said to be corporate theft on the part of Microsoft, with as victim Frutiger---Segoe is basically identical to the typeface Frutiger.
  • Shonar Bangla, Shonar Bangla Bold: Bengali typeface by Microsoft (2008).
  • Shruti Bold: Gujarati typeface by Raghunath Joshi (Type Director) and Vinay Saynekar (2008).
  • Tunga Bold: Kannada typeface by Raghunath Joshi (Type Director) and Vinay Saynekar (2008).
  • Utsaah, Utsaah Bold, Utsaah Bold Italic, Utsaah Italic: Devanagari family originally designed in 2001 by Modular Infotech, Pune, India.
  • Vani, Vani Bold: Telugu family by Muthu Nedumaran (2008).
  • Vijaya, Vijaya Bold: Tamil family originally designed in 2001 by Modular Infotech, Pune, India.
  • Vrinda Bold: Bengali typeface by Raghunath Joshi (Type Director) and Vinay Saynekar (2008).
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Mie Yokota

Japanese type designer, who won an award in the kanji category at the 22nd Morisawa Type Design competition in 2019 for Nijitako Tengoku. [Google] [More]  ⦿



Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Migu, MigMix

Free Japanese font set developed from 2003 until 2011 in the M+ IPA font project. We find the name of Itou Hiroki in some readme files. The fonts: MigMix-1M-bold, MigMix-1M-regular, MigMix-1P-bold, MigMix-1P-regular, MigMix-2M-bold, MigMix-2M-regular, MigMix-2P-bold, MigMix-2P-regular, Migu-1C-bold, Migu-1C-regular, Migu-1M-bold, Migu-1M-regular, Migu-1P-bold, Migu-1P-regular, Migu-2M-bold, Migu-2M-regular. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Miho Fujimoto

Designer of Fontdamon, sold at Font Pavilion. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Miho Kinoshita

Designer of Sarcastic Curve, sold at Font Pavilion. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Mika, a young Japanese designer, created a free handrwritten Japanese font set, called Mikachan. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mika Hiragana font

The free Mika hiragana font (Mac). Dead link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mika Kyubi

Designer of the hiragana handwriting font "mikaspecial". [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mika Saito

New York City-based designer who practices Japanese minimalism and simplicity. She created the squarish typeface Mik (2014). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Free full Japanese handwritten fonts: mikachan-P, mikachan-PB, mikachan-PS, mikachan. Direct download. Now also in OpenType. See also here. Latest resurrection. Old URL. Alternate URL. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Natsumi Kawashima]

Natsumi Kawashima (aka Mikan) is the Japanese creator of the alphading typeface Droid Robot (2011).

Fontspace link. Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mike Kohnke

[MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Miki Nakatani

Miki Nakatani made the nice screen font family Rafu (Latin and kana versions). I cannot figure out how to download the fonts though. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Miki Ooba

Japanese type designer. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Miki Ooba

Japanese type designer who received an Honorable Mention in the kanji category for Gan Kaisho in 2016 at the Morisawa Type Design Competition 2016. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mikihiro Yamashita

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[Mikihiro Yamashita]

Mikitype is Mikihiro Yamashita, a student at Musashino Art University in Tokyo. In 2014, he created the Latin text typeface Mesut, the sans typeface Diaby, and the blackletter typeface Rukas. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mikiyu Showji

Original handwriting type designer: Mikiyu-Font--OneLove- (2003), Mikiyu-Font-Alphabet (2002), Mikiyu-Font-Crayon (2004), Mikiyu-Font-Hiragana1 (2001), Mikiyu-Font--Honey-Candy-, Mikiyu-Font--PENJI--P, Mikiyu-Font-Mouhitsu, mikiyufont-crayon2. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mikoto Cat Food

Japanese foundry. Creators of a few Mac fonts in hand-printed style: Aneji, Bonji, SeiraSeira Ribbon. Other fonts with Latin arts include Seira and Ribbon. No kanji. Alternate URL. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mikoto Fuji

Art director at the Japanese design studio Graphite in Tokyo. He made the rounded headline typeface Yellow Cream (2010), which can be downloaded here. The counterless octagonal typeface Spokeroom (2010) is also free. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Japanese creator (aka mktx) of the iFontMaker fonts alphabex, hiraganax, kuragefont (2010, hand-printed dingbats), mikofont (2010, hand-printed). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mikumo Sato

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Mild 4128

Original screen and handwriting fonts: mildfontNo3, milds-E, bit-font-#2, bit-font_J, mild-font-S, marine-font-S, mildfont1, mild_whispoer, mildfont1, mildfont2, bit-font, marine-font. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Milk Jelly

Original pixel fonts at this Japanese site: Jelly5, Line7, Kirari9, Maru8, Dot11, Guruguru7. It has hundreds of small web site gifs too. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Japanese foundry. Alternate URL. Designers of Armed Banana and ArmedLemon. These are fuill kanji handwriting fonts. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Min Wang

Min Wang is a professor at the China Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA). He is currently serving as dean of the School of Design at CAFA and director of the Art Research Centre for the Olympic Games. He also serves as Standing Expert on Image and Identity for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Committee. He received his BA in graphic art from CAFA and an MFA from Yale University School of Art where he studied under Armin Hoffman, Paul Rand, and Bradbury Thompson. He is the design director at Square Two Design, which he joined in 1998 after serving eight years as design manager, senior art director and graphic designer at Adobe Systems. He has been a visiting fellow in Germany at Akademie der Bildenden Kunste, Munich and Hochschule der Kunste, Berlin. In 1989, he began lecturing in graphic design at Yale University School of Art, teaching graduate students until 1997.

Square Two Design clients include: Adobe, IBM, Intel, Stanford University, and the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

At Adobe, he designed the mythical figure caps typeface Mythos (together with Jim Wasco).

At this site, Min Wang used to have nine Chinese/Japanese/Cyrillic truetype fonts: GCdls, GCWei, GCXfang, TCHei, TCSun, GCFang, GCHei, GCKai, GCSong. Alternate (dated) URL.

Keynote speaker at ATypI 2012 in Hong Kong.

FontShop link. Klingspor link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿


From the wikipedia: style of Japanese typeface commonly used for printed material such as books. The name Mincho literally means "Ming Dynasty". It is a printed variant of the kaisho style of calligraphy originally intended for woodblock printing. The shapes are squarish. The horizontal strokes are thin and the vertical ones thick. Strokes end with brushy fish scales (uroko). Variants of Mincho include kykashotai used for educational materials for children, and shinbuntai used for printing newspapers. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mincho, Gothic

Japanese font names often have qualifiers like Mincho or Gothic ("goshikku"), sometimes abbreviated as Min or Go. Mincho corresponds to serif, and Gothic to sans serif. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mind Kinetics
[Shigeru Hasegawa]

Shigeru Hasegawa (Mind Kinetics) designed these free fonts: Kollong-Bold, Kollong-Regular (2002, runic), Atle-D (runic), futuu3-kana (kana pixel face), Ninepoint (pixel face), Razor-Edge-Alphabet (pixel face), Razor-Edge-Katakana, SteelArm (kana pixel face). Earlier versions of his pages were called Tabledesign and SITEUNTITLED. He also had Slantica, Enkin (techno), and Squarepuller (techno-kana) back then. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Designers of the free kanji/Latin/kana handwriting typeface New Reikofont. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Minoru Kamono

Japanese designer of the huge Kamono Kana font series at Adobe. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Minoru Kamono

Designer of Logo&Script, the bronze prize in the 6th Morisawa Awards International Typeface Design Competition, 1999. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Japanese font archive. See also here. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Miri Chuuei

Bremen, Germany-based illustrator, who was a manga artist in Japan. He used iFontMaker to create the hand-printed outline typeface Miri Serif Sketch (2011). Creator of the slabbed hand-printed typeface Hand Serif Regular (2011, iFontMaker), I Need a Girl and Hand Serif Ultra Light and Hand Serif Light. In 2012, he created Inky (iFontMaker), Lautmalerei (painted letters). [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Petit Graphics (was: Petit.tv)]

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Japanese font maker, whose fonts can be bought at URW++: URW Heisei Gothic bold, URW Heisei Gothic heavy, URW Heisei Gothic regular, URW Heisei Mincho bold, URW Heisei Mincho heavy, URW Heisei Mincho regular. MyFonts links: URW Heisei Gothic, URW Heisei Mincho. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mitiya Masuda
[Systema 81]

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Mitiya Masuda

Japanese designer of the quite interesting Konatu family (Konatu, Konatu Tohaba): Latin, Cyrillic, dingbats, kanji, kana, the works. Konatu seems most appropriate for setting programs and lettering architectural drawings. A later update of this is called Systema 21. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mitsue Isono

Designer at Font Pavilion of Kisekae (2000). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mitsuhiro Isoda

Mitsuhiro Isoda's dasaji truetype font (roman, Cyrillic, kana, kanji) is 1.54MB large. Alternate URL. Alternate URL. Alternate URL. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mitsuru Inagaki

Mitsuru Inagaki's fonts are sold through Font Pavilion: Inashima Frame. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mitsutoshi Nobusawa
[Nobufont (was: Honey and Death)]

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Mittelpunkt Zhongdian
[Susanne Zippel]

Berlin-based author, lecturer, art director, communication designer and type designer with special expertise in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Hanzi, Kanji, Hanja and CJK fonts.

Susanne Zippel (b. 1967) grew up in the former German Democratic Republic. She studied design in Berlin, and lived for five years in Japan. Later she founded the design office Mittelpunkt-Zhongdian in China. For more than two decades she has been researching the history of writing and media in China, Japan, and Korea, with a special focus on sociology and linguistics. She published the first extensive foundational book on Chinese typography, Fachchinesisch Typografie, which provides a comprehensive insight into the CJK writing system and its cultural context. She is currently studying for her doctorate in Vienna, Austria. Linkedin link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mitts Web

Mitts Web is a free handwritten kana/kanji OpenType font, published in 2003. Main page. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Miuku Mauku

Tokyo, Japan-based designer of the open source Thaana font YuuThaanaKufi (2017). Github link. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Small commercial Japanese foundry specializing in minimalist hand-drawn characters. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Miya Tiyutaka

Designer of a Japanese typeface in 2013. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Miyuki Iwadate

Miyuki Iwadate's fonts are sold through Font Pavilion: ToiletRoll is a font with letters in the shapes of a toilet roll. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Japanese designer of the thin octagonal typeface Mechanoarc (2015). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mizuki Tsujikawa

Born in France and raised in Japan, Mizuki Tsujikawa designed the experimental typeface Cube in 2016 at the School of Visual Art in New York. [Google] [More]  ⦿

MLand 98 for TurboLinux

Japanese software site, which carries Wada Lab's Kochi Gothic, Kochi Mincho, Sazanami Gothic and Sazanami Mincho, as well as the handwritten kanji font Mikachan. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Japanese creator of the child handwriting font simply called ChildFont (2008). It covers Latin, Greek, Cyrillic, hiragana, katakana, and the simple kanjis that a child would know. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Moji Waku (or: Kajiru Kawagoto, or: MJ-Work)
[Hiroki Takahashi]

Hiroki Takahashi (Hiroki Chan) is the Japanese designer of the free kanji font Kiwi Maru (2020). Download sites include Github. Other fonts: Ronde, Poprumcute (a kawaii font), Kaiso (rigorous, straight-edged), Mamelon, Waptia (2018; Latin only), Pigmo, Pigmo01, Makinas (octagonal). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mojikyo CD-ROM

Japanese 24 dot font bitmaps at A-I Net in Yokohama. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mojikyo English Page

The Mojikyo Institute is in Yokohama, Japan. Its goal is to produce free universal tools for Japanese, Chinese and Korean word processing and typesetting. Several tens of complete fonts are already finished, in all possible font formats (truetype, type 1, metafont).

Mojikyo is the newest kind of software for Chinese Character word-processing. More than 80,000 character fonts have been built in Mojikyo. So, everyone in the world can use any font of Mojikyo, free of charge. Moreover, if you want to use Chinese Character which cannot be found in Mojikyo Internet fonts, you can ask us to make new character provided that you inform us the source(s) of the character. We make them, and put them on our Home Page free of charge for public use.

Truetype fonts for Chinese and Japanese characters: The Mojikyo fonts are Japanese Shift-JIS-encoded fonts for the 48,902 Chinese characters in the Morohashi dictionary, along with tens of thousands of additional characters. Each character is assigned a six-digit Mojikyo number. The Morohashi characters are contained in fonts M101-109. Fonts M110 and above contain characters not in Morohashi. These include, for example, oracle-bone characters [M117-118], Siddham [M119-121], and Tangut [M202-203].

Mojikyo Windows truetype fonts. TEX-specific download page. University of Virginia link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mona Font

Mona Font (2002-2003) is a free Japanese font family for text arts, as part of a project by The Electronic Font Open Laboratory (also called efont). It is based on Shinonome&Kochi-Subst, and is in the public domain. Included are Latin, Cyrillic, Greek, kana and kanji. Historical note: the Shinonome font was originally developed by Yasuyuki Furukawa. Alternate URL where, as of 2006, the fonts are IPAMonaGothic, IPAMonaPGothic, IPAMonaUIGothic, IPAMonaMincho, IPAMonaPMincho, with copyright to IPA, or the Information-technology Promotion Agency, Japan. The readme file was written by Jun Kobayashi and thanks Wada Laboratory, the University of Tokyo and the Electronic Font Open Laboratory. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mono Studio

Small Japanese bitmap and monospaced font archive. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Tokyo, Japan-based font software developer. Github link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Monotype: All languages

Monotype sells fonts for the following languages: Amharic, Aksara Kaganga, Arabic, Armenian, Balinese, Burmese, Cambodian, Chinese, Coptic, Devanagari (Hindi/Marathi/Nepali), Farsi, Georgian, Glagolitic, Gujerathi, Gurmukhi (Punjabi), Hebrew, Japanese, Javanese, Jawi, Kannada, Korean, Laotian, Lontarak, Malayalam, Old Bulgarian, Oriya, Pushto, Sindhi, Sinhalese, Surat Pustaha, Syriac, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Urdu, Vietnamese. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Monotype: Japanese

Japanese fonts at Monotype Imaging:


Font Name

Character Set


Japanese HGPGothicB

Kana + Kanji



Kana + Kanji



Kana + Kanji



Kana + Kanji


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Monotype's East Asian Stroke Font Set

Monotype states: Traditional Asian TrueType fonts require megabytes of storage too much for most memory-restricted or low-resolution devices. Yet, storage requirements can be reduced 90 percent or more using our stroke-based fonts. For example, a standard GB 2312 Simplified Chinese TrueType font with 7,663 characters is about 2.7 MB. Our stroke font equivalent is under 250 KB. Cell phones, set-top boxes, PDAs, most other wireless devices and even operating systems benefit from stroke-based fonts. Our fully scalable stroke-based fonts consist of composite strokes or graphemes. These simple shapes appear as pen strokes or lines and are used repeatedly to build complex East Asian characters. Graphemes offer huge storage savings. The same graphemes are used to construct various characters that can add up to thousands in a single font. Another major advantage lies in the technologys simplicity: less than half the number of points are needed to render characters much less than building characters using traditional outlines where points are located on the edges of shapes rather than at the centerlines. Our stroke-based fonts support both native and Unicode encodings and are available for Simplified and Traditional Chinese, Japanese and Korean scripts. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Monsen Typographers Inc

Japanese publishers in 1980 of a phototype book called Display typefaces. Scans by Maniackers. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Moon's Typeface
[Shigenao Uzuki]

Shigenao Uzuki (Moon's Typeface) makes and sells 29 Japanese type families. He won the Kozuka Prize at The Seventh Morisawa International Typeface Design Awards competition for 2002.

In 2012, he won the Silver Prize in the Kanji category of the Morisawa Type Design Competition for Spring hair. [Google] [More]  ⦿

MOP Studio

Japanese commercial foundry. Typefaces include Liner, Miura Block, Miura Midashi Liner, Miura AI, and Miura Liner Jr. (free font). Font Factory sells their fonts. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Akihiko Morisawa]

Respected Japanese foundry, based in Osaka and Tokyo, est. 1924 and incorporated in 1948. Its US office is located in San Francisco. Its president and CEO is Akihiko Morisawa. Its 270 empoyees report to executice director Takeshi Morisawa (Business Planning and Development), directors Yoshitaka Nojiri, Yasushi Yamamura, and Tsunehisa Morisawa, and executive officers Haruhiko Takeuchi, Takeshi Tamura, Atsuhito Tanimura, Hiroshi Hino, Masahiro Shibukuchi, Nobuo Tomita, and Yukihisa Morisawa. The Font Development department includes Noibuhiro Irie. Japanese pages. It has the best and most extensive PostScript kanji library.

Since 2003, many of their kanji fonts are also available in OpenType format. These include A-OTF-GothicMB101Pro-Bold, A-OTF-GothicMB101Pro-Heavy, A-OTF-GothicMB101Pro-Ultra, A-OTF-Jun201Pro-Regular, A-OTF-Jun34Pro-Medium, A-OTF-Jun501Pro-Bold, A-OTF-KyokaICAPro-Light, A-OTF-KyokaICAPro-Medium, A-OTF-KyokaICAPro-Regular, A-OTF-RyuminPro-Bold, A-OTF-RyuminPro-Heavy, A-OTF-RyuminPro-Medium, A-OTF-RyuminPro-Regular, A-OTF-RyuminPro-Ultra, A-OTF-ShinGoPro-Bold, A-OTF-ShinGoPro-Heavy, A-OTF-ShinGoPro-Light, A-OTF-ShinGoPro-Medium, A-OTF-ShinGoPro-Regular, A-OTF-ShinGoPro-Ultra, A-OTF-ShinseiKaiPro-CBSK1. The PostScript collection includes these families: Ryumin, ShinGo, FutoMinA101, MidashiMinMA31, GothicMediumBBB, ShinMaruGo, GothicMB101, MidashiGoMB31, FutoGoB101, KaishoMCBK1, ShinseiKaishoCBSK1, KyokashoICA, Kanteiryu, Folk, Takahand, Jun, MainichiShinbumGothic, MainichiShinbunMincho. The font library: Symbols, A1 Mincho, Akashi, Folk Pro, Futo Go B101 Pro, Futo Min A101 Pro, Gothic BBB Pr5, Gothic BBB Pro, Gothic MB101 Pr5, Gothic MB101 Pro, Harucraft, Haruhi Gakuen, Jomin, Jun Pro, Kaisho MCBK1, Kakumin Pro, Kanteiryu, Kocho, Kumoya, Kyoukasho ICA Pro, Likurei, MainichiNewspapersG Pro, MainichiNewspapersM Pro, Maru Folk Pro, Midashi Go MB31 Pro, Midashi Min MA31 Pro, Musashino, Nachin, Outai Kaisho, Pretty Momo, Reisho 101, Ryumin Pr5, Ryumin Pro, Sei Kaisho CB1, Shin Go Min, Shin Go Pr5, Shin Go Pr6, Shin Go Pro, Shin Maru Go Pro, Shinsei Kaisho Pro, Shuei Min Pro, TakaHand, Take Std, UD Reimin Pro.

Alternate URL. Associated firms: Morisawa Bunken Inc., MTOP Co., Ltd., LIM Co., Ltd., Morisawa USA Inc., Morisawa Taiwan Inc., Morisawa Korea Inc.. Partner companies: Adobe Systems Inc. (USA), Arphic Technology Co., Ltd. (Taiwan), Sandoll Communication Inc. (Korea), The Font Bureau, Inc. (USA), Beijing Hanyi Keyin Information Technology Co., Ltd. (China).

Akihiko Morisawa was a guest speaker at ATypI 2019 in Tokyo.

Google Fonts link [Google] [More]  ⦿

Morisawa: Font collection

Morisawa's font collection, as of 2018:

  • A1 Gothic, A1 Mincho, AR Biaosong, AR Crystalhei, AR Dabiaosong, AR Hei, AR Ming, AR Newhei, AR UDJingxihei, AR UDShuyuanhei, Akashi, Antique AN.
  • Baskerville-Book, Bodoni-Book, BokutohN, Brush.
  • CapieN, Cinema Letter, ClearTone SG.
  • Egawa 3go Gyosho Kana.
  • FB Agency, FB Agenda, FB Benton Sans, FB Berlin Sans, FB Californian Text, FB Condor, FB Giza, FB Ibis Text, FB Miller Display, FB Poynter Oldstyle, FB Shimano, FB Sloop, FB Vonness, Folk, Futo Go B101, Futo Min A101.
  • G2SanSerif, GBlock, GCentury, GCenturyOld, GCenturyPhonetic, GRomaji1, GRomaji2, Garamond-Book, Gothic MB101 KS, Gothic MB101, Gothic Medium BBB.
  • HY CuSongTi, HY DaHeiTi, HY ShuSongYiTi, HY ZhongDengXianTi, HY ZhongSongTi, Hagoromo, HanaBotan, HanaKocho, HanaRenge, HappyN, Harucraft, Haruhi Gakuen, HaseMin, HaseToppo, Higemoji, Hiragino Gyosho, Hiragino Kaku Gothic, Hiragino KakuGo ADKana, Hiragino KakuGo PackKana, Hiragino Maru Gothic, Hiragino Mincho YokoKana, Hiragino Mincho, Hiragino Sans GB, Hiragino Sans Old, Hiragino UD Sans F, Hiragino UD Sans Rd, Hiragino UD Sans, Hiragino UD Serif, Hitujyun ICA, Hitujyun Jyouyou ICA, Hitujyun2 ICA, Hitujyun2 Jyouyou ICA, HonMinKok, HonMinKok-Book, HonMinSKok, HonMinSKok-Book, HonMinSink, HonMinSink-Book, HonMincho, HonMincho-Book, Honami.
  • Jimon, Jomin, Jun.
  • Kaimin Sora, Kaimin Tsuki, Kaisho MCBK1, Kakumin, Kakushin Gyousho, KamoLemon, KamoLime, Kanteiryu, Kei, Koburina Gothic, Kocho, Kodoken, Kointai, Komachi, Kuikomi Suuji, Kuikomi SuujiV, Kumoyaji, Kyoukasho ICA.
  • Lalapop, Likurei, MNewsG.
  • MNewsM, MO GSuujiIt, MO GSuujiSI, MO Suuji, MainichiNewspapersG, MainichiNewspapersM, Maru Antique, Maru Folk, Maru Today, Midashi Go MB1, Midashi Go MB31, Midashi Min MA1, Midashi Min MA31, Moaria, Musashino Sokana, Musashino.
  • Nachin, Neotoday KL, Neotoday KS, NikkatsuSeiKai.
  • Outai Fujikana, Outai Kaisho.
  • Pokkru, Pretty Momo.
  • RS Arek Armenian, RS Arek Latin, RS Nassim Arabic, RS Nassim Latin, RS Skolar Devanagari, RS Skolar Gujarati, RS Skolar PE, Reimin Y10, Reimin Y20, Reimin Y30, Reimin Y40, Reimin, Reisho 101, Reisho E1, Rubberblade, Ryokan, Ryumin KO, Ryumin KS, Ryumin.
  • SD Gothic Neo1, SD Myungjo, Sei Kaisho CB1, Shin Go Emboss, Shin Go Futoline, Shin Go Line, Shin Go Shadow, Shin Go, Shin Maru Go Emboss, Shin Maru Go Futoline, Shin Maru Go Line, Shin Maru Go Shadow, Shin Maru Go, Shino, Shinsei Kaisho CBSK1, Shuei KakuGo Gin, Shuei KakuGo Kin, Shuei MaruGo, Shuei Mincho, Shuei Shogo Mincho Sen, Shuei Shogo Mincho, Shuei Yokobuto Mincho, Shuuei3, Shuuei5, Soft Gothic, Suzumushi.
  • TakaHand, Takamodern, Takapokki, Takarhythm, Take, Talking, Toppan Bunkyu Gothic, Toppan Bunkyu Midashi Mincho, Toppan Bunkyu Mincho, Tsukiji 1go Futo Kana, Tsukiji 35point Kana, Tsukiji 3go Futo Kana, Tsukiji 3go Hoso Kana, Tsukiji Katsubunsha 5go Kana, Tsukiji Kouki 5go Kana, Tsukiji Shogo Kana, Tsukiji Zenki 5go Kana, Tsukiji, Tunnel, TypeBank Gothic C6, TypeBank Gothic C8, TypeBank Gothic Normal, TypeBank UD Gothic, TypeBank UD Mincho, TypeBank UD Rgothic, TypelaboN.
  • UDDigiKyokasho (2018: for people with low vision or dyslexia), UDDigiKyoLatin, UDDigiKyoItalic, UDDigiKyoWriting (2018), UD Reimin, UD Shin Go Condensed 50, UD Shin Go Condensed 60, UD Shin Go Condensed 70, UD Shin Go Condensed 80, UD Shin Go Condensed 90, UD Shin Go Hangul, UD Shin Go NT, UD Shin Go SC, UD Shin Go, UD Shin Maru Go, UD Typos.
  • Venetian-Book.
  • Wanpaku Gothic.
  • Yukinari, Yutuki 36PoKana, Yutuki 5GoKana.
  • ZenGoN.

The Morisawa Passport OpenType collection consists of these fonts: A-OTF-A1MinchoStd, A-OTF-AkashiStd, A-OTF-AntiqueStd, A-OTF-BokutohNStd, A-OTF-CapieNStd, A-OTF-FolkPro, A-OTF-FutoGoB101Pr5, A-OTF-FutoGoB101Pr6, A-OTF-FutoGoB101Pr6N, A-OTF-FutoGoB101Pro, A-OTF-FutoMinA101Pr5, A-OTF-FutoMinA101Pr6, A-OTF-FutoMinA101Pr6N, A-OTF-FutoMinA101Pro, A-OTF-GothicBBBPr5, A-OTF-GothicBBBPr6, A-OTF-GothicBBBPr6N, A-OTF-GothicBBBPro, A-OTF-GothicMB101Pr5, A-OTF-GothicMB101Pr6, A-OTF-GothicMB101Pr6N, A-OTF-GothicMB101Pro, A-OTF-HappyNStd, A-OTF-HarucraftStd, A-OTF-HaruGakuStd, A-OTF-HaseToppoStd, A-OTF-JominStd, A-OTF-Jun34Pro, A-OTF-Jun101Pro, A-OTF-Jun201Pro, A-OTF-Jun501Pro, A-OTF-KaishoMCBK1Pro, A-OTF-KakuminPro, A-OTF-KanteiryuStd, A-OTF-KochoStd, A-OTF-KumoyaStd, A-OTF-KyokaICAPro, A-OTF-LikureiStd, A-OTF-MaruFoPro, A-OTF-MidashiGoPr5, A-OTF-MidashiGoPr6, A-OTF-MidashiGoPr6N, A-OTF-MidashiGoPro, A-OTF-MidashiMinPr5, A-OTF-MidashiMinPr6, A-OTF-MidashiMinPr6N, A-OTF-MidashiMinPro, A-OTF-MNewsGPro, A-OTF-MNewsMPro, A-OTF-MusashiStd, A-OTF-MusaSoStd, A-OTF-NachinStd, A-OTF-NtodayStd, A-OTF-OutaiKaiStd, A-OTF-PreMomoStd, A-OTF-Reisho101Std, A-OTF-RyuminPr5, A-OTF-RyuminPr6, A-OTF-RyuminPr6N, A-OTF-RyuminPro, A-OTF-RyuminStd, A-OTF-SeiKaiCB1Std, A-OTF-ShinGoMin, A-OTF-ShinGoPr5, A-OTF-ShinGoPr6, A-OTF-ShinGoPr6N, A-OTF-ShinGoPro, A-OTF-ShinMGoPr6, A-OTF-ShinMGoPr6N, A-OTF-ShinMGoPro, A-OTF-ShinseiKaiPro, A-OTF-ShueiMinPr5, A-OTF-ShueiMinPro, A-OTF-ShueiShogoMStd, A-OTF-Shuuei3Std, A-OTF-Shuuei5Std, A-OTF-TakaHandStd, A-OTF-TypelaboNStd, A-OTF-UDReiminPro, A-OTF-UDShinGoNTPro, A-OTF-UDShinGoPro, A-OTF-UDShinMGoPro, A-OTF-WanpakuGNStd, A-OTF-ZenGoNStd, G-OTF-GFutoGoB101Pro, G-OTF-GGothicBBBPro, G-OTF-GHitu2jyoStdN, G-OTF-GHitujyoStdN, G-OTF-GHitujyun2Std, G-OTF-GHitujyunStd, G-OTF-GJun34Pro, G-OTF-GJun501Pro, G-OTF-GKyokaICAPro, G-OTF-GRyuminPro, G-OTF-GShinGoPro, G-OTF-GShinMGoPro, G-OTF-KAntiqueStd, G-OTF-KKyokaICAStd, G-OTF-KShinGoStd, G-OTF-KShinMGoStd, MOKigou, MOOubun, MOSuuji, U-OTF-FutoGoB101Upr, U-OTF-FutoMinA101Upr, U-OTF-GothicBBBUpr, U-OTF-GothicMB101Upr, U-OTF-MidashiGoUpr, U-OTF-MidashiMinUpr, U-OTF-MNewsGUpr, U-OTF-MNewsMJUpr, U-OTF-MNewsMUpr, U-OTF-RyuminUpr, U-OTF-ShinGoUpr, U-OTF-ShinMGoUpr. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Morisawa: Passport collection

The Morisawa Passport collection of commercial Japanese typefaces: A-OTF-A1MinchoStd, A-OTF-AkashiStd, A-OTF-AntiqueStd, A-OTF-BokutohNStd, A-OTF-CapieNStd, A-OTF-FolkPro, A-OTF-FutoGoB101Pr5, A-OTF-FutoGoB101Pr6, A-OTF-FutoGoB101Pr6N, A-OTF-FutoGoB101Pro, A-OTF-FutoMinA101Pr5, A-OTF-FutoMinA101Pr6, A-OTF-FutoMinA101Pr6N, A-OTF-FutoMinA101Pro, A-OTF-GothicBBBPr5, A-OTF-GothicBBBPr6, A-OTF-GothicBBBPr6N, A-OTF-GothicBBBPro, A-OTF-GothicMB101Pr5, A-OTF-GothicMB101Pr6, A-OTF-GothicMB101Pr6N, A-OTF-GothicMB101Pro, A-OTF-HappyNStd, A-OTF-HarucraftStd, A-OTF-HaruGakuStd, A-OTF-HaseToppoStd, A-OTF-JominStd, A-OTF-Jun34Pro, A-OTF-Jun101Pro, A-OTF-Jun201Pro, A-OTF-Jun501Pro, A-OTF-KaishoMCBK1Pro, A-OTF-KakuminPro, A-OTF-KanteiryuStd, A-OTF-KochoStd, A-OTF-KumoyaStd, A-OTF-KyokaICAPro, A-OTF-LikureiStd, A-OTF-MaruFoPro, A-OTF-MidashiGoPr5, A-OTF-MidashiGoPr6, A-OTF-MidashiGoPr6N, A-OTF-MidashiGoPro, A-OTF-MidashiMinPr5, A-OTF-MidashiMinPr6, A-OTF-MidashiMinPr6N, A-OTF-MidashiMinPro, A-OTF-MNewsGPro, A-OTF-MNewsMPro, A-OTF-MusashiStd, A-OTF-MusaSoStd, A-OTF-NachinStd, A-OTF-NtodayStd, A-OTF-OutaiKaiStd, A-OTF-PreMomoStd, A-OTF-Reisho101Std, A-OTF-RyuminPr5, A-OTF-RyuminPr6, A-OTF-RyuminPr6N, A-OTF-RyuminPro, A-OTF-RyuminStd, A-OTF-SeiKaiCB1Std, A-OTF-ShinGoMin, A-OTF-ShinGoPr5, A-OTF-ShinGoPr6, A-OTF-ShinGoPr6N, A-OTF-ShinGoPro, A-OTF-ShinMGoPr6, A-OTF-ShinMGoPr6N, A-OTF-ShinMGoPro, A-OTF-ShinseiKaiPro, A-OTF-ShueiMinPr5, A-OTF-ShueiMinPro, A-OTF-ShueiShogoMStd, A-OTF-Shuuei3Std, A-OTF-Shuuei5Std, A-OTF-TakaHandStd, A-OTF-TypelaboNStd, A-OTF-UDReiminPro, A-OTF-UDShinGoNTPro, A-OTF-UDShinGoPro, A-OTF-UDShinMGoPro, A-OTF-WanpakuGNStd, A-OTF-ZenGoNStd, G-OTF-GFutoGoB101Pro, G-OTF-GGothicBBBPro, G-OTF-GHitu2jyoStdN, G-OTF-GHitujyoStdN, G-OTF-GHitujyun2Std, G-OTF-GHitujyunStd, G-OTF-GJun34Pro, G-OTF-GJun501Pro, G-OTF-GKyokaICAPro, G-OTF-GRyuminPro, G-OTF-GShinGoPro, G-OTF-GShinMGoPro, G-OTF-KAntiqueStd, G-OTF-KKyokaICAStd, G-OTF-KShinGoStd, G-OTF-KShinMGoStd, MOKigou, MOOubun, MOSuuji, U-OTF-FutoGoB101Upr, U-OTF-FutoMinA101Upr, U-OTF-GothicBBBUpr, U-OTF-GothicMB101Upr, U-OTF-MidashiGoUpr, U-OTF-MidashiMinUpr, U-OTF-MNewsGUpr, U-OTF-MNewsMJUpr, U-OTF-MNewsMUpr, U-OTF-RyuminUpr, U-OTF-ShinGoUpr, U-OTF-ShinMGoUpr. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Morisawa Type Design Competition 2012

Results of this biannual award, announced in October 2012:

  • Kanji category. Gold Prize Kunihiko Okano (Japan) [Waran], Silver Prize Shigenao Uzuki (Japan) [Spring Hair], Bronze Prize Aki Toyoshima (Japan) [Suzumushi].
  • Latin Category. Gold Prize David Foster (Australia) [Blanco Medium / Blanco Medium Italic], Silver Prize Daniel Sabino (Brasil) [Hashar], Bronze Prize Ferran Milan Oliveras (UK) [Baldufa].
  • Akashi Award Kanji Category: Aki Toyoshima (Japan) [Suzumushi].
  • Akashi Award Latin Category: Timothy Donaldson (UK) [Jara].
  • Peopleʼs ChoiceKanji Category. 1st Prize Aki Toyoshima (Japan) [Suzumushi], 2nd Prize Neil Summerour (USA) [Tegaki].
  • Peopleʼs Choice Latin Category. 1st Prize Hao Zhang (China) [Latin Seal], 2nd Prize David Foster (Australia) [Blanco Bold].

The ceremonial picture shows, from the left, Tsunehisa Morisawa, Akihiko Morisawa, Kunihiko Okano, Masahiko Kozuka, Yasuhito Nagahara and Osamu Torinoumi. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Morisawa Type Design Competition 2014

Font Bureau and Morosawa Bunken Inc partnered to organize the Morisawa Type Design Competition 2014. Font Bureau's Cyrus Highsmith judged in the Latin category, along with Fred Smeijers, Sara Soskolne, and Matthew Carter. In the Kanji category, the judges were Osamu Torinoumi, Yasuhito Nagahara, Kenya Hara, Taro Yamamoto, and Masahiko Kozuka.

The results:

  • Kanji Category, Morisawa Award
    • Gold Prize: Wakatsuki Maru Gothic by Koichi Namimoto, Japan.
    • Silver Prize: Ei Ming-cho-tai by Chikao Ito, Japan.
    • Bronze Prize: Cho-yo by Giichi Okazaki, Japan.
    • Honorable Mention: Harmony by Tomomi Kanda, Japan.
    • Honorable Mention: Geometrika by Albert Chan, Hong Kong.
    • Honorable Mention: Shimanto Ming-cho Italic Kana by Yoshimasa Otsubo, Japan.
  • Latin Category, Morisawa Award
    • Gold Prize: Hola by Eli Castellanos, Mexico.
    • Silver Prize: Chimera Text / Text Italic / Display Bold / Display Bold Italic / Display Black by Maria Doreuli, Russia.
    • Bronze Prize: Kulin by Koichi Namimoto, Japan.
    • Honorable Mention: Nurraq Light / Light Italic / Regular / Italic by Etienne Aubert Bonn, Canada.
    • Honorable Mention: Alcedo Regular / Medium by Kunihiko Okano, Japan.
    • Honorable Mention: Flipper thin / thin italic by Craig Eliason, USA.
  • Kanji Category, Akashi Award: Kitahara Gyosho by Hirofumi Iguchi & Birei Kitahara, Japan.
  • Latin Category, Akashi Award: Kulin by Koichi Namimoto, Japan.
  • Kanji Category, People's Choice: Go-yo-tai by Sanae Harayama, Japan, and En-so-ku by Aki Toyoshima, Japan.
  • Latin Category, People's Choice: Polja by Reymund Schroeder, Germany, and GHEA Narek Display by Edik Ghabuzyan, Armenia.
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Morisawa Type Design Competition 2016

Biannual type design competition held in Japan, first started in 1984. The jury for Latin typefaces consisted of Matthew Carter, Cyrus Highsmith, Sara Soskolne, and Fred Smeijers. The kanji competition was judged by Kenya Hara, Yasuhito Nagahara, Osamu Torinoumi and Taro Yamamoto. A total of 205 kanji fonts and 534 Latin fonts were submitted. In many Morisawa competitions, the Latin category winners are relatively unknown, and a lot of attention is given to daring, even revolutionary, designs. Other type competitions are often weighed down by commercial interests, but Morisawa is a jewel. Here are the results:

  • Kanji category: Shimanami by Junko Matsumura (Gold, and Akashi award), Tsukibae by Naoko Ozawa (Silver), Natsume M / B by Aki Toyoshima (Bronze). Honorable mentions: Gan Kaisho by Miki Ooba, Tgk02 by Yokokaku, Kuretonbo by Ryotaro Tada.
  • Latin category: Vonk by Bart Vollebregt (Gold, and Akashi award), Rododendron by Jitka Janeckova (Silver), Abelha by Michel Derre and Julien Priez (Bronze). Honorable mentions: Edna by Reymund Schroeder, Newline by Christian Mengelt, and TroisMille by Marc Rouault.
  • Kanji category, people's choice: Madori font by Sayaka Takegami (First), Ruitai by Chung Lieh Yang (Second).
  • Latin category, people's choice: Legilux by Antonia Cornelius (First), Untitled by Desmond Wong (Second).
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Morisawa Type Design Competition 2019

International type competition organized by Morisawa for Japanese and Latin typefaces. First prize is worth about 10,000 dollars. The judges in 2019: Osamu Torinoumi, Ryoko Nishizuka, Masaaki Hiromura, Issei Kitagawa, Cyrus Highsmith, Ilya Ruderman, Indra Kupferschmid, Laura Meseguer, Matthew Carter. The winners:

  • Kanji category:
    • Gold Prize: Hougetsu Kaisho by Yoko Kaku (Japan).
    • Silver Prize: NibuShibu by Daisuke Fukushi (Japan).
    • Bronze Prize: Ribaasu by Tien-Min Liao (Taiwan).
    • Honorable Mention: tr by Uchikiba Ganta (Japan), Nijitako Tengoku by Mie Yokota (Japan), Mimizuku by Shinji Shinkai (Japan).
    • People's Choice: The Big Jaw by Fang-Ping Lin (Taiwan), Kanraku Mincho by Furantsu Sumi (Japan).
  • Latin category:
    • Gold Prize: Areon by Noheul Lee (South Korea).
    • Silver Prize: Kolektiv by Ondrej Bachor (Switzerland).
    • Bronze Prize: Easy by Theo Guillard (France).
    • Honorable Mention: Courbe by Olga Pankova (Russia), ER Canto Text by Eduardo Garcia Renno Pereira (Brazil, Portugal), DR Kruk by Dmitry Rastvortsev (Ukraine).
    • People's Choice: Courbe by Olga Pankova (Russia), Apogee by Michael Aronson (United States of America).
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Morito Comori

Japanese creator (b. 1982) of the dingbat typeface Morito (2009). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Motion Studio Online


Motoki Higa
[One Fonty Day]

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Motoki Shozo

Also called the Gutenberg of Japan, Motoki Shozo (1824-1875) was a Dutch interpreter at the Nagasaki magistrate's office. He ordered a Stanhope hand press from Holland, which would be the first movable type press in Japan. He had to learn to make Japanese type, and finally set up the Kiyo Shinjuku Type Foundry. Near the end of his life, Shozo stepped down, leaving the business in the hands of a trusted pupil, Hirano Tomiji (1846-92). In 1872, Tomiji attempted to revive the company by moving it to Tokyo -- Japan's new capital and the most modern city in the country. Tomiji first set up shop in the Kanda district, then moved the factory to Tsukiji, eventually renaming his company the Tokyo Tsukiji Type Foundry. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Motomitsu Takagi

Motomitsu Takagi's fonts are sold through Font Pavilion: GE-GA-Heavy. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Motonori Nakamura

Japanese designer of the stylish free typeface Sledgehammer. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Motoya Font

Commercial Japanese foundry. Free fonts. See also here and here. Free font (ask by email).

A list of original commercial fonts: Motoya Fudemoji, Motoya Sousyoku, Motoya Seikai, Motoya Sinkai, Motoya Aporo, Motoya Kyotai, Nud Motoya Mincho, Motoya Maru Aporo, Motoya Stencil Aporo, Motoya Cedar, Motoya Gothic, Motoya Mincho, Motoya Maru, Motoya Birch, Motoya Gyosyo, Motoya Okai, Motoya Reisyo, Mty Kj Gaku, Mty Kj Kyotai, Nud Motoya Aporo, Nud Motoya Cedar, Nud Motoya Maru, S Motoya Seikai, S Motoya Sinkai.

Typefaces from 2021: Motoya Anemone.

Typefaces from 2022: Motoya Kaku Note (handwritten). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

M's Studio Inc
[Masanobu Narusawa]

Masanobu Narusawa's site. Commercial hiragana and katakana fonts, such as the Anito family of kanji fonts made jointly by Yutaka Sato and Masanobu Narusawa between 1992 and 1996: IPSio, Ridoc, Marui Circle DB, Marui Normal, Ricoh Condensed, Taigaa, Lion, Momo50. He also published some Japanese typefaces at FONT1000. [Google] [More]  ⦿

MSGothic, MSMincho

Microsoft fonts for Chinese and Japanese. Some sites where you can find them: Kodyzone, TZoNE, Deepmind, MSIME98, Technote2002, Wintness Peacenet, Lantern Festival. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Designer of the Japanese font families Sawarabi (2016: Gothic and Mincho) and Togoshi (2007-2008: Togoshi Gothic, Togoshi Mincho, Togoshi Mono and Togoshi Mona Gothic).

They write: Sawarabi Mincho is carefully designed for high legibility. It works well in small text sizes. It already has many hiragana, katakana, ruled lines, and so on, but it does not yet have enough kanji glyphs. Google Font links: Sawarabi Gothic, Sawarabi Mincho. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Muji Hani

Font studio in Japan that makes dingbat fonts for the Mac. Partial list: Dhani-Normal, Nageyari-Medium, Mcafe, kazoe, Susi. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Multi Font

Free truetype versions of MSGothic (Japanese), GulimChe (Korean), MingLiu (Chinese), MSSong (Chinese), MSHei (Chinese). Page seems down. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Munehiro Machida

Kyoto, Japan-based designer of the sans typeface Augment5 (2015). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Muneo Amano

Muneo Amano's fonts are sold through Font Pavilion: the Nohofont family (1998) includes Cat's White, Cat's Black (cats take the shape of letters), Crayon (alphabet, katakana, hiragana), Rakugaki (child's dingbats), Usamoji. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Musescore Shakuhachi
[Hiroshi Tachibana]

Free music fonts at this Japanese site by Hiroshi Tachibana who made shakuhachi18 (2010, iFontMaker), Shakuhachi Kinko (2010, iFontMaker) and Shinobue (2010, iFontMaker). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mutsuba Jouhou

Commercial Japanese typefoundry. Their typefaces include:

  • Baou Sousho (2021). This is a digitization of a Japanese typeface that was originally published in 1990. It is one of the very few entirely cursive (sousho style) Japanese brush fonts. Mutsuba Jouhou obtained the rights to produce and sell the font from with the original designer and copyright owner, Wang Chaoying. His wife Ma Fangnan provided assistance for the typeface design back then.
  • Amakara and Fight. Mutsuba Jouhou got the rights to edit and sell the fonts in 2017 from Ikuo Fujimori after his company, Font Mura no Fude Yoko-chou, ceased its activities in 2006. These typefaces were updated and improved by Mutsuba Jouhou in the process and released in 2021.
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Mutsumi Ishikawa

Free Japanese truetype fonts by Mutsumi Ishikawa. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mutsumi Kaneko
[Mutsumi Styling Research]

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Mutsumi Styling Research
[Mutsumi Kaneko]

Free hiragana font by Mutsumi Kaneko. [Google] [More]  ⦿

MyFonts: Japanese fonts

Japanese fonts sold by MyFonts. [Google] [More]  ⦿

N+ Download
[Nan Sakurai]

Nan Sakurai (N+ Download) designed the dingbat fonts Evilz (2003, dingbats of evil characters), Efon (1999), Kfon (1999), and Efoodde (2001).

Alternate URL. Yet another URL. Older URL. Fontsquirrel link. Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Written characters of the world: all alphabet sets shown and explained (in Japanese). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Nagakura Font Collection
[Sakae Nagakura]

Sakae Nagakura's fonts are sold through Font Pavilion. Check NumberMM, Dripping MM and Mugnitude MM. Home page. Many Japanese fonts such as Suuji, MMkatakana, MMhiragana. Font Pavilion showing. See also here. Other fonts: the medieval handwriting fonts Jupiter (1995-1999) and Jupwash (1995-2002), and the scary typefaces Drippin0 (1998) and Dripping 1000 (1998). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Nagoya Institute of Technology

"A Method to Generate Writing-Brush-Style Japanese Hiragana Character Calligraphy" is an interesting project by Junji Mano (Nagoya Institute of Technology), Lifeng He (Aichi Prefectural University), Tsuyoshi Nakamura, Hiroshi Enowaki, Atsuko Mutoh and Hidenori Itoh (Nagoya Institute of Technology) for generating writing-brush-style Hiragana calligraphy using an electronic pen. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Creator of Dragon Ball (dingbats) and Katakana. Home page. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Nakai Toru

Nakai Toru (Pimatics, Japan) created the caps typeface Oiwai (2010). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Nakamura Shotai-shitsu
[Yukihiro Nakamura]

Japanese type designer (b. 1942) whose fonts include Naru L, Naru D, Gona U, Naka Free L, Fan Ran B, Namin, Nakago Share, Nakaminda B, Hyper Square U, Naka Line L, Kadoma R, Tyokumin-U, and Nakamura Kakugo Chofuto. According to Ryota Doi, a seismic shift occurred in Japanese type design in the 1970s. The legendary designer Yukihiro Nakamura is responsible for this change, which can almost be thought of as a paradigm shift. He created a rounded sans serif called Na-ru in 1973 and a sans serif called Go-na in 1975. [...] First, they were nothing like any existing designs. Second, by creating these epoch-defining new typefaces, the role of type designer was firmly established in Japan for the first time, ushering in a new era for type designers. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Extinct digital type foundry that had commercial fonts by Todd Masui, Stefan Hattenbach, Claudio Rodil, Brian Einarsen and Matthew Bardram. Their blurb: "Nakedface is a co-operative type alliance made up of creative young designers from all over the world. We offer truly unique and expressive typefaces that are handcrafted with precision and oftentimes love. Our fonts contain full character sets, including foreign accents for that discerning European. Each font is available in both Macintosh and PC format." Free font: Teknikohl.

Commercial fonts: from Matthew Collins, Octoplzogg; from Brian Einarsen, Myopic; from Claudio Rodil, Franzen; from Matthew Bardram, Dhex Serif, Arachnid, Atomic, Bitpak, Bromide, Bilinear, Centrifuge, Genetica, Economy Large, Badfish Plain (katakana), Centrifuge Katakana, Empiric; from Stefan Hattenbach, Global; from Fontwhore, KlaxonHeavy; from Todd Masui, Quiver, Steadfast, Vestige, Alloy. Pixel fonts in the lists above: Genetica, Quanta, Cellular, Remote, Arachnid, Megalon, Wired, Bylinear, Methodic, Microscopic, Atomic, Genetrix, Noir Braille, Scriptometer, Monocule. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Nan Sakurai
[N+ Download]

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Nanami Chiwaki

Nanami Chiwaki's fonts are sold through Font Pavilion. Morning Closet is a boy and girl wardrobe dingbat font. [Google] [More]  ⦿


A free Japanese Mac font, Na-Fo. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Naoki Hatsugai

Naoki Hatsugai's fonts are sold through Font Pavilion: Jiro katakana, Jiro hiragana, Rikimaru (kata and hira), Masshie. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Naoko Ozawa

Japanese type designer who won the Gold Medal in the kanji category for Tsukibae in 2016 at the Morisawa Type Design Competition 2016. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Naonori Kato
[Kool Type Lab]

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Naoto Nakamura

Tokyo-based designer of a handcrafted typeface in 2016. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Naoya Hirooka

Shinjuku, Japan-based designer of the free minimalist sans typeface Nitaka (2018). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Naoya Murata

Naoya Murata's fonts are sold through Font Pavilion: Pole (1998) is a very condensed family. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Naoyoshi Shimada

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Naoyuki Atari

Designer at Font Pavilion 12 of Fire (2000) and Check (2000). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Nasu Toru

Nasu Toru's fonts are sold through Font Pavilion. Creator of Nash, Jeep Regular, StitchCross. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Natsuki Lee

Designer at Font Pavilion of Kourinfont (2001). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Natsuko Hayashida

Born in Takamatsu, Kagawa-ken, Japan, in 1984, Natsuko is a Canadian-educated graphic designer who publishes most of her typefaces at Okaycat.

She created the high school handwriting fonts Geisha Holiday (2008) and Exchange Student (2008, Okaycat), and the dingbat fonts Little Japan (2008, exquisite Japanese dingbats) and Trees of Africa (2008, Okaycat). Hand Cursive and Stitch Cursive (2009) are upright connected scripts. Ribbon Cursive (2009) was developed from Mercator's Italic Hand. 3D Blocky (2009) is a hand-drawn 3-D font done with Luke William Turvey at Okaycat. Art of Japanese Calligraphy (2009, Okaycat) is a kanji font with calligraphic glyphs developed in cooperation with calligrapher Shigeru Nomura. With Luke William Turvey, she did Rustic Stamp (2009, grungy).

List of fonts as of the end of 2009: 3D Blocky, Art Of Japanese Calligraphy, Brush Writing OC, Courier Coco, Exchange Student, Geisha Holiday, Grunge Decay, Hand Cursive, Hand Writing OC, Japanese Brush Master, Japoneh, Little Japan (2008, dingbats), Porto, Ribbon Cursive, Rustic Stamp, Stitch Cursive, Trees Of Africa.

Fonts made in 2010: Flower Sketch (dingbats; see Flower Sketch Neue in 2014), The Inlines, The Inlines No Inlines, Kanji OC (a Latin font with a brushed Kanji character in place of each letter), Super Hand, Country Charm (dingbats), Rocktopus, Asian Scroll (kanji face).

Fonts from 2011: Okay Marker, Script Love (connected script), Muju (Asian brush script), Joopica (a grungy casual typeface done with Luke William Turvey), Okay Berry (connected script), Orchids (flower dingbats), Seashells (dingbats), Sumi (2011, a beautifully raw brush face), Mushrooms (2011), Azsitra (2011, handwriting), Right Hand (2011).

Fonts made in 2012: Ferns (dingbats), Arco Web (hand-printed, with Luke William Turvey), Oracle Bone (based on ancient Chinese glyphs), Arco Dot (think "Dalmatian"), Azola (hand-lettered caps), Azsion (a sketch font), Flowertype (a pair of floriated typefaces), Azoe (hand-drawn all caps poster face), Christmas Cards (greetings and ornaments).

Fonts from 2013: Swallowtail Butterflies, Flows, Flows Stencil, Komela (a curvy thin poster font), Arco Star (done with Luke William Turvey), Star Cursive, Cosmos Cursive, 3D Cocoro, Cocoro (a sketched handlettered display typeface done with Luke William Turvey), Anika (curly, scratchy hand-printed typeface), Birds (hairline drawings of birds), Azebra (textured script), 3D Cursive.

Typefaces from 2014: Macchiato, Maple Lane Cursive, Forest Cursive (connected script), Azola (an elegant connected letter cursive script), Cat Talk (outlined font), Maple Lane, Maple Street (with Luke William Turvey), Shaqa (inline), Hiew (ball terminal-laden display typeface).

Typefaces from 2015: Flaticons, Lawson (retro script).

Typefaces from 2016: Cosmic Pattern (a connect-the-dots typeface), Canadian Animals, Lawson Vintage.

Typefaces from 2017: Easy Hand.

Klingspor link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Natsumi Kawashima

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Natsumi Terauchi

Japanese type designer. [Google] [More]  ⦿


A free font called Nattchi. [Google] [More]  ⦿

NC Empire

Tokyo, Japan-based creator (b. 1987) of the sci-fi typeface Operation (2014). Home page. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Nega Software Library

Mac font: Marukan. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Neil Summerour

[MyFonts] [More]  ⦿


A design student in Kamakura, Japan, b. 1994, who created the free Latin octagonal typeface family Brownie in 2014.

Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Nemury (was: Tsuyatsuya Nemury)
[Tomosuki Kurosawa]

Tokyo-based designer of the geometric solid typefaces Patchwork App (2014) and Kikagiga (2014). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Nendo graphixxx
[Tsuyoshi Kusano]

Nendo graphixxx is a Japanese graphics outfit set up by Kazuo Anazawa, Tsuyoshi Kusano and Kentaro Fujimoto. Tsuyoshi Kusano is the designer of the commercial fonts Ariake (kata), Parking (1998), sold at Font Pavilion. Kentaro Fujimoto designed Electronica-Akihabara, Electronica-Manseibashi, Electronica-Sotokanda, all sales-type katakana; and Urban Children (romaji, hira, kata). Home page. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Nergal Net Works

Two truetype fonts from Neon Genesis Evangelion: Ayanami, Asuka (truetype). Not downloadable, it seems. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Japanese outfit. Designer of the commercial fonts Matenrou, D-Smoke, Egypt (kata), sold at Font Pavilion. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Neuron Software

Designer of commercial kanji fonts. [Google] [More]  ⦿

New Breed Software

Free truetype fonts for Greek (Thryomanes by Herman Miller, 2002), Chinese (AR PL SungtiL GB by Arphic Design, 1999), Japanese (Kochi Gothic by Wadalab), Tamil (TSCu_Comic by Thukaram Gopalrao, 1999), Hebrew (Nachlieli Light by Maxim Iorsh, 2002) and Korean (Baekmuk Gulim by Hwan Design, 2000). [Google] [More]  ⦿

New highway sign font in Japan

The old Public Gothic font, which simplified many kanjis on road signs, and which has been in use since 1963, is being replaced in 2010 by the standard iPad font, Hiragino. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Nice To Type (was: Übertype)
[Andreas Uebele]

Übertype, later renamed Nice To Type, is an independent type foundry based in Stuttgart, Germany and Japan. Established by Gabriel Richter and Andreas Uebele in 2017, Übertype designs and publishes high-quality typefaces for text and display with the focus on exceptional design and rigorous technical precision. Programming by Petr Pscolka, Opentype support by Alphabet Type, and font production by Christoph Koeberlin. Typefaces:

  • Massimo Grafia (2017, by Gabriel Richter and Andreas Uebele). Massimo Grafia is a vast experimental linear-grotesque typeface in four weights, with an option for more kink.
  • Crack Grotesk (2018, Gabriel Richter). A geometric sans.
  • Blow (2019, Yanik Hauschild). A display family.

Andreas Uebele (b. 1960) studied architecture and urban planning at the University of Stuttgart, and art at the Stuttgart State Academy of art and design. In 1996, he founded his own visual communications agency in Stuttgart, and since 1998 has been a professor for communications design at Düsseldorf University of Applied Sciences. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Nicolas Noh

Nicolas Noh is the Korean codesigner, with Doo-yul Kwak, of the Latin/Hangul script font Nanum Brush Script (2010, NHN Corporation), which is an Apple system font. In 2011, with Bruce Kwon and Sung-woo Choi, he co-designed the Apple system font Nanum Gothic (a sans for Latin, Chinese, Japanese and Hangul, NHN Corporation).

URL for NHN.

Google Fonts links: Nanum Brush Script, Nanum Gothic. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Nicole LaRue

Nicole LaRue (Small made Goods, Osaka, Japan) makes clipart, illustrates and draws. In 2015, she published the handcrafted font Rue Letters. Creative Market link. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Japanese foundry where you can download some free pixel fonts for the Mac: Donguri-Dance, NiMbc-Allright, NiMbc-Digit, NiMbc-DotDot, NiMbc-Square, NiMbc-forDIGI. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Japanese creator of the interesting fat pixel typefaces Block Merged and Block (2010). Japanese home page. Fontspace link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Ulrich Apel]

A free handwritten kanji font, dated 2006: KanjiStrokeOrders. Plus another free kanji font, Choumei (2008). Inside the KSO font, we learn that Ulrich Apel was the motor behind the font and the project. Tim Eyre turned the SVG data into a font. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Nihon Literal

Japanese type foundry. Its typefaces as of 2018 include:

  • Seibi Isarago: a sans typeface.
  • Seibi Jindai: based on characters called kanteiryu, which were used in the Edo period for signboards and the rankings of actors in stage performances such askabukiandjoruri.
  • Seibi Ohkido: based on "yose-style characters" used in entertainment during the Edo period for signboards and the rankings of rakugo performers and flyers to attract customers.
  • Seibi Takanawa: a squarish, or kaisho-tai, typeface.
  • Seibi Ai: a sans.
  • Seibi Minato: Designed for the covers of children's books.
  • Seibi Mita: a modern take on the clerical script that is often used for TV captions.
  • Seibi Seireisho: An orthodox clerical script typeface.
  • Seibi Shiba: A semi-cursive script.
  • Seibi Shirogane.
  • Seibi Socho: The Socho (Song Dynasty-style) typeface is based on a style used for woodblock printing during the Song period in China. The Seibi Socho typeface simplifies the Song style.
  • Seibi Yuni: Originally intended for TV captions, this is a flattened style of font for horizontal Japanese typesetting.
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In their Global Type collection, URW++ has its Helvetica clone, Nimbus Sans (2005, 5 fonts, 2000 Euros) and Nimbus Roman (2005, 2 fonts, 2000 Euros). The former is based on Helvetica, the latter on Times New Roman. Meant as workhorses, these fonts cover Turkish, Baltic, Romanian, Cyrillic, Greek, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Japanese, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, Arabic, and Hebrew. Of course, Nimbus Sans can be had for free at Open Font Library.

The first versions of Nimbus Sans were digitized in the 1980s for the URW Signus sign-making system. The highest precision of all characters (1/100 mm accuracy) were required because the fonts were to be cut in any size in vinyl or other material used for sign-making. During this period three size ranges were created for text (T), display (D) and poster (P). In addition, URW produced the L-version that was compatible with Adobe's PostScript version of Helvetica. Nimbus was also the product name of a URW-proprietary renderer for high quality and fast rasterization of outline fonts. Also in the 1980s, a new improved and expanded version of the Nimbus Sans, Nimbus Sans Novus, was developed with URW's Ikarus system. Nimbus Sans Novus was modified for Nimbus Sans Round in 2015. Nimbus Sans Devanagari was redesigned in 2016. Nimbus Roman Japanese was refurbished in 2014 by URW.

Two releases in 2021: Nimbus Roman No. 9 L, Nimbus Sans L. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Nippon Type Industrial Co

Commercial Japanese fonts at about 430 to 4000 USD per family. All platforms. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Subpages of this Japanese blog include free Japanese type foundries [Google] [More]  ⦿


Japanese kanji font developer. Another URL. [Google] [More]  ⦿

NJStar Company

Commercial Chinese and Japanese fonts and word processors. [Google] [More]  ⦿


During his studies in Tokyo, this designer designed the experimental striped Latin typeface Waveform (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Nobi Kashiwagi

In 1995, Nobi Kashiwagi moved to Brooklyn, New York City, from Japan to study photography at Parsons School of Design where she graduated with a Bachelors in Fine Art. Nobi has been working at the acclaimed fashion-advertising agency AR New York, she has worked on many different projects across advertising, branding and design. His experience at AR includes editorial design of Influences Magazine which received a Typographic Excellence at TDC and Distinctive Design merit at ADC. Nobi also holds a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. His design studio, Endash Space, is based in Brooklyn.

He designs mostly commissioned typefaces, such as a rounded sans typeface for Art Asia Pacfic Magazine (2013), Didot Sans (2017), and Carl Fischer Font (2016). In 2014, she designed a lowercase for Trajan. In 2017, she tweaked Avant Garde and called it Avant Garde Grotesque. In 2018, he published the text typeface family Wintour, and in 2019 the text typefaces Saggio and France. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Nobufont (was: Honey and Death)
[Mitsutoshi Nobusawa]

Honey and Death offers free fonts designed by Mitsutoshi Nobusawa: The list: BlackoronAlp (2003), BlackoronKat, BlindfaithB (2003, experimental), BlindfaithBO, BlindfaithL, BlindfaithLO, BlindfaithO, BlindfaithR, BlindfaithRB, BlindfaithRBO, BlindfaithRL, BlindfaithRLO, BlindfaithRO, BlindfaithRR, ConnectlinePlains (2003, upright connected script), ConnectlineRail, ConnectlineSta, Constellation (2003, a planar graph), CooberBlackKat (2004, named after Cooper Black), CooberBlackOblKat, Dotline (2007, dotted line face), DotlineBold, DotlineHeavy, DotlineKat, DotlineLight, Dotline Slim (2017), FatfontInline (2004, psychedelic), FatfontOutline, FatfontSolid, GalaxyfaceAno (2003, experimental), GalaxyfaceHirAno, GalaxyfaceHirReg, GalaxyfaceKatAno, GalaxyfaceKatReg, GalaxyfaceReg, Griffinize (2003), HoneycombOut (hexagonal), HoneycombReg (2004), HoneycombSol, Ironbeadsfont (2005), Judaslike (2006), JudaslikeBegin, JudaslikeEnd, Keymaps (2004, a dot font), KnitfontA (2005), KnitfontB, LayerfaceOutline (2003, comic book style), LayerfaceSolid, LayerfaceUnion, Lightningvolt (2005), Lovedrops (2004), MakestencilAlp (2004), MechamaruAlp (2006), MechamaruKat, Paddleface (2003, Western), RyusenHir (2003), RyusenKat, Saigi, SeizaHir (2003), SeizaKat, Skateandfont (2003), Spacy (2003, letters made of bubbles), Sparkling (2003, another planar graph), Strongcil (2003, octagonal stencil), TansanHir (2003), TansanKat, TapefontAlp (2004), TapefontAlt, TapefontKat, Westerner (2006, Western face), Zigzag (2003). Direct download of the type 1 fonts and the truetype fonts. Fontspace link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Nobuko Kobayashi

Woodside, NY-based designer of the Latin text typeface Potential (2014). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Nobutaka Sato
[Cyclone Graphix (or: sav-wo)]

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Nobuyuki Tada

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Noel Cafe

Designers of Rococo (2003), a pixel font for kana and Latin. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Japanese designer of the free all caps Latin pixel font in 2015. Open Font Library link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Nonin Chowaney

Japanese calligraphy by Nonin Chowaney. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Nonty Net
[Norio Kanisawa]

Nontynet is the outlet of Japanese designers Norio Kanisawa, Nozomi Matsuki who were based in Kanagawa and are now Shizuoka, Japan. Designers of the curly hand-printed script typeface KNSW October (2016), the Japanese scrapbook typeface Honobono Pop (2016) and the kana typefaces Yancha Pop (2016, in kawaii style) and Marshmallow Pop Heart (2016). In 2017, Nonty Net published Amechan Pop Maru, and in 2018 the kana fonts Omekashi, Jumpyon Maru, Chibisuke, Love Mincyou and Otome Mincyou.

In 2020, they released Hachi Maru Pop at Google Fonts. HachiMaruPop is a hand-drawn kawaii-style font that was popular among Japanese girls in the 1970s and 1980s. It is a full Latin and kanji font.

Github link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Norbert Lindenberg

Font technician. Graduate of the TDi program at the University of Reading, UK, 2017. In 2018, he launched the very interesting Niji script project: Niji is a proposed new script for writing Japanese. It is his attempt at applying the ideas underlying the Korean Hangeul script (bringing syllables together in blocks) to the Japanese language. Like hiragana and katakana, Niji is a phonemic script [Google] [More]  ⦿

Norio Kanisawa
[Nozomi Matsuki]

Japanese designer, b. 1984, Kyushu, who is based in Shizuoka. She specializes in rounded cute pop fonts, a genre one could call the kawaii style, for Latin, kana and kanji.

Designer of the rounded Japanese pop culture font Marshmallow Pop (2016, Latin and kana), Marsh Mallow Pop Heart (2018), Ame Chan Pop Maru (2018), Yancha Pop (2018), Otome Mincyou (2018), Hachi Maru Pop (2018), 8 bit Darling (2018), Omekashi Emoji (2018), Omekashi Font Pro (2018). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Norio Kanisawa
[Nonty Net]

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A large free font family released under the Apache license at Google Web Fonts, and developed by Monotype's Steve Matteson and a team of type designers. Designed between 2012 and 2016, this typeface covers over 800 languages and 100 writing scripts. URL with details. Noto stands for no tofu, i.e., no white boxes that represent unknown characters. The fonts are property of Monotype, with the exception of Noto Khmer and Noto Lao, which belong to Danh Hong.

Noto Sans and Noto Serif cover Afar, Abkhazian, Afrikaans, Asturian, Avaric, Aymara, Azerbaijani-AZERBAIJAN, Bashkir, Bambara, Belarusian, Bulgarian, Bislama, Bini, Breton, Bosnian, Buriat, Catalan, Chechen, Chamorro, Mari (Russia), Corsican, Czech, Church Slavic, Chuvash, Welsh, Danish, German, Modern Greek (1453-), English, Esperanto, Spanish, Estonian, Basque, Finnish, Fijian, Faroese, French, Fulah, Friulian, Western Frisian, Irish, Scottish Gaelic, Galician, Guarani, Manx, Hausa, Hawaiian, Hiri Motu, Croatian, Hungarian, Interlingua (International Auxiliary Language Association), Igbo, Indonesian, Interlingue, Inupiaq, Ido, Icelandic, Italian, Kara-Kalpak, Kikuyu, Kazakh, Kalaallisut, Kurdish-ARMENIA, Kumyk, Komi, Cornish, Kirghiz, Latin, Luxembourgish, Lezghian, Lingala, Lithuanian, Latvian, Malagasy, Marshallese, Maori, Macedonian, mo, Maltese, Norwegian Bokmål, Low German, Dutch, Norwegian Nynorsk, Norwegian, South Ndebele, Pedi, Nyanja, Occitan (post 1500), Oromo, Ossetian, Polish, Portuguese, Romansh, Romanian, Russian, Yakut, Scots, Northern Sami, Selkup, sh, Shuswap, Slovak, Slovenian, Samoan, Southern Sami, Lule Sami, Inari Sami, Skolt Sami, Somali, Albanian, Serbian, Swati, Southern Sotho, Swedish, Swahili (macrolanguage), Tajik, Turkmen, Tagalog, Tswana, Tonga (Tonga Islands), Turkish, Tsonga, Tatar, Twi, Tuvinian, Ukrainian, Uzbek, Venda, Vietnamese, Volapük, Votic, Walloon, wen, Wolof, Xhosa, Yapese, Yoruba, Zulu, Akan, Aragonese, ber-dz, Crimean Tatar, Kashubian, Ewe, Fanti, Filipino, Upper Sorbian, Haitian, Herero, Javanese, Kabyle, Kuanyama, Kanuri, Kurdish-TURKEY, Kwambi, Ganda, Limburgan, Mongolian-MONGOLIA, Malay (macrolanguage), Nauru, Ndonga, Navajo, pap-an, Papiamento-ARUBA, Quechua, Rundi, Kinyarwanda, Sardinian, Sango, Shona, Sundanese, Tahitian, Zhuang.

Non-Latin scrips include Noto Armenian, Noto Georgian, Noto Carian, Noto Greek, Noto Devanagari, Noto Ethiopic, Noto Glagolitic, Noto Hebrew, Noto Sans Imperial Aramaic, Noto Sans Lisu, Noto Sans Lycian, Noto Sans Lydian, Noto Sans Old South Arabian, Noto Sans Osmanya, Noto Sans Phoenician, Noto Sans Shavian, Noto Sans Tamil, Noto Sans Thai, Noto Serif Thai, Noto Sans Kannada, Noto Sana Telugu, Noto Sans Malayalam, Noto Sans Cherokee, Noto Sans Orya (for Odia), Noto Sans Bengali.

Other typefaces in the package include Arima, , and Tinos.

At CTAN, one can find Noto with full TeX support.

At Open Font Library, one can download Noto Nastaliq Urdu (2014), which covers Arabic, Farsi, Pashto and Urdu.

The fonts, as of October 2016: Noto Sans, Noto Serif, Noto Color Emoji, Noto Emoji, Noto Kufi Arabic, Noto Mono, Noto Naskh Arabic, Noto Nastaliq Urdu, Noto Sans Armenian, Noto Sans Avestan, Noto Sans Balinese, Noto Sans Bamum, Noto Sans Batak, Noto Sans Bengali, Noto Sans Brahmi, Noto Sans Buginese, Noto Sans Buhid, Noto Sans CJK JP, Noto Sans CJK KR, Noto Sans CJK SC, Noto Sans CJK TC, Noto Sans Canadian Aboriginal, Noto Sans Carian, Noto Sans Cham, Noto Sans Cherokee, Noto Sans Coptic, Noto Sans Cuneiform, Noto Sans Cypriot, Noto Sans Deseret, Noto Sans Devanagari, Noto Sans Egyptian Hieroglyphs, Noto Sans Ethiopic, Noto Sans Georgian, Noto Sans Glagolitic, Noto Sans Gothic, Noto Sans Gujarati, Noto Sans Gurmukhi, Noto Sans Hanunoo, Noto Sans Hebrew, Noto Sans HK, Noto Sans Imperial Aramaic, Noto Sans Inscriptional Pahlavi, Noto Sans Inscriptional Parthian, Noto Sans Javanese, Noto Sans Kaithi, Noto Sans Kannada, Noto Sans Kayah Li, Noto Sans Kharoshthi, Noto Sans Khmer, Noto Sans Lao, Noto Sans Lepcha, Noto Sans Limbu, Noto Sans Linear B, Noto Sans Lisu, Noto Sans Lycian, Noto Sans Lydian, Noto Sans Malayalam, Noto Sans Mandaic, Noto Sans Meetei Mayek, Noto Sans Mongolian, Noto Sans Myanmar, Noto Sans NKo, Noto Sans New Tai Lue, Noto Sans Ogham, Noto Sans Ol Chiki, Noto Sans Old Italic, Noto Sans Old Persian, Noto Sans Old South Arabian, Noto Sans Old Turkic, Noto Sans Oriya, Noto Sans Osmanya, Noto Sans Phags Pa, Noto Sans Phoenician, Noto Sans Rejang, Noto Sans Runic, Noto Sans Samaritan, Noto Sans Saurashtra, Noto Sans Shavian, Noto Sans Sinhala, Noto Sans Sundanese, Noto Sans Syloti Nagri, Noto Sans Symbols, Noto Sans Syriac Eastern, Noto Sans Syriac Estrangela, Noto Sans Syriac Western, Noto Sans Tagalog, Noto Sans Tagbanwa, Noto Sans Tai Le, Noto Sans Tai Tham, Noto Sans Tai Viet, Noto Sans Tamil, Noto Sans Telugu, Noto Sans Thaana, Noto Sans Thai, Noto Sans Tibetan, Noto Sans Tifinagh, Noto Sans Ugaritic, Noto Sans Vai, Noto Sans Yi, Noto Serif Armenian, Noto Serif Bengali, Noto Serif Devanagari, Noto Serif Georgian, Noto Serif Gujarati, Noto Serif Kannada, Noto Serif Khmer, Noto Serif Lao, Noto Serif Malayalam, Noto Serif Tamil, Noto Serif Telugu, Noto Serif Thai. Late additions include Noto Sans and Serif for Chinese, Japanese and Korean, developed at Adobe.

In 2015, Adam Twardoch placed the Noto fonts on Github under the name Toto Fonts. A question of licenses. Toto Han fonts, 123MB worth of them. P>In 2018, Monotype published a fork of Noto Sans Display, called Avrile Sans (free at Open Font Library). See also Avrile Sans Condensed (2015) and Avrile Serif (2018).

Github repositories. Open Font Library link. CTAN link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Noto CJK

Noto Sans CJK and Noto Serif CJK are free typeface families developed at Adobe and Google to complement the universal Noto font package between 2014 and 2017. CTAN link. Credits :

  • Ken Lunde (project architect at Adobe, glyph set definition and overall production).
  • Masataka Hattori (production and ideograph elements).
  • Ryoko Nishizuka (kana and ideographs).
  • Paul D. Hunt (Latin, Greek and Cyrillic).
  • Wenlong Zhang (bopomofo).
  • Sandoll Communication, Soo-young Jang and Joo-yeon Kang (Hangul elements, letters and syllables).

Dedicated Google fonts sites include Noto Serif SC (for Simplified Chinese; it covers all the Chinese characters listed in China's (Tongyong Guifan Hanzibiao) along with the ASCII, additional Latin letters for Pinyin, punctuation marks and full-width characters used in Chinese), Noto Sans SC, Noto Serif TC (for traditional Chinese), Noto Sans TC, Noto Serif JP and Noto Serif KR. Noto Serif KR has been subsetted to cover the full repertoire of modern Hangul syllables (11,172) and most of symbols in KS X 1001. It also has the full support for Old Hangul with Unicode Hangul Conjoining Jamos and Opentype features. It does not have any Hanjas (Chinese characters) and Greek/Cyrillic letters. Noto Serif JP has been subsetted to all of the kanji in JIS X 0208, JIS X 0213, and JIS X 0212, including all kanji in Adobe-Japan1-6.

See also Noto Sans HK. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Nozomi Matsuki
[Norio Kanisawa]

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Nozomi Seto
[Twinkle Magic]

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NTF: Nihon Katsuji Kougyou



Japanese techno fonts (katakana, hiragana): Mech Code (1997), Super Sexy (1997). [Google] [More]  ⦿


Free gothic Japanese font family made from 2005 until 2011: nukamiso, nukamiso2004, nukamiso_komenuka, nukamiso_konbu, nukamiso_yamiyo. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Japanese designers of the free fonts SteelBone (2001, Regular and Bold) and Kakutoten (2001, caps in circles). [Google] [More]  ⦿

office BOYA

Japanese fontmaker, established in 1996. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ohka Library

Ohka, a Japanese font vendor, lists the major Japanese commercial foundries and their typefaces. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ohminato Masashi
[Ohminato Masashi Design]

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Ohminato Masashi Design
[Ohminato Masashi]

Japanese foundry with free Mac fonts by Ohminato Masashi such as CoffeShop, Union, Harp, Stripe, Type Chair, Sasanoha (kana font), BlackOrWhite, Hanco, Hanko H, Ink, Young Leaves, and SteelFrame. See also here. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ohminato.jp (was: Ohminato Kazuaki Design, or OK's Design)
[Kazuaki Ohminato]

Kazuaki Ohminato designed commercial commercial fonts: Chocolate Cream, Metallic Element, Magnet, Conect, Common, Common katakana, Common hiragana, Common Slide, Twist, Common Dot, Framework, Music, Moment (architecural letters), Soft Font, Kitchen Room (at the basis of the awful Uniqlo sans face, as well as double and triple-lined versions), Visual Sensation, Soft Font Sun, Structure (an octagonal family), New Twist, Crystal, Common Flash, Sensibility. Ohminato Kazuaki's fonts were also sold through Font Pavilion: Metallic is a mathematical graph font with roman, katakana and hiragana versions. Common is free. So is RogoFont (1999, dingbats). In Font Pavilion 12 (2000): ChocolateCream, Conect-Regular, Twist-Regular. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Luke William Turvey]

Takamatsu, Japan-based design division of The LOLO, a content creation company, which was established in 2006. Luke William Turvey (b. London, Ontario, 1978) who lives in Japan started out with street murals but is doing digital work now. His early fonts include Giacinta Ornate (2008, a lovely bastarda), Parabrite (2008, techno), Stefani EHYO Sans Rounded (2008, a clean geometric sans), Antikka (2008, art deco), Calisso (2008, experimental), LOLO Dingcats (2008), Clementine (2008: artsy serif), Okaytext (2008, a fashionable geometric sans in the style of Bernhard Fashion), Okay Cursive (2008, an upright connected script), Okay Crayon (2008), Okay Paint (2008), Japanese Brush Master (2008), Tag Banger (2008, graffiti font), Bapalopa (2008, more graffiti), Hive Mind (2008, nuts and bolts look), Trees of Africa (2008, dings), 3D Fantablock Beveled (2008), Shababa (2008, shadow font), LOLO Animals (2008), LOLO City (2008, inner city dingbat face), LOLO Cursive (2008, curly handwriting), Japoneh (2008, a great oriental-look drippy paintbrush font).

In 2009, Okaycat published Arco Crayon (blackboard writing, but also a lipstick font), 3D Blocky (with Natsuko Hayashida), Carbon Neutral, Hand Writing OC, Okay Cotton, Hand Cursive, Stitch Cursive, Antique Dubplate, Porto (rough calligraphic), Brush Writing OC, Nouveau Rock (engraved), Shababa, 3D Techno, Stefani EHYO (4-style geocratic sans), Japanese calligraphy poster. With Natsuko Hayashida, he did Rustic Stamp (grungy).

Fonts from 2010: Uncertainty (grunge), CASU Aerospatiale (an etched 3d font family), Geodot (a dot matrix face), Zampichi (a video game font family), Country Charm (Natsuko Hayashida: a dingbat face), The Inlines No Inlines (Natsuko Hayashida: a black rounded minimalist sans), CC Angular (Turvey: an octagonal typeface that comes with an outlined and shaded style), Pentastic (hand-printed), Candy Cursive (a monoline connected script).

Typefaces made in 2011: Okay-A (this font lets one make 3D letters that look to be fastened down with screws), Teselka (a 3d outlined shadow face), Joopica (a casual typeface created together with Natsuko Hayashida).

Typefaces made in 2012: Meksa (techno).

In 2013, he created Pixapp Inter (a pixel face).

Typefaces from 2014: Maple Street (a vintage wood type emulation typeface done with Natsuko Hayashida), Nunooska (a medium-heavy rounded sans).

Klingspor link.

View Luke William Turvey's typefaces. View the Okaycat typeface collection. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Omega Type Foundry
[Toshi Omagari]

Toshi Omagari is a Japanese type designer who grew up in Fukuoka and studied typography and type design at Musashino Art University in Tokyo. After graduating in 2008, Toshi taught graphic design in Fukuoka. He joined the University of Reading in the summer of 2010 and graduated in 2011. He is a type designer at Monotype.

His graduation typeface Marco (<2011), which is named after Marco Polo, covers Latin, Mongolian, Greek, and Cyrillic, and has sans and serif versions. Inspiration for Marco goes back to Italian humanist typography such as those of Nicholas Jenson or Aldus Manutius, and general influences from calligraphy. Marco is a true superfamily, with wide utility and superb legibility---not surprisingly, it won an award at Modern Cyrillic 2014. The text styles were professionally produced in 2015 by Type Together in 2015---each style has over 1900 glyphs.

His chancery hand typeface Tangerine (2010) is part of the Google font directory (for free web fonts).

Typefaces from 2013: Metro Nova (Linotype: a sans family with a strangely circumcised lower case f). Metro Nova won an award at TDC 2014.

Typefaces from 2014: Neue Haas Unica and Neue Haas Unica Pan European. A digital update of the Helvetica alternative Haas Unica, which was originally released in 1980 by the Haas Type Foundry for phototypesetting.

In 2015, he made Cowhand (Monotype: a Western typeface). All words typed in Cowhand are of equal width, whether they contain one character or twenty (the maximum the font allows).

For Monotype, he made the custom typeface Quentin Blake (2016) that emulates the irregular handwriting of Sir Quentin Blake, acclaimed illustrator of Roald Dahl's novels.

In 2017, Toshi Omagari designed the Wolpe Collection for Monotype, all based on Berthold Wolpe's distinctive typefaces: Wolpe Pegasus, Wolpe Tempest, Wolpe Fanfare, Sachsenwald (blackletter: a revival of Berthold Wolpe's Sachsenwald from 1936), Albertus Nova.

In 2018, Linda Hintz and Toshi Omagari published the large geometric sans typeface family Neue Plak that revives and extends Paul Renner's Plak (1928).

Nadine Chahine and Toshi Omagari collaborated with Akira Kobayashi and Monotype Studio on Avenir Next Arabic (2021).

At his own foundry, Omega Type, he released these typefaces in 2021: Klaket (a bold and monolinear Arabic display typeface that was inspired by classic Egyptian film posters in a free form Ruqah style), Platia (a modern revival of the 19th century font Hellenic Wide).

At ATypI 2011 in Reykjavik, he spoke about Mongolian scripts. At ATypI 2015 in Sao Paulo, he revealed his research on the Siddham (post-Brahmian). Speaker at ATypI 2016 in Warsaw on BubbleKern (a new kerning algorithm). Speaker at ATypI 2017 Montreal on Sini: Arabic calligraphic styles from the Far East.

Fontsquirrel link. Dafont link. Klingspor link. I Love Typography link. Google Plus link. Interview by MyFonts in 2022. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Omoitsuki Song River

Free fonts: Tanaka (2005, kana). [Google] [More]  ⦿

One Fonty Day
[Motoki Higa]

Motoki Higa (One Fonty Day) is the Sydney, Australia, and/or Saitama, Japan-based designer (b. Japan) of these commercial typefaces: Banister (2015, a vintage typeface family), Hammock (2015, handwriting), Champloo (2015), Chimphand, Kinoko (2014), Tucked In (2013), Cliche (2014). These fonts have free versions for personal use. In 2014, he published Wacca. In 2016, he published the handcrafted typeface Lid.

Aka Tokobi. Behance link. Dafont link. Creative Market link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Ootsuka Typewerks

Designers via Font Pavilion of MAKUHARI-10, MAKUHARI-19, METROPOLIS-2001, METROPOLIS-R2001, YOBATSUKA-00, YOBATSUKA-01, YOBATSUKA-10, YOBATSUKA-11, all in 2000. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Open Printing Project

Free fonts by the Information-technology Promotion Agency at this Japanese site: IPAGothic, IPAMincho, IPAPGothic, IPAPMincho, IPAUIGothic. These 2003 fonts all cover kanji, hiragana, katakana, as well as Latin, Greek and Cyrillic, and are Unicode compliant. A nice alternative for the proprietary MS Mincho and MS Gothic. See also here. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Free type fonts for Chinese (MOEKai, MOESung), Korean (Munhwa) and Japanese (WadaGo, WadaMaruGo, WadaMin). [Google] [More]  ⦿


Various versions (Windows, Mac) of the Osaka Japanese font. For a Unicode version in truetype, see here. The latter site also has the Latin/kana font y2hFONT. Both fonts have very unequal stroke widths, which make them virtually useless. Osaka, Osaka Narrow and Osaka Bold are dated 1998-1999 and belong to Apple. Old URL. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Osaka and Osaka Mono

Apple system fonts developed from 1990 until 2008. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Osaka Arisaka Tarisaka Unicode

A number of free Japanese unicode-compliant fonts based on the Japanese font Osaka. Arisaka stands for Arial+Osaka, and Tarisaka for Tahoma + Osaka. There are also fonts for Trebuchet + Osaka and Verdana + Osaka. Font names in 2008: ARISAKA-fix, ARISAKA, ARISAKA_AA, Arisaka-Unicode-MS---AA, Arisaka-Unicode-MS---P, Arisaka-Unicode-MS, Osaka-Unicode-MS---AA, Osaka-Unicode-MS---P, Osaka-Unicode-MS, Tarisaka-Unicode-MS---AA, Tarisaka-Unicode-MS---P, Tarisaka-Unicode-MS, Tarisaka, Trebuchet-Osaka--Provisional-, Trebuchet-P-Osaka--Provisional-, Verdana-Osaka--Provisional-, Verdana-P-Osaka--Provisional-, Osaka-Mobile. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Osaka font

Apple Osaka Unicode, a Japanese Unicode font in truetype. Has also full sets of Cyrillic, Greek and dingbat characters. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Osamu Miki
[Postal Buddy]

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Osamu Torinoumi
[Jiyu Kobo]

[MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

OssiPedia (IPA)
[Takayuki Yato]

Part of the Japanese Open Source Initiative, we read: IPA has been providing "IPA Font*" series from 2003, for which IPA has all rights, and released "IPAex Mincho" and "IPAex Gothic" in February 2010 for common Japanese documentation. Main features of IPAex Fonts are as follows: [Fixed width for Japanese characters like Kana and Kanji], [Proportional width for Western characters], [Best balance for Japanese documentation mixed with Western characters]. When old versions are needed for backward compatibility, "IPA Mincho" and "IPA Gothic" for fixed width usage, "IPA P Mincho" and "IPA P Gothic" for proportional width usage has been still provided. The free fonts: IPAGothic, IPAMincho, IPAPGothic, IPAPMincho, IPAexGothic, IPAexMincho.

The IPAex Type 1 package, managed by Takayuki Yato since 2013, can be freely downloaded from the CTAN sites. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Otani Hideaki
[zx26 (also: Zero Xenon 26)]

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OTEdit is a free opentype font editor for Windows and Mac. Page in Japanese. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Otegaru Nihongo Font

Japanese free font foundry. In 2012, they offered Nipponica Hiragana, and Shinobi.

Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Free font links (in Japanese). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ouji Oto

Tokyo, Japan-based designer of the sci-fi and futuristic typefaces Yojo (2019), Praxo IO (2019), Cejo (2019) and Gorx Sans (2019). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Outline Designer 2000

Seems to be an outline (font?) editor for Windows. Page in Japanese. By Nihon Data Control Company. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Takashi Konuma]

Oxygen sells its fonts through Font Pavilion: the katakana fonts Neuron, One Dot, Robotech, Ticker-S, Ticker-M are the main ones, all designed by Takashi Konuma. Check also Chibacity (katakana). [Google] [More]  ⦿


Japanese outfit. Designed the font families Dixtine, Electricity, Stillness (very clean and thin sans serif), Text, Shapeless, Vital, Vital2. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Pacific Rim Connections

Japanese commercial font vendor. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Pain and Belief

The zip file has PJ-Hiragana, Jim's-Kanji, and Gemelli. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Designer of the Japanese runic font AhiruMoji. Alternate URL. [Google] [More]  ⦿

PALCOM (or: sei project)

Original techno fonts made in 2002: i9-ari-font_alpha (handwriting), i9-ari-font_hira, i9-ari-font_kana, i9-KAKUatom, i9-KAKUatom-15-degrees, i9-KAKUatom-a, i9-KAKUatom-h, i9-Beating (futuristic stencil font), i9-cooking-school, i9-DDRfont-re, i9-gikogurumi (dingbats), i9-kitchen-school, i9-kitchen-school-yellow-news, i9-+-hagesikuninja-+ (dingbats), i9-hyu-poket, i9-to-hu, yeti-square. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Paper Heart
[Shuichi Kataoka]

Shuichi Kataoka made the free fonts Karuji (Japanese), HetaDasa (Japanese), B Zenmai Clock, W Zenmai Clock (dingbat), Seventeen (2002, Latin), Marker (2002, hand-printed, Latin) and Modern Boy (2002, hand-printed). Home page. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Parallel Starts

Japanese barcode and Morse font site. Free downloads here: MorseSQ, BARCODE-JAN and Code39 T25W10 are by Parallel Starts. Older URL. Alternate URL. Yet another URL. Commercial barcode fonts are here, for CodaBar(NW7), Code 39 and Code 128. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Past and Future Kraftwerk

Free fonts at this Japanese foundry: Keep Werking (dingbats). Alternate URL. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Free truetype and bitmap font: PAWFONT (Japanese). [Google] [More]  ⦿


Japanese site where one can find a free pixel font, DigiFont (2007). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Peace Graphic Foundry (or: fuck me!)

Japanese outfit, which started in 2001 and stopped in 2005. Designers of Vacarely Shell, sold at Font Pavilion. Other fonts: TubeClock, Fatty, Biscuit, OD, UD, Loopline, all for the Mac. I never learned the name of the type designer there. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Pedro Arilla

Spanish type foundry, est. 2016 by Pedro Arilla (b. 1984, Ejea de los Caballeros), who runs Don Serifa, a beautiful and informative Spanish type blog, and is based in Zaragoza, Spain. Pedro studied graphic design at Escuela Superior de Diseño de Aragón. In 2018, he joined Fontsmith as type designer.

His typefaces include the free didone typeface Valentina (2012).

In 2016, he published the humanist sans typeface family Mestre, which, in his own words, is a German & Dutch-inspired geometric sans-serif.

In 2017, Pedro graduated from the University of Reading with the multi-script typeface pair Rock (for Latin, Greek and Cyrillic) and Roll (for Latin, Arabic and Japanese).

In 2018, Fontsmith published the mammoth sans family FS Industrie.

Still in 2018, Arilla released FS Neruda at Fontsmith. This transitional storytelling text family is named after Chilean poet Pablo Neruda.

The Lost & Foundry family of fonts was designed in 2018 by Fontsmith's designers Stuart de Rozario and Pedro Arilla together with M&C Saatchi London: FS Berwick FS Cattle, FS Century, FS Charity, FS Marlborough, FS Portland, FS St James. The campaign was developed by Fontsmith, M&C Saatchi London and Line Form Colour. The crumbling typefaces of Soho were recovered to be sold online as a collection of display fonts, to fund the House of St Barnabas's work with London's homeless.

In 2020, Monotype released Bunbury, FS Rosa (a soft serif family influenced by Cooper Black and Windsor), FS Renaissance, a stencil serif typeface by Pedro Arilla and Craig Black.

Behance link. Home page for Pedro Arilla. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Peggy Chen

Type designer. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Eiji Nishidai]

Japanese foundry and software producer which offers a free dingbat font called Webicons (2002). Usagi is a rabbit ears alphading truetype font made in 1998 by Eiji Nishidai and Yuko Washizu. See also here. Names of designers and typefaces (ca. 1100 as of November 2006). At iFontMaker, in which he is also involved, he made a number of typefaces, ca. 2010: EijisFont, EijisFont5, EijisFontheavy3, Heavyyyyy2, tunagari. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Pepper Shop
[Manabu Koga]

Japanese outfit. Manabu Koga designed the commercial font Assembly-5 (alphadings). Unimaginably useless Pepper Shop URL. In 2000, he designed Weapons German and WeaponsUS as part of FontPavilion. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Peter Specht

Designer who created the pixel grid typeface z001-rom (2008), Katerina (2010, almost LED face), Kinryu (2010), Kinryu No. 14 (2009), z001-rom_v10.4, Normal (2009, pixel face), Elektrogothic (2008, futuristic), Laurier Test (2009, serifed), Laurier No. 7 (2009, an extensive Unicode typeface that covers Latin, Greek, Cyrillic, most Indic languages, Thai, Hebrew, Lao, Tibetan, runic, Khmer, and mathematical, chess and other symbols), Kinryu No. 8 Regular (2009, an extension of Laurier towards Japanese), Clucky Duck (2008, rounded), and the double-scratch handwriting typeface Wild Freak (2008). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Peter Taro
[Vector Inc.]

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Petit Graphics (was: Petit.tv)

Misato (Petit Graphics) is the Japanese designer of the pixel fonts PG005A05, PG006A05, PG007H10, PG008A10, PG009A10, PG010K07, PG001A05, PG002K05, PG003A00, PG004A05, PG011H10. These were made between 2004-2006. Some are for Latin, others for kana. Alternate URL where these pixel fonts can be found: PG001A05, PG002K05, PG003A00, PG004A05, PG005A05, PG006A05, PG007H10, PG008A10, PG009A10. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Japanese font jump page. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Petitboys Font Blog

Japanese font blog by Petitboys. [Google] [More]  ⦿

P-Font Dispenser (was: Yuji-3001)
[Yuji Adachi]

Free original fonts by Yuji Adachi: Nice Age, Arcade (pixel font family that includes a horizontally-striped style, 1998), Bop Gun, No Problem, Dymos, One Nation, Atari 80, Bad Matrix and Lavalite, Dimension (kids' orthographic font, 1999), UHF (baseball shirt lettering, 1999), LogoSystem (1998), Bangalore (Stephen Coles says that this is still the world's best small pixel script), Radio Dept, Ole Segments, Code3X (barcode font, 1999), Neo Dymos, Major Kong (handprinting, 1999), Ohio Player.

Font Pavilion sells his Dymos (katakana), One Nation, Bop Gun, Logo System.

In Digitalogue's DPI72 package, he published the screen pixel fonts CODE14X (1999), DryBones7 (1999), Tempo9 (1999). Promised fonts: Wax, Problems, Bad Matrix, Atari80, Neo Dymos, No Problem, Ole Segments.

Fontspace link. Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Phaeton JP

Japanese creator of an experimental / outer space typeface in 2011. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Philip Ronan

Philip Ronan specializes in commercial professional Japanese typesetting. His work is beautiful. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Phillip Andrade
[Dry Heaves Fonts (was: Phil Fonts)]

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100-font Swedish archive. Has an Arabic shareware font section. In the Asian font section, grab Arakawa (katakana), and a few far-from-complete Chinese fonts. [Google] [More]  ⦿


A Japanese typeface characterized by spiral endings of the strokes of each glyph. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Pilar Cano

[MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Ping Mag

Japanese design magazine (with English translations) that has regular features on typography and type design. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Playtown Domino]

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Japanese designer of Piyotori Dings (2010, iFontMaker). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Playtown Domino

Japanese site with these original typefaces by "Pippi": ninedots_3A (pixel face), kakuji (futuristic Latin/kana/kanji face). There is also an archive of about 100 Latin fonts. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Free Japanese fonts by Jirou: yuta_maru, Yuta-Semicircle, yuta-Underline, yutapon_Coding_Plus_BMP, yutapon_Coding-PlusBMP-spc. [Google] [More]  ⦿


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Pocket iLAND
[Kato Masashi]

Free fonts such as the Folkdance family of dingbats by Kato Masashi (of Flop Design, 1999), as well as Border (horiontally-striped face), Amifont, and Keymode, all digital letters in roman and kana, by the same designer. Mac and PC.

Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Free dingbats at this Japanese site include Hibiscus and Hawaiian Quilt 1 through 3, with symbols that could be used for snow crystals as well. In addition, we have the guitar dings font Ukelele (2005). [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Yuhta Nakajima]

An interesting piece of code written in 2015 by Tokyo-based Yuhta Nakajima. It takes as input a set of points that represent a polygonal line and outputs a Bezier approximation. On-line demo. This code was ported from Philip J. Schneider's example implementation which was included in "Graphics Gems", Academic Press, 1990. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Pop Suzuki

Pop Suzuki (Junzo Suzuki) is a Japanese type designer who sells his fonts via Font Pavilion. Pop-Bob, Pop-Rei, Pop-Ultra and Pop-Doheta have katakana, hiragana and romaji versions. [Google] [More]  ⦿


POP or popputai is a style of Japanese typeface which looks like handwritten characters obtained with a felt-tip pen. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Pop-Up Graphics

Japanese creators of PG Gene.

Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿


The 48 traditional Japanese sex positions in a typeface. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Shojiro Okuno]

Shojiro Okuno is a Japanese art director and a graphic designer. He develops and offers custom typefaces, making mainly display fonts. He set up Pororoca in Tokyo in 2014. In 2017, he created the hairline circle-themed typeface Puji. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

[Neil Summerour]

Positype was founded in 2002 by Athens and/or Jefferson, GA-based designer and type designer Neil Summerour (b. 1972, Azores, Portugal). Neil began developing typefaces in 1996 with the 1996 Olympic Brick Paver Project proprietary typeface. He is the co-principal and senior designer of Athens-based interactive, design, and advertising agency Genetic:ICG. In the summer of 2003, he began teaching Advanced Electronic Design in the Graphic Design Department at The University of Georgia.

Swash & Kern is the bespoke lettering and typeface design alter ego of Neil Summerour.

In 2001, Neil published his first two type designs with [T-26] Digital Type Foundry in Chicago, IL. Since then, he has released tens of font families including hiragana and katakana fonts. Positype fonts are sold by Myfonts.com and [T-26].

Klingspor link. Facebook link. Blog. Behance link. Union Fonts link.

The list of his fonts:

  • Aago (2017). A 54-style sans family.
  • Aaux, Aaux Office (2002), Aaux Pro (2004), Aaux Next (2009, 72 typefaces), Aaux Alphanumera, Aaux Emoticons.
  • Agent Sans (2021). An economical 22-style sans intended to be warm although the name seems to contradict that.
  • The Air superfamily (2011), which consists of 81 sans typefaces. Followed by Air Soft (2011), Air Pro (2021), Air Pro Condensed (2022) and Air Pro XCondensed (2022). He writes about Air: Heavily influenced by Summerour's Aaux Next typeface and Akzidenz-Grotesk, the typeface features a very efficient footprint, logical weight options, small caps, expanded numeral sets, extensive language support, and 5 total widths.
  • Altar (8-weight Gothic family).
  • Akagi (2008): 20 style sans family. Extended and refreshed in 2011 into Akagi Pro.
  • AMP (at Union fonts).
  • Anago (2012) is a softly rounded sans family, the product of a designer addicted to designing sans families.
  • Anarcharsis (2002): a serif family inspired by incomplete rubbing made from a stone wall located in the Bahamas.
  • Angel Script (2009, TypeTrust).
  • Baka (2005, a fantastic scratchy handwriting face), Baka Too (2006; followed in 2010 by Baka Expert).
  • The Bodoniesque family (Umbrella Type).
  • Cherry Blossoms (2018). A crayon script.
  • Claustrum (2003).
  • Clear Sans (2013). Starting from a monoline rather geometric set of thin weights, this typeface family morphs into a more humanist beast, with a, b, d and g having a squeezed look at the intercepts. And maybe because of that, this unclassifiable typeface is quite appealing. Followed by Clear Sans Text and Clear Sans Screen.
  • Courage (2019). A high contrast ultra black poster typeface.
  • Couture (2015) and Couture Sans (2015). Summerour was charmed by Imre Reiner's Corvinus when he designed this extremely high-contrast pair of fashion mag typeface families together with Mary Catherine Pflug.
  • Cynapse (2003; or Cynapse Pro. 2004, 12 weights). A sans family.
  • In 2018, Martina Flor and Neil Summerour published the layerable Tuscan typeface family Decorata.
  • Delphi (2014). A decorative multiline typeface by Lily Feinberg and Neil Summerour.
  • Directors Gothic (2013, Lettering Inc). A large retro sans family.
  • Donatora (2004).
  • Dream Big (2019). A swashy script typeface with weathered edges.
  • Ego (2003, octagonal family).
  • Epic (2007-2009, a 12-style contemporary garalde).
  • Ether, Ether Connected.
  • Eva (2003).
  • Filmotype Dancer (2012).
  • Filmotype Harvard (2015). Based on a Filmotype brush script from 1955.
  • Filmotype Horizon (2011).
  • Flirt Script (2014). Flirt Script won an award at TDC 2014.
  • Friendly (2012). In part based on Morris Fuller Benton's upright script typeface Announcement.
  • Fugu (2009, rough-outlined script family, winner at TDC2 2010).
  • Ginza (2008, a squarish techno family), and Ginza Narrow (2011).
  • Good Karma (2017). A sumi brush font. See also Good Karma Smooth (2020).
  • Grava (2018, twenty fonts) and Grava Display: Quirky and sharp, Grava is Neil Summerour's injection of warmth within the geometric sans font category.
  • Halogen (2012). An organic wide techno sans family. In 2014, he added Halogen Slab and Halogen Flare (flared). All have hairlines.
  • Headcold (2004).
  • Hype (2019). A collection of 432 low contrast gothic sans typefaces consisting of three subfamilies of 144 fonts each: Hype vol 1, Hype vol 2, Hype vol 3.
  • Ice Cream (2021). A creamy vernacular non-connected script for food packaging.
  • Iru1, Iru2.
  • Juicy (T-26, 2004, brushdrawn family).
  • Kari and Kari Pro (2005): a connected upright script. Kari Display (2009). Redrawn in 2020 and released as Kari (2020).
  • Kryptk Flash (2003).
  • Kurosawa Bastard, Kurosawa Hand, Kurosawa Sans, Kurosawa Serif, Kurosawa Hiragana, Kurosawa Katakana.
  • Love Script (2014). A high energy high contrast brush pen / marker script. Love Script won an award in the TDC 2015 Type Design competition.
  • Luce (2004).
  • Lush Script (2011). A connected script inspired by the 1940s.
  • Lust (2012), a curvy hight-contrast didone in the Pistilli style. Neil: The result yielded a rather diverse typographic gene pool: a little Scotch Modern, a little Didone and Didot, a dominant dose of Caslon, and a pinch of Baskerville-- all wrapped up in the leggy body of a Brazilian supermodel. A confident, self-reliant typeface that shows just enough to keep everyone staring and leave them wanting more. Followed by Lust Slim (2014). In 2015, these were extended to the large families Lust Pro [dedicated page] and Lust Pro Didone.
  • Lust Script (2013). This is a curvier, sexier (Neil's words) version of Lust. For use in fashion magazines and large sizes.
  • Macha (2012). A sans family. In 2015, this was followed by Lust Hedonist, which has Didone, Italic and Script sub-styles---the ultimate fashion mag typeface. In 2021, he added Lust Sans (a 12-style high-contrast fashion mag typeface family), Lust Didone (a 6-style contribution to the fat face genre), Lust Stencil (six styles), Lust Text (ten styles).
  • The Type Trust: Magneta (2009, The Type Trust). Includes a Condensed subfamily.
  • Marshmallow (2017). A super-creamy high-contrast script typeface straight from a parisian bonbonnerie.
  • Murecho (2021). Murecho is a low-stroke contrast, flat terminal sans serif Japanese typeface designed for text settings in Japan. It covers Hiragana, Katakana, and Kanji (JOYO+). It also supports Latin, Cyrillic, and Greek.
  • Muscle (2009, TypeTrust---a futuristic family).
  • Nori (2010): a calligraphic brush typeface obtained by applying the Pilot Japan Kanji Fude brush pen on paper. It has over 1100 glyphs, 250 ligatures, 487 alternate characters, 125+ swash and titling alternates, lining and old style numerals. Awarded at TDC2 2011.
  • Organic (2009). A rounded warm sans family. In 2021, he published the 16-style Organic Pro.
  • Penumbra.
  • Plastek (2004-2009).
  • The R.E.M. Athens project involves three fonts published in 2009, REM Orange, REM Accelerate and REM Tourfont. They are based on ideas by Chris Bilheimer for the band R.E.M. (Michael Stipe and Chris Bilheimer). Both attended the fine arts program at the University of Georgia. Michael Stipe, singer and lyricist, formed R.E.M. in 1980. Bilheimer began working with the band in 1994.
  • In 2019, Martina Flor and Neil Summerour released the extensive typeface family Ribbons at Positype.
  • Romp (2009, condensed hand-printed).
  • Reserve (2018). A text typeface family designed to accompany Summerour's Scotch typeface family.
  • Rhythm (2011). An italic inline and solid display family based on ATF's Ratio (ca. 1930) and Herbert Thannhaeuser's Adastra (1928).
  • Rough Love (2014). A brushy crayon script.
  • Scotch (2017). An 31-style scotch roman typeface family consisting of Scotch Text, Scotch Display (more contrast), Scotch Deck (for subheads) and Scotch Dingbats. In 2020, he added Scotch Compressed to the set.
  • Shameless (2013). A connected penmanship-style script.
  • Sneakers (2