Japanese kanji font collections?

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edwin bradford's picture
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Japanese kanji font collections?
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I’m designing my portfolio site for English and Japanese users. I’ve been studying japanese for about 6 months and it’s just occurred to me I’ve only a handful of Japanese kanji fonts and no idea even of how many exist.

For anyone familiar with the language they’ll know there are three alphabets, kanji is the one with thousands of characters, does anyone know how extensive the range of kanji fontsets is? We’re used to choosing between thousands of fonts in the west but do graphic designers in Japan just have a handful of kanji fonts to choose between?

Anyone know any good font resources, retaliers where I can browse a good range and get an idea of what’s available?

Thanks - Edwin.

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> Anyone know any good font resources, retaliers
> where I can browse a good range and get an idea
> of what’s available?

There’s the Axis Project. It is very nice, and there’s
even a Latin companion designed by Akira Kobayashi.

Morisawa sells some Japanese faces too.

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There are Japanese fonts of about 1400 in Japan. We choose from them.
I also recommend you AXIS Font. The AXIS font is suitable for the web.

1400 fonts are introduced.
WABUN(NIHONGO) FONTS LIBRARY (Not Retailers. Only Specimens.)
http://ohkadesign.cool.ne.jp/wabunfont/library.html

The font which can be bought except Japan is the “Kozuka family” of Adobe.

KOZUKA MINCHO & GOTHIC
http://www.adobe.com/type/browser/P/P_1801.jhtml
http://www.adobe.com/type/browser/P/P_1800.jhtml

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Joined: 27 Oct 2003 - 10:34am
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Thanks everyone for your replies especially Kunihiko, your links are very useful and a great start to building a library. I had no idea there were so many fonts available, it’s going to be great fun, thanks guys.