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This general term covers many Japanese lettering styles which were invented mostly for advertising purposes in the Edo period. For example,
This style is strongly associated with arts like kabuki and rakugo.
The name yosemoji literally means "letters to draw in customers".
This name literally means "cage letters". The font is thick and square in shape.
These characters have little "whiskers" on them.
This style is the one used for sumo wrestling posters.
These characters are the ones used on chōchin, hanging paper lanterns, such as the ones you might see outside a yakitori stand in Japan.
This very heavy, rectangular style is used for making seals.
|Formation of kakuji, from Genkon Jidō Jūhōki (現今児童重宝記), published in 1886|
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