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Designing with Kanji
Japanese Character Motifs For Surface, Skin & Spirit
Authors Shogo Oketani, Leza Lowitz
Publisher Stone Bridge Press
CategoryKanji for fun
ISBN1880656795 [COPAC, Webcatplus, Wikipedia]

Review of Designing with Kanji by Ben Bullock

A basic introduction to the various typefaces used in Japanese and some kanji messages using them. The intention seems to be to help people who want to get kanji tattoos. In my opinion the best advice might be to not get a tattoo in a language you don't understand.

I also have some quibbles with the design ideas behind the book. For example, the authors show characters in the "POP" (point-of-purchase) typeface, which is most suitable for writing supermarket slogans and does not look very elegant. Even people who want kanji tattoos surely don't want tattoos which look like slogans for cut-price tofu.

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