POSTED ON November 23, 2022 5:48 pm
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The font is designed to replace つめあき変打 Kantei’s handwriting. It is commonly used in application titles and advertisements. The solid strokes are created in reference to the original characters by dividing each letter into small components, using two types of strokes: medium-heavy lines and faint lines. This makes the character appear to have a snout, whiskers, or facial hair, or a suggestion that the character is constantly moving, a common theme in Kabuki. The design of the font was inspired by the work of Kanta Yokoyama (徳山洋之), who produced many hand-drawn posters for Kabuki plays. Kanteiryu is a clever way to portray youthful energy on posters. Kantei’s original use of thick strokes is sometimes hard to read on the web, but in heavy use on printed posters. This is a quality font for those that demand a certain level of legibility.
Kanteiryu, despite being regarded as a “standard” font, is actually one of the “baddest” fonts available. On the other hand, being a “standard” font, Kanteiryu is not a particularly good candidate for displaying complex phrases with the typical Japanese font options of kana, hiragana, and 漢字. With that said, Kanteiryu would be excellent for web sites or manuals that have repeating phrases, and is not too fancy for web sites that would be viewed on a desktop computer, web sites created with HTML 5, or web sites viewed on mobile phones. That said, a skilled designer could probably create a very nice web site in Roman using Kanteiryu. Kanteiryu’s beauty lies in its ability to be used in high contrast as a headline font, or even for a font in the top left (or bottom right) of the page of a web page.
the current life of morisawa kanteiryu is supported by its popularity with japanese typesetters. lacking a license for commercial use in japan, the typeface is not widely available in english. this page contains a collection of key glyphs. for translations, please contact typesquare.
here is a sample of japanese text using kanteiryu. it’s in many ways similar to the morisawa kanteiryu font used on this page. the character set includes all of the original kanteiryu glyphs, plus some additional characters, including kana.
the kanji alive project is supported by the national language support program of the ministry of education, culture, sports, science and technology. the project has received funding from the new energy and industrial technology development organization (nedo), the japan patent office and the japan foundation for the promotion of science. the morisawa fonts are developed with support from the company morisawa inc., which was established in 1924.
we would like to extend our gratitude to coji morishita ( m+ fonts ),yasuyuki nemoto (kenkyusha co., ltd.), andmakoto watanabe ( ) for their generous assistance with the current version of kanji alive. above all, we would like to express our thanks to our tireless software developer, joshua day.
images of the 1235 kanji characters supported bykanji alive using thedynacomware, screen and morisawa fonts listed above were purchased from mojimoji.de. images of the 1235 kanji using thekanteiryu font areused with permission from morisawa via typesquare.
the title of the first kanteiryu kanji alive trailer features a word that is difficult to recognize. you may want to try it yourself. or just use the kanteiryu kanji alive web app. (click on kanteiryu kanji alive in the top menu.)