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For a block of text(speech) Hiragino Maru Gothic Pro is a great choice. For shorter text for emphasis(onomatopoeia e.g.) I recommend Hiragino Kaku Gothic Std font, part of OS X. A good place to get inspiration is from manga. You will notice most manga don't actually use "cartoony" fonts. Edit: I forgot to mention that you should pair up the Japanese and ...


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My computer seems to have Kozuka Mincho Pro, which has a huge base of glyphs. Even some white-on black kanji and a large selection in both hiragana and katakana. The font came, as far as I know, with my copy of Adobe CS3. A Google made me find it available for free both at http://fontpark.net/en/font/kozuka-mincho-pro-r/# and ...


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Well I started by paging through all of the non-western fonts on FontShop.com. The best thing about that is being able to "preview" the text, so reference between my image and the site is much easier. Unfortunately, no luck. I ended up finding my answer on the What the Font Forum. I was lucky that a Japanese typographer was browsing the forum at the time. ...


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I don't think so at all. Japanese "style" is just calligraphy done with a brush and ink stick. To say it is offensive would be like saying block print is offensive. Don't think of it as Japanese, think of it as calligraphy.


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Here are two books by one of the foremost experts on usability, Jakob Nielsen. Both are very popular, and have been translated into many languages including Japanese. The first one is a bit old, but it's also "the number-one best-selling book about user interfaces", so definitely worth a look. Here they are... Designing Web Usability Author's Site: ...



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