enter image description here I am looking for the font that is used on the cover of the book in the image, does anyone know it? I am not even sure if such a font exists, it might be calligraphy but any answer is much appreciated.

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    That appears to be Chinese rather than Japanese.
    – Earthliŋ
    Apr 5, 2018 at 13:31

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This appears to be custom art. The cover art designer posted about their illustration on their blog:


I don't actually read Chinese (only Japanese), but it seems to suggest that the (Chinese) title of the book 活出時代的矛盾 that appears also as part of the English cover was a custom design based off the 方正姚体 font*. In this font, the title would look as follows (missing one character from the free preview):

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* or a font with a similar name — they only say 姚體 (=姚体) in their post

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    That’s correct. A loose translation: “For the font used on the cover, though, I used the word 矛盾 [contradiction] as concept, designing the characters for the title based on the 姚体 [Yaoti] font. I made it a tall, slender font with thin horizontal lines, thick vertical lines, and nimble 点 [dots] and 撇 [left-slanting downward lines]—a font that looks like it was peeled off with a knife, an aggressive font full of the zeitgeist of Cultural Revolution slogans”. Apr 6, 2018 at 16:11

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