I'm preparing a proposal for a Japanese company and have been asked to create a sign. I've been asked (by an American) to use a Japan-esque type of some sort on the signage. I would like to respect cultural sensitivity by making sure we're not going to offend. Any ideas?
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.