Can you read the sentence written above? You should be able to; it’s written in English.
When I first started learning Japanese, the Chinese characters and syllabic scripts that were scrawled across my textbooks looked like some kind of crazy code that only aliens could understand. After years of studying, many of the previously cryptic symbols have become familiar, readable letters. However, now even English can be turned into a jumble of alien ciphers thanks to these 10 +1 fonts inspired by Japanese characters.
This font is modeled after katakana, one of the Japanese syllabic alphabets, and is the font we used above. This is probably the most confusing font for Japanese people to read because actual Japanese characters represent most of the roman letters.
Japanese Ming-style typeface was the inspiration for this font.
This one was also inspired by Ming-style typeface, but it’s a little easier for English-speakers to decipher. The serifs (lines extending and trailing off of the letters), a major characteristic of Ming-style writing, are very exaggerated.
4. Pray for Japan
This font closely resembles hiragana, one of the two Japanese syllabries.
5. Digital Ninja
With pointed edges and an “x” that looks like a shuriken ninja star, this unique font was created with ninjas in mind.
GoJuOn means “50 sounds” that represent the Japanese syllabary. It’s unclear why the creator of this font chose the kanji used in GoJuOn, but there are many creepy kanji. For example, the kanji for “blood,” “ferocious,” and “pain” are used to represent English letters.
7. Akihibara hyper
The title is misspelled, but Akihabara, the nerd capital of Japan, was the inspiration for this font. It looks more like the Hebrew alphabet than Japanese characters.
This font contains folded lines, much like the shapes of folded paper origami creations.
9. Emperor of Japan
This font has a cute and friendly style… Is the Emperor of Japan cute and friendly?
10. Fat Sushi
With a name like “Fat Sushi,” you’d expect pudgy, bold letters, but this font has a powerful, sharp design.
This font isn’t quite Japanese-style, but the title is great. “Kinishinai” means “don’t worry about it” in Japanese. There were tons of strange fonts in this post, but “don’t worry about it”, you can download them all for free off of the WebCreatorBox website (Japanese only).
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