“Brush font“, which is used in the popular anime “Kimetsu no Yaiba” and attracts attention, who is this? how did you make it?
I will answer these questions.
Developed by 3 generations of parents and children, wanting to preserve Japanese culture
This brush font is popular all over Japan for food labels and billboards. It became a hot topic when it was used in one scene of the anime version “Kimetsu no Yaiba”. About 60 unique characters! I draw pictures, not letters! ?
A popular brush font for publications, TV subtitles, billboards, etc.
It was developed by three generations of a parent and child from Kagoshima. About 60 types are produced, including rough typefaces inspired by dragon gods and gentle typefaces inspired by Tathagata. To make a font, we have to prepare about 7,000 characters such as kana and kanji with the same taste, which is a lot of work. I would like to introduce the story of Mr. Taiki Sakaguchi, who developed this “brush font”.
Profile of Taiki Sakaguchi
Taiki Sakaguchi is 36 years old, born on December 8, 1984 in Satsuma-gun, Kagoshima Prefecture.
His hobby is making things such as DIY.
He dropped out of high school and went to Tokyo at the age of 17 to train. He trained for about a year and a half, returned to Kagoshima, and then trained again in Kanagawa. In 2013, he became the representative director of Showa Typeface.
Showa Typeface Co., Ltd.
— 株式会社昭和書体 毛筆フォント (@showa_shotai) January 25, 2022
Writing and sales of calligraphic fonts. Showa typeface homepage
Established Koei Sign Works in 2006. In 2013, the company name was changed to Showa typeface. Business partnership with Morisawa in 2016, business partnership with Fontworks in 2019.
The total number of brush font sales (including consignment sales) is 34,000. Approximately 116,000 cases including the trial download version. 6 employees.
His grandfather Tsunanori Sakaguchi (84), whose pen name is Eisen Tsunanori, is an exclusive calligrapher, and his father Shigeki Sakaguchi (61) serves as chairman.
Mr. Tsunanori Sakaguchi, his grandfather, also known as Mr. Eisen Tsunanori, a calligrapher. His son, Shigeki Sakaguchi, and his grandson, Taiki Sakaguchi, play the managerial role of supporting Mr. Tsunanori.
The first generation originally wanted to be a painter, and the key to development was his unique sense of “drawing pictures, not letters.”
〒895-1804 210-28 Funaki, Satsuma-cho, Satsuma-gun, Kagoshima Prefecture Shuwakan No.1 Building 106
— 坂口茂樹 (@showa_shige) March 1, 2022
Difficulties in creating a calligraphy font
Mr. Taiki Sakaguchi’s grandfather, Mr. Tsunanori Sakaguchi, became the creator of the brush font. Taiki Sakaguchi was born and raised in the family line of a sign shop inherited from his grandfather.
However, it seems that he was not good at writing letters. However, since letters are indispensable for making signboards, he collected the letters of the signboards in the town by copying them on a piece of paper, and practiced tracing them over and over again every day to improve his skills.
Around 2006, one of his business partners suggested, “There aren’t many craftsmen who can draw letters like this. Why don’t you leave it as a font?”
His grandfather, Mr. Tsunanori Sakaguchi, who heard the story, established a company called “Koei Signwork”, the predecessor of the Showa typeface.
He began selling kanji, hiragana, and katakana written by his grandfather, Tsunanori Sakaguchi, using a computer.
— 株式会社昭和書体 毛筆フォント (@showa_shotai) January 1, 2022
So, the first generation is my grandfather Tsunanori Sakaguchi, the second generation is my father Shigeki Sakaguchi, and the third generation is the current Taiki Sasakaguchi.
Developed more than 500,000 calligraphy fonts in 13 years
The greatest attraction of brush fonts is the “expression” that is unique to calligraphy.
— 株式会社昭和書体 毛筆フォント (@showa_shotai) March 5, 2020
You can purchase the Showa typeface brush font that was used in one scene of the anime version “Kimetsu no Yaiba” and became a hot topic on Rakuten!
You can also use it for your content business or blog, and it will be easier to see if you use a brush font.
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There are very few handwritten calligraphic fonts in the world. As a part of Japanese culture, we must leave behind calligraphy and calligraphy fonts.
However, people who can write letters are an endangered species, and we adults have become accustomed to not writing letters on a regular basis. I want to get back into the habit of writing letters!
I would be happy if you could refer to it even a little.
Thank you for reading to the end.