August 27, 2019 8:39 PM   Subscribe

Hasegawa Takejirō was a late 19th century Japanese publisher, specializing books for Western audiences. Kyoto University of Foreign Studies has a gallery of his woodcut chirimen-bon (crepe paper books). Some of the books feature distinctive calligraphic English brushwork text, now turned into a typeface.
posted by zamboni (6 comments total) 24 users marked this as a favorite
fascinating and lovely. Thank you!
posted by mwhybark at 8:53 PM on August 27, 2019

What an amazingly lovely and very easily (to me) readable font! I really love it a lot, actually. Like I don't actively think about fonts or even have favorites above generics, but that is a very lovely font!
posted by hippybear at 8:59 PM on August 27, 2019

Dave Bull, the artist mentioned in the story, is Metafilter's Own woodblock100.
posted by contraption at 9:21 PM on August 27, 2019 [10 favorites]

Beautiful, thank you
posted by Mrs Potato at 3:23 AM on August 28, 2019

I have a few of these in my own collection and they are so cool and soooo fragile.
posted by ikahime at 8:14 AM on August 28, 2019

I saw those crepe paper books when David posted a video about them on his YouTube channel and coveted them. I love the hand-written look of the font and hope to find a use for it.
posted by ob1quixote at 2:17 PM on August 28, 2019

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