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Japanese Woshi-Woshi visual identity and packaging

Posted by rod - 15.04.2015

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Russian A5 pharmacy commissioned Art Lebedev Studio to create a Japanese inspired visual identity and packaging for their Skin and hair care products. The vibrant illustrations which are featured on the packaging design derive from the artwork on Japanese manhole covers which typically feature a theme or a city. Each packaging showcases a unique illustrations that steps into a colourful Japanese garden, emphasising the freshness of the products. Whilst the quirky logo is placed at the top.

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Japanese visual identity for MIKÔTO

Posted by rod - 16.03.2015

Japanese visual identity for MIKÔTO

MIKÔTO invites you to explore the world of Japanese cuisine. With their authentic Japanese kitchen also comes the absolutely fantastic Japanese visual identity. German design studio Adda created the minimalistic but still playful identity for the restaurant. The subtle colours and the classic Japanese patterns are meet with the playful brush strokes where the logo is placed on to. Brush strokes are deeply embedded in Japanese culture and can be seen on many logos and signs. All in all the brand identity is very elegant which is also reflected in the interior design.

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The great wave of Kanagaw typeface

Posted by rod - 16.12.2014

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“The Great Wave off Kanagawa”, is a painting by famous Japanese painter Katsuhiko Hokusai. Aditya Tri’s created an illustrative typeface inspired by the painting.

 is Aditya Tri’s all-time favourite fine art. The iconic waves has inspired him to make an illustrative typeface. Aditya used Garamond for the base form of the font to give the same impression of the painting, which is elegant and classic.

via betype

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Now Japan 2014

Posted by rod - 03.11.2014

Illustrator Karolis Strautniekas was commissioned to do the illustrations for an advert for the Now Japan 2014 festival in Lithuania. The brief was to crate something a bit edgy and original, visually attractive and minimal. Clichés about Japanese culture became the axis of our animation.

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Credits:
Production: wowburo
Concept and Creative Direction: Other PeterKarolis Strautniekas
Illustration: Karolis Strautniekas
Animation: Other Peter
Graphic design: Džiugas Valančauskas
Sound: Sonar

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Japanese Minori Sake packaging design

Posted by rod - 08.10.2014

Japanese Minori Sake packaging design

Design student Michael Nguyen has created this Japanese inspired Minori Sake packaging, during his second year at the RMIT University.

“The brand identity developed is called ‘Minori’ meaning harvest in Japanese. The cloudy sake references rice growers of the Niigata region.”

Personally I like the minimalistic design approach on the box, with all the little symbols which refer back to the Japanese culture. Incorporating the rope is also a nice feature and ads to the experience of revealing the sake. I would say that the design on the box works better, than on the bottle.

What do you think about the packaging design?

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Japanese Kanji giff

Posted by rod - 07.04.2014

Tokyo COGLab created these fantastic Japanese Kanji Giff animation. The animations represent the different landscapes through the Japanese writing system Kanji. The type landscapes illustrate the tree, river, temple and gates of the Japanese city of Kyoto. Check out the full video animation here.

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kanji【京女】- kyoto lady

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kanji【門】- gate

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kanji【雨】- rain

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kanji【竹】- bamboo

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kanji【木】- tree

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kanji【間】- room

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kanji【寺⁵】- five-story-pagodas

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kanji【布】- shop curtain

 

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kanji【傘】- umbrella

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Japan map illustrations for Monocle Magazine

Posted by rod - 17.03.2014

Japan map illustrations

Creative design studio MUTI illustrated this lovely map of Japan for Monocle Magazines issue 69. The map includes icons which highlight some of Japans most well know landmarks, animals and people form the different regions of the country. If you love this illustration check out MUTI’s cape town illustrations.

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Various ocean vessels

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Modes of coastal transport

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Beach sports, manta ray, loggerhead turtle, macaque in hot springs

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Snowboarding, Higuma brown bear, waterfall at Shiretoko peninsula, Japanese crane

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Himeji Castle, Sanuki udon, sumo wrestler, lacquered rice bowl

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Mt. Fuji, Kokeshi dolls, dairy cow, Aomoria apples

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Kamakura bronze buddah, Beppu hot springs, Shisa lion-dog, Gasso villiage

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Ramen, Nara temples, Buddhist pilgrims, Hiroshima Peace memorial

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Tanegashima rocket launchpad, Itsukushima Shinto shrine, crested ibis, rice fields

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Seto Ohashi bridge, oysters, Tokyo Skytree, mudskipper

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Taketomi Island water buffalo & cart

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Japanese block printed packaging label – Gassan

Posted by rod - 20.02.2014

Japanese design studio Akaoni Design created these lovley block printed packaging labels for Gassan. One of the things which I like about Japanese design is that they keep their designs quick simple but give it some kind of human touch such as the block printing style Akaoni did. If you like this check out the other Japanese food packaging designs by Akaoni.

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Tokyo type gif animation

Posted by rod - 13.01.2014

If you have a love for cities and type, you should check out the Show us your type site. Below are some of the submitted entries of Japans capital Tokyo. The cool thing about Tokyo is that there is so much culture, history and other suff which designers can take inspiration from. If its the bright neon lights, Gorzilla, or its ancient temples and shrines. Some of my favourite posters are the energetic manga Tokyo poster and the simple Tokyo type that transforms into Japanese script. In the past CR has featured some of the Hong Kong, Cairo and Berlin posters.

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Fukushima Samurais return back home to keep alive a 1000 year old tradition

Posted by rod - 06.12.2013

Fukushima Samurais return back home to keep alive a 1000 year old tradition

Despite loosing almost everything apart from their lives the surviving resident men of the area near Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan returned to the area for a short while in 2011, just a few months after the disaster. For more than a 1,000 years the people of Fukushima gathered togather, dressed up in their traditional Samurai costumes to hold the annual celebration of the Soma Nomaoi samurai culture. Armoured from head to toe with inherited family flags that hang from their backs, five hundred samurai storm forward recreating a battle scene.

Due to the radiation the people around the nuclear plant had to relocate. The Nomaoi men took Japanese photographer Noriko Takasugi to the restricted area, to the places personally meaningful to them.

via wired

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Noren (暖簾) are traditional Japanese fabric dividers

Posted by rod - 02.12.2013

The art of Noren

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Japan is one of the greatest countries I have been to. Their ability to balance traditions and modernity is outstanding and unique. One of the traditional characteristics one will see around the streets of Japan is Noren. Noren (暖簾) are traditional Japanese fabric dividers, and are used in various ways. Shops and restaurants use them to display their shop name or logo, but also to protect from sun, wind and dust. Inside the restaurant they are used to separate dining areas from the kitchen. Some shops hang them in front of their entrance to signify that they are open, and take them down when they are closed. Commercial bathhouses “Sentō” or some Onsens also attach them across their entrances, blue Noren is for men and red for women.

Noren is not only used commercially. Japanese people hang them up between rooms, on walls, in windows or doorways.

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Japanese paper art exhibition

Posted by rod - 17.09.2013

Paper craft artist Makoto Sasao won this years Japanese paper art exhibition which is hosted by Takeo Paper. Makoto Sasao crated a 3D representation of each hiragana character using a single piece of paper. He named his craft “Togari Hiragana”, meaning pointed hiragana seeing that the character stands up in the shape of a pyramid. via spoon tamago

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YŌKAI – Mysterious creatures illustrations from Japanese folklore

Posted by rod - 22.08.2013

Yōkai or literally “mysterious appearance” is the name given to any type of creature from Japanese folklore: demons, monsters, spirits, magical animals, etc.. There are so many stories of different Yōkai  in Japanese culture that it is almost impossible to know how many their are. Much of these stories remain unknown, even by Japanese and therefore little by little these creatures are being forgotten.

Brazilian illustrator Heitor Seió Kimura created a small portion of folkloric beings in the hope to revitalise this important part of Japanese culture.

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Monocle magazine Marunochi, Tokyo illustrations

Posted by rod - 17.06.2013

Monocle magazine is well known for their inspiring and in-depth articles which are often accompanied by Barcelonas Hey studio illustrations. In Monocles issue 62 Hey studio created a bunch of illustrations that define the Marunouchi district in Tokyo, Japan. Located in the hart of Tokyo between the Tokyo station and the imperial Palace, the area has quite some history. During its 120 years of existence Marunouchi transformed from 120 hectares of wasteland to Japan’s leading business hub. Enjoy the beautiful illustrations. If you like to see more Japanese illustrations by Hey studio check out these Japanese people illustrations.

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Traveling Japan through the lens of Carnets de Traverse

Posted by rod - 05.06.2013

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If you like quality scrapbook’s you have to check out the Carnets de Traverse website. Julie travels around the world and documenting here trips through photos, writing, tickets, stamps and other unique things she might find along the way. At the end of each trip she beautifully displays here voyage adding all the elements and here personal style. The above screenshots are taken from here Japan travels. To read the full story head to her site. I you like you can also buy some of her products here.

You might also check out the Chinese Moleskine by Juan Rayos and the China journal by Troyland

 

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Tokyo – A very brief introduction

Posted by rod - 27.05.2013

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Tokyo is the largest metropolitan area in the world and has over 13 million inhabitants. No wonder visitors are overwhelmed and don’t know where to start their Tokyo adventure. Illustrator Luis Mendo teamed up with Herb Lester Associates to create a beautiful guide to set you of on the right path.

“This guide is a starting point, something to help you find your feet as you begin to navigate Tokyo’s streets. There are tips on etiquette, advice on getting around, useful phrases and a series of walks to help the visitor get acclimatised.

The map is written, designed and illustrated by Luis Mendo. It is A3 (297x420mm) folded to A6 (105x148mm), and litho printed in England on recycled paper.”

If you like this guide you should check out the Glasgow map

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A fresh take on sushi – Maki-San

Posted by rod - 09.04.2013

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A fresh take on sushi

Singapore’s first DIY sushi restaurant Maki-San has an absolutely fabulous visual identity and brand. It’s colourful, diverse, and engaging. Design studio Kinetic had the honours to create the identity which received a bunch of awards.

Kinetic also came up with the restaurants name Maki-San. The word “San” roughly translates as “misteter” or “Missus” in Japanese and by using this suffix, each Maki could be uniquely personified. The logo is made up of emoticons commonly used in Japanese pop culture.

The visual identity has endless possibilities, using the hand-drawn illustrations of ingredients such as avocados, prawns, cucumbers. These ingredients are composed into patterns, and are Maki-San’s main visual element, which were applied throughout the consumer experience, from the packaging to the business cards.

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Japanese Yakitori & Ramen restaurant identity – Torimen

Posted by rod - 02.04.2013

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Japanese Yakitori & Ramen restaurant identity - Torimen

Japanese Yakitori & Ramen restaurant identity - Torimen

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Japanese Yakitori & Ramen restaurant identity - Torimen

Torimen is a new chic yakitori & ramen restaurant located in the SOHO area in Central, Hong Kong. Ramen is the focus during lunch while Yakitori is the star during dinner service. The Japanese Torimen restaurant visual identity was Inspired by the form of yakitori and ramen, the letter “T” and “M”. Design studio Blow designed a modern and unique logo for Torimen as well as the in-store collaterals, menu, uniform, signage and promotional materials.

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