Japan 2013


Typographic Creativity & Japanese Typography

type of camp

Creative Residential Retreat & Cultural Immersion

group size

14 people


JPY 275,000 / $2,890

specific dates

May 12-17, 2013


Takamatsu, Kagawa

This camp is now over, though head on over to our blog and read all about it.


Expand your Latin and non-Latin typographic knowledge
Explore Japanese modern and traditional art

Understand Japanese and Latin calligraphic and lettering practices

Discover your new hand lettering skills

Encounter local artisans in the community

Slurp world-famous Sanuki udon

Experiment with Japanese and European calligraphy styles

Enjoy a week in the springtime Japanese countryside



If you’re burned out from work, want to learn more about Japanese type, or just need a relaxing vacation with other Typophiles, then this camp is the one for you!

This camp will provide you with an opportunity to explore the cultural context of typography and lettering and the impact that illustrative words can have. We will dive into the use of Wasei-eigo and the transliterative aspects of both languages as well as letterform construction – all while experiencing a fascinating culture that has amazing food!

We concentrate six days on typography, calligraphy, letterform creation, and expression in the forms of discussions, projects, workshops, and visits and tours.

This is a camp for people that want to learn more about Japanese typography and how to incorporate typographic styles from Latin scripts with both Japanese and other non-Latin scripts. Type Camp Japan will bring a better understanding of the calligraphic and typographic form: humanist to hiragana, shodo to Spencerian.