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32 Exotic and Eye-Catching Asian Fonts No One Can Ignore

Asian elements have always been popular all over the world.

For years, numerous designers have ‘borrowed’ concepts from countries like Japan, China, South Korea, Thailand, and Vietnam. These Oriental details can be seen in almost every industry – from fashion, graphics, architecture, to tech, literature, and typography.

 

How To Express Appreciation Not Appropriation

While using elements from other cultures is not new, in the age of social media, failing to give proper credit or incorrectly using these components could spell trouble. The debate between cultural appreciation vs. appropriation is a long one.

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But if your intention is to inspire and tell a genuine story, then it shouldn’t be a puzzle.

Here are a few do’s and don’ts:

  • Understand the history and background of the cultural element you are about use;
  • Read, read, and read. Ask lots of questions and listen carefully;
  • Confirm that there’s representation from the community or culture for your design;
  • Avoid ego-centric words or terms/phrases that demean or degrade;
  • Know the specifics of using the cultural element (esp. for aboriginal or indigenous details);
  • Identify your end users or audiences and how they will perceive the finished product;
  • Check if there are legal and/or moral implications; and
  • Communicate with your client and allow them to educate you as well.

This is by no means an exhaustive list. Make sure to research before finalizing your design. Be humble and open to feedback. Last but not least: when in doubt, contact a local expert who can help.

 

Auspicious Asian Fonts

Asia is a rich tapestry of history, food, and culture. With 48 countries to explore, there are going to be mysteries still left unsolved. And as you unravel the intricacies of each city or county, you will find an endearing tale that you will want to tell on your way home.

Use these unique Asian-style fonts to share your stories with the world. The best part is that some of them feature actual characters from the countries or culture they represent. Have fun and use them appropriately!

 

1. Shizuko

Shizuko is a modern display typeface inspired by Japanese kanji fonts. This eye catching font comes in English style (there are no Japanese letters). You can use Shizuko to create rad posters, emblems, stickers, magazines, websites, social media posts, logos, apparel, packaging, and anything else your heart desires. The font is fully kerned and is ready to be used right away.

Download Shizuko Here

2. MEIFEN

MEIFEN

The letters of this typeface by Garisman Std have traditional Chinese influences, making it ideal for banners, posters, logos, branding, labels, or apparel. Works for both MAC and PC.

Download MEIFEN

3. Jarene

Jarene

Dynamic, curved, and inspired by Japanese kanji, Gelasmantra brings you this modern typeface that goes well with all kinds of Japanese themes.

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4. KOGAMA

KOGAMA

Well-defined and striking, this Japanese-style typeface from Twinletter can help you make a great first impression with your packaging, apparel, and presentations.

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5. Hiany Lau

Hiany Lau

The quick strokes found in this Asian themed display font by Attype will give your blog headers, game titles, and product labels a charming but traditional appeal.

Download Hiany Lau

6. HARUBI

HARUBI

Turn your personal crafts or web pages into stunning works of art using this sharp Asian font by Haws.std.

Download HARUBI

7. Gong Xi

Gong Xi

Playful, handmade, and charming, this cute Asian-style typeface by YandiDesigns is suitable for both children’s projects and corporate presentations.

Download Gong Xi

8. Takasimura Typeface

Takasimura

Get a total of 14 awesome fonts inspired by Japanese calligraphy when you purchase this product from Alit Design. With thin and heavy lines, it’s great for Asian or Eastern concepts.

Download Takasimura Typeface

9. Tsuki Typeface

Tsuki

Inspired by Japanese Manga and video games, this sans serif by Creative Corner is ready to spice up your comics, graphic novels, and online illustrations.

Download Tsuki Typeface

10. SUNRIZE

SUNRIZE

Tokokoo gave this font a fresh twist by matching the hiragana alphabet to Latin characters – making these cute and spirited letters readable in menus, games, posters, magazine ads, and more!

Download SUNRIZE

11. HENSHIN

HENSHIN

With sharp katakana shapes and cut-out looks, this handsome font is as fast-paced as the modern world.

Download HENSHIN

12. Shakuro

Shakuro

With Japanese kanji typography motifs, Letterhend Studio brings you this multilingual typeface that can quickly go from Asian themes to adventure – and anything in between.

Download Shakuro

13. Hikaru Asian Font

Hikaru

Its name meaning ‘to shine’ will definitely lend brightness and lightness to your works. Try it on game titles, book covers, minimalist quotes, or social media posts.

Download Hikaru Asian Font

14. Hokuto Asian Font

Hokuto

This ‘North Star’ font is as lovely as its name suggests. It will surely point you towards better design innovations with its cute yet simple appeal.

Download Hokuto Asian Font

15. Windsor

Windsor

Inspirationfeed proudly presents this effortlessly eye-catching font that’s just waiting for the chance to grace your menus, signs, postcards, logos, t-shirts, and invitations.

Download Windsor

16. Tokyo Typeface

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This japonism typeface were inspired by traditional Japanese Inkan-Seals to give them the structured, unique look that’s truly hard to ignore.

Download Tokyo Typeface

17. Luong Tuong

LUONG TUONG

Based on the ancient Vietnamese language called Han Nom, this all-caps font by Chilliesxd is perfect for traditional projects.

Download Luong Tuong

18. Biasachxua

Biasachxua

Written as ‘Bìa sách xưa’ in Vietnamese, it means ‘old book cover’ in English. Hiep Lettering was inspired by 80s book covers and hopes you’ll be moved to create vintage concepts with this font, too!

Download Biasachxua

19. Anatolian

Anatolian

With subtle motifs from Turkish culture, as well as 12 variants, this product from Artegra will give your promotional materials a luxurious yet classic feel.

Download Anatolian

20. Hachimitsu

Hachimitsu

Typodermic Fonts Inc. gives you the chance to rise through the ranks using their Showa era-inspired font that’s both top-heavy and gorgeous.

Download Hachimitsu

21. Kaidomaru

Kaidomaru

An authentic brush font brought to you by Jetsmax® Studio. It looks best on short texts or words such as seen on logos, headlines, labels, or ads.

Download Kaidomaru

22. Hogback Font

Hogback

Let this Japanese style brush font from Allouse Studio take your designs to new and beautiful heights. Includes OTF, TTF, and Woff fonts as well as multilingual support.

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23. Tokugawa

Tokugawa

This all-caps vintage font by Vozzy Vintage Fonts has influences from Japanese hieroglyphs, making it ideal for apparel and branding. Includes 10 t-shirt designs in EPS, JPG, PNG, and SVG formats.

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24. The Tokyo Creative Kit

Tokyo Creative Kit

Create Japanese-style design in half the time using this convenient kit that holds everything you need – from fonts, brushes, textures, to seamless patterns, PNG elements, and more.

Download The Tokyo Creative Kit

25. La Oriental Font

La Oriental

Strong, bold, and confident, this all-caps font by DonMarciano feels familiar because it was made in a place of honor and tradition.

Download La Oriental Font

26. Inkfish

Inkfish

Fall in love with this Zen font by Elina_Li that mimics Chinese hand-drawing in ink. Edit the letters in Adobe Illustrator to create stunning posters, artworks, banners, or promotional material.

Download Inkfish

27. Toshi Emori

Toshi Emori

Seamlessly move from fashion to retail, or horror to adventure themes using this handcrafted brush font from Bunichi.

Download Toshi Emori

28. Fujimaru

Fujimaru

Bold, graceful, and Oriental, this Asian font by Nurrehmet Studio surprisingly goes well with horror concepts, too.

Download Fujimaru

29. ST-Tokyo

ST Tokyo

As homage to modern Japanese graphic culture, this hieroglyphic display font from Shimanov Types is ideal for posters, headlines, titles, logos, or promotional ads thanks to its futuristic vibes.

Download ST-Tokyo

30. Dujitsu Font

Dujitsu

Indieground Design Inc. gives you an oriental-style font that’s perfect for heavy titles.

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31. OKAMI

OKAMI

Inspired by contemporary Japanese design, Glyph44 included 2 styles (Regular and Outline) for you to mix and match and enjoy!

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32.Osake

Osake

Whether you’re looking for the best brush font or you’re making a contemporary project that needs an Asian flair, you can’t go wrong with this multipurpose typeface from StringLabs.

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