The formation of “New” kana written holizontly（Experimental Work）
Hiragana (Japanese monosyllabic characters) was created by simplifying vertically-written Chinese characters; therefore, hiragana naturally has the motion of vertical writing (strokes). Currently, however, not only websites but also most company brochures and documents to be submitted to government offices are written horizontally. The horizontal writing of hiragana, which has the stroke characteristics of vertical writing, is something that could not be assumed when hiragana was created.
Then, how would hiragana appear if it was created using the strokes of horizontal writing? This project was designed to review kana formation from a horizontal writing viewpoint and to develop new “kana letters for horizontal writing.”
We are very happy to receive an award for this parallel universe-like typeface R&D and, at the same time, we are very excited to know that the scope of TDC review has extended to such a parallel universe.