Yoroshiku, Japanese Typekit users!

July 31, 2013

We are pleased to announce that, starting today, the Typekit website is available in Japanese. Building on top of our first localization effort for French, we’ve been working to translate and further localize our user interface for the Japanese language.

Typekit font browsing in Japanese

If the default language for your browser or operating system is set to Japanese, you should automatically see the Japanese version of Typekit. You’ll also notice a new addition to the “Change Language” links in the footer of any page, where you can click to choose any available language you prefer.

Japanese language selection

In addition to localizing our user interface, we’ve added Japanese-speaking representatives to our support department. Customers can reach these representatives via email at support+jp@typekit.com or via Twitter at our @typekit account.

What you’ll see in Japanese

As with the French version of Typekit, there are some small differences between the English and Japanese versions that we’d like to mention.

  • Lists are not yet available in Japanese, and so have been hidden from site navigation on the Japanese site. Japanese users will still be able to link directly to a list via its URL, but the text will be displayed in English.
  • We’re unable to offer our full-text search feature to non-English users at this time. Japanese users will, however, still be able to search for fonts by name.
  • Finally, sample text and web font specimens are not being translated.

A growing global community

We’re excited to welcome Japanese-speaking users into the Typekit community, and will continue to develop new features in all supported languages. We also know that there’s more that can be done to support Japanese users—in particular, adding and serving fonts that support the Japanese language. This is a unique challenge that we’re eager to tackle, but for the present we are pleased to be able to offer a Japanese-language interface for navigating our current collection of mostly Latin-based fonts.

Is there anything you’d like to see next? Spot any oversights? Please don’t hesitate to contact us with your thoughts on how you’d like this site to grow! We look forward to welcoming more people to the Typekit community.

3 Responses to “Yoroshiku, Japanese Typekit users!”

  1. Daniel Says:

    All Japanese community is waiting those japanese typefaces!!


  2. I have been waiting for this moment.
    When is a Japanese font an offer start?

    • Liz Galle Says:

      Thanks for your comments! We don’t have a timeline for when Japanese fonts might be available from Typekit, but it’s something that we are eager to work on.

      Any updates on Japanese font serving will be announced here on the blog or on Twitter (@Typekit).


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