In this week’s sites we like, we’re taking a quick tour through the beautiful, inspiring country of Japan—with, as always, a few side notes about type.
19 Days in Japan showcases the stunning photographs from a Portuguese couple’s trip to Japan; get ready to feel inspired to take up photography again, or to visit Japan, or most likely both. Image-heavy pages like this one often do well to steer towards an unobtrusive typeface for the text, and FF Dagny does a superb job of this here.
Maru is, in fact, based out of Oslo, but is nonetheless all about Japanese design. The shop aims to represent “the highest standard of Japanese quality and design” in its offerings, and everything they sell is designed and made in Japan. The site uses FF DIN Round for the copy, reflecting many of the same subtle, soft edges in its products. (If you were hoping this would be about Maru the cat, we’re sorry to disappoint. Here’s the other Maru.)
Japan Architecture + Urbanism is an English-language magazine produced in Japan, which “offers an insider’s look at the very latest Japanese architecture,” and explores other cutting-edge architecture worldwide. The site features Proxima Nova in a few different weights, giving a pleasant lightness to the body text while keeping the headings firm.
That’s it for this week; share sites you like in the comments!