Typography is one of the most exciting and intriguing areas of design. It's responsible to communicate the message not only with words but setting the mood and context for the message. There are all sorts of symbols and characters and some languages like Japanese have incredible symbols. Now imagine all of that in elegant 3D. That's what the Hideo Kanbara decided to create. His 3D prototypes of the Hiragana are nothing less than beautiful, even though I don't have any idea of the meaning of them..

Hiragana is a Japanese syllabary, one basic component of the Japanese writing system, along with katakana, kanji, and in some cases the Latin-script alphabet (referred to in Japanese as romaji). Hiragana and katakana are both kana systems; they have corresponding character sets in which each kana, or character, represents one mora (one sound in the Japanese language). Each kana is either a vowel such as "a" (hiragana あ); a consonant followed by a vowel such as "ka" (hiragana か); or "n" (hiragana ん), a nasal sonorant which, depending on the context, sounds either like English m, n, or ng ([ŋ]), or like the nasal vowels of French. - Wikipedia

Elegant 3D Hiragana by Hideo Kanbara

Elegant 3D Hiragana by Hideo Kanbara

Elegant 3D Hiragana by Hideo Kanbara

Elegant 3D Hiragana by Hideo Kanbara

Elegant 3D Hiragana by Hideo Kanbara

Our japanese knowledge is very limited but there's no denial that these images are simply amazing.

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