Overview

(last updated: 20140718)

Free Japanese fonts are few. Why?

1. We need 2965 (standard) + 3390 (advanced) characters
for Japanese (= 6355).
It will take two or three years to complete them.

2. Fonts are kind of art.
Font authors don't want to make it free (GPL etc),
because free software licence permits font modifications.

3. Font authors don't want to see their fonts on the adult sites.
Free software licence permits free use.

We can't show the direct links to download the fonts.

Font authors often change the links to avoid the direct links.
They want to show their messages (license, thought) first.

[Linux] How to show Japanese characters clearly.

Hinting is not good for square characters (Japanese, Chinese etc).
Check this page for details.

Japanese fonts

Japanese fonts


IPA Gothic, IPA Mincho

IPA stands for Information-technology Promotion Agency.
It is a related organization of the Japanese Government.
(IPA fonts are not for phonetic characters.)
[Website] http://ipafont.ipa.go.jp/ipafont/download.html#en
[License] http://ipafont.ipa.go.jp/ipafont/download.html#en


IPAex Gothic, IPAex Mincho

IPAex fonts are combined fonts.
Hiragana, Katakana, Kanji = fixed IPA fonts.
alphabets, numbers = propotional IPA fonts.
[Website] http://ipafont.ipa.go.jp/ipaexfont/download.html#en
[License] http://ipafont.ipa.go.jp/ipaexfont/download.html#en


IPA Mona Gothic, IPA Mona Mincho

IPA Mona fonts are modified IPA fonts.
It is good for Japanese ASCII art.
Most Japanese ASCII art is designed for MS P Gothic, and
IPA Mona fonts have the same width as MS P Gothic.
[Website] http://www.geocities.jp/ipa_mona/
[License] You need to distribute them with the IPA certified softwares.

Click "opfc-ModuleHP-1.1.1_withIPAMonaFonts-1.0.8.tar.gz" in the page.
IPA Mona fonts are included in opfc-ModuleHP-*/fonts/* .


Gen-no-Kaku Gothic

Gen-no-Kaku Gothic is a part of Source Han Sans fonts.
Source Han Sans fonts are a set of Japanese/Chinese/Korean fonts
designed under the same guide.
"Gen" means "Source" in Japanese.
Kaku Gothic is a standard gothic typeface for Japanese.
[Website] http://sourceforge.net/adobe/source-han-sans/wiki/Home/
[License] Apache License, Version 2.0

Get SourceHanSansJP-*.zip for Japanese.
SourceHanSansCN-*.zip is for Chinese, SourceHanSansKR-*.zip is for Korean.

The Source Han Sans project is organized by Google and Adobe.
Google releases the fonts as "Noto Sans CJK".
http://googledevelopers.blogspot.jp/2014/07/noto-cjk-font-that-is-complete.html


Motoya L Cedar

"Motoya L Cedar" is a Gothic font made by the
Motoya Corporation.
Google Android use it for the Japanese font.
This font is designed for mobile machines.
[Website] Here
[License] Apache License.

Go to the [Website] and click "MTLc3m.ttf".
Click "view the full file" to get the font.


Motoya L Maruberi

"Motoya L Maruberi" is a Round Gothic font made by the
Motoya Corporation.
Google Android use it for the Japanese font.
This font is designed for mobile machines.
[Website] Here
[License] Apache License.

Go to the [Website] and click "MTLmr3m.ttf".
Click "view the full file" to get the font.


UmePlus Gothic

UmePlus fonts are combined fonts.
Hiragana, Katakana, alphabets, numbers = M+ fonts.
Kanji = Ume fonts.
[Website] Here
[License] You can redistribute it and modify it freely.


Takao Gothic, Takao Mincho

Modified IPA fonts.
Ubuntu might use them for the default Japanese fonts.
[Website] https://launchpad.net/takao-fonts
[License] http://ipafont.ipa.go.jp/ipafont/download.html#en

Check "Downloads" in the right.


Yasashisa Gothic

Yasashisa Gothic is a modified IPA/M+ font.
"yasashisa" means "gentleness" in Japanese.
[Website] http://www.fontna.com/
[License] http://ipafont.ipa.go.jp/ipaexfont/download.html#en
[Download] http://www.fontna.com/category/gallery/

Go to the [Download] page and click this image.

Click this image to get the font.



Yasashisa Antique

Yasashisa Gothic is a modified IPA/M+ font.
"yasashisa" means "gentleness" in Japanese.
This font is made for Japanese manga (comics).
[Website] http://www.fontna.com/
[License] http://ipafont.ipa.go.jp/ipaexfont/download.html#en
[Download] http://www.fontna.com/category/gallery/

Go to the [Download] page and click this image.

Click this image to get the font.



Kowai Mincho

Kowai Mincho is a modified IPA font.
"kowai" means "horrible" in Japanese.
"mincho" is a kind of a serif typeface.
[Website] http://www.fontna.com/
[License] http://ipafont.ipa.go.jp/ipaexfont/download.html#en
[Download] http://www.fontna.com/category/gallery/

Go to the [Download] page and click this image.

Click this image to get the font.



PixelMplus12

A bitmap style font.
PixelMplus12 is a truetype font. It is converted from M+ BITMAP FONTS.
PixelMplus12 is based on M+ 12x12 bitmap characters, and
PixelMplus10 is based on M+ 10x10 bitmap characters.
[Website] http://itouhiro.hatenablog.com/entry/20130602/font
[Download] sourceforge.jp
[License] You can redistribute it and modify it freely.

Click the latest "PixelMplus" (e.g. PixelMplus-20130602.zip).


Checkpoint

A Japanese old TV quiz program "America Oudan Ultra Quiz" has a lot of fans.
This font was made for them who want to see the logotype again.
[Website] http://marusexijaxs.web.fc2.com/
[Download] http://marusexijaxs.web.fc2.com/quizfont.html
[License] You can redistribute it and modify it freely.
If you like this font, send tweets to the author. 

Click "チェックポイントフォント TrueType Edition" or
"チェックポイントフォント OpenType Edition" to get the font.


Seto

A handwriting font.
[Website] http://nonty.net/
[License] You can get it freely, but you can't modify/redistribute it.

Go to the [Website] and click "ふぉんと".


Click "瀬戸フォント" on the bottom.
Click "瀬戸フォント Download".


Anzu, Anzu Touhaba

Anzu = Anzu-propotional.
Anzu Touhaba = Anzu-fixed.
[Website] http://www8.plala.or.jp/p_dolce/
[License] You can get it freely, but you can't modify/redistribute it.

Go to the [Website] and click "Font".


Click "フォントダウンロードページへ" (= Go to the font download page).
Click "あんずもじをダウンロード" (= Download Anzu).
Click "あんずもじ等幅をダウンロード" (= Download Anzu Touhaba).


Aqua, Aqua-P

A Japanese lady made a handwriting font "Aqua".
Aqua = Aqua-fixed.
Aqua-P = Aqua-propotional.
[Website] http://www.vector.co.jp/soft/data/writing/se244261.html
[Download]
あくあフォント
http://www.vector.co.jp/soft/dl/data/writing/se244261.html
あくあPフォント
http://www.vector.co.jp/soft/dl/data/writing/se244262.html
[License] You can redistribute it, but you need to tell it to 
the author before you do it.

Click "ダウンロード" (= download).

Note: Maybe we can extract this file only on Windows.


Gyate-Luminescence

A highlighter style font.
"gyatei" is a word in the Heart Sutra (Buddhist scriptures).
[Website] http://marusexijaxs.web.fc2.com/
[Download] http://marusexijaxs.web.fc2.com/tegakifont.html
[License] You can redistribute it and modify it freely.
If you like this font, send tweets to the author. 

Click "ぎゃーてーるみねっせんす TrueType Edition" or
"ぎゃーてーるみねっせんす OpenType Edition" to get the font.

Note: "きずだらけのぎゃーてー" is a joke font.
It includes wrong characters.


Jiyucho

A handwriting font.
"jiyucho" means "unruled notebook".
[Website] http://marusexijaxs.web.fc2.com/
[Download] http://marusexijaxs.web.fc2.com/tegakifont.html
[License] You can redistribute it and modify it freely.
If you like this font, send tweets to the author. 

Click "じゆうちょうフォント TrueType Edition" or
"じゆうちょうフォント OpenType Edition" to get the font.


Hanazome

A handwriting font.
[Website] http://www.asterism-m.com/font-hanazomefont.php
[License] You can't modify this font.
You can redistribute this font if you get permission.

Go to the [Website] and click "ダウンロードはこちら".


Unzip the file and rename "*****.ttf" to "hanazome.ttf".
Zip doesn't detect the character encoding properly,
so we can't see the file name in Linux.


Kajuden

A handwriting font.
"Kajuden" (= kajuuden) means "overcharge".
[Website] http://ameblo.jp/fakeholic/
[License] You can't redistribute/modify this font.

Go to the [Website] and click "Font".


Click this image.


Click the image to get Kajuden font.


Click the image to get Kajuden-bold font.



Mikiyu Penji

Another handwriting font.
[Website] http://sozaiya405.chu.jp/405/
[License] You can't modify/redistribute it.
You need to link to the Mikiyu website to use the
characters in your work.
If you use the characters for commercial use,
You need to send the work before you do it.

Click "フォント" on the top.


Click "NEWペン字P" (= NEW Penji P).


Click "Winのみ(zip)" (= Windows only [zip]).
Note: It works on Linux too.



Puchi Kuma

A handwriting font.
"Puchi Kuma" means "Petit Bear".
[Website] http://www16.plala.or.jp/puchikan/index.html
[License] You can use them only for personal use.
   You can't redistribute/modify them.
   If you want to use them for commercial use, you need to send a
   mail to the author and pay 1,000 yen or more.

Go to the [Website] and click "素材" (= material) on top-left.


Click "font" in the left frame,


and click "ダウンロードのページへ" (= Go to the font download page)
in the bottom of the right frame.


You will find these fonts.
ぷちくまふぉんと (= Puchi Kuma font)


ぷちくまふぉんと細め (= Puchi Kuma font thin).


ぷちくまふぉんと もっと太め等幅 (= Puchi Kuma font fixed more bold)


ぷちくまふぉんと 太め等幅 (= Puchi Kuma font fixed bold)



Sanafon, Sanafon P

Another handwriting font.
[Website] http://sana.s12.xrea.com/
[License] You can't redistribute/modify/sell this font.

Click "さなフォン" (= Sanafon = Sana font) in the left frame.


get "等幅(さなフォン/SanaFon)" or "プロポーショナル(さなフォンP/SanafonP)".
SanaFon = fixed font, SanafonP = propotional font.


Tanuki Magic

A permanent marker style font.
[Website] http://tanukifont.com/
[License] You can't sell this font.
If you want to redistribute this font, you need to tell it
to the author.

Go to the [Website] and click "フォントのダウンロード".


Click the image over the "たぬき油性マジック".


Click "フォントをダウンロード" (= Download the font).


Uzura

Another handwriting font.
[Website] http://azukifont.mints.ne.jp/
[Download] http://azukifont.mints.ne.jp/font/uzura.html
[License] You can't redistribute/modify it.

Go to the [Download] page and click "ダウンロード" (= download).

Azuki, Azuki-P

Azuki = Azuki-fixed.
Azuki-P = Azuki-propotional.
[Website] http://azukifont.mints.ne.jp/
[Download] http://azukifont.mints.ne.jp/font/azuki.html
[License] You can't redistribute/modify it.

Click "あずきフォント" and "あずきフォントP".
"あずきフォントL" doesn't include graphical characters (絵文字).
"あずきフォントB" is a bold font.


Buuchan

Another handwriting font.
[Website] http://www.buuchan.sakura.ne.jp/font/ (closed)
[Download] web.archive.org
[License] Free for non-commercial use. You can't redistribute it
without author's permission.

The official website was closed, but you can get the font from web.archive.org.
You'll find a link "ダウンロード(圧縮形式lzh)" (= Download [lzh format]).
"ダウンロード(圧縮形式zip)" (= Download [zip format]) is missing.


Honyaji

Another handwriting font.
[Website] http://honya.nyanta.jp/
[License] You can get it freely, but you can't redistribute it.

Click "ほにゃ字 VER.Re(zip)" to download the font.



Huiji, Huiji-P

Huiji = Huiji-fixed.
Huiji-P = Huiji-propotional.
[Website] http://hp.vector.co.jp/authors/VA039499/
[Download]
Huiji
http://www.vector.co.jp/soft/dl/data/writing/se337659.html
Huiji-P
http://www.vector.co.jp/soft/dl/data/writing/se347444.html
[License] You can redistribute it, but you can't modify it.

Click "ダウンロード" (= download).



Reiko

Another handwriting font.
[Website] http://www7.ocn.ne.jp/~reikofon/
[License] You can get it freely, but you can't redistribute it.

Click "フォントダウンロード" (= download the font) in the left.
Click "Download".



Armed Lemon

Another handwriting font.
[Website] http://calligra-tei.oops.jp/
[Download] http://www.vector.co.jp/soft/dl/data/writing/se334877.html
[License] You can get it freely, but you can't redistribute it.

Click "ダウンロード" (= download).



Armed Banana

Another handwriting font.
[Website] http://calligra-tei.oops.jp/
[Download] http://www.vector.co.jp/soft/dl/data/writing/se412970.html
[License] You can get it freely, but you can't redistribute it.

Click "ダウンロード" (= download).



Elmer, Elmer-P

A felt pen style font.
[Website] http://www.geocities.co.jp/Playtown-Rook/9602/index.html
[Download] http://www.vector.co.jp/soft/dl/data/writing/se407463.html
[License] You can get it freely, but you can't redistribute it.

Click "ダウンロード" (= download).


Unzip the file and rename "*****P.ttf" to "elmer-p.ttf".
Rename "*****.ttf" to "elmer.ttf".
Zip doesn't detect the character encoding properly,
so we can't see the file name in Linux.


Kiloji

Another handwriting font.
[Website] http://www.ez0.net/distribution/font/kiloji/
[License] You cannot redistribute it without the author's permission.

Go to the [Website] and you'll see "ダウンロード" (= download).
"きろ字 等幅" = Kiloji fixed
"きろ字 プロポーショナル" = Kiloji propotional
"きろ字 細字" = Kiloji thin
"きろ字 太字" = Kiloji bold


Aoyagi Kouzan's brush style fonts

Brush style fonts.
[Website] http://www7a.biglobe.ne.jp/~kouzan/
[Download]
Aoyagi Soseki's font
http://opentype.jp/aoyagisosekifont.htm
Aoyagi Kouzan's brush style font
http://opentype.jp/kouzanmouhitufont.htm
Aoyagi Kouzan's brush style font (gyousho style)
http://opentype.jp/kouzangyousho.htm
Aoyagi Kouzan's brush style font (sousho style)
http://opentype.jp/kouzansousho.htm
[License] Public Domain.

Click "Windows TrueTypeフォントのダウンロード(zip圧縮)" or
"OpenTypeフォントのダウンロード(zip圧縮)".


Other fonts

EPSON TrueTypeFont
[Website] http://www.epson.jp/dl_soft/readme/11632.htm
[License] You must use these fonts with the Epson printers.
You can't redistribute these fonts.

Go to the [Website] and click "使用許諾に同意してダウンロード"
(= Accept the license and download) at the bottom of the page.


If you are using Linux, run 7z to unpack it.
$ 7z x TrueTypeFont.EXE -oepson_font

EPSON TrueTypeFont 3.1.6 includes these fonts:
EPSON 丸ゴシック体M
EPSON 教科書体M
EPSON 行書体M
EPSON 正楷書体M
EPSON 太角ゴシック体B
EPSON 太丸ゴシック体B
EPSON 太行書体B
EPSON 太明朝体B


Y.Oz fonts
[Website] http://yozvox.web.fc2.com/
[License] You can redistribute them, but you need to tell it
to the author before you do it.

Go to the [Website] and click "-- Enter to download page --".

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