Overview

(last updated: 20140206)

Free Japanese fonts are few. Why?

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

2. Most Japanese font authors don't use Linux.
They don't know about GPL.

3. Font authors don't want to see their fonts on adult sites.
So they don't want to make it free (GPL etc).

Why don't you link to the font files directly?

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).
Run kcontrol and disable hinting please.
$ kcontrol
Font -> Settings -> Hinting style -> Choose "None"
See also this page.

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/* .


Motoya L Cedar 3

"Motoya L Cedar 3" 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 Raw" to get the font.


Motoya L Maruberi 3

"Motoya L Maruberi 3" 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 get "MTLmr3m.ttf".
Click "View Raw" 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.


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".
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 page for downloading the font).
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).



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.


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).


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.



Nukamiso

A Gothic font.
[Website] Here
[License] You can't sell/buy this font.

Go to the website and click "ランドネットディスク物真似CSS".
You can get rnd_css_*.zip.

Open rnd_css_*/omake/ and you'll find these fonts:
nukamiso2004_beta05.ttf (JIS2004 format, recommended)
nukamiso_beta05.ttf (JIS97 format)
nukamisootf_beta05.otf (OpenType version of nukamiso_beta05.ttf)


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".


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 page for downloading files)
in the middle 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 "たぬき油性マジック".
Click "フォントをダウンロード" (= Download the font).


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


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 website 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)".



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 frame.
Click "Download".


Togoshi fonts

Japanese gothic fonts.

Togoshi Gothic is a propotional font.
Togoshi Mona Gothic is good for Japanese ASCII art.
It has the same width as MS P Gothic.
Togoshi Mono Gothic is a fixed font.
[Website] http://sourceforge.jp/projects/togoshi-font/
[License] You can redistribute them and modify them freely.


VL Gothic

VL Gothic is a successor of Sazanami Gothic.
Vine Linux and Debian use it for the default Japanese font.
[Website] http://dicey.org/vlgothic/
[Download] http://sourceforge.jp/projects/vlgothic/releases/
[License] You can redistribute it and modify it freely.


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] web.archive.org
[License] You can get it freely, but you can't redistribute it.

Note: We can't get the font from geocities.
Click web.archive.org.

Click the pictures to get the fonts.


Unzip the file and 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.

Go to the website and you'll see "ダウンロード" (= download).


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 it to unpack the fonts:
$ 7z x ttf316.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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