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Edomoji (江戸文字 : えどもじ) are Japanese lettering styles, which were invented for advertising in the Edo period. The main styles of Edomoji include Kanteiryū, Yosemoji, Kagomoji, Higemoji, Chōchinmoji and Kakuji .

Kanteiryū (勘亭流)[edit]

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This style is used for publicity and programmes for arts like kabuki and rakugo. Invented by Okazakiya Kanroku (岡崎屋 勘六), the name derives from Okazaki's nickname, kantei (勘亭).

Yosemoji (寄席文字)[edit]

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The name yosemoji literally means "letters for yose (Japanese theater)". A combination of kanteiryū and chōchinmoji, it was used for posters and flyers.

Kagomoji (籠文字)[edit]

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This name literally means "cage letters". The characters are thick and square in shape. It is usually used in inverted form or sometimes as an outline.

Higemoji (髭文字)[edit]

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These characters have little "whiskers" on them. This style is used for kakigōri and ramune signs as well as being a common style for sake labels.

Sumōmoji (相撲文字)[edit]

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Style of lettering used for sumo wrestling advertisements and programmes.

Chōchinmoji (提灯文字)[edit]

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These characters are the ones used on chōchin (hanging paper lanterns), such as the ones commonly seen outside a yakitori stand in Japan.

Kakuji (角字)[edit]

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This very heavy, rectangular style is used for making seals.

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