51 Japanese Characters definitely made my day. Peter Machat created an insightful collection of figurines to illustrate Japanese society and its cultural phenomena very often perceived as secret and mysterious. The illustrations are simply fabulous, the character descriptions are entertaining and easy perceptive making the entire collection a must have one.              

51 japanese characters

From what I’ve browsed and observed, these became my favorites:

japanese character seppuku
Seppuku. All his life he has been loyal to his master. After loosing his honor, there was only one possibility to regain it – sepuku, harakiri. It is the traditional Japanese form of honorable suicide. Before him many Japanese feudal warriors practised harakiri to avoid falling into enemy hands, as a priviliged alternative to execution, after a private misfortune or out of loyality to a dead master

japanese character kabuki
Kabuki. He wears the costume of the kabuki hero. Kabuki was founded in the early 17th century and was, in contrast to the noh theatre, the popular culture of the townspeople. Even though it was founded by a woman, all kabuki actors are men and even the women’s roles are performed by men, called “oyama”. The individual kanji charactes, read from left to right, mean sing, dance and skill.

japanese character bosozoku
Bosozoku. He is a member of a teenage bike gang. He likes designing modifications for his motorcycle. Every weekend he meets with his gang for a shinai boso, an illegal high speed mass rally through Tokyo, organized by the sento sha, the gang leader, whom nobody is allowed to overtake. He is a tough guy and would like to become a Yakuza member one day.

51 characters are available on limited 500 pieces run of postcards available for ordering – 17.80 EUR for the entire set. 84×118 Posters are coming soon.

You can browse the web gallery and order on: 51 Japanese Characters by Peter Machat

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