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Nikkei Line


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Ships, historical landmarks of this journey, showed through photos from a historical archive a uniform typographic system in the letters painted on their hulls. A notable feature was the reverse contrast, and the common use of the “Line” suffix in names, such as “Toho Line” and “Japan Line.”

PP Nikkei is a tribute to Japanese immigration to America through typography, honoring the stories of Japanese immigrants and their descendants. “Nikkei” refers to Japanese individuals and their descendants who live outside Japan.

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Styles 18 Styles with 513 Glyphs each
Including Italics & Crest Set
Latest Update March 2024
Version 1.00
Available Formats OTF, TTF, WOFF, WOFF2

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  • Thin 100
    Ultralight 200
    Light 300
    Regular 400
    Medium 500
    Semibold 600
    Bold 700
    Ultrabold 800
    Heavy 900
  • Thin Italic 100
    Ultralight Italic 200
    Light Italic 300
    Regular Italic 400
    Medium Italic 500
    Semibold Italic 600
    Bold Italic 700
    Ultrabold Italic 800
    Heavy Italic 900
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Nikkei Line
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Nikkei Line
is variable in
weight  +  italic !

This process began on June 18, 1908, when the ship Kasato Maru arrived in the country bringing 781 workers to farms in the interior of São Paulo. Consequently, June 18 was established as the national day of Japanese immigration. In 1973, the flow stopped almost completely after the Nippon Maru immigration ship arrived; at that time, there were almost 200,000 Japanese settled in the country. Currently, there are approximately one million Japanese-Brazilians, mostly living in the states of São Paulo and Paraná. According to a 2016 survey published by IPEA, in a total of 46 801 772 Brazilians' names analyzed, 315 925 or 0.7% of them had the only or last name of Japanese origin. The descendants of Japanese are called Nikkei, their children are Nisei, their grandchildren are Sansei, and their great-grandchildren are Yonsei. Japanese-Brazilians who moved to Japan in search of work and settled there from the late 1980s onwards are called dekasegi. Due to the expansion of coffee plantations, which was the major driver of the Brazilian economy from the second half of the 19th century until the 1920s, there was a demand for cheap workforce in rural São Paulo. The first official visit to pursue a diplomatic trade agreement with Japan took place in 1880. On November 16 of that year, Vice Admiral Artur Silveira da Mota began negotiations in Tokyo to establish a Treaty of Friendship, Commerce and Navigation between the two countries. Mota was received by the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs, Kagenori Ueno. Efforts were renewed in 1882 with Minister Plenipotentiary Eduardo Calado, who accompanied Mota in 1880. However, the treaty would only be signed three years later, on November 5, 1895, by the Brazilian plenipotentiary minister Gabriel de Toledo Piza e Almeida and the Japanese plenipotentiary Minister Sone Arasuke, allowing the introduction of Japanese immigrants in Brazil. In the early 1960s, the Japanese Brazilian population in the cities already surpassed that of the countryside. As the vast majority of families that moved to São Paulo and cities in Paraná had few resources and were headed by first and second-generation Japanese, it was imperative that their business did not require a large initial investment or advanced knowledge of the Portuguese language. Thus, a good part of the immigrants began to dedicate themselves to small trade or to the provision of basic services, where dyeing stood out. In the 1970s, 80% of the 3,500 establishments that washed and ironed the clothes of São Paulo citizens were Japanese. According to anthropologist Célia Sakurai: "The business was convenient for the families, because they could live at the back of the dye shop and do all the work without having to hire employees. In addition, the communication required by the activity was brief and simple". A 2017 survey revealed that Brazilians of Japanese descent are the wealthiest group in Brazil. The survey concluded that Brazilians with a Japanese surname are the ones who earn the most (73.40 reais per hour). In 2008, IBGE published a book about the Japanese diaspora and it estimated that, as of 2000 there were 70,932 Japanese-born immigrants living in Brazil (compared to the 158,087 found in 1970). Of the Japanese, 51,445 lived in São Paulo. Most of the immigrants were over 60 years old, because the Japanese immigration to Brazil has ended since the mid-20th century. For the whole Brazil, with over 1.4 million people of Japanese descent, the largest percentages were found in the states of São Paulo (1.9% of Japanese descent), Paraná (1.5%) and Mato Grosso do Sul (1.4%). The smallest percentages were found in Roraima and Alagoas (with only 8 Japanese). The percentage of Brazilians with Japanese roots largely increased among children and teenagers. In 1991, 0.6% of Brazilians between 0 and 14 years old were of Japanese descent. In 2000, they were 4%, as a result of the returning of Dekasegis (Brazilians of Japanese descent who work in Japan) to Brazil.


Ships, historical landmarks of this journey, showed through photos from a historical archive a uniform typographic system in the letters painted on their hulls. A notable feature was the reverse contrast, and the common use of the “Line” suffix in names, such as “Toho Line” and “Japan Line.”

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