I came across this on Twitter and thought some of you might be interested. Maybe this post should be in the culture section? Not sure.
The NORAMOJI project is the creation of fonts to preserve the unusual style of old town Japanese shop signs. You can download them for a small donation, some of which goes to the shopkeepers, and you can try the fonts out on the home page, it will show you the result in a photo of the shop (inside the sign).
Links:We can find a lot of font in old towns. Those may not be so sophisticated but has unique charm. In this project, we named such characters “NORAMOJI”. We aim to “Find > Analyze > Reproduce them.
http://noramoji.jp/about (there’s a video on this page)