Edomoji are a group of styles of calligraphy created in Japan during the Edo period, originally intended for posters and other advertising. They are still used today, but are nevertheless not typically taught to calligraphy students. Although the style of writing can be understood by the Chinese, it is a distinctly japanese style of calligraphy, and is therefore even today still used to advertise japanese restaurants and entertainement. There are seven basic forms of Edomoji.
Created by Okazaki Yakanroku, it is used to advertise Kabuki.
Literal meaning "letters to draw in customers".
Literal meaning "cage letters". It is characterised by its thick, square shape.
Characterised by its whispy look.
Used to advertise sumo events.
Used on hanging paper laterns.
Rectangular in shaped, it is used usually for making seals.