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Japanese Vintage Design Inspiration

When I was growing up, I’d play the Japanese card game Hanafuda with my grandparents. Mesmerized by the stunning yet simple designs on each card, I memorized each combination: ribbon, maple and deer, geese, moon and sky, boar and butterfly.  At the kitchen table we’d play and snack on senbei, and at these moments I felt so happy and loved. I still remember my grandmother’s Japanese plates upon which she’d serve me tiny treats and tea.  Surrounded deep in my family’s culture, I gained an appreciation for everything Japanese.

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When I see vintage Japanese design, I feel warmly reminded of my grandparents and the love we shared.  The gentle simplicity still embraces and inspires me.  Via Pinterest, here are:

25 Vintage Design and Illustrations inspired by Japan

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About the Author, Heather Sakai

Heather Sakai is the Community Manager here at Go Media. She helps designers prevent design disaster over at MockupEverything.com, where she serves as the Product Manager. She's proud to work for the most passionate creative agency in the universe, the best in Cleveland Web Design, custom branding and print.
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  • Joshua Hyatt

    Heather, My sister-in-law is into pretty much anything Japanese. She loves the culture, food, history, etc. She wants to visit there someday to, but interestingly enough-she doesn’t like to travel. I am not sure how that will work out for her. I have posted this link on her facebook page for her to check out. I know she will like it.

    • Heather Sakai

      Thanks for sharing Joshua!