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Japan Delicacy Poster, 24x36, Background Zen Circle
Japan Delicacy Poster, 24x36, Background Zen Circle

Japan Delicacy Poster is the first poster that illustrates Japanese delicacy & local specialties! The wall art is consisted of 42 distinctive local food and unique dishes across the land of Japan. 

Japan Delicacy Poster, 24x36, Background Seven Goldfish (Coming Soon)
Japan Delicacy Poster, 24x36, Background Seven Goldfish (Coming Soon)

 

FOODBEAST:

"This poster featuring Japanese foods from all across the country is beautiful and educational, and definitely deserves a spot on any foodie's wall." - Constantine S.

FINE DINING LOVERS:

"We're big fans of the Japanese Foodie blog and their illustrated guides to Japanese dishes – they're well designed and well informed." - Tom J.

JAPAN TODAY:

"Perfect for hanging in the kitchen, guaranteed to make you hungry whenever you look at it." - Scott W. 

Located in the Pacific coast of East Asia, Japan is an island nation that rely heavily on fish and seafood over centuries. While you can easily find fresh and delicious seafood near the coastline, some seafood is specially famous in one region over the other. For instance, the city of Sakai Minato 境港 is where you can find exquisite snow crab due to the region's plankton-rich seafloor environment. It is so delicious that the crab remains one of the prides of Japan!

Snow Crab Feast
Snow Crab Feast

Although sushi originated from fermented fish and rice, Edo Mae Sushi is especially popular with invention of serving fresh fish on "vinegared" rice. As the name suggested, "Edo Mae" means Tokyo Bay, (was named when Tokyo was still called Edo) you will still find this type of sushi in Tokyo from convenience store to upscale sushi restaurants. 

Edo Mae Sushi, Tokyo JAPAN
Edo Mae Sushi, Tokyo JAPAN

Although many delicacies are found in high-end restaurants, most specialties are not luxurious and can be found everywhere in town. For example, there is a gyoza city in Japan called Utsunomiya 宇都宮. The city is so famous for their gyoza and overwhelmed with 200+ gyoza specialty shops! As you walk around the city, you will literally see gyoza statues everywhere too!

Utsunomiya Gyoza Statue, Utsunomiya JAPAN
Utsunomiya Gyoza Statue, Utsunomiya JAPAN

 

Delicacies from Japan have been spreading to the western world in a very rapid pace over the past decades. However, as I travel more and more between the US and Japan, I realized these specialties are especially famous in one region over another for good reasons! Fundamentally, most of these delicacies remain local due to its geographical, cultural, and historical influence. 

Geographical

The northernmost island of Japan is Hokkidao Prefecture, where there are plentiful of fresh, flavorful, and high quality seafood. Other than the colder climate in Hokkaido that is nurturing fish with more fats, the Pacific Ocean current near Hokkaido also brings in lots of rich nutrition for the sea animals. The region is famous for their tuna, squid, salmon roe (ikura), sea urchin (uni), scallops (hotate), hairy crabs, etc.

Uni Ikura Donburi (Sea Urchin & Salmon Roe Rice Bowl) , Sapporo JAPAN
Uni Ikura Donburi (Sea Urchin & Salmon Roe Rice Bowl) , Sapporo JAPAN

Cultural  

There are actually many tales and legends of horse eating in Kumamoto. With the over-abundance of horses after World War II, horse eating became a natural response when combining their circumstances with local myths. Also known as 桜肉 sakuraniku, literally "cherry blossom meat," today 馬刺し Basashi (horse sashimi) is a very common dish in Kumamoto.

Historical

In the city of Morioka, there is a nearly-400-year-old tradition of challenging bowls and bowls of bite-size buckwheat noodles called わんこそば Wanko Soba. "Wanko" means bowls in the local dialect and soba is simply buckwheat noodle. [Source] Other than experiencing Wanko Soba in a local restaurant, the city also hosts annual competitions to continue their tradition of Wanko Soba.

Wanko Soba わんこそば
Wanko Soba わんこそば

 

With a total of 42 dishes introduced in this design each illustration depicts how each specialty is served as if you are in Japan!

This delicacy poster is all about discovering unique specialties within Japan, in which you will find the Kanji character of Japan, 日本, on the upper left corner of the poster.

Japan Delicacy Poster, 24x36, Background Zen Circle
Japan Delicacy Poster, 24x36, Background Zen Circle

ILLUSTRATIONS

One of the finest and beautiful things about Japanese delicacies (or food in general in Japan) is their exquisite presentation! While this is one of the many reasons why I fall in love with Japanese food, I wish to introduce these Japanese specialties to you with its most native and local way as if you are visiting the city and being presented with the dish in front of you!

From my own experience traveling to Japan, the way these dishes were prepared and layout were no joke! Chefs and staffs pay absolute attention to details with the food they proudly serve!

EDUCATIONAL

Each city has its own noteworthy specialty food and delicacy. We might not be familiar with their food name or even what it is. That's why you will not see only the illustration but also city name in both English and Japanese, food name in Japanese (hiragana/katakana and kanji), and a quick introduction/description of this dish. 

BACKGROUND

The dark red brush stroked circle in the black background is inspired by ensō, which came from the teaching of Zen. It creates a simple yet mysterious background for this project! 

Background "Zen Circle"
Background "Zen Circle"

Although we haven't reach our current funding goal right now, I had already planned for future stretch goals! One of the stretch goals will be introducing a new background called "The Seven Goldfish." 

This background is inspired by the beautiful Japanese goldfish, which symbolizes wealth and good luck in Japanese culture. With a coral colored background and dark sea blue fonts, this "Seven Goldfish" background provides a refreshing, vibrant, lively theme!

Stretch Goal Background
Stretch Goal Background

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The physical poster comes in a jumbo size 24 inch wide x 36 inch tall. It will be printed on sustainable paper with a semi-gloss finish. The finish product will be printed in California USA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Expensive international shipping cost had been a serious issue from my previous projects. Usually it will cost around $22-25 for shipping to countries other than the US and Canada. That is why a digital version is finally introduced on my Kickstarter campaign! 

It costs $0 to ship a digital version of my poster artwork. You will receive a PDF file by email. It's that simple!

DIGITAL VERSION SPECIFICATION

With a digital version, you can get quick access to the full sized artwork on your computer, phone, or any electronics with a few clicks. It also allows you to print a full sized poster at any local printing services near you. You will be able to print up to a full size, highest quality, 24x36 inch colored "Japan Delicacy Poster!" 

 

Japan Delicacy Poster, 24x36, Background Zen Circle
Japan Delicacy Poster, 24x36, Background Zen Circle

 

The delivery is estimated to be 2-3 weeks before the holiday season starts! The timing is perfect to prepare a gift for yourself (or a friend ^^) without getting into "Holiday Shipping Delay" from high demands during Black Friday and Thanksgiving holiday. 

Your rewards are expected to be delivered to your doorstep (or email if pledging digital reward) in late October or beginning of November this year. 

For Physical Poster Rewards, you will receive the printed poster rolled and securely packed in a 26-inch long cardboard cylinder tube via United States Postal Service (USPS). If you are a returning backer, you will notice I post updates whenever the rewards are manufactured, packed, shipped, and of course, when providing tracking information of the shipments. 

When your rewards are shipped, I will post a Google spreadsheet on Kickstarter update with a list of USPS tracking numbers that looks like THIS. This way, backers can easily get accessed to and find tracking number for their packages from a live spreadsheet that I will be updating when packages are shipped. 

For Digital Rewards, you will receive a PDF file for this poster about 14 days after this campaign ends. That is when Kickstarter completely collected and processed all pledges from the campaign. It takes about 14 days, and you can read more at Kickstarter's FAQ

Thank you for stepping by and check out my Kickstarter campaign! It is great if you are ready to back this project, but you can also support this campaign by simply sharing with your friends! Let's start with Facebook and Twitter! :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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My name is Fanny. I am a graphic designer who loves Japanese food. I started my Japanese food blog, Japanese Foodie, when I first traveled to Japan! 

Me at Miyamasou, a traditional Japanese inn (Ryokan) in Kyoto JAPAN
Me at Miyamasou, a traditional Japanese inn (Ryokan) in Kyoto JAPAN

 

From Ramen, Japanese snacks, Sushi, and Tamago, I've designed different graphics to illustrate these delicious Japanese food to the western world. This time, I am excited to finally introduce Japanese delicacy, which includes local specialties, delicious seafood, and exotic dishes! 

 

 

Risks and challenges

As an 9-time creator on Kickstarter, I enjoy the experience and am very familiar with the entire process of fulfilling on Kickstarter. As you already know, this is an one-person project, I am glad to learn the entire process of creating something and encounter challenges from my earlier projects. My experience includes drawing simple designs to finishing products, managing printing production, and shipping out rewards.

After this project get funded, printed posters will be ready within two weeks after fund is transferred by Kickstarter. Then, it will be take around one week to pack and ship out all the rewards. Estimate delivery is October-November 2017.

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