Similar to ramen, sushi today also has unlimited combination of forms and styles by using different ingredients, preparing methods, etc; however, serving traditional sushi is still extremely appreciable and respectable in Japan.
The perfect example is the most famous sushi house in Tokyo called Sukiyabashi Jiro. The 91 year-old sushi master, Jiro Ono, has been serving traditional sushi since 1965. Not only Michelin Guide awarded his restaurant 3 stars, Jiro Ono-san had been recognized as a "living treasure" by the Japanese government from his influence of Japanese cuisine and striving for perfection in the art of making sushi.
For most people, it is quite easy to recognize salmon, tuna, tamago, shrimp, or unagi with their obvious distinct characteristics. But of course, there are many other traditional and delicious sushi dishes that you should definitely try and learn about such as ikura (salmon roe), anago (saltwater eel), katsuo (bonito), uni (sea urchin), horse mackerel, kuruma ebi (tiger shrimp), etc.
What's on The Sushi Poster?
Since sushi was rooted from Japan, what I really want to convey through this project is to introduce a list of sushi that are actually long-established in traditional sushi house in Japan. Some examples includes Tako (Octopus), Shako (Mantis shrimp), Aka-gai (Red Clam), Tori-gai (Japanese Cockle), and Katsuo (Bonito/Skipjack Tuna).
All illustrations are drawn by me based on real sushi.
Underneath each sushi illustration, the name of the sushi is introduced in three ways:
- Japanese name in English (Pronunciation of the Japanese words)
- in Japanese (Kanji character)
- in English (translation)
Two Poster Backgrounds
Two backgrounds are designed for The Sushi Poster. The first one is a wood background wrapped by a blue border. It represents a wooden sushi plate (Sushi Geta 寿司下駄 )
The second background is based on a beautiful flower garden in Fukuoka called "Kawachi Wisteria Garden" 河内藤園. The garden is most famous from its 100 meter long tunnel made out of white and purple Wisteria flowers during Spring.
The Sushi Poster is going to be printed within the USA. It is in 16x20 inch coated glossy 80 lb. paper. My artist stamp will be stamped on the upper right corner on the front, OR on the back of the poster depending on your preference.
This campaign will end on January 3rd 2017. Once I receive the fund from Kickstarter, I will immediately start submitting printing job for the poster. Delivery will be expected around the beginning of February for USA-based backers and the end of February for outside of USA backers.
Who's the designer?
My name is Fanny. I am a graphic designer that loves Japanese food. I write a blog about my Japanese food experience around the world called Japanese Foodie. "The Ramen Poster" was my first artwork that introduces 25 different traditional types of ramen throughout Japan. This time, I want to introduce 35 traditional sushi that are essential and important to most authentic sushi house that were passed down from generations to generations.
Risks and challenges
I have successfully funded 5 other Kickstarter projects and sent out all rewards to backers promptly. Even though 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 one week 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 February 2017.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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