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    Quote Originally Posted by Azelor View Post
    You could try to labe the forests unsing only kanji.
    This map isn't for any story or anything so I think I can get away with not labeling the forest and mountains. I like the map better without those labels, it looks cleaner to me.

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    That is a very interesting and original style! Where did you got the idea from?
    Thanks rgcalsaverini! To be honest I do karate and I remember having the idea while we were practicing some kanji I think it was the kanji for mountain. I looked at more kanji and I thought that I could make a cool map out of kanji so I tried it.

    Also some of the names are based off of karate terminology and some other Japanese words as well.
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    Hum, I've tried karate for a while. But eventually I just accepted that I hate sports and the bigger kids would still take my lunch money no matter what.

    But seriously now, that's a really interesting concept. And I agree with you, for it to work it should be VERY clean, otherwise it will look confusing. I like that you used grayscale, no land texture or gradients and kept it clean, its a real all round concept and you should definitively use it again!
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    I will keep that in mind for the future, right now I have a few ideas that I want to do before I do another map with kanji but maybe someday I will run out of new ideas and redo an older one.

    It was the first greyscale map I have done and I was a little worried about it at first but I got it the way I wanted it, and I'm glad you liked it too.

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    I like what you did in the latest version. Great call to keep the smaller labels!

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    Thanks Lingon! I 'm glad you think so.

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    If you don't mind me asking, which style of karate do you practice?

    As regards to the map, I really like the idea behind it and the implementation is convincing to me, except maybe the rivers, they seem more tree trunks than waterways in my opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fabio p View Post
    If you don't mind me asking, which style of karate do you practice?

    As regards to the map, I really like the idea behind it and the implementation is convincing to me, except maybe the rivers, they seem more tree trunks than waterways in my opinion.
    I do Hidy Ochiai, Washin Ryu karate.

    Thanks I'm glad you liked it!

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    So this is the last draft of this map that I'm going to do. It's finished! yay!

    (WIP) Kanji map 'Kazimai'-kanji.map.kazimai.dcj..png

    (WIP) Kanji map 'Kazimai'-sima.gif
    I thought I would also show you the Kanji for Island. I said in my first post that the land shape and the way I placed the kanji on the map outlines the Island kanji. Hopefully you will be able to see the parallelism between the symbol for Island and the land shape itself.
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    It's a really well executed and creative idea. Inspiration for a monthly challenge theme too I think.
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