Rixing Type Foundry (日星鑄字行) is the only foundry that still makes the traditional Chinese character for printing presses. These unique pieces preserve the beauty of Chinese characters. Each set of type contains of over 300,000 characters and ornaments.
See variations of “double happiness” 囍 쌍희.
Read more in the BBC article Preserving traditional Chinese printing. This should be made into a museum.
North Adams has PRESS. PRESS is a public art project that invites people to see the process of traditional letterpress printing. I am quite fond of the beauty and history of printing presses.
字 letter, character 자
As we all know by now, hanja 한자 is Chinese character. ‘Ja’ for character.
True story: Saturday, I was admiring a block of type at the Providence Zen Center, similar to the one below. After a minute I exclaimed, “Oh, it’s backwards!” Of course it is backwards. This was observed by a Korean woman I had not yet met. She smiled, and we struck up a conversation about the Heart Sutra and the Tripitaka Koreana. I was so proud of myself for recognizing some Chinese characters, even in mirror image, the way typesetting works.
Here is some Korean vocabulary.
letter (type 활자) type (number 숫자, symbol 기호) character