Chinese Characters have ancient roots, but appear surprisingly modern when made the focus of a town's character. Kitakata is a city in Fukushima that is trying to revive itself in the long wake of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, with a unique approach that has captured the imagination of visitors, residents, and the media.
Here are some links to help you enjoy this revival of ancient Kanji. Even though some of these sites are in Japanese, you can still enjoy the appeal of the ancient kanji as graphic design and on signboards.
Video of ancient Kanji coming to life
Kitakata Kanji in the News
Translating Kanji and Sake into Tourism