Featured Artist: Junko Sato
Manga artist Junko Sato lives and works in Sendai, Japan. Her quick, playful drawings depict events from her everyday life along with charming animals that behave like humans. We fell in love with her work, as it is such a beautiful and loving vehicle for conveying one’s feelings!
Japanese Greeting Card / Letterpress Printing
Tegami is a Japanese greeting card brand by Konno Printing, specializing in letterpress cards based on the work of Japanese designers and artists. At Tegami—the Japanese word for “letter”–we are hoping to deliver a unique, inspiring communication experience by bringing together the finest Japanese designers and our 100 years of printing experience.
This project also offers international exposure to young, emerging Japanese artists through the greeting card medium while at the same time promoting letterpress printing, which is not yet a prominent technique in Japan.
Enjoy our greeting cards! Because we love talking to our customers and friends, feel free to contact us if there is anything we can do!
What makes us unique?
100 Years of Experience
As a printing company with more than 100 years of history, Konno Printing prides itself on its printing technique and experience. At the same time, Konno Printing embraces the latest technologies and ideas. We are one of the biggest manufacturers of Japanese New Year cards (年賀状) in the region, making the most of our know-how in producing greeting cards.
Another mission of Tegami is to collaborate with talented emerging artists and designers, giving them opportunities for international exposure. We are most grateful to those artists and designers for making tegami such a powerful tool for delivering important messages!
Although we are based in Japan, we collaborate with variety of partners to secure access to the international market, as well as making it sure that we can communicate without any problem in English. Feel free to inquire or of course order in English!
Enjoy some of our video clips!
Find out more about Junko Sato, one of the most popular designers of Tegami. The manga-inspired illustrator describes how she started to draw and what it means to her to produces works for Tegami.
Tegami Letterpress Machine
Meet our Heidelberg letterpress printing machine! This "old" technology is so curiously fresh and intriguing, with enchanting movements and warm texture.
Junko Sato was not a professional artist but a bookstore clerk in Sendai. However, the manga-inspired works she ceaselessly drew with a simple pen (originally just for her friends) soon made her a famous artist through words of mouth. Her works have been featured in a variety of media, such as books, magazines, and advertisements, as well as in a solo exhibition.
Tegami's greeting cards designed by Junko are available here!
Tochigi-based freelance illustrator Chigusa Aihara is well-known for her unforgettable images, characterized by soft colors, tactile textures and imaginative motifs. Always with an inspiring twist, her works show a natural aptitude for delivering messages, and they have been widely used in various media, such as magazines, advertisements, T-shirts and iPhone covers.
Meet Us at a Trade Show!
We eagerly exhibit our work at trade shows around the globe, focusing on the European market at the moment. We will let you know when the date of our next show is set!
(photo from the New York International Gift Fair)
Where We Are
We are located in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture in Japan.