Samurai Japanese Cuisine

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Creative Agency: MAROG Creative Agency
Art Director/Illustrator: Varduhi Antonyan
Graphic Designer: Haykaz Khroyan
Copywriter: Milena Sarukhanyan
Photographer: Arnos Martirosyan
Project Type: Produced, Commercial Work
Client: Samurai Japanese Cuisine
Location: Yerevan, Armenia
Packaging Contents: Seafood, Sushi, Tea
Packaging Substrate / Materials: Paper
Printing Process: Digital printing, Embossing

The branding of Samurai Japanese Cuisine in Yerevan is based on the brand concept of samurai fish characters ready to scarify themselves to serve the customers the freshest sushi and other delicious food from Japanese cuisine.

Our objective was to create a new brand identity that would attract new customers, especially young people and opinion leaders who might be shocked by the identity.

The team came up with the idea of samurai fish who commit hara-kiri to satisfy their Emperors, i.e. their customers. This unusual Japanese ritual and the peculiarities of Japanese cuisine inspired the designers to create four characters of self-sacrificing fishes; TUNA, SHRIMP, OCTOPUS and the CONGER.

A simple typographic solution has been given to the logotype of the brand. A Latin font was stylized to create a visual connection with Japanese calligraphy and to pass on a taste of Japan. Blue has been chosen as the dominant color for the brand identity mostly to convey the idea that here fish is fresh and organic. The dark colors black and grey are to emphasize the premium quality and price aspect of the brand.

A hand-drawing technique has been used combined with the digital art for illustrating the original characters of samurai fishes.

To emotionally connect with the visitors and communicate the message of self-sacrificing fishes we created stories; the philosophical thoughts of the master fishes.

There is also a tearoom in the Samurai Samurai Japanese Cuisine used for tea ceremonies for which the team of designers created a beautiful illustration inspired by the famous print “The Great Wave off Kanagawa” by the Japanese artist Hokusai. The same illustration was used to create a packaging design of tea containers to be placed in the tearoom.

Being unbelievable fans of sushi, our team knew the importance of impressing customers with unique product packaging. So they designed a special delivery box that contains sushi and rolls, chopsticks, wasabi, gari and soy sauce.

On other printed materials such as the menu or the business card a fish squama has been used as another design element of the brands visual identity.

What’s Unique?
Knowing the importance of impressing customers with unique product delivery box, our designers created a special sushi delivery box all in one that contains sushi and rolls, chopsticks, wasabi, gari and soy sauce – a true paradise for sushi lovers. Its shape is simple and convenient that makes it valuable for the customers. There are have been designed four boxes with different characters of fish that can be delivered together in one paper bag or separately according to the customer’s wish.