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I am evaluating some software that needs to use fonts. I need to specify the location of the font. The font I would like it to use is Osaka.

A quick Google search suggests, "Osaka is the default Japanese font included in MacOS" which sounds plausible.

When I specify the location of the fonts as: /System/Library/Fonts the software reports that it can't find Osaka there. And indeed, the file is not there! Nor is it in /Library/Fonts... and neither is it in ~/Library/Fonts. And a Finder search comes up dry. But in Font Book, I can find Osaka there with the collection of "System Fonts".

Screenshot of the Font Book window showing a font named Osaka with the contextual menu and the 'Show in Finder' greyed out

You can see that the "Show in Finder" command is greyed out. So the question is, How can I refer to this Osaka font as a file? Can I extract it from somewhere?

I'm uncomfortable downloading it as the downloaded definition could clash with the built-in font.

The system is macOS Ventura 13.6

Screenshot in response to request for clarifying information: enter image description here

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  • Aren't there any other Japanese fonts at the bottom of the list when you navigate to /System/Library/Fonts/ ?
    – tama
    Sep 29, 2023 at 13:59
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    Is the font currently installed and shown in font selection panels? I can't find it either; but I haven't installed it. (It's optional, so probably not the default Japanese font.) Is the filepath not shown under "Details" in the right-hand panel? However, I'm curious what this app is that you need a filepath to "use" a font.
    – benwiggy
    Sep 29, 2023 at 14:25
  • @tama yes, there are a number of "hiragan-" fonts. They are all represented as files, as expected. Sep 29, 2023 at 22:35
  • @benwiggy the app is Iceni Infix Server trial edition. The file path is not shown in "details". I added a second screenshot. As for your first question, I don't know how to answer it. What is a font selection panel exactly? Sep 29, 2023 at 22:42
  • A Font Selection Panel is the dialog where you choose a font to use for your text. Command T in Pages or TextEdit. Other apps might have a drop-down menu list of fonts. "Can you style text in Osaka in a text app?" is what I'm asking.
    – benwiggy
    Sep 30, 2023 at 8:18

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Look in /System/Library/AssetsV2/

cd /System/Library/AssetsV2/; find . -iname '*osaka*'

This outputs for me:

./com_apple_MobileAsset_Font7/0818d874bf1d0e24a1fe62e79f407717792c5ee1.asset/AssetData/OsakaMono.ttf
./com_apple_MobileAsset_Font7/a3f9a9e35bdf3babe03b2fd162051306fad439d6.asset/AssetData/Osaka.ttf
./PreinstalledAssetsV2/InstallWithOs/com_apple_MobileAsset_Font6/6e5a0f19f3737bb24d3fd26f5232d3c22f13d772.asset/AssetData/OsakaMono.ttf
./PreinstalledAssetsV2/InstallWithOs/com_apple_MobileAsset_Font6/c5bb7e8e17b14e3d0cfa9f59af77b7d3acebb045.asset/AssetData/Osaka.ttf

This other Apple Stackexchange post helped me find this directory: Where are my Fonts?

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  • Your answer... it's like magic! I can see in my install history, this Mac has been upgraded to Catalina then Monterey and then Ventura. Maybe I downloaded the font years ago or maybe it is a prior default and now moved to optional. Regardless, I can think of no good reason that /System/Library/AssetsV2 is excluded from the Spotlight index! Sep 30, 2023 at 11:55

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