Columbia Business School's Center on Japanese Economy and Business (CJEB) is a hub of research and programming centered around the world's third largest economy by GDP. CJEB is the school's first and only center whose focus is dedicated to a single country of study outside the United States. To commemorate 30 years since its founding, CJEB commissioned a mark to celebrate.
Coincidentally, I grew up watching anime and playing video games designed and developed by Japanese studios, so I was excited at the prospect of making a logo for the center.
Although my knowledge of Japanese is so below elementary it's subterranean, I was aware of East Asian seals, and wanted to make a mark that was encircled by a shape of some kind.
Riffing off the geometry of the school's brand type family, I arrived at this solution.