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As I was randomly browsing through Remembering the Kanji Volume 3, I found what I was looking for. The kana in this book are set in a font in which the height difference between smaller kana like ロ or ハ and larger kana like イ or さ is more accentuated. Additionally, in katakana, there seems to be a baseline and median line running through the characters such ...


Part of the reason why kanji are often written larger than kana is because it improves their legibility due to their more complex nature. As a matter of what is considered standard, all characters in Japanese are intended to occupy a box of a set, uniform size. That said, kana have a bit more room for variation when you get into handwriting, especially if ...

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