So I'm practicing how to count the strokes of a Kanji. I've been having troubles for this one since I can't find it on Jisho. So I've wanted to ask: am I even right with the number of strokes?

Is the answer right?

If not, is there an easier way to count the strokes of a Kanji? And since I can't find the Kanji at all, can somebody tell me which Kanji is?

Thank you in advance!

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Yes; 12 is correct.

You can look up the stroke count from any dictionary, such as JDIC.

Look at the [画数] for and you will see that it is 12.

(At least I think you are looking at )

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    Or to provide a resource used by native speakers: kakijun.jp/page/12139200.html
    – virmaior
    Commented Sep 27, 2015 at 4:03
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    At first I thought it was that kanji, but I was confused because of one particular stroke. After watching the animation, does this mean this stroke is the same? i.imgur.com/6pwtbAm.png If so, is it because of how the kanji I used to count the strokes was written in a "Comic" way?
    – TotalNoob
    Commented Sep 27, 2015 at 4:16
  • @TotalNoob Where did you get the original image? Is it from a manga or something?
    – Ninj0r
    Commented Sep 27, 2015 at 4:49
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    @TotalNoob if you look at the kakijun page, you'll see that the difference doesn't change the stroke count because the standard character make an L shaped stroke where yours just makes a - shape stroke.
    – virmaior
    Commented Sep 27, 2015 at 5:44
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    @Ninj0r I think a user downvoted a lot of posts at random today. Please don't take it personally.
    – user1478
    Commented Sep 27, 2015 at 11:07

The (free) computer application Wakan has the option to specify a rough number of strokes and the radical (or radicals) to narrow down your search -- so if you're convinced it has 12 strokes and it's not showing up, expand the window to 11-13 strokes, etc.

This sort of functionality is also available on the (free) KanjiDraw application for Android, and if I recall correctly the Chinese handwriting pad on iOS is one of the few algorithms that is not heavily stroke-dependent (so may recognize your attempt even if you're drawing in 1 stroke something that is properly 2 strokes, which I'm often guilty of)

  • +1 For WaKan. This is a great application that I used for many many years. Unfortunately it is old and hasn't been updated since 2008 but it is still a great tool.
    – Ninj0r
    Commented Sep 28, 2015 at 3:50
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    @Ninj0r luckily Japanese has largely stayed the same since then :p (j/k, I catch your drift--it's quite clunky & sometimes outdated, but really overall an excellent tool. my learning improved markedly after installing) Commented Sep 28, 2015 at 4:17

You can use the following site for the stroke numbers in kanji http://jiten.go-kanken.com/

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