Is there one? Or does it even matter? I personally start at the top and go clockwise. Just curious.

Update: I realized the other day that the reason I start at the 12-o'clock position and go clockwise is because this is the same motion (more or less) used when writing あ, お, め, ぬ, の, etc.

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    I start at the top and go anti-clockwise.
    – Flaw
    Commented Jan 5, 2012 at 3:12
  • @Flaw-san So do I.
    – user1016
    Commented Jan 5, 2012 at 15:53

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Well, a han-dakuten isn't a kanji, so I would say that it doesn't matter one way or another. However, the actual kanji has a "stroke order" (stroke direction?) of a single stroke starting at the top and going counter-clockwise. (Link) So, if does have one, my bet is that's what it is.

  • That being said, I always go clockwise... Commented Jan 5, 2012 at 3:16
  • Lol!! What kanji is that 〇 btw?
    – user1016
    Commented Jan 5, 2012 at 15:56
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    @Chocolate It's "zero" or "circle" (as in what is used for correcting papers) ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/… It's a relatively new kanji, as these things go, apparently. Also, I'm not sure why this answer was downvoted: I provided a source to back up what I said, I answered the question, I can't guarantee it's correct, but Comments are not for Answers: meta.japanese.stackexchange.com/q/593/921 Commented Jan 5, 2012 at 16:56
  • Lol, I don't see why your answer was downvoted either. Well we usually don't call 'zero'/'circle' a kanji so I got a bit confused. Thanks for the feedback anyway.
    – user1016
    Commented Jan 5, 2012 at 17:13
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    Why does whether han-dakuten is kanji or not matters? Kana letters have stroke orders, too. Commented Jan 6, 2012 at 15:15

This blog post refers to an elementary school text book for the writing order of a 半濁点. It starts from 6 o'clock and goes around clockwise.

  • That is how I learned to write it back in first-grade as well.
    – user4032
    Commented Sep 12, 2021 at 16:12
  • I can agree on that. I also write 。(句点) in same way as well.
    – Skye-AT
    Commented Sep 12, 2021 at 19:19

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