I'm helping a friend making a vertical neon sign for an installation with the word hikikomori. As I don't know anything about Japanese I just googled the translation, but can't understand how to order the characters. Should I just take 引き籠もり and then place one character on each line as read from top to bottom like:

Or should the order be the other way around when writing vertically? Languages are just not my thing...

  • that's fine, top down. – ericfromabeno Jul 11 '18 at 22:15
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    I would really love to see how the character 籠 is created using glass tubes. – istrasci Jul 11 '18 at 23:11

It should like this:

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  • You can just place each character from top to bottom, without rotating. For details, please see Horizontal and vertical writing in East Asian scripts
  • The word hikikomori is usually written as ひきこもり, in all-hiragana. Avoid complicated kanji 引 and 籠. The latter is probably impossible to reproduce with a neon tube, anyway.

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