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手書き. Handwritten Japanese, including, but not restricted to, Japanese calligraphy.

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Kanji size and proportions

When I'm practicing writting kanji, the proportions between each of the strokes always seem to be a little off. Are there known exercises to help with this? At the moment, I'm only trying to "copy" it ...
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Does the second stroke of ち have a break in it when handwritten?

き and さ when handwritten tend to have a break in the "loop" of the second stroke.   But I don't seem to be able to find if it is the same for ち. Is it ok to have separation of the second stroke ...
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Is “爿” a 略字--if so, how is it pronounced/written normally?

If not. . .part of how I help myself learn is to translate things that interest me--comics and art and song lyrics now and then. While reading, I ran into this dialogue, starting with "爿に"--and I've ...
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Understanding difficult handwriting/calligraphy

I'm having trouble deciphering this handwriting. So far, I can definitely tell that the first column says 参拾弐 in 大事, and the fourth column says 手本. Really struggling with column two and some of column ...
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Need help reading old hand-written japanese

A friend of mine asked me for help in translating some old family documents. This particular piece is an internment card of a family member that was captured on Java by the Japanese during the second ...
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How to learn proper Japanese handwriting

I know the stroke order of kanji and the kana, I can write them. But Japanese handwriting is a lot different from our templates or RTK kanji. They look different (like the special "そ"), but also with ...
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Unknown kana in a late C19th address cartouche

Given their visual form, I am uncertain about two kana (the 5th and 6th characters) in a late C19th cartouche. It names an artist's address: Asakusa-ku [... ...]suji chō gojūhachi banchi / gakō / ...
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different ways of writing こ and ご?

When I write こ and ご I tend to write them with a straight line at the top instead of with a tail like how it's supposed to be written. I kind of have trouble writing it the proper way without making ...
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今このしゅんかん - に私が生きている in full cursive?

Can I ask you if you know how to write this sentences in full cursive? 抱えて生きている 今このしゅんかん - に私が生きている Yes, unfortunately the second one has to be broken, that means that it has to be written in two ...
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What kanji is this?

So I was reading stuff on the official website of the anime 僕のヒーローアカデミア and stumbled upon this handwritten message from the original manga's author. I cannot read the encircled part because I do not ...
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ではないですか written separately

I was reading a manga when this sentence came up: 暑いではないですか I first thought it meant "isn't it warm?", however, there was just one thought bubble yet the sentence was written in this format (both ...
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Deciphering handwritten kanji [closed]

I've gotten in the habit of transcribing/translating Japanese fanart for my friends. I do well with typed characters, but this artist's handwriting has me stumped: Here is my loose transcription, ...
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Are hiragana letters written with their small nuances?

I'm talking about some nuances that appear to make the symbols look better. I mean everything from small, end of simple line swoops like the KO that has two lines and the first line can either look ...
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Translate Mark under Japanese satsuma vase

May I know the meaning of this mark which is found under a vase.
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Where does a hane turn?

For characters with hane, does all hane do the sharp upward turn to be always on the left side? Please provide an example for characters with hane turning upwards to the right if there is any.
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True handwriting of Ri hiragana [duplicate]

I learned hiragana in memrise.com which Ri (り) has (like in ありがとう) a continuous form . But in most of the devices Ri has a discreet shape like below: So I am confused which one is true for ...
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Is my hiragana legible? [closed]

I have only recently started learning Japanese and was wondering if my handwriting is easy to read. 手伝ってくれてありがとうございます
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Ordering of writing furigana in multi-character words

I've recently started writing in a genkouyoushi notebook for practice and I've been writing furigana along with it to reinforce the reading. I was wondering how Japanese writers typically write ...
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Writing vertically in horizontally lined notebook

I'm still learning Japanese but I want to start writing anyway, I got a normal notebook with horizontal lines but I would like to write vertically so I just rotated it, my question is with this setup, ...
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Quotation Mark Stroke Order

How do Japanese people hand-write the Japanese Quotation Marks (「 」)? Is there a correct stroke order? I am asking specifically about those used in horizontal writing, although I wouldn't mind ...
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Which kanji writing should i follow when writing on paper, digital or non-digital? [closed]

I have came across 必 and wanted to learn how to write it. Though there are major differences between how it looks digitally and how it looks on paper. Here is the link I used : http://jisho.org/search/...
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Misreading Japanese text due to bad kerning (rn→m, cl→d etc.)

Kerning In typography, kerning is the process of adjusting the spacing between characters in a proportional font, usually to achieve a visually pleasing result. In English and other languages ...
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Writing jukugo where only some kanji are known [duplicate]

Having studied Japanese for two years so far, there are many instances of vocabulary that I have learned but for which I know [the 書き方 of] only some of the kanji that make up the word. Is there any ...
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Do you understand what is written in this paper? [closed]

I can't recognize any of the characters, can somebody read it?
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Is the 女 radical ever written with the strokes くフ?

The shape of the onna-hen radical can obviously be represented this way, and in plenty of fonts it actually is, as in the character 好. While the "correct" way to write it is as a skinnier version of ...
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Trouble recognizing kanji from a manga

お、お前{まえ}ら この変態{へんたい}を__えろ!! I can't find a kanji that looks like the one in the image. For context, it's a guard/police officer yelling so I assume it's got something to do with arresting/capturing ...
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Need help transcribing handwritten characters [closed]

Preface: I only have a very basic understanding of Japanese writing (and virtually zero actual vocabulary), and this is my first time posting here, so please bear with me. I'm trying to translate ...
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Help understanding this handwritten Japanese sentence [closed]

Could you help me understand what is handwritten in this image? It is taken from a manga about boxing. My attempt: 左ボディ→左アッパー右フック 上(?)の打ち分け オー(?)ックス(?)コンビネーション を得意とする サンデーパンチ
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Can't recognize the kanji [closed]

Can anyone tell what that kanji is? The left part looks a bit like 禽 but trying to use its radicals for searching isn't giving me anything close to resembling the one in the image.
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Two shapes of the いとへん

The いとへん (aka 糸部{べきぶ}) has two written forms, one written with three dots on the bottom and one written with a 小 on the bottom. In modern Japanese computer fonts (esp. Mincho fonts), the latter form ...
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Why is D written as Đ in Japanese handwriting?

I've seen Japanese people write many letters/numbers "strangely". The most common one is D which is written with a stroke like this Đ Why is that? Are there any other letters that are written ...
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Is my katakana handwriting readable? [closed]

I am a Japanese learner and I would like to know if my katakana handwriting is readable.
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Is my hiragana handwriting readable? [closed]

Even though I am in Japan for more than 4 months right now, I'm still worried about my Hiragana handwriting. Is it readable for Japanese? Because I know people had difficulties with reading my こ. Is ...
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Is there a difference in drawing between the “mouth” and “enclosure” kanji radicals?

The two kanji radicals from the image are supposed to be 2 different kanji radicals, one meaning "mouth", and the other meaning "enclosure". I'm not sure if they are supposed to look different or not. ...
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What does it say on this drinking game?

I have something similar to figurine that looks a Russian doll. It has kanji that I cannot recognize. This probably is a drinking game? I would be so happy to know these kanji and the official name of ...
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I cannot recognize this kanji

Firstly, I apologize if this question does not go here or if it is too basic. I have been studying Japanese for two years and I am at the point that if I see one kanji written somewhere, I have to ...
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What does the highlighted portion of this handwritten Kanji say?

知恵袋で***いてるし… I tried searching Google, hoping it's a phrase that might come up more often, but none of the Kanji that came up looked even remotely like the one written here. Thank you!
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Is it unusual in a noticeable way to slant your Japanese writing?

As a right-handed person whose first language is English, I have a natural rightwards slant to my handwriting much of the time, depending on how quickly I'm writing and what physical position I'm in ...
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Meaning of 端っこ & 近ポジ & what's that character? (picture inside)

I am struggling with the writing in the picture below: How does 端っこ fit in this sentence? "I would have even been happy with publishing/participating just on the edge"? That sounds weird. And 近ポジ I ...
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Is my Hiragana understandable? [closed]

I don't wanna develop bad habits so I am asking at the beginning. Is my hiragana handwriting understandable? It was not meant to be some ornament artistic style but just the casual handwriting ...
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How can I read this kanji (Image attached)

That's the Kanji in question. I'm trying to learn Japanese character's writing and reading (with manga) and got stuck with this one, I've tried doing a search by radicals (jisho) and from a list of ...
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Help With A Handwritten Sentence

I'm reading a short omake and can't quite decipher some handwritten text: I'm fairly sure one of the characters is 生 but can't tell for the rest.
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Stroke order of kana (not kanji) [closed]

I have learned hiragana and katakana, but the book I have learned these from alas does not show their stroke order. I have the Takoboto dictionary fire Android smartphones installed, which displays ...
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Is there any difference between writing the katakana カ and the kanji 力? [duplicate]

The two characters I'm talking about here is the katakana "ka" (カ) and the kanji 力 as in [入力]{にゅうりょく}. Just by looking at the two characters in digital text form, they seem to be written in the same ...
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What are the right shapes of kana?

I have been learning Japanese for over a year now, and I have noticed that some people are writing kana differently. For example, I have seen う being written just like how it appears now (looks like a ...
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皆さんはどんな字を書いていますか? / How do Japanese speakers write kana or kanji by hand?

日本語 この頃メタの方で「手書きの文字をチェックしてください」という質問は受け付けるべきかという話題がありました。個人的には受け付けてもよいと考えているのですが、何人もの学習者がわけもわからず同じような質問を繰り返すのでは生産性がない、という意見があり、これはその通りだと思いました。学習者は教科書などから字の書き方を学ぶと思いますが、初学者用の教科書体といえども、毛筆の運筆を残していたり、...
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Is my Hiragana writing legible and easy to read? [closed]

I just want to make sure that if I were to be asked to write something out in Hiragana, it would be easy to understand.
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What does this say? [closed]

Just the kanji written out is fine, I can probably figure out what it means on my own.
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Recognizing old Japanese handwriting

Can you please help me with recognizing this line in old Japanese handwriting? As I suppose, this is: ? やき ? っすれ ? の二 but it's most likely that I am wrong
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Deciphering Kawaii Writing

I was wondering if anyone knew how to read Kawaii writing and if there is any guide to help us read them? For example the following is I believe an omake or bonus page and it's not the first time I ...