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

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How to read kanji on the attached photos?

Is anybody able to read these two kanji? Especially the second one that looks so simple yet I can't decipher the radical...
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Stroke Order in Writing

Tae Kim says Proper stroke order helps ensure the characters look recognizable even when you write them quickly or use more cursive styles. -- https://guidetojapanese.org/learn/complete/kanji#...
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When does a kanji stroke go up?

I was looking at the stroke order for 球, and I noticed that in the 求 component there's a diagonal stroke that is written upwards, which is rather unusual to me (fourth stroke): I would have drawn all ...
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I cannot recognize this kanji after my name

This morning I received a parcel with some gifts from my Japanese friends and there it was written ミゲル(?), which is my name (Miguel) and some handwritten kanji that I cannot recognize (only the 木 ...
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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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Differences between い and り

I am learning kana and have some problems with similar construction. I found an excellent source (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TohUrbpdYJY) where Yuko sensei described a left-start and top-start ...
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Official descriptions of kanji forms

How are the essential graphical identities of kanji defined? The length of the first stroke in 土, for example, is essential, because if it's longer than the third stroke, you have 士 instead. If you ...
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Looking for website / tool / help in showing what typed Kanji on a keyboard should look like if hand written [duplicate]

Just as the title suggests, tons of Hiragana Katakana & Kanji look different when you type them on a phone compared to how one would learn to write them on pen and paper. Is there a tool I can ...
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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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How often is 略字 (handwriting simplification) used?

Is 略字 (handwriting simplification) used only in informal writing (like a diary or post-it annotations) or is it used in more formal situations (like teacher/professor blackboard writing or an essay)?
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How important are these weirdly written kanji? [closed]

I don't know what kind of font this is which is why I had so much trouble searching for an answer online. Is this how Japanese people usually write Kanji? If so, how can I re-learn Kanjis with this ...
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Is my Hiragana and Katakana handwriting correct? [closed]

I don't have a teacher and I'm not going to any Japanese classes. I learn Japanese by myself and on the internet. but Content on the Internet is contradictory. I freaking out that I learned all this ...
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What are those kanji on a 大施餓鬼柱 pillar?

I was reading a manga and came along this text on the pillar: I deciphered this: 〇〇爰大施餓鬼会 I can't find anything in that. I looked up various 大施餓鬼(おせがき) related articles, but those two kanji were ...
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Are the handwritten 漢字 in this anime 栗 or 菓 or something else?

I am currently learning Japanese and I started analyzing some anime images containing handwritten 漢字 in order to get used to reading these, in addition to learning new ones. However I am stuck with 漢字 ...
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Reversing stroke direction in kanji for left-handed writing

I am left handed. A stroke from left to right is, depending on the writing utensil, inconvenient to impractical, since, instead of pulling the tip across the paper, I push, which doesn't work as well. ...
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Trying to translate an SFX but the characters look confusing

I'm really bad at reading the characters when they're written in a different way, these three ones are the ones I think are in the highlight but I would like to be sure. m(_ _)m Someone kind enough to ...
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I need help translating a signed photo book [closed]

I bought a first edition of a photo book by Shiraishi Chieko and it looks as though it has been signed in pencil on the front page. The first character may be slightly smudged because I rubbed it to ...
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Do you think it's a good practice to learn writing hiragana using Gothic fonts? [duplicate]

When I was searching for a mobile app that lets you practice writing hiragana, I noticed that a lot of them uses the Gothic font, meaning that さ will be written as 2 strokes and not 3. The most common ...
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Which kanji is this? [closed]

I'd like to know the meaning of the kanji circled in the image (or, simply, what kanji it is). I was able to discern everything else, but because it's handwritten, it was difficult tell what it was.
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Translate Mark under Japanese satsuma vase [closed]

May I know the meaning of this mark which is found under a vase.
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Help me identify this kanji on my knife box

For context, it's a nakiri made by artist 藤原兼房. The blade is a 50/50 grind, so it's not left or right handed. I can read every character except the third one down on the left. Reading from the ...
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Difficulty reading Kanji that is handwritten, any suggestions? [closed]

As I have continued to learn Japanese scripts, I have noticed that I have difficulty with reading Kanji that is a more quick freehand format. I usually figure it out through context, but I was ...
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What's the second character?

Can someone tell me what the second character is?
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Why is there a difference between the hand drawn 道 and the pc font one?

I was studying this kanji and looked at the strokes order to figure out how to write it, only to realize the difference between the pc font one and the diagram. Why is the 3 look-alike only on hand ...
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What is this kanji ? Looks like 七 three times

Tonight I went to a sushi restaurant. It's called かね喜{き} as is visible on their inkan and in the company name. However, on their website it seems calligraphied differently but maybe I am just bad at ...
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Do hiragana stroke ends (e.g. "hooks") actually matter? [duplicate]

Like do native Japanese speakers even care about that kind of stuff? People learning Japanese (especially on reddit) seem to be super anal about trying to get perfect stroke ends with hooks and ...
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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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What is this Kanji? I can’t find it anywhere?

I’ve been searching radicals on Jisho and other places but I can’t find a kanji to match this one.
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Is my transcription of the handwritten kanji correct? [closed]

I just want to make sure my transcription is correct of the sentence pictured. (it probably isn't, but this is really the closest I could come up with.) 読みとみバーグアフ。微妙... Is that correct? For the ...
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Can someone help me identify the handwritten kanji? [closed]

Hi everyone, can someone please help me identify the kanji in the picture? Just the middle two kanji. 玲音がXXしているもの。 Is the kanji 使用? Also what is the middle katakana/character between ミ and レ?
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Sharp vs rounded (tomed) vertical stroke in kanjis

How can I know for sure in what situation I should use sharp vertical line and in what situation I should use rounded vertical line? For example, from videos on youtube I do know for sure that ...
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"辶" or "⻍", the writing of [之繞]{しん・にょう} [duplicate]

I know that for historical reasons, 之繞 in computer systems has two forms: Kanji characters in 当用漢字表 usually use 辶 (一点之繞) Kanji characters outside 当用漢字表 preserve the traditional ⻍ (二点之繞) However, I ...
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The writing of "襖"

It seems that 襖 has two forms of writing. Here are the two screenshots from Jisho.com: The first kanji has an extra stroke (ノ). My questions are the following: Why does it have two forms? Are they ...
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the combination of writing kanji and hiragana: how to choose? [duplicate]

When I listen to the word: "御幾つ", of course I can quickly wrote down it in pure hiragana: おいくつ. The main problem is that how can I choose to write the kanji and which one (or all) is/are OK? 御いくつ お幾つ ...
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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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Need help reading hand-written character from comic

Yeah, I know; everyone's favorite type of question. I just need help with making the character out. はははっ…[sweatdrop] [?]コミにはしったぞえ。 I can't read the character before コミ.
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Recognizing Japanese handwriting and translating [closed]

I have found an old Japanese note that I would very much like to translate. Background info: I found it in an old gaming console where you're supposed to scan barcodes (barcode is at the back of the ...
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Any help recognising a handwritten kanji?

I've recently gotten into translating fancomics for a manga, although I'm still a beginner at Japanese. Naturally, I don't really know my kanji and I have to rely on a lot of looking up radical and ...
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Is my hiragana/katakana handwriting good or understandable? [closed]

I just started learning Japanese a few days ago.. so far in the process, do you think that my writing is good or easy to read? I am trying to learn, on my own, the hiragana and katakana characters at ...
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Handwriting in Japanese

I've heard of the terms brush-up, release, stop, etc. When natives write, do they follow this rules? Is it widely known? Would natives know if I did a release, stop, etc? Is it okay not to use it as ...
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Is my handwriting (hiragana) understandable? [closed]

Hello! I'm a beginner in Japanese and so far I have kind of memorised hiragana. It would help me a lot if anyone could take a look at my handwriting and tell if it is understandable. Thank you so ...
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Why is stroke order important?

While I understand that stroke order is important, I do not understand why it is important. If the final product would look the same, why does it matter? I don't have an issue following stroke order. ...
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Unable to identify a semi-cursive? Kanji

A friend and I are studying and she showed me this book she couldn't tell what the kanji was after ヒト. We were able to decipher two out of 3 kanji 関わる and 見る (unless we're wrong do correct us). ...
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Is exact Kanji stroke length important?

Context: I am currently on a quest to learn how to hand write the 2000 most commonly used Kanji. This requires lots of memorization, so efficiency is important. I have come across Kanji that have ...
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How do I write "ワンピースは実在する" vertically?

I'm assuming there's certain punctuation involved in this sentence, but I don't really understand what changes in the process of switching from horizontal to vertical writing.
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"Normal" handwritten Japanese

What do you call "normal" handwritten Japanese? I mean this as opposed to calligraphic style or handwriting in block letters? What would be a cursive Japanese writing? Something that you would find ...
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Are there ways to write Japanese fast (like shortening the words)?

When the regular student is hearing a lecture he needs to write the lecturer's words very fast. So many of them are shortening the words (like smb.) and sentences but after the lecture they can still ...
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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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Deciphering handwritten phrase and its meaning

In the 前回の僕街 series, we see sketches drawn by the director of the 僕だけがいない街 anime that are generally humorous rewrites of a scene in the previous episode. In the ninth sketch (image above), we see ...