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

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Distinguishing certain characters in handwriting and print (Similar-looking Kana and Kanji)

Japanese has some sets of characters which look very similar or even identical. Obviously, context is usually more than enough to distinguish which character is intended, but I'm wondering if there ...
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Why are there two versions of the kanji for 冷?

The screenshot below is from Kotoba for iPhone. It shows the character for "cool", 冷 as used in the word 冷たい. However, the character in the stroke order diagram is slightly different to the main one ...
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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 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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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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An interesting postcard

According to my information, this postcard was sent from Japan to Russia, and probably in 1945. Needs a translation badly and nobody has seemed to care since then. I suppose that the historical kana ...
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Is it standard practice, or acceptable, to connect strokes in certain characters of hiragana?

I've been learning my hiragana from here: http://yosida.com/en/hiragana.html For the characters fu, mu, mo, na, ra, yu, and ya, I see a discrepancy between what's in the little box and what shows up ...
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Haphazard usage of katakana and hiragana for particles and okurigana

I'm looking at this picture of the 日米和親条約 (Kanagawa convention) from the late Edo period and it seems rather strange: It looks like the non-kanji parts are rather haphazardly written in katakana and ...
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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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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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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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Font used to create handwriting worksheets by primary teachers to teach Hiragana

I'm confused by all the different of fonts that can be used to learn to write Hiragana (e.g. the end loop of き may be closed or not). I understand that it is usually related to the difference between ...
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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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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 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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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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What is the appropriate size of hiragana in proportion to kanji?

I remember being told that hiragana should be the same size as kanji when writing them by hand. However, there are times when I see handwritten kana that are much smaller than the kanji. Does this ...
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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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How to read this kanji?

Please tell me how to read this kanji. What does it mean?
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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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What do you do if a genkoyoshi line ends with e.g. す。」?

Suppose that you're writing on genkoyoshi (原稿用紙), and you are writing a quotation, e.g. 「これはペンです。」 And let's say that each line of the genkoyoshi has 8 blocks. The first block would, I presume, ...
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Understanding difficult handwriting/calligraphy [closed]

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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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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What do you call the hooked tip of a kanji stroke?

When writing a kanji, some downstrokes have a clean end (such as in 木) while others end with a little hook (e.g. the center stroke of 小). What are the names of such stroke tips?
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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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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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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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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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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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What qualities characterise girlish Japanese handwriting?

In English, handwriting is generally seen as girl is the mini. caps are almost as large as the maxi. caps, the edges are rounded out, and if the dots are replaced with little cirles reminiscent of the ...
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Kanji in the Fox Engine logo

What do the kanji in the Fox Engine logo mean? Is it a single kanji meaning "fox", or is the logo made by two (or more) kanji? What is their meaning?
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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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When writing Japanese when is it appropriate to write vertically?

I am starting to learn Japanese, and a question struck me: If I were to write a note to a friend, or perhaps an extended essay, when would it be appropriate to write vertically? From my experience ...
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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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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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Can't recognize these handwritten kana (or kanji) in a text

While reading a 1920s handwritten official document, I'm having some trouble to recognize these two kana (or kanji) which the red arrows (see image below) are pointing at. The question here is what ...
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Is my hiragana writing understandable? [closed]

I've started to begin writing hiragana but I've seen many ways of writing them, usually I'm able to read the different ways of writing them but it keeps bothering me sometimes how mine and what I see ...
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Few hard to recognize handwritten characters in miniature umbrella

There are a few characters handwritten in a miniature umbrella acquired in Hakone mountain in the mid 60’s that I don't understand. Could you please help me with those characters? I’ve transliterated ...
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On the legibility of Japanese writing (compared to the Latin alphabet with its variable letter height) – What's the correct kana height?

One aspect that contributes to the very high legibility of the Latin alphabet is that the letters have ascenders and descenders which creates a characteristic silhouette for different words. This way, ...
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Usage of simplified chinese in place of some kanji in handwriting

Of course I'm talking about casual writing as opposed to formal or polite writing. There are many 新字体 that were kind of "half" simplified in to the equivalent simplified Chinese forms such as 関 and 広 ...
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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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On 原稿用紙, when are ゛ and ゜ (ten-ten and maru) supposed to occupy a square of their own?

I was intrigued by this question: What do you do if a genkoyoshi line ends with e.g. す。」? and its answer. I'm not any good at this 原稿用紙 but I remember being told for some types of forms (which I ...
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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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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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Handwriting liberties

So this is my first time tying to convert handwriting to text, and its left me with a few questions. Line 6 Char 2; I would say is likely せ but I've not come across any instance where stroke 3 can ...
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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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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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When writing by hand, can kana be half-width and kanji be full-width?

Simply I find when I'm writing I can only make kanji so small before they become sloppy, but I can write kana nice and small. Is it allowed to write half-width Katakana/Hiragana alongside regular ...
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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 ...