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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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For furigana, can katakana be used instead of hiragana?

From the first day I started to learn Japanese, I saw people use hiragana to help read kanji, they are usually written on the top of those kanjis. But recently I also saw some Japanese use katakana, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 good? [closed]

This is probably asked a lot around here. I started learning Hiragana a few days ago and this is my progress so far Good? Bad? Give me your thoughts, I'm open to criticism.
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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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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 ...
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How to find out the meaning of hand-written japanese?

Here are the characters that I'm looking for the meanings. I fed Google Image with one of the characters, but non of the results was relative. Beside, I used Jisho.org project, and the results ...
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Help identifying signature

I am trying to identify what I'm assuming is a name or signature written in Japanese. The author of the note was a German/Japanese American, and he wrote the note to identify the name of an artist in ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How to read this kanji?

Please tell me how to read this kanji. What does it mean?
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Is kuzushiji considered archaic?

I am wondering if it is a necessary skill to learn how to read and write kuzushiji in modern japanese.
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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 ...