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

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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How to distinguish between handwritten ソ and ン? [duplicate]

I often get confused in distinguishing between the handwritten ソ and ン. Is there any hint to do so easily? I know the stroke order for both in writing so what I want to know is how to distinguish ...
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What's this handwritten character?

I'm having trouble figuring out what characters these are: I guess the two on the right are "まだ", but what's the one on the left? Thanks for your help.
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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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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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Translation and kanji help [closed]

I was reading a text but somehow my brain managed to freeze and I have utterly no idea what was said. In the image is the text itself, and I figured the first kanji should be 抱, but I'm not sure of ...
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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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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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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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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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recognize kanji

completely stuck on this kanji. recognized lower part, but not the top. よろしくお願いします!
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Recognizing these kanji: a counter with a circle at the top; and “【?】に” (looks like 大 at the bottom)

I'm puzzling over these kanji... And this. Is it 数, right? Then, it might be translated as "several meters"?
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Recognizing this kanji: ホイールが【?】いよく回転

Can you help me please? I can't recognize this kanji with red arrow
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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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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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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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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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Is it hard to write Japanese? [closed]

I see the Japanese symbols, but never asked myself how hard is to write using these symbols. It seems very inviable. How do you guys do when writing at Japanese? Is it really harder than, for example, ...
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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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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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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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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 ...