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Blank line in balloon

While reading manga, I noticed sometimes in a balloon there is an extra empty line, like here: Which meaning does it carry? I'm wondering if it's meant to separate the two sentences, like saying that ...
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Why are 关 and 复 half-width in Japanese?

关 and 复 are the simplified Chinese forms of 關 and 復複覆, respectively. Usually simplified Hanzi that don't exist as kanji don't get any special treatment and Japanese fonts might not even display them, ...
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Should the furigana go above the whole word or individual kanji?

I've seen both styles used, basically: A = 家内{かない} B = 家{か}内{ない} I can see pros and cons for both styles. The rendering of A is probably better and there are words for which it may be difficult to ...
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Writing digits in Japanese

Why are numbers written like 2020 and not 2020?
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How much space is considered standard between consecutive "「" and "『"s?

In a text such as 「『捨てる 』技術」 how much space is expected between the first two characters in typography, if any?
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How would I indicate yelling when writing Japanese? [duplicate]

In English typing in capital letters is considered yelling. How would I indicate yelling when writing in Japanese?
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Best practice height/character count for text in tategaki format

On a web page, what is the maximum good practice height (in pixels) for text written in tategaki format? A height of about 500px looks good to me, which is about 40 characters. Are there heights ...
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What type of space should be before 第?

When writing the title of a book name together with the volume number, what type of space (if any) is usually used? (The context is the listing on a website.) \u20: そらのおとしもの 第01巻 or \u3000: ...
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How do I type the kanji for ちゆうごく (China)? [closed]

I am very new to Japanese. I am not sure if this is the right place to ask this question, but I am using Mac OS and for some reason, whenever I type ちゆうごく I am suggested something like 治癒動く as opposed ...
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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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Weird usage of dakuten

Reading manga, I came across this speech bubble: I noticed the dakuten in ず is on the wrong side of the horizontal line, does this have some special meaning or is it just some sort of printing error? ...
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Is this the right way to write Sailor Pluto in Japanese?

I'm in the middle of my painting and I don't want the name to be wrong cause the whole thing takes me days. Please help if you can :)
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What is a typical font size for Japanese text?

What size of type is commonly used in Japanese books, magazines, or in blocks of online text? Since there is unlikely to one single size, I'd welcome an answer that either gave a rough range or listed ...
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Why are most Japanese newspapers, magazines and books read from back to front?

In my experience, the above listed reading materials are all read from left cover to right cover, page one is the last page from a western perspective. I have been unable to find a reason for this ...
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What typeface or style is this font?

Does anyone know what typeface or style this is?
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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 are similar-looking words (e.g. names of medications) distinguished?

In English, it is considered a best practice to emphasize differences between the names of medications that are fairly similar, so as to minimize the risk that a medical practitioner will misread the ...
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Which font is used here? [closed]

Could anyone please help me identify the font used in the image below? (The words read 千羽鶴 - or Senbazuru). Thank you very much!
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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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What to call the characters-based decoration found in many announce emails

Many emails received from Japanese companies contain characters-based dingbat-style ornament like this: ■□■□■□──────────────────────────── blablablablablablablabla ────────────────────────────■□■□...
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Alignment of people's names

When people's names are listed with both sides aligned (either in horizontal or vertical writing), for example, in the ending scroll of a movie, there is a seemingly complicated rule (to me). When the ...
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