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What does the highlighted portion of this handwritten Kanji say?

It says 聞いてるし. is 略字 (the handwritten simplified/abbreviated kanji) of 聞. Other kanji with 門, such as 問、間、開、閉 etc., can also be simplified the same way: Other examples of 略字: For more about 略字, ...
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What does the highlighted portion of this handwritten Kanji say?

This is the handwritten simplified version of , similar to simplified Chinese . Note however that the simplified Chinese form of the radical has a break, and the "divider" is a single dot-like ...
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Is exact Kanji stroke length important?

Notice how in some fonts, the letter "A" has little things that stick out, too: But you wouldn't write those little tails in handwriting, would you? Same thing with 唱. I don't think I've met anyone ...
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Is exact Kanji stroke length important?

These "jumps" that you brought up are not part of the kanji, they are part of the typeface. (More specifically, they may be treated like serifs - or little decorations at the edge of certain lines) (...
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Recognizing old Japanese handwriting

It's a famous book called ぎやどぺかどる, a translation of Guía de Pecadores (or "The Sinner's Guide") by Jesuit mission in Japan. It reads: きやとへかとる 巻の二 (voicing marks unused) Guia do Pecador - Book 2 (...
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Is exact Kanji stroke length important?

Not to take away from the general idea of the other answers, but those protrusions on the bottom end of「唱」are not serifs. Noto sans CJK, a sans-serif font - sans-serif means without serifs. These ...
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Are there ways to write Japanese fast (like shortening the words)?

行書 & 草書 (semi-cursive and cursive writings) 行書【ぎょうしょ】 (semi-cursive script) is similar to English 'handwriting' style, and this is the most orthodox way of writing Japanese sentences fast. This ...
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Is there a difference in drawing between the "mouth" and "enclosure" kanji radicals?

The two radicals 口 and 囗 are indeed different, even though they are hard to distinguish in modern scripts/fonts. This "standardization" of unifying the looks of unrelated elements is somewhat ...
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Why is there a difference between the hand drawn 道 and the pc font one?

I'm assuming that this is a question on the different shapes of the「⻍・⻌」component of「道」. For reference, the glyph origin of「⻍・⻌」is shown below via the character「過」.「⻍・⻌」is a merger between「彳」and「止」;...
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What is this Kanji? I can’t find it anywhere?

That’s likely not a kanji, but rather a hiragana そ (so) in its split/handwritten form (like on the right here):
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Is there a difference in drawing between the "mouth" and "enclosure" kanji radicals?

In printed form, they are the same except for their size. Mouth is smaller than enclosure. Enclosure encloses other radicals or kanji, but mouth never takes anything inside it. Some common kanji ...
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How to read this kanji?

It looks to me like [舞]{まい} (dance)...
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Is my Hiragana understandable?

Is my hiragana handwriting understandable? the casual handwriting written at the same speed as when I am writing Latin alphabet. They are very well understandable on condition written at the ...
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Sharp vs rounded (tomed) vertical stroke in kanjis

A recent guideline from 文化庁 clearly says this distinction is not important in most cases. See page 53 of this PDF (常用漢字表の字体・字形に関する指針(報告)(案)) (2016): As for 木, you can also use はね (). Some recent ...
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On 原稿用紙, when are ゛ and ゜ (ten-ten and maru) supposed to occupy a square of their own?

The rule you mentioned does not apply to 原稿用紙 for novels and articles. Never. However, you may be instructed to place 濁点(゛) and 半濁点(゜)into a separate box, when you have to fill some legacy paper ...
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Need help reading old hand-written Japanese

Thanks to naruto, I was able to verify that 社 does get contracted into the shape in the image using this 電子くずし字字典 website. 電気会社員 I found the first two characters of the second line on this page from ...
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How important are these weirdly written kanji?

This is 馬 in some handwritten font. It's moderately deformed, but it still retains the features of traditional semi-cursive (行書) style. For example, the wavy line at the bottom represents four dots (灬)...
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What's this handwritten character?

Assuming there is not anything preceding these letters that would alter its meaning, that would appear to say: 好きだ I (Like / Love) (You / It) "き" is often handwritten without the bowed ...
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Why is D written as Đ in Japanese handwriting?

You're probably working as programmer or accountant, or you won't actually see many people in Japan write in this style, because those slashes are added to reduce misreading possibility in quick ...
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Is exact Kanji stroke length important?

Since nobody has mentioned how you should actually write 唱, let me add a picture from a "textbook font" (教科書体) (see Is there an "official" font or other writing standard that should be used ...
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Kanji in the Fox Engine logo

This looks like it isn't really related to foxes, but is オタ魂 written as one character. (I would read it オタ[魂]{こん}.) オタ is the abbreviation of オタク otaku 魂 meaning "soul" or "spirit" So, loosely ...
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Is there a difference in drawing between the "mouth" and "enclosure" kanji radicals?

Unfortunately, there's a bit of confusion on this page. The distinction between「口」and「囗」is not how they're drawn, but the functional role they play in characters. While「囗」does indeed mean enclosure, ...
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Do you understand what is written in this paper?

[Edited to incorporate information from comments] 654号室 ビラルデイ ホセルイス様 郵便物をセンタオフィス にあずけています お受取り下さい 尼北局 (堀田) So they're telling you to pick up your mail (or parcel?) at the ...
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