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Stroke Order in Writing

Theoretically speaking, if you are only going to read or write kanji like a computer san-serif font, a wrong stroke order may not severely hurt readability. But the subtle nuances of each line ending ...
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Stroke Order in Writing

I guess it is partially opinion-based, but the answer is no. Generally it is not possible to infer the stroke order from a glyph on the screen. You can think in the reverse. If it were (always) ...
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How should I read 購売部?

It should be 購買部, and 購売部 is plain wrong. And you are right, in a lot of words 買 and 売 do share the same pronunciation バイ. 買 means to buy and 売 means to sell. There is even a word 売買{ばいばい} meaning ...
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How should I read 購売部?

It is こうばいぶ. Apparently 購買部 is the correct one, literally meaning "buying department". According to this chiebukuro answer, since 購 means "to buy", 購買 is the only possibility and ...
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Special Kana in Man'yōgana?

Actually the Wikipedia article (at least the Japanese and English versions) does show voiceless and voiced consonants, though the distinction between them was not always clear-cut in the actual usage. ...
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What does 坊 mean in 隠れん坊?

-ん坊【ぼう】/-んぼ is a now largely unproductive suffix that tells "who tends/likes to do —", usually in a childlike manner. かくれんぼ "(the game of) sneaky people" くいしんぼ "foodie / ...
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Special Kana in Man'yōgana?

Note the following is based on web searches. 濁点 Mostly different kanjis were used for those pairs. E.g. か:加、迦、訶、下、日、賀、河、鹿、甲、川、蚊、乎、家、香、華、可、夏、化 and が:賀、之、髪、何、加、鹿、迦、我 See the full list below. 万葉仮名一覧 ん(...
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What does 坊 mean in 隠れん坊?

Actually, the bou/bo means person here. So you can simply explain the kakurenbo as hiding person (game).
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Why does 八 have an extra thing on top?

It is a design typically used for the typeface called Minchotai (roughly equivalent to Latin serif fonts). Basically it is designed so that glyphs are closer to those written with brushes. In ...
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Why does 八 have an extra thing on top?

Not all fonts have that horizontal thing. Here are examples of the same 八 rendered with various fonts installed on my PC: Basically, that horizontal bar is something similar to serifs in Latin fonts. ...
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How are different spellings sorted in the Daijisen dictionary?

Apparently the more widely used come first. From here: 漢字表記が二つ以上考えられる場合は、原則として広く用いられるものを先に掲げた。 FYI This kind of "how to use" is called 凡例{はんれい}.
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What form does 満を持して贈る take on here in this context?

満を持して in this context (a promotional material) means that the company has spent a lot of time and effort in manufacturing the product, brushing up its quality, and keeping it up until the right time ...
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