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Posted 10/16/11 , edited 10/27/11
Hajimemashite minasan! Here I'm basically going to post pictures demonstrating kana stroke orders. So for anyone having stroke order problems please feel free to use them to practice. Thanks

Very short history of the Japanese script


Until the 3. century AD, the Japanese didn't have any mode of writing. Then they adapted the Chinese, and named it "kan-ji", the writing from the Kan dynasty of China.

Because, the kanji has a lot of different glyphs for every syllable, the hiragana and katakana came to be, where every syllable has one representation (with the exception of "ji" and "zu"). Hiragana was the women's way of writing. It was indeed used by females, because it was considered that kanji is too complex for them. Katakana was introduced because of the need to take notes fast, so it's was a way of shorthand writing (stenography).

In time, the use of these writings changed, so hiragana is no longer used only by women but it is the entry level Japanese alphabet, and katakana is mostly used to write foreign words and loan words.


Okay these images may take a few seconds to go in motion depending on your browser so be patient. And these are GIF images so feel free to save them to your computer if you want. CLICK (OPEN IN FULL PAGE) AT THE TOP TO SEE FULL CHART IF IT'S OBSTRUCTED.











Hiragana First Row





a(ah)





o(oh)





i(ee)





e(eh)





u(oo)







Hiragana Second Row


Ka





Ko





Ki





Ke





Ku







Hiragana Third Row


Sa





Shi





Su




Se





So




Hiragana Fourth Row



Ta





Chi





Tsu





Te





To





Hiragana Fifth Row


Ha





Hi





Fu





He





Ho









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