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Kanji Stroke Order

Basic rules for the stroke order of kanji.

Clay: Kanji
stroke order is very important: 

You: Why?
Clay: Because, well, it just is!

BETTER REASONS: 1) By
following the set order, kanji will look more like it should and therefore be easier
to read & 2) you can remember new
kanji better by knowing the order to write them & 3) Kanji dictionaries
often list kanji by stroke number & 4) kanji is an art form in Japan and
they will know when you cheat! 🙂 


If you only have time to remember one
thing get this:

START FROM THE TOP-LEFT
OF THE KANJI AND
WORK DOWN TO THE BOTTOM-RIGHT


RULE
#1
: From top to bottom

san
(three 3) 

 (to say)


RULE
#2
: From left to right

(state)

 And when you have both a
vertical & horizontal go horizontal first
 

(10)

But it wouldn’t be fun without exceptions!

(rice field)

(king)


RULE
#3
: If you have left, right and center options, work from the
center

(water) 

(thread) 


RULE
#4
: If there is an outside bit surrounding an inside bit, the
outside comes first

(country) 

(wind)

Except when the outside is shaped like a
“C”

(district)


RULE
#5
: If there is a vertical line going through other parts, it
comes last or at least later

(inside, middle) 

(write, writing)

And if there is a horizontal line that overlaps other
parts, it goes last

(woman) 


RULE
#6
: If there is an “X” or a crossing of diagonals
the top-right to bottom-left goes first

(literature)

(person)


RULE
#7
: If there is a ,
it goes last:

(proceed)


These 7 rules will not cover all
kanji, but knowing these rules will help to figure out most kanji

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