Why is stroke order so important in Japanese?

Question by Turkey: Why is stroke order so important in Japanese?
I’ve gotten a few books so far on writing Japanese but haven’t really gotten into any of them yet. However, I have noticed that each one is very adamant about stroke order, but none say why. So, I’m asking, why is writing the kana/kanji in a certain order so important if the results look the same as when you do it a different way?

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Answer by Tony
The Japanese language, like Japanese culture, is enveloped in rituals and formalities. The stroke order is meant to help the writer to write the character smoothly, easily, and to get the best results.

It’s the same with the tea ceremony. Anyone can pop a cup of water into a microwave and throw a bag of tea into a cup. The Japanese like to find the beauty in every-day things. ^_^

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    Boli Loquita May 17, 2013 at 9:31 am

    For one, it’s easier to tell a character if you go by stroke order when you’re doing calligraphy. Also, uniformity.

    Why do most people write an “O” counter clockwise? Why do people cross their T’s and dot their I’s after the vertical stroke?

    Most languages have a way characters/letter should be written, and Japanese isn’t excluded.

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    ithinkthereforeiam May 17, 2013 at 9:57 am

    There are some schools.
    The most general philosophy is that shorten the distance of moving brush.
    The next is that lighten the load to remember complex kanji by groping the resemble forms of literature.
    Hiragana and katakana are as well as kanji, because they are deforming kanji.

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    Hiroko May 17, 2013 at 10:14 am

    The order to write kana/kanji is not so important.
    Actually many Japanese write comparatively difficult kanji in a mistaken order. But you can write kana/kanji beautifully when you write in a correct order because the order is formed to write easily and beautifully.
    We practice writnig kana/kanji beautifully in an elementary school. To write beautifully is more important rather than write in a correct order.

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