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?
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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