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How to Understand Japanese Calligraphy Symbols

How to Understand Japanese Calligraphy Symbols


How to Understand Japanese Calligraphy Symbols. If you’ve ever wondered if that tattoo artist
lied to you, this guide will help set the record straight. You will need Patience Analysis Foreign language
class and japanese-to-english dictionary. Step 1. Understand that Japanese calligraphy symbols,
or kanji, are simply basic representations of everyday objects; essentially, they are
pictographs. Remember that, although Japanese kanji and
Mandarin Chinese symbols are similar, the translations are often vastly different. Step 2. Focus on the larger parts of a character rather
than smaller strokes or dots — these carry more meaning. Step 3. Look for familiar objects in nature, such
as the kanji for “mountain” with three vertical lines, or the kanji for “sun,” a box with
one horizontal line. Step 4. Separate the whole character into parts. This can mean breaking the top and bottom
apart or separating multiple characters. Two or more symbols can be smashed together
to form a single word — the kanji for “big” and “school” are combined to form “college.” Step 5. Take a class and buy a dictionary. A little studying can help you understand
more than you think. Did you know There are an estimated 1.2 million
people of Japanese descent living in the United States.

12 Replies to “How to Understand Japanese Calligraphy Symbols”

  • Rappy says:

    and how does the sign for love look like (u cant draw love…)

  • Charlex Alexandre says:

    she doesn't know how to write kanji properly ! there's a stroke order for each kanji !

  • notreallydaedalus says:

    @TheJayStar1 You really don't want to ask that question of the average Howcast subscriber. You're sure to get some very inappropriate responses.

  • mich_kei says:

    @jeudyfeo1 no it isn't ;p

  • mich_kei says:

    @jeudyfeo1 google translate doesn't translate everything right. i know 'coz i am japanese

  • katherineXOXO403 says:

    what the hack, these kind of calligraphy is from CHINA, "
    "日", "木", "學" is chinese, these words in japanese look different.

  • clowcard79 says:

    @katherineXOXO403 Japanese Kanji is the same as Chinese characters, but with different meanings.

  • Masan5320 says:

    @clowcard79 most of them have the same meaning, some of them even have similar pronunciation. just some of them have different meanings, but MOST of the times we could figure out what they mean

  • Masan5320 says:

    @katherineXOXO403 日,木,學 are called Kanji
    あ、い、う、え、お and such are called hiragana
    ア、イ、ウ、エ、オ and such are called katakana
    they are all used in japanese language

  • Jacob Turrise says:

    私は日本語を教える
    I teach Japanese

  • cree says:

    yeah, usually google translation makes me laugh XD it just helps with romaji

  • momerathe says:

    this is a horrible video – I think everything in it is wrong.
    1) most kanji are not pictograms
    2) larger parts do not carry "the most meaning" – consider 方 vs. 万 – they differ by a single tiny stroke, but one means "direction", and the other means "ten thousand"
    3) see 1)
    4) if you try breaking up a kanji you will end up with something awkwardly spaced – or worse yet gibberish.
    5) the only worthwhile point in the video.

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