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Component order rule 5 – hanging enclosures

Hanging enclosures are always the first component to be written.

They are: gandare, 广 madare, shikabane, todare, yamaidare, toragashira.

Kanji stroke diagram of the hanging enclosures: がんだれ gandare, まだれ madare, しかばね shikabane, とだれ todare, やまいだれ yamaidare, とらがしら toragashira.
がんだれ gandare, まだれ madare, しかばね shikabane, とだれ todare, やまいだれ yamaidare, とらがしら toragashira.

toragashira follows a very strange stroke order. I’ve seen university professors get this one wrong!

The vertical slanted stroke in toragashira is written before the hooked horizontal stroke (the roof of the hanging enclosure).

Kanji stroke and component order diagram of characters with hanging enclosures: 崖 gake 'cliff', 麻 asa 'hemp', 慰 nagusameru 'to comfort', 戻 modoru 'to return', 遍 amaneku 'widely', 病 yamai 'illness', 虎 tora 'tiger', 虜 RYO 'prisoner'.
gake ‘cliff’, asa ‘hemp’, nagusameru ‘to comfort’, modoru ‘to return’, amaneku ‘widely’, yamai ‘illness’, tora ‘tiger’, RYO ‘prisoner’.

With the exception of toragashira, the ‘roof’ of the hanging enclosures is written first.

Within its respective shape, the hanging enclosure is written first, and the enclosed part is written next.

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