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Stroke direction – change of direction

A single stroke can change direction once, twice, or more times. Observe the highlighted strokes in the following diagram.

Kanji stroke diagram showing the kanji 私 watashi 'I', 化 bakeru 'to mutate', 直 naosu 'to adjust', 刀 katana 'sword', 気 KI 'spirit', 夕 yuu 'evening', 水 mizu 'water', 弓 yumi 'bow', 達 TATSU 'to reach', 乃 no. It illustrates how strokes can change direction.
watashi ‘I’, bakeru ‘to mutate’, naosu ‘to adjust’, katana ‘sword’, KI ‘spirit’, yuu ‘evening’, mizu ‘water’, yumi ‘bow’, TATSU ‘to reach’, no.

Strokes that change direction are not special: they follow the same direction rules like every other stroke. You should write them left to right (stroke direction rule 1), and top to bottom (stroke direction rule 2).

Write a stroke from the end that allows your pen to move either rightward or downward, and not leftward or upward.

Spend a 5 minutes to fully understanding the sentence above while you practice writing the 10 kanji in the diagram.

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