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Sunday, 23 October 2011

Principles of stroke order (2)

Left to right:

Stroke Order Diagram Animation
 (しゅう)meaning state/province is a great example for demonstrating the left to right pattern for writing kanji.

You can see that it fits the top - bottom order, too:-).  This character was originally written to show a sandbank in a river .  

Over time the meaning has enlarged from sandbank (an area surrounded by water) to encompass the meaning of state/province.

The original meaning can make a useful memory aid (mnemonic):  A sandbank in a river can in time become a separate province.

(Based upon Henshall, 1998)

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