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Looking up Kanji by Stroke Count

In order to accurately count the number of strokes in a character, its important not to confuse a single stroke with many twists, and a series of multiple strokes. To that end, one general rule of thumb applies: If the stroke is written without lifting the writing utensil, consider it a single stroke. Of course its an easy rule to understand but not quite so easy to put into practice without extensive practice writing the characters. If your just starting out and not yet familiar with how to hand-write kanji, here are some rules to keep in mind when you attempt to count the number of strokes in any given kanji:

  1. Ignore the flip at the bottom of the vertical bar as in 予 or 民
  2. Ignore the small protrusions in elements such as 勹 or 互 or 口
  3. Ignore any slight hooking of a horizontal bar as in 予
  4. When drawing a box shape, the top horizontal and right vertical bars are drawn as a single stroke as in 口 or 円
  5. Some exceptions:
    1. Though usually written using a single stroke the character 了 is considered two strokes
    2. Though usually written using two strokes the character 之 is considered three strokes
    3. The element found in characters such as 偉, 韋 and 舛 is considered three strokes with the left vertical line and the top horizontal line of the element being one continuous stroke. At one time these were two different strokes but have gradually been combined into one.
  6. There are of course a few other rules and exceptions that apply but the ones above should allow you to accurately count the number of strokes in a character 90 percent of the time.


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