Let's Learn Hiragana! ひらがな
This entire page is to help you learn to write Hiragana accurately. Once you develop bad habits, it is very hard to shake them off. I've seen such cases too many times throughout my teaching career.
To prevent that, there are three important points you need to keep in mind.
Point 1: Stroke Directions
Know that there are only two directions when you write each stroke of Japanese letters:
Left to right, OR
- Top to bottom.
筆 Fude, a writing brush. With a writing brush, it is easier to write each stroke from left to right and top to bottom.
Traditionally, Japanese people wrote sentences vertically by using
As a result, Japanese people have accustomed to writing letters that way. It, in fact, helps you write letters in a flow and beautifully.