Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Japanese education ~5~ manuscript paper 原稿用紙(げんこうようし)

  I  guess this manuscript paper is peculiar to Japanese culture.
There is common manuscript paper in our culture. On this manuscript
paper, there are four hundred squares to write Japanese characters.
  And there is a rule to write sentences.
  As you may know, sometimes we write letters from top to down.
This way must be unusual for other cultures.
And if you read on this way, you may feel uneasy.

  I've started to use this manuscript papers to write my work.


Shantal ForSD said...

This _is_ peculiar really. I saw a computer program - it was something like an editor that a writer was using and it looked precisely like this - just on the screen. I was wondering what the idea is - I thought that it was a way to hold track of how many characters are written, since it matters in book printing.

marimari said...

Shantal ForSD

We learn how to write on this
manuscript paper when we are
in elementary school. Of course
students can't write well.

Nvaier said...

My Japanese language course group was once asked to write a couple of sentences on sheets like these. Writing top to bottom, and right to left is tricky at first, but you can get used to it. Same with reading.

marimari said...


Yeah. I think you can get used to it.