Heavily Abbreviated Kanji

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Heavily Abbreviated Kanji

Post by jpngenealogist » Fri 01.11.2008 6:01 pm


I've come across these abbreviated kanji while looking through some handwritten papers in Japanese.

Image is 吉.

Image is 郎.

Image is 藏.

Image is 潟.

My question is: Would native-speaking/writing Japanese be able to figure out what these are? It seems that the kanji are too abbreviated/messy for someone to read. I only knew what they were because they were part of a name I knew. If it weren't for that, I would have no clue what they were. Thanks. -Eric

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RE: Heavily Abbreviated Kanji

Post by Yudan Taiteki » Fri 01.11.2008 6:37 pm

Sometimes yes, sometimes no. It's the same as English handwriting -- a lot of times you can figure the word out from context, but some native speakers have very messy handwriting that can be extremely hard (or impossible) to read.

Some of those are 異体字, others just abbreviated cursive forms, which are not necessarily standard.
-Chris Kern

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