Incorrect Kanji Stroke Order Renders Character Completely Unrecognizable

A student of the Japanese language has penned a kanji in the wrong stroke order causing the word to be completely unrecognizable.

Gavin Peterson started the ‘watashi’ (‘I’) kanji with the left-side central stroke instead of the correct top left diagonal stroke.

“I literally have no idea what this set of strokes mean,” said Mr. Ryota Takada.

“It’s just an utter shambles of strokes moulded together in the same square centimetre.”

Peterson being an ordinary layperson in the field of Japanese language, or ‘nihongo’, didn’t have the wherewithal or inner warrior spirit to distinguish the error of his ways.

Mr. Takada was eventually able to decipher the kanji as ‘watashi’ through recognition of subtleties in the sentence structure and context, as well as years of Japanese language immersion since birth.


  1. What is the difference between the 私s on left and right?? They are exactly the same to me (native Japanese).


      • Ha! Call yourself an expert! The one in the right says 私 and the one on the left is indecipherable.
        But if you can’t read kanji below 4th Dan, then I see why you think they are the same….



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