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Kanji paper? 
19th-Aug-2007 10:59 pm
Ryo Nishikido - yarichin
Hello everyone,

I have a quick question. When students in Japan learn how to write Kanji they use special paper, like grid sheet paper, when writing the characters (kinda like when our grade school teachers would tell us to write " cat " 20 times). I was wondering to where I can find that paper at a store... or would I only be able to get it online?

19th-Aug-2007 02:16 pm (UTC)
trading companies in chinatowns sell that.. it's called xuan paper which comes in rolls or a lot of loose sheets.. i dunno about japanese shops.. but it's the same paper i believe.. at least they use that to practice chinese chars on so..

so what you need to look for is a chinese souvenir shop/trading company and they'l probably have the xuan paper.
19th-Aug-2007 02:17 pm (UTC)
oh and they don't always have a grid on them.. but you can ask for it..
19th-Aug-2007 02:18 pm (UTC)
I dunno how useful this is, but I know a few Kanji books have a few sheets included in them. Check in a bookstore or something, and look in the back of the books? I have one called "Easy Kanji" by Fujihiko Kaneda (http://www.amazon.com/Easy-Kanji-Fujihiko-Kaneda/dp/0844283746) and it has them.
19th-Aug-2007 02:51 pm (UTC)
This was nearly impossible to get where I lived, so I asked my professor for a single sheet of it, then took that to a copier. If you truly can't get it anywhere close, that might be a solution. Or you can find one in the back of a book.

If that doesn't work either, buy a nice black marker, a small-square notebloc and a ruler, and make your own to copy. ^^
19th-Aug-2007 03:00 pm (UTC)
In Japanese it's called 原稿用紙 (genkouyoushi).

And this site has downloads for .pdfs of it, which you can print out and use (after you install the Japanese Acrobat font, that is).
19th-Aug-2007 03:01 pm (UTC)
Actually, come to think of it, you might be thinking of something different, as 原稿用紙 is usually for essay writing rather than kanji practice. You could easily use it for practicing kanji writing, though.
19th-Aug-2007 03:00 pm (UTC)
It is in German, but this is a site where you can make the paper yourself to print it. Just click "Generiere pdf".


19th-Aug-2007 04:05 pm (UTC)
You can also make it yourself in Excel. Not as fancy, but it makes it easy to get more!
19th-Aug-2007 05:53 pm (UTC)
You can also buy Kanji practice notebooks here


The grids come in different sizes as you get better with writing.
20th-Aug-2007 05:24 am (UTC)
Here's another "free graph paper generator" site, but this one's in English:


Scroll down to near the bottom and look for "Japanese/Chinese Character Guide Paper".
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