Teach Yourself Japanese
Subject: Re: Pre-horizontal writing
From: TAKASUGI Shinji (tssf.airnet.ne.jp)
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2003 00:47:17 GMT
References: 1, 2
> Sure, writing horizontally from right to left did happen. I've never seen whole texts written that way, but labels on (ancient) maps, etc., are sometimes that way.
They always wrote from right to left when they wrote horizontally. Remember when characters are written vertically, lines are written from right to left. If a line has only one character, you'll get the horizontal writing from right to left.
The Japanese began to write from left to right too when Westernization began, and stopped using the traditional horizontal way after World War II. The Chinese did so too.
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