火: stroke order

Alan Evangelista

Senior Member
Brazilian Portuguese
I have read in How To Guess A Kanji's Stroke Order that kanji is usually written left to right, top to bottom and a center vertical stroke is drawn first when it is surrounded by symmetrical characters.

Considering these rules, I don't understand the stroke order of 火 . As the longer slanted left stroke is not vertical, I understand why it is not drawn before the shorter strokes on both sides. Anyway, shouldn't the kanji be drawn from left to right (i.e. the shorter left stroke, the longer left stroke, the longer right stroke and lastly the short right stroke) or top to bottom (i.e. the longer left stroke, the longer right stroke, the shorter left stroke and lastly the short right stroke) ? The standard drawing order first draws the two shorter strokes and then the two longer strokes. Does any kanji drawing rule or etymology explain this drawing order ?

Thanks in advance!
 
  • Flaminius

    coclea mod
    日本語 / japāniski / יפנית
    Smaller bits on the right and left sides come before the main stroke. Other characters that follow this principle include the hand drawn with the fingers first (cf. the etymology of 九), and the left radical of 情.
     
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