A Potato

Japanese Calligraphy by Nao

A Potato


We call potatoes imo. Round potatoes with brown skins are called jagaimo. Larger and sweet ones with red skins are satsumaimo. Satoimo is a kind of taro. They have brown hairy skins.

The upper part of the character depicts a plant. The lower part looks like a part of another character that means pride. One of the interpretations is that the character shows a root of which you can be proud if you dig it up. Alternatively, it may be interpreted that potatoes are plants that have their pride in their roots.

The Order of Writing Strokes

  1. Write the horizontal stroke on the top.
  2. Write the short vertical stroke crossing the first stroke.
  3. Write the sweeping dot from the top right.
  4. Begin to write the lower part. Write the shorter horizontal stroke.
  5. Write the longer horizontal stroke.
  6. Write the vertical stroke with an upward turn.

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