The Trunk of a Tree

Japanese Calligraphy by Nao

The Trunk of a Tree

miki, kan

The trunk of a tree is called miki 幹. Miki and this character mean the main part of something.

In transportation, kansen ro is a trunk road; and “shinkansen” is a new trunk line or the Bullet Train. The sen of kansen means a line.


The Order of Writing Strokes

  1. Write the horizontal stroke in the upper left corner.
  2. Write the sweeping stroke crossing the previous stroke.
  3. Write the left side of the rectangle.
  4. Write the upper and right sides of the rectangle.
  5. Write the horizontal stroke in the rectangle.
  6. Write the lower side of the rectangle.
  7. Write the horizontal stroke below the rectangle.
  8. Write the vertical stroke crossing the previous stroke.
  9. Begin to write the right-hand side of the character. Write the sweeping stroke falling leftward.
  10. Write the other sweeping stroke.
  11. Write the shorter horizontal stroke.
  12. Write the longer horizontal stroke.
  13. Cross the previous stroke with a vertical stroke.

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