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Otokode (男手, おとこで, lit. “man’s hand”)

Characters written by men. Originally, otokode was a reference to kanji (漢字, かんじ, i.e. “Chinese characters”), which once were the domain of men, simply because women had no access to higher levels of education. Katakana (片仮名, かたかな, it is one of two Japanese syllabaries; please also refer to hiragana (平仮名, ひらがな)) also belongs to the otokode “style”. It was originated from the elements of Chinese characters written in standard script (楷書, かいしょ, kaisho). Please also refer to onnade (女手, おんなで, lit. “woman’s hand”).

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