I-Ro-Ha Ordering/Sequencing Characters in
is very complex, using several sets of characters
that serve different purposes. These are Kanji, Hiragana and Katakana.
Kanji characters are pictorial ideograms (i.e. little pictures of
ideas) originally coming from the Chinese and adapted to Japanese
culture. Katakana and Hiragana were added to "customize" the system into
Japanese culture and are phonetic symbols used to build words or
concepts. Indicating order in a Roman language is very simple and
direct, but terribly complex in Japanese. Contrary to a direct
"1,2,3,..." or "a,b,c, ..." no matter what is being sequenced, in
is being ordered,
sorted or sequenced dictates the how
it is indicated. There can be very many ways of describing a sequence in
When working with Japanese
, you will often see the characters below in the
diagrams. They are Katakana characters used in the Japanese writing
system to indicate the specific ordering of steps in a sequence, and
what are used in the vast majority of Japanese Temari books to indicate
the order of stitching in pattern diagrams. This the parallel to
English/Roman languages where one would follow in order (1, 2, 3, ... or
a, b, c, ... ). There are a very few books that use Hiragana characters;
if you have a book that does not match these on the patterns this is
why. Keeping a copy of this chart handy will be a big help in working
out stitching steps from the diagrams in the Japanese Temari books.
While we've compiled a good inventory of Japanese
that appear commonly in Temari books, this
alone will be in valuable for showing you where to stitch.
to Indicate Sequence, Order (Katakana)
||1 or A
||2 or B
||3 or C
||4 or D
||5 or E
||6 or F
||7 or G
||8 or H
||9 or I
||10 or J
||11 or K
||12 or L
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