about "Handwriting" of Japanese.
Hi! I will post because I guess it may become any clues of handwriting.
I found an app in the App store. The name is "Clear". ("Clear 高校生&大学生のノート... "） And it also has "the web site." https://www.clearnotebooks.com/?l=ja
It is the app that students post their notebooks of school subjects. They show their notebooks and look at others notebooks each other. It is to learn for Japanese students. But I think it will not only help Japanese students but learners of Japanese.
Because we can see actually written sentences by Japanese students. I think that you don't need to understand all sentences. And there are good and not good characters. But I think you can get the atmosphere.
you choose grades of school.
小学生（elementary school student）
中学生（junior high school student）
高校生（high school student）
and you choose each subject. For example, following are junior high school subjects.
保健体育（health and p.e.）
技術・家庭（industrial arts and homemaking）
美術・作品（art and works）
勉強方法（how to study）
and you choose anybody's notebooks. e.g. elementary school student 6 grade 国語/Japanese https://www.clearnotebooks.com/ja/notebooks/932950
an elementary school student 6 grade (11 or 12 years old) Horizontal writing 横書き https://www.clearnotebooks.com/ja/notebooks/932950
elementaly school 6 grade English (when I was a child, we started English since junior high school. Now since elementary school 5 grade, maybe.)
[英語]6年復習/[English]6 grade Review
中学に繋がる英単語~数字〜/ English words leading to junior high school~numbers〜
大学生 数学 線形代数学2【応用から活用まで】(製作中) University student, math,linear algebra2 【from application to utilization】(during production) I don't know the contents though, it is the beautiful notebook.
elementary school student 6. all subjects notebooks https://www.clearnotebooks.com/ja/notebooks/899749
(I put some links for people who can not access the app/website.)
Very interesting resource. Thank you Sora!
After looking through a few of those notebooks, my respect has increased for the work of teachers in Japan. It can be enough of a challenge just reading many English people's handwriting, even though we only have 26 letters to differentiate!
I read through that example notebook you suggested at the very end of your post. Not only was it interesting for handwritten text reading practice (although this one has comparatively easy to read handwriting), but also I didn't actually know that about the history of Easter Island. So that 11~12 yr old was able to teach me something. XD
Could I ask a question about that notebook? Where it says 原１, 原２ and 目１, 目２, 目３... What does this use of 原 and 目 mean?
That's exactly what I thought for 目, since the three points are a list of various 目的 the Polynesians might have had for cutting down lots of trees. I just wanted to make sure that this wasn't a coincidence, in case instead it might have been a common abbreviation of something similar to 一番目, 二番目,...
As for 原因, I didn't realise at all that it might be this! The first thought that came into my head was that 原 must be an abbreviation of 原則, however this didn't seem to really make sense. So I was confused. Then I remembered 原理 and thought maybe it's this instead, but it still didn't make sense to me. I couldn't think of any other words 原 could be an abbreviation for...
Now you've said 原 means 原因, this makes perfect sense! Thank you very much! ^^