Japanese Diary Help

Hi, I wanted to start writing a diary in Japanese so I could use the grammar I know, as well as figure out what I need to know. I was wondering if anyone had a picture of what an actual Japanese diary would look like (formatting and such)? Thanks in advance


Diary is a personal thing. The format would vary from person to person. Just start from writing down a few sentences about your day.

For example, I could write the following (can’t guarantee all of the text is correct though):



I’ve been keeping a diary in Japanese since the start of this year, and I’m finding it really useful. There is so much everyday stuff that I don’t realise that I don’t know how to say until I try to write about it at the end of the day!

I’m just using a regular page-a-day diary, and that’s working fine for me, other than I wish I’d picked one that had wider lines, because it’s hard to fit complicated kanji in sometimes.


Wow. So you’re writing it by hand? Do you do a lot of kanji writing practice aside from the diary? Like practicing stroke order and handwritten style? Or do you just kind of copy what they look like on here?
Must be good practice.


Yes, I’m writing it by hand. It’s a bit wobbly, and it takes a while, but I’m finding that after 2 months I have to look up the stroke order for common words much less often, and my kana characters are gradually starting to look a bit more regular.
I don’t do much other writing practice so it’s good to have something that forces me to practice a little bit each day.

I try to use the correct stroke order, especially for common words - I usually copy the stroke order from Jisho. I’ll admit that I sometimes get a bit lazy with stroke order if I’m in a hurry!

It’s been fun so far, and I’m really looking forward to being about to look back at the end of the year and see how much I’ve improved. :slight_smile:

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