Why do many Horizontal strokes raise slightly to the right?

Hello fellow learners! I am being very particular about studying how to write properly. I am an artist by trade and will want to study official Japanese calligraphy in the near future, so the details are important to me.
I noticed that, often, the horizontal strokes are not straight, but rather slightly lifted to the right.
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Does anyone know the history or reason as to why this subtle imperfection occurs? Many thanks!


This is a guess: That’s a hand writing font and most folk are right handed? …so thats how they normally look when wrote by a right-hander? 右手


Precisely. Same as English letters are “supposed” to slant slighty to the right.


Also just a theory, but aiming for perfectly horizontal is hard and usually looks at least a little off. I think in handwriting I find it easier with a small slant.


Another thing to note is the slight inwards angle on a lot of verticle strokes, like on 五 in your picture, or here:

It’s important to note not every single verticle stroke is angled, you will pick up on where you should do it with practice:


Ok! Thanks for all of your input. I just wanted to make sure if I do use a straight horizontal stroke (in the sort of cases in my examples), it would be acceptable and not seen as bad handwriting.

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Yeah! I have noticed those slight inner angled strokes! Those seem more intentional and obvious to me so I didn’t question them. It has just been those minorly off-center horizontal strokes that keep my brain wondering.

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