We were having some discussion about this today.
How are you supposed to write “fu” (ふ) in handwritten japanese? Some fonts have it connected, and other fonts have the strokes separate. Same for り “ri”, how are you supposed to write that on paper?
Personally, I write my “ki”s (き) with the top part separated from the bottom final stroke… but for example Windows displays it connected (on Vista, anyways). I connect my “fu”s, but Windows displays them disconnected.
I found the opinions of other Japanese learners diverged, both from my habits and each others’! Since they’re using the same textbook (don’t know if they have the same teacher or not), you’d think they’d be taught to write a certain way or something. Eh, no matter I suppose.
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