Characters were invented in China around 4,500 years ago and these are
said to be the beginnings of Kanji. Calligraphic style changed with the
passage of time until we arrived at the characters we have today. (See
The History of Shodo (Japanese calligraphy))
Kanji were introduced from China to Japan in 285 (some
historians believe that it was actually in the year 57). It is thought that,
until then, there was no writing but only speech in Japan.
Each kanji has its own meaning and fixed rules for
Hitsujun (stroke order) and it is necessary to memorize this stroke order to be
able to write Kanji accurately and beautifully.
There are some Kanji in both Japanese and Chinese that have the same form
and meaning but there are also many with different forms and different