Stroke contrast in hiragana and katakana

Many Japanese typefaces have areas in which the stroke width reduces to literally nothing in certain areas of certain characters. I don’t have an example handy right this instant, but I can probably come up with some if no one knows what I’m talking about.

Just out of curiosity, can someone explain why this is?

maxgraphic's picture

I think it's just a result of writing with a brush. As you lift the brush, particularly when changing direction, the stroke width thins and can break entirely. So writing a glyph like き (ki), the last stroke can either be continuous, or thin/break at the bottom of the first segment, and you'll see variations of that in fonts.

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