Genkō yōshi (原稿用紙) (or genkoyoshi) is a type of Japanese paper used for writing. It is printed with squares. There are typically 200 or 400 squares on each sheet. Each square designed to accommodate a single Japanese character or punctuation mark.
Genkō yōshi is used for vertical writing. On a sheet of genkō yōshi, there is no pre-determined order; there is instead a system of space, which can be designed freely.
One page of Japanese with 400 characters generally equals 225-250 words in English. In other words, an essay of about 10,000 words would be the same as 40-45 genko yoshi.
History[change | change source]
Genkō yōshi came into common use in the Meiji period. Newspapers and magazines needed to count characters.
References[change | change source]
- Ikegami, Yoshihiko. (1991). The Empire of signs: semiotic essays on Japanese culture, p. 68.
- University of Tokyo, Social Science Japan Journal (SSJJ), Call for papers; retrieved 2012-4-29.
Other websites[change | change source]
- Amherst College, Genkoyoshi