Resources

There are a number of online materials that have gathered information about what resources are available to start working on early modern Japanese materials written in cursive.

Kuzushiji Reading Resources | What can I do with a B.A. in Japanese Studies? (shinpaideshou.com) (Paula Curtis)

Digital Resources for Japanese Palaeography – The Digital Orientalist (Dr James Morris)

CJR-Kuzushiji-resources.pdf (ubc.ca) (Bianca Chui)

Kuzushiji – Japanese Digital Resources – Guides at Penn Libraries (upenn.edu) (University of Pennsylvania)

Recommended reference materials for kana

Recommended reference materials for kanji

If you are struggling you can try and use digital materials.

If you want to try and scribble the sign you are trying to decode, use: AI Tegaki kuzushiji kensaku 手書きくずし字検索

If you have a picture of the sign you are trying to decode, use: 解析:木簡・くずし字解読システム (nabunken.go.jp)

Many more materials are described in detail on Digital Resources for Japanese Palaeography – The Digital Orientalist.

Basic rules for honkoku 翻刻 (diplomatic transcription)

Please read the rules carefully.