“O” OR “お” SAYS “long o sound as in potato”
First, Starting on the upper left, make a medium horizontal line.
Second, starting a little bit above stroke one, make a vertical line down. Then (WITHOUT PICKING UP YOUR PEN) make a small loop to the left, cross back over the line and make a large curved line to the right.
Notice that the line and loop are not centered, they are actually a little bit to the left of the character box. You can see in the picture below that the big curve (4) actually extends pretty far to the right – past the end of Stroke (1).
The Third stroke belongs in the upper right of the character. Starting on the left, make a very small sloped line downwards.
EXAMPLES (FROM TOP 1000 JAPANESE WORDS)
- おもい (Omoi) = Heavy
- おい (Oi) = Nephew
- おやつ (Oyatsu) = Snack
- おちゃ (Ocha) = Green Tea