Lin (tragic_elegance) wrote in linguaphiles,

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"Backwards" Japanese Writing

My grandfather recently gave me some Japanese postcards to translate. They are from the 1940s and I believe his uncle got them when he was over in Japan for World War II. They all talk about Hokkaido. I examined them and it took a while for me to comprehend the text because I realized that even though the text was horizontal the characters were still from right to left.

This is the text from one of the cards.

I was wondering if anyone knows if there is a specific time period where they wrote right-to-left horizontally or if this is a unique thing. I've never heard or seen this before so I can only assume it was a transitional period in the Japanese writing system. Anyone know more? Thanks!
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