I've been slowly learning my hiragana, and I ran into an unexpected dilemma.
The characters are hard to write.
I know, obvious perhaps. But this being the first alphabet I've learned outside of English, I hadn't really thought about how much practice it took as a young kid to perfect writing English letters with good form.
But even so, I feel like the flourishes in the characters, the fanciful weighting to the brush strokes, are near impossible to replicate with the ball-point pen I've been using, or with a pencil. Difficult to replicate with any sort of grace, anyway.
So is that normal? Do people in Japan write with pens/pencils and just leave out the elegant but non-essential shaping of the strokes?
Or do they use a different sort of writing utensil? Or, do they manage to pull off such flourishes with the same ordinary stuff we use?