|Japanese stroke order|
Alternative forms 
Note the different forms, which differ in two respects: simplified does not have a left vertical stroke, while the traditional form has a left vertical stroke; and in simplified form, the top component is connected with the bottom, while in traditional they are separated – this last difference is shared with the related character 真 and the unrelated character 具. The traditional form and stroke order are used in Japan and Taiwan.
Original (in oracle script) a vertical line emerging from the top of a nose 自, in present form resembles a cross 十 over 目. The line on the side appears in bronze script and subsequently stretched under the 目 shape, while the traditional form appears in seal script. The top component has been relatively unstable, taking on other shapes such as 匕 – compare 眞, and different forms of 真.
Han character 
直 (radical 109 目+3, 8 strokes, cangjie input 十月一一 (JBMM), four-corner 40716)
Derived characters 
Related characters 
See also 
- KangXi: page 800, character 5
- Dai Kanwa Jiten: character 23136
- Dae Jaweon: page 1215, character 1
- Hanyu Da Zidian: volume 1, page 61, character 7
- Unihan data for U+76F4
直 (Yale jik6)
直 (hangeul 직, revised jik, McCune-Reischauer chik, Yale cik)