THE POWER OF JAPANESE CANDLESTICK CHARTS
The Japanese candlestick charting technique dates back to
the 1700s when bar charting and point‐and‐figure charting
were not even discovered. Japanese traders, on the other hand,
were already using this technique to trade their rice markets. Yet
this technique of charting was confined strictly to Japan until the
Americans discovered this technique from Japanese traders who
traded the U.S. financial markets in the 1980s.
What fascinated the U.S. traders in the late 1980s was its un-
canny trading accuracy in the purchase and sale of stocks, stock
index and commodity futures, currency and treasury bonds on
the New York and Chicago exchanges. Yet, the Americans were
unaware of the techniques used by the Japanese. Strong interest
emerged amongst the U.S. traders as to how the Japanese arrived
at their buy and sell decisions.